Thursday, 30 September 2010

Autumn Days

Mark, my husband very generously decided to share his cold with me so today I've been feeling a bit snotty and grotty and sorry for myself. I spent the morning die cutting 200 greyboard somethings, sorry can't tell you what they are as they are for Artsycrafts and that would spoil the surprise. After that little marathon, thought I would make my last project for this month for Tim to cheer myself up.

I'm still liking the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die and thought I would re-visit a technique that Tim showed me quite a few years ago using die cuts and metal adhesive tape. It's a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.

I took a wooden frame and canvas and painted them both with Rangers Black Acrylic paint dabber. Once dry, I added some gold and copper highlights to the frame.
Whilst the paint on the frame was still wet, I sprinkled on some of Rangers Queens Gold embossing powder and heated it to add some texture to the frame.

I stamped some of Tim's new leaves stamps and some text on the black canvas using the same paint dabbers. Please clean your stamp immediately, you really don't want the paint to dry on the stamps, it's a challenge to clean them if the paint has dried. After all the images were in place, I added some copper to the edges of the canvas.

Now to start work on the tags. First of all die cut some of the Tattered Leaves and stick them to a tag. Trim away any parts that are hanging over the edges of the tag.

Next cut a piece of metal tape slightly bigger than the tag. Please be aware that this stuff is beyond sticky and it is not a good idea to remove all the backing tape in one go as it can curl up on itself and make a big fine mess. Here's a little trick to help you avoid that. Remove the backing tape from the top right corner, bend over the metal tape and stick it to your craft sheet. Do the same to the bottom left corner, then when it is held in place on the craft sheet, remove the rest of the backing paper.

Place your tag with the die cuts face down on to the sticky side of the tape. Turn it over and rub firmly with a paper stump to smooth out any wrinkles and to highlight the die cut shapes.

Use a pointy TSS tool to outline the images.

And to draw some details on the leaves.

Cut away the excess metal from the corners and fold the rest behind the tag for nice neat edges..

Take a brass brush and scrub the background metal using a circular motion. This will roughen the surface and any paint that is applied will stick better to this roughened surface.

Apply a coat of black paint dabber over the whole tag.

Take a paper towel and wipe away the excess.

I also like to polish up the leaves, it makes a nice contrast against the rougher background.

I then used Terra Cotta, Pesto and Raisin alcohol ink over the whole tag, I love these colours for an autumnal look. I used the same technique for the other tags using Tim Holtz Market Place alphabet die.

I also coloured some Ideaology pieces with Raisin and Gold alcohol ink, it completely changes the look of them

Now a few close ups of some of the features which can be a bit difficult to see in the whole picture.

And the final piece....enjoy!

Until next time, Lin


Helen said...

Wow, Lin, even when you're feeling ill you create magical works of art. This is STUNNING!
Hope you feel better soon.

Linda Elbourne said...

WOW! This is a beauty ... LOVE it! I hope you are feeling a little bit better now X The piccies are looking good too ... Does one have a new camera :0)

Daniele said...

sorry to here you are ill Lin, I can't believe that you can produce such great art whilst poorly...amazing

Jackie said...

It's gorgeous!
Hope you feel better soon.

chris'nlinda said...

Love those leaf stamps! Great canvas. Hope you're feeling better soon!

Linda Cain said...

Gorgeously Wonderful!!! BRAVO!

Sarah A said...

Aren't en just generous with their gers lol! Hope you are feeling better soon!

This is amazingly gorgeous, love the metallic leaves!


Liz said...

Wow fantastic love it. Hope you feel better soon.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Hope you soon feel better. I love your Autumn canvas. Love the TH leaf stamps

Artyjen said...

Beautiful :) Can't wait to have a play myself this weekend now! Hope you are feeling better soon.....
xoxo Sioux

Stampersue said...

Hi Lin - Autumn is my fave time of year I just love the colours on your work - you have really capture the feel of an autumn day.

Hope you are soon feeling better:-)


barbara b. said...

Hope you feel better soon. When you do, can you share some details on the metal adhesive tape? I'd like to try it out and am having trouble finding it on the 'net. Thanks!

jan said...

Oh my, so very creative!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful creation, wow! It is positively striking! Thanks for the beautiful photos and wonderful tutorial, you've inspired me to go try some new techniques ;-)
Vicki B in OP NY

Piddawinkle said...

I stand amazed at the level of your creativeness Lin, its inspirational, now if only I hadnt decided to re-arrange my craft room last night, so looks like a bomb has hit it at the moment, I could get my tape and die cuts out to play with, oh well inspiration to get on with it, have a great weekend

Hilda xx said...

Fabulous Lin, really lovely piece of art. I have all the "ingredients", just need to "me" time!!! Hope you are feeling better - try giving your immune system a boost with daily dose if liquid Echinacea. I never believed in "herbal mumbo-jumbo" but this really does keep you cold and flu free!!

Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous piece Lin, so many elements to look at, I love the Autumnal theme and all the embellishments. Hope you feel better soon, Tracy Evans x

Wanda H said...

This is gorgeous, Lin!!!

Val said...

Fabulous piece of work Lin. Just love it.


Martina2801 said...

I am so very delighted to see the wonderful canvas you have created. I love the colors and all the pretty details that you have decorated this with. You have done a fabulous job on this! It`s gorgeous!
I am enjoying visiting your wonderful blog!

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DF - Heidi said...

blimey I wish I could make such wondeful stuff when i get a snotty nose ;0)

Yvonne said...

This is really wonderful, what a beauty! Everytime I look at it, I see something new. Thanks for your clear description!
Many greeting from Yvon

mustavcoffee said...

Woaw absolutely beautiful:0) xx

MvM-design said...

Wowww I love it!!