I haven't been able to join in with this incredible new challenge site yet, but I'm so excited about it! It's called the Simon Says Stamp & Show blog challenge. It focuses on vintage style products and techniques (aka Wendy Vecchi & Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, etc.), which is right up my alley! If you want to check it out, go to their website HERE.
This week's theme is to use stamps by none other than THE fabulous, THE "she loves to make art" artist, THE Wendy Vecchi! If you're not familiar with her stamping/creating/art, PLEASE do yourself a favor and go check out her Studio 490 blog HERE. I just love her style! All the stamps used in this tag are available from Simon Says Stamp.
I really wanted to "rock" this challenge, because I just LOVE Wendy's style. I started by creating a mottled distressed background with distress inks.
Then I stamped the background of the tag with stamps from Wendy's "Be Happy Make Art" and "She Created Art" sets. I am in LOVE with the random circles stamp. Then I used the face stamp from the "It's Face Art" stamp set. Stamped the face onto grungepaper and tinted the skin tones using my ink blending tool and Stampin' Up's Almost Apricot ink pad - it's a good flesh tone. Used a water brush to color the eyes & lips, and went over them with glossy accents to give them a shiny finish. Added the faux tear drop using the mini alphabet stamp from the "Art Inspiration" set. (*must admit, I stole this idea directly from THE Wendy Vecchi - well, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?*) I stamped the hat portion of the face stamp onto grungeboard two more times, and cut out the entire hat from one stamped image, and just the hat band from the other. Inked with peeled paint (whole hat) and barn door (just the hatband) DI. Then glued those layers over top of the main piece - it's a great way to add distinct lines of color - don't have to worry about coloring outside the lines.... :)
Added a mini crown from Maya Road, painted with the Silver paint dabber. Added the mini grunge butterfly covered with Tim's tissue tape and inked with DI.
The sentiment is also from the "It's Face Art" set.
AND, my most favorite part of this piece is the TH mini metal crown that I added over the eye, to look like EYELASHES! Love it!
But my *other* favorite part of this tag, other than the fact that it is upside-down, is the curio knob at the bottom. I don't know what made me even consider this, but I LOVE the way it turned out. It doesn't really make any meaningful addition to the piece, other than the fact that it just looks COOL. (and that's all that really matters, right!?).
Wow, this has been a much more long-winded (*waffling* - nod to Hels... ) post than I intended, but I really enjoyed making it, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Hope you like it, too!
Next up on the "to do" list is this week's installment of my on-line class with Claudine Hellmuth. We've finished learning all our technique recipes and are now getting started with our projects! This week will be a canvas sampler --- tune in this weekend to check it out --- will take a few days to do this one!
Be well until then! Thanks for stopping by! (If you've actually read all the way to this point.....) LOL.