November 7, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Recycle/Upcycle

a.k.a..... tribute to Ranger Products and Designers!

Hi all,

Well, I didn't set out to do this, but when I finished my project for this week, I realized I had used products from my 4 favorite Ranger Designers, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Claudine Hellmuth and..... drum roll.... the very recent addition of Dyan Reaveley as the newest Signature Designer!  I'm so happy for Dyan and can't wait to see what she and Ranger have cooked up for us!

This week's theme on Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is to do a project using something recycled or up-cycled.  I started out with an old book I found at an antique store...

I cut the cover off the book, cut it in half, and then set about the business of altering it.

I started by covering both halves with Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas and used Ranger's craft scraper to apply a thick, uneven coat of gesso.  Once dry, I colored with brushed corduroy distress stain, and some generous spritzes with biscotti and cappuccino perfect pearl mists.  I love that it looks like an old plaster wall.

Then I used jet black archival ink to stamp the leafy border (quickly becoming my most-used) stamp from Dyan Reaveley's Further Round the Edge set, coloring in each leaf with both patina green and bronze perfect pearls (the pearl powder mixed with water makes great paint), and finally outlining everything with a black pitt pen to make the images stand out.  At this point I joined the two halves together with Graphic 45 hinges.

Starting with the left hand side, I added some of Wendy Vecchi's art parts - the leaf from THIS set and than hand from THIS set.  The leaf is colored with forest moss distress stain and accented with a white paint pen, and added one of Tim's pen nibs to look like a fountain pen.

The hand is colored with frayed burlap distress stain and has a cuff, cut from Tim's trimmings colored with aged mahogany distress stain.  The sentiment is from Dyan Reaveley's "Quintessential Quotes" set, aged with antique linen distress ink.

Moving on to the right side... I used more art parts... the large queen/crown from THIS set (with the matching stamp from THIS Studio 490 stamp set), the flourish from THIS set, and the umbrella from THIS set.  The queen is colored with frayed burlap distress stain, with the eyes and lips colored with Ranger's cut 'n' dry nibs (broken china for the eyes and worn lipstick for the lips). 

Her crown was colored with crushed olive distress stain and stamped with a background from Dyan Reaveley's basic backgrounds set.  The flourish was colored with forest moss distress stain and a white paint pen. The umbrella was colored with aged mahogany and vintage photo distress stains, and then stamped with another Dylusions background.  Gave the whole umbrella a coat of rock candy crackle paint.  Added the bird from Tim's adornments, and the Maya Road velvet resin blossom, which was altered with rusty hinge distress stain and spritz of cappuccino perfect pearl mist.

I've been wanting to combine Dylusions stamps with Wendy's Art Parts for a while, and this is a good start.  Come back later this week for another art parts project I've been working on.  It's not a Dylusions take on it, but I think you'll enjoy it.

I hope you have a chance to join in the fun of this week's Challenge.  The design team has really come up with some interesting ideas on ways to recycle or up-cycle different things - so creative!  As always, if you join in and link up your project you'll have a chance to win a $50 shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp!

Have a great week!

~ ellen.


Helen said...

Love this altered book, Ellen!

Cath Wilson said...

Absolutely breathtaking work. So much detail and so beautifully done x

Nancy Wethington said...

I agree with the previous post - a work of art! This is gorgeous. Just the idea of using book covers hinged together was enough then you added all the layers of technique. WOW! And now I have to get Dyan's stamp set because those leaves are gorgeous!

Candy C said...

Ellen...your altered book cover is just amazing! I love how you mixed Wendy and Dyan together on this piece! I love your design and all of the colors you used. THe 7 Gypsies hinges are really nice on this piece as well. You did a fantastic job! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous recycled piece Ellen, love your altered book and the mix of artists products, beautifully executed. Tracy x

Terry said...

Hey there Ellen, love your recycled bookcover wowzersss fabulous colors and really AMAZINGLY done Hugs TErry xxxx

Gillian .... said...

Hey Ellen .... this altered book project is just fab hun, the old plaster wall effect is so real like and the mix of 490/Dylusions look great together. Your rocking girl:) xx

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Wow! What a gorgeous project! I love all the embellishments and the sentiment is perfect! You would make Tim, Claudine, Wendy, and Dyan very proud :)

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Sarah said...

one totally wonderful and artistic composition Bursting with creative colours and ideas and homage to all things lovely and Rangery! Love the muted colours and canvas texture and all the extra fine details and arty paint work - really great Ellen - keep on rolling!

Wanda H said...


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

What a delightful array of designs, patterns and textures. Love how you used the gesso to create an uneven texture. What a fun piece you have created out of an unwanted book cover!

Hope you have had a great week.