I’ve been participating in some of the Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenges lately and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win some blog candy and Joanne also asked if I would do a Guest Designer spot for this week. I’ve hosted a few challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers and I’ve participated in a blog hop or two, but to do a guest spot for a challenge blog would be a first for me. I think I can do this!
Joanne picks out the main colours of focus and I like to find inspiration in the elements of the photo. Can you see what I see?
I put my attention to the background first, I saw a horizontal bar at the top, vertical stripes in nuetral tones and red gingham at the bottom. The background is created from stamped impressions made with acrylic paint, moulding paste through a stencil, rubons and shimmer stains and ink. I stamped another horizontal bar to separtate the stripes and the check patterns, and I used one of the stamps I won from the Delicate Doilies II set to do this.
Who could miss that huge red ruffled heart? I made mine by hand cutting layers of dressmakers tissue in nesting sizes. These were stamped with the same check pattern I used on the background and spritzed so the ink would wick out and colour the rest of the paper. I used that stamp so I could create the look of more light and dark patches without the extra ruffling of the actual paper. I then decided I’d like to frame my heart . It may surprize fellow stampers that I own very little in the way of heart shaped things. As I was wracking my brain thnking of how I would frame my heart I had a look thru my stamp sets and found a very old Stampin’ Up set. This was never sold here in Australia since it was before their time here and I purchased it second hand from a seller in the US. It’s one of those stamp sets I had to have, don’t want to part with, but have never used. When I saw the paper heart I had made nestled perfectly inside the image I was delighted!
The other element I picked out from the inspiration photo was the square picture frame. While I was searching for a heart stamp I came across my nearly forgotten Just Rite stamps. I think these are all retired too. But in that collection I have this square ornate slide frame which fit the bill nicely for what I wanted to achieve. The rub on word and heart fit perfectly with the frame.
I just love stamping and to make my tag with so many, using a variety of techniques make me very happy indeed. Thank you Joanne for the opportunity to be part of your design team this week. And readers, I hope you join in with us this week for Challenge #45. Pop on over to the blog to see what the other team members have created.