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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Red Letter Day




An Interesting life!
This is the first time I have created a larger project using some of the techniques that I learnt during the 12 Tags of Christmas and I was really pleased with the results though the photo's have not picked up all of the details too well. I used the triple embossing techniques from Day 8 as well as the water splatting technique.

Creating the background -Tempus Fugit!


I cut a tag from a 12x12 sheet and then, stamped and embossed Tim Holtz clocks. onto the paper and stamped 'Tempus Fugit (time flies) too.
My Favourite Hampton Arts Stamp circa 2001

I stamped my wistful lady using Rich Cocoa Momento Ink. and painted  the lips and eyes with Worn Lipstick and Broken China Distress Ink, which were then covered in clear embossing powder and heat set. I covered the whole image in Clear Distress Embossing Ink and  embossing powder and embossed a second time. I repeated this process again,  this time,,, tapping hard to remove the the excess powder into a bin prior to embossing. I used a blending tool  and Vintage Photo distress ink and worked it  in a circular motion (quite hard) over the whole image. The Distress ink seeps into any gaps - Neat  huh? Here is a link to HRH T!m's instructions for this great technique...  12 tags of Christmas  The eyes and lips are more raised than the background image, which looks really cool.

and I shall call him... Bert!

I stamped the Tim Holtz gentleman  (who I shall call Bert) and then triple embossed him as well, this time making lots of cracks in the glaze by gently bending it - great fun! - this could be the new bubble wrap for me! I dropped a few dots of  the  distress inks I had out onto this image between the embossing stages. I repeated the process on the Hot Air Balloon  and also embossed the Portabello Road Postcards and The Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower image.
Red Letter Day - or Letters Wrapped in Blue?
I spent a while arranging the elements until they told the tale of the lady in a way that I think she would have liked! I am entering this into several challenges: including Grungy Monday Challenge 32 and the Red Letter Challenge at Simon Says Stamp and show http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/2012/01/simon-says-stamp-and-show-red-letter.htmland Sunday Stampers and http://theartisticstamper.blogspot.com/2012/01/birthday-bonanza-card-candy.html

25 comments:

Plume said...

AWsome! Incredebly artful! I love all the detailed images, the icing technique used and the whole assemblage of the pieces. Beautiful!

Maria said...

Wow, wonderful job, Anna! Ha ha, and I love how you gave Bert a name! So artsy and wonderful romantic colors. :) Hope you have a great rest of your week!

Anita Houston said...

Oh my gosh...I'm floored...this is fantastic, and different!!! Love this craziness from you, it's wonderful, and this is gorgeous mixed media at it's best!!!

Ellen said...

Fantastic project1 Thanks for sharing how you made it! :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Brilliant card, LOVE all those different elements, especially the crackled chap... how cool is that! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper x

Sue said...

Well I'm speechless over here! This is totally beautiful and amazing. Love how you had to name Bert but not the lady! I think I'll call her Lips!

anna christensen crafts said...

Lips it is then Sue! Though, I believe that may actually turn out to be an acronym for (drum roll) Lady Isobel Parker-Smythe! - she has a look of mystery in her eye as well as wistful longing. I may be inspired to produce a follow up piece (I'm a bit worried though that Bert might turn out to be a well known Regency Jewel thief and a bit of a cad!!)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely creation and great techniques, love the cracks with the gentleman, very cool. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Shelly Hickox said...

Very cool! Love all the different elements you used!

Candy C said...

Hi Anna. Your piece is really wonderful! I really love your top image of the partial lady's face. You colorized her beautifully. That blue eye and red lips really pop. I love all of the layering of ephemera as well. Beautiful job. Thank so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Lynn Stevens said...

Great piece and great use of Tim's techniques.
Way to rock the challenge
Hugs Lynn

pooky said...

Anna, I love this!!! How funny, the techniques you used is one of my favorites to!
♥hugs♥
Bev

Anonymous said...

This is stunning!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You*ve created a wonderful collage, the cracked glass looks fab.

Ellen said...

Wow Anna! This project is awesome. You did a fantastic job on it.

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful collage of images! Love your focal image!

Crafty Chick Designs said...

What a fun tag - Bert & LIPS! love it. Wonderful texture abounds, especially crackled Bert.

Alison said...

Awesome artwork Anna!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous work of art Anna, just love all the TH techniques you have used and they have come together perfectly.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Lottie said...

This is absolutely stunning and works really well with the silver background

Kirsten Alicia said...

This is WONDERFUL!! I love all the different elements, they work together perfectly.

Sarah said...

A really creative and wonderful piece - love the images, faded colours and layers. Thanks so much for joining in with The Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. Sarah.

Craft Owl said...

I love Bert. Lovely card and great inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Marie x

Emma said...

An absolutely fabulous piece of artwork...wonderful detail and I adore the crackled effect on Bert!
Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
Love Emma xx

Artyjen said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous entry with us this month at The Artistic Stamper.....good luck!
xoxo Sioux