Monday, August 15, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Me... Some Bling!


I'm so excited to share with you my first project as a member of the Design Team for Simon Says Stamp and Show!  I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the team, and honored to have been chosen... I hope you enjoy this project and find some time to get inky/painty soon! 

This week's theme is to use some *BLING*.... be sure to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the amazing pieces the rest of the design team have created!

OK - let's get started....

I started with an 8x10 canvas board and got out my Ranger paint dabbers - I used pool, red pepper, citrus and purple twilight.  I swiped all the different colors onto the canvas and used my fingers to blend the colors together.  I must admit there were some "muddy" patches that I had to dry and go over again to brighten the colors up again, so don't be discouraged if you get some mud when blending the paints.

Once the paint was dry, I used the harlequin stencil and my Ranger craft scraper to "smoosh" some gesso (Claudine Hellmuth) through the stencil - the most important thing here is that you do NOT want a nice clean, defined image... messier and uneven is better!  When the gesso dried, I re-applied the stencil over the gessoed areas and spritzed mint perfect pearl mist over the stencil again - I love the shimmery look this gives.  Another confession:  this *mint* color is never one I would have chosen for myself, but I had to use it in my class with Dyan Reaveley because all the other colors had been taken by other students... happy accident.... LOVE this color!  Looks great over dark colors.

Then I got out my Bitty Grunge stamp set (Tim Holtz) and used the dots to stamp in random areas on the canvas with jet black archival ink.  Then used white (snow cap) paint dabber to stamp white dots over the black ones for some dimension.  Then I used the small splatter stamp from Tim's Urban Tapestry stamp set, with white paint dabber, to stamp splatters in the spaces that needed filling.  When the paint dries, it looks like the paint has worn away in areas - this was a total accident but I like it!

Next up was to use my craft scraper (the edge), dipped in a tiny bit of gesso (both white and black) to create some hash marks in random spots.  I like the look over the over-lapping lines - very architectural to me. 

OK... so now the background is done... time to embellish!

I started by placing some of Tim's link chain across the width of the canvas to give some movement to the piece - the chain draws your eye across the canvas, and gives some separation to the large space.  I adhered the chain to the canvas with multi-medium (matte).

Then I stamped the "It's Not Who You Are..." sentiment from Tim's Just Thoughts stamp set on white card stock, cut out each word, and arranged them across the width of the canvas.  Again - placing the words across the width of the canvas draws the eye across the piece.  Glued the words down, and traced around them with a black pitt pen.

Now it's time for IDEA-OLOGY.... I used:  ruler ribbon, light bulbs, wings, clock faces, game spinners, small lock, pen nibs, metal corners, and a crown - phew!  Idea-ology overload!  Love it! I also used an old skeleton key I found at an antique store.  All of the idea-ology was glued down with multi-medium (matte).

And, finally.... I added some "bling" bits in random areas, over some of the dotty stamping areas, to give just a hint of sparkle.  I'm not a BIG bling girl, but I like just a hint of it for the sparkle factor.
And there you have it! 

If you throw your hat in the ring this week you'll have a chance to win a $50 shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp!

Thanks for stopping by - please let me know if you have any questions - if you leave your email in your comment I will do my best to answer your question. Have a great week - see you next week!

~ ellen.


Helen said...

Ellen, this just totally rocks! I love the colours and everything you have used here.. what a start to your DT with the SSSS team...

Kaz said...

Ellen.....OMG you have created a wonderful, amazing, sensational, brilliant guess Im loving this one!! Great work Ellen you got me wanting to go get inky!!
Mahoosive hugs


Kaz said...

ooop meant to add a piece of art after the brilliant!! doh!!


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Ellen, fabulous start, I love your inky background and the layers of colour. Beautifully embellished. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Ellen....what a way to start out on a DT! WOW! Love everything about your piece! Tons of technique and wonderful ideas! <3 Candy

betjunroe said...

Awesome project, Ellen! I love the paint dabber colors you used. Guess I'll have to add to my collection. You're such an enabler--LOL. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lori said...

Fantastic first project Ellen! Totally love this! And, congratulations!

Gillian .... said...

Ellen, this 1st DT project rocks, totally LOVE everything about this canvas , way to go girl, look forward to seeing many more:) x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Absolutely stunning creation, Ellen. I am loving all the wonderful bright colors and terrific textures. Terrific layout and how wonderful are all those metal pieces! Fabulous first piece for the SSSS team! So excited to be creating along side such a talented artist!


Marjie Kemper said...

Fantastic! Love the colors and textures and the chain, especially is so cool adding motion as you said. Wonderful DT piece!

sasa said...

How fabulous - bursting with wonderful colour and creativity... I hope you are sneaking back to your post and admiring it too. Yes - that's you there...Congrats on your first DT, you will be brilliant, enjoy the ride!

email: said...

Hi Ellen,

WELCOME!! We're so thrilled to have you as part of our team :) I love the mixture of bright and beautiful colors you used on the canvas and the sentiment is perfect!

Simon Says Stamp!

Alison said...

I love everything about your fantastic artwork Ellen! The colours, the stamping, the embellishments, all just look amazing! Thanks for sharing how you created it!
Alison xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a beautiful canvas, great metal elements on it.

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor blimey hun, SO much work!!! Congrats again... you know I will keep on saying that! LOVE your canvas... tis ;lushly... hope you feeling betterXX