Monday, July 9, 2012

Six Years Old...

Here we are again folks, back on the Monday morning bus! I hope you had a good weekend and found a little time to be creative. If like me, you can't resist vintage and shabby makes then maybe the new theme of "More than One Layer" at Simon Says Stamp & Show is right up your street.
I love working with lots of layers but I wanted to try something new to me and decided to see if I could work on a 12x12 sized base. I'm not a scrap-booker, and never will be, but the expanse of space was both appealing and intimidating!

After a think, I decided to start off by creating a tag as I really wanted to use my Girls Rule stamp and I also like to have a hint of a story or mood in my head. I stamped her onto torn and crumpled Kraft Glassine Paper in Jet Black Archival ink and then heat set the image.
You do need to heat set to ensure the ink becomes embedded into the paper.  I swiped a little Walnut Stain Distress ink over the wrinkles and attached it with eyelets to a stitched tag cut from Kraft Resist Paper Stash first washed with Picket Fence Distress Stain.
My layers are made up of embossed paper, chicken wire coloured with Alcohol ink, and a page from an old poetry book stamped with a Tim flourish. Lots of torn edges and Distress ink along the way of course...
and more layers of gessoed gauze, cardboard, crochet lace and an aged Idea-ology number. In the corner I added a snippet of text from the same poem, "You promised me high heeled shoes..." A matter of of great importance if you are just six...
More splashes of Idea-ology...  Ball chain, a strip of ruler ribbon and an inky Ornate plate which contains a typed scrap covered with Mica. Here you can also see the stitching and more stamped flourishes on the background paper.
I just had to add a few shabby flowers so I cut lots of the smaller Tattered Florals from old brown paper and used four layers for each one. I scrumpled them up, aged them with lots of Distress ink, before fixing them together with a brad. I also added a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mist for a little antique sheen.
I wrapped the tag in wire and brown string, adding a Philosophy tag which I 'rusted up' with Distress Embossing powder and Alcohol ink. For a contrast in colour I layered a music page scrap under the tag, adding a few butterflies and a trinket pin.
 I played around with the composition for quite a while before finally deciding to stick it all down - taking a quick photo beforehand to remember where it all went! I even added more lace, string and a button at the end... I set the whole piece on distressed corrugated cardboard as a sort of frame and for extra strength.

So there you have it, my first 12x12! Vintage layers galore... You could go for layers of paper, paint, stamping, fabric. Pile 'em up and on I say. Just take a look at all the ideas the Design Team came up with! Do join in as we love to see everyone's different creations. You could win this fabulous $50 voucher or maybe be one of our top three artists! I hope you enjoyed your visit, thanks for being here! See you soon,
Sarah.

31 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Fantastic..not much else to say but wow! Trace x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...awesome piece Sarah...love the colours and textures...gorgeous...Mel :)

Helen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Please do more of these works of art..... love all your layers. Can't wait to play at this challenge.

AJ said...

What a great piece, I LOVE the DETAILS, who says you are not a scrap booker, you'll make a great one…

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

This piece is stunning Sarah, so much attention to detail. Love all your rusted elements and that ideaology tag looks so old, love it. Love your stamped image on Glassine, perfect for your layered piece. When you create layered pieces you always place everything together so beautifully. Love the addition of the poem scrap and your use of your typewriter . Tracy x

Candy C said...

Sarah, as always, this is such a stunning piece. You always know exactly how to make things go together that no one else ever would have thought go together! I love all of your layers and all of the different elements you have used...metals, papers, alcohol inks, etc.
Love, Candy

ellen vargo said...

OMG Sarah, your 12x12 piece is Gorgeous! Stunning! Love that you incorporated a tag into the piece - love the wrapped tag, the chicken wire, and all the lush layers! (I feel like I should say... thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show...old habits die hard...LOL!) Love & Hugs to you. Ellen xxx

Gisèle said...

Stunning work !! too wowed to say much more !!!

Michelle Gregory said...

very nice.

May said...

I absolutely LOVE what you've done here! The layers, the texture - so stunning. :) Hope all is well with you + baby!

Redanne said...

I find it hard to put into words what I feel about your piece - other than Wow!

Gillian .... said...

Hi Sarah ... where to start on this project, wow, so many layered details for the eye to take in, texture heaven too. Hugs to you an ruby:) x

Anita Houston said...

Outstandng layout!!! Oh the texture....amazing!!! Drooling over this!

butterfly said...

Utterly lovely! Amazing detail, layering, textures and techniques. To die for...!
Alison x

Judy Bigg said...

Wow, gorgeous work.

Sandy said...

I would not even know where to begin to make something as wonderful as what you have created. I love what you have done - It's creative, interesting and very tactile. I will try something like this one day and that us a promise to me!
Sandy

rainette said...

very beautiful

Alie said...

What a great layered creation...so many nice details, superb!

greetings, Alie :-)

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Awesome piece of Art Sarah
Very very beuatiful

Greetings Janny

Kate said...

Wow! I can't tell you how much I love this piece. It inspired me so much I started a canvas last night for the SSS challenge! I love the many textures and pieces used. The color scheme is also very appealing. Loving that chicken wire.

fairyrocks said...

You just blow my summer socks off everytime you set yourself to create. You are an 'Artist' no matter what the medium. Gorgeous.
Keep smiling and creating

Craftychris said...

Fabulous piece! I would be too scared to try a 12 x 12 project like this! I am so impressed! xx

Lori said...

Absolutely fabulous Sarah! I LOVE what you've done with all the layers!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Amazing layering, Sarah! I love all the vintage-y browns and cream colors you used and the touches of stitching are a nice touch!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Terry said...

Hey there Sarah, loving your fabby piece of art, all the fabulous layers they work so great together I am loving each and eveyrone of them wowzersss Thanks for sharing sweetie, hugs terry xxxx

Dangina Martinez said...

Absolutely Fantastic! Love all the distressing and metallic used. Every week is a treat with you.
Hugs, Dangina

mark gould said...

wow, this is beautiful. totally love it.
I have just been given some of that paper to try out, not been brave enough yet but might just give it a go now. mark x

Marjie Kemper said...

Loving all your browns and so many beautiful layers here.... just totally 100% gorgeous!

Jolanda said...

your work is absolutely stunning! I love the layers and details - there is so much to see :)

Anna-Karin said...

This is gorgeous! Love all the layers and textures. TFS!

Gabby said...

The distressing, textures, techniques, visual interest ... wow! :)