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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #18 Hard & Soft Deconstructed

The fabulous Texas Grandma Bev has commissioned us to all use both metal & ribbon on our creations today, so here’s my addition! Be sure to drop by the Rubbernecker Blog to get all the challenge details and the links to the other DT members blogs for their take on the challenge today. I absolutely love how this turned out. First off, I have to tell you that the entire design and inspiration came from the June/July Stampers’ Sampler magazine with their new deconstructed stamping feature. This issue, the artist is Pam Carriker and I did use the same basic colors, the images and end result are my own though. Don’t you just love finding something inspiring, trying to duplicate the technique/look and having it evolvle? I never would have added the bold black and white triangular border to my work, but it sure frames in the images and pulls the whole project together. Pam has a great eye for detail and color that’s for sure! I am going to show you the finished project and then back up and go through step by step with the deets and photos together. I hope it makes sense and that you like the format. Here’s the finished piece. I am thinking of having it custom framed with the 7 gypsies door knob that I hung the hanger on. I will post the final project if I decide on a mat and frame etc………


The image base is stamped on Prism Simply Smooth Vanilla. The red is Prism Cranberry Dark and the Green is Sage Dark. I mounted the Prism layers on a piece of Graphix chipboard. The finished size of the stamped layer is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" & the finished size mounted on the chipboard is 4 3/4" x 6"


Stipple Adirondack pigment inks on Prism simply smooth vanilla cardstock. I used Butterscotch, Terra Cotta & Bottle. Spritz with a Ranger mini mister filled with water, let dry or heat to dry with a craft iron.

Stamp images randomly on dry stippled layer. I prefer to stamp using Versafine ink as it is a fast drying pigment ink that resists water. I used Vintage Sepia for this step. The stamps include How do I love thee script RN 246-13 & Solid Diamond 1546-SO


P6290004Cut a window out of a sheet of scrap paper if your image is larger than you want to stamp. Mask the area, ink the image and stamp through the mask. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position my image. The image is Time Collage 1611-SO and inked the image with Versafine Smokey Grey.


Punch a 1 /14” square out of a piece of scrap cardstock for a pattern. Trace diamonds onto edge of layer with pencil. I didn’t worry about them being the same size or even at all. I think with the random coloring the size variations add to the overall project.


Free hand in stripes on diamonds using a Copic Black marker and Inkssentials white gel pen.

As a final note, the Life is a Journey, Dream & There is no painful effort text is from Scratches & stains. The eye with script above the brass bookplate os 260-1 RN They were inked/stamped in Versafine Onyx Black


Here’s a close up of some of the detail. The tag is from a Tim Holtz Journal ticket that I made into a tag to suit my needs. I sponged the edges of my project and layers using Distress Tea Dye ink. Oh, the grommet on my tag would have covered my stamped words if I had it all the way on the tag, so I just punched the edge of the tag using a 3/8”circle punch and attached the grommet over the edge. The spinners are Tim Holtz, Lock/Key/Chain Hobby Lobby jewelry dept. and the book plate and fibers are vintage. The hanger is an unknown source and the brass knob is by 7gypsies. Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Shelly, this is a fantastic project. And should definitely frame it. I would love to see it in person.

  2. Wow Shelly this is gorgeous, love everything about it and you should have it framed!!

  3. WAY COOL!!
    This is just amazing!! I love the layers of colors and stamps!


  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Shelly!!! No wonder you want to frame it! I never would have known that the stipes were drawn on and not a piece of background paper!! Too cool! The whole project is too cool!!!

  5. Wonderful Shelly! Thank you for sharing, it's exciting to see what people do with your articles. I love how you used supplies you had to substitute for the paint. They worked beautifully. The hanger is a nice addition as well.
    Pam Carriker

  6. Shelly this is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love every little detail and accessory.

  7. OMG....This is soooooo your funky style!

  8. A standing ovation for you today!! Gorgeous work!!!

  9. Shelly, you did another wonderful job with this project; really like all the details you add to it!

  10. Holy Moley, Shelly!! No wonder you're considering having this treasure framed! The collective adornments and wonderful ink layering just beckon the viewer to come on in a little closer! Wowza!!


  11. Wow, I would definitely have it framed! Every time I look at it I see something different! Love it.

  12. OMG, Shelly...this is sooo gorgeous!!!! I love all the images you used and the colors are beautiful...the tut is awesome, too!!!!


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