Thursday 30 August 2012

Texture Challenge from Creative Expressions - DT Call

Hello fellow bloggers.

As you may know Creative Expressions have a DT call out and how could I not enter especially with new stamps every month as an incentive. Wow!

I have quite an ecletic style as those of you who follow my blog will know but I do have a particular penchant for anything steampunk/vintage. So with a texture challenge in mind I decided to use my CE stamps from the Vintage Inventor plate and here is my entry.

 Texture paste was used with the steampunk mask in each corner of the card and once dry the whole card was coloured with DIs Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany.

Die cut cogs were crackled with red as the base coat and green on top, these were snipped in pieces and attached on either side of the card and topped with metal cogs. For more texture, a couple of pieces of builders scrim were coloured with the DIs and added on either side of the image. This is such a versatile medium to use and as a bonus it is self adhesive!

The Inventor was stamped onto calico fabric and coloured with diluted distress stains, a piece of wadding placed behind it and then sewn onto hessian and attached to the card with faux screw brads. The light bulb stamp was used with heatable film and fibres to create what I hope look like lit bulbs!

I love making flowers and here I have used various materials for different textures: the rose was made with kraft glassine; the rolled rose with cordinations, the carnation with tissue and dictionary paper stained with DS peeled paint and aged mahogany; another was made with lace, chiffon and a metal flower with a clear bead in the centre: a fimo rose; a string swirl; to which I added metal leaves and flower, pins and buttons with a TH die cut clock underneath.

At the bottom of the card I criss crossed a few bits of leftover ric rac ribbon and added clock hands and wings to the centres.To finish, a row of white fabric roses tinted with DS peeled paint and aged mahogany, a wooden bird, a crown, a pin with the word Inventor and the light bulbs.

This is a very busy piece but I think it all works together and it is an attempt to emulate the style of Finnabair whose work is really inspiring. I am so pleased with how this has turned out that I think I will put it in a picture frame and hang it in my craft room!

Apart from the CE DT challenge I am also entering this into the following challenges: Anything floral, handmade flowers A favourite tecnique - making flowers Always Anything Goes


  1. This is amazing! So much texture and great techniques. Your photos look fab too! Xxx

  2. Thank you for joining in our second theme 'picture perfect' over on the crafty-Emblies page.

    What a fantastic piece of work! I love how all your embellishments and decoration frames the stamped image in the centre. So much time and effort has gone into this piece to make sure that it works together.

    I very much hope that we will see more entries from you in our future challenge themes.

    Hugs Lisa xxxxx DT

  3. What a fantastic creation, so many wonderful details to feast your eyes on, gorgeous work...

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’
    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

  4. WOW Joan, this is amaaaaazing, all those wonderful details and textures to look at... I bet it is really tactile. good luck with the DT app... finger's X'd for ya! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  5. Wow what wonderful layers of colour and texture! The details is just fab and I love the flowers form all sorts of materials. Love it.

    Thanks for taking part in the Crafty-Emblies 'Picture Perfect' challenge with us.


  6. Fantastic, I just love what you've done here. TFS. Hugs Rita xx

  7. Da gibt es aber viel zu entdecken.
    Danke, dass du bei uns mitgemacht hast.
    Viele Grüße Doreen EAC-Team

  8. Wow! This card is amazingly detailed and beautiful! I love your textured corners using the texture paste. The distress ink colored background is really pretty. Love all of the flowers, gears, light bulbs and other steampunkish elements you've added to this! Details...details...even down to the machine stitching around your image stamped on fabric! Love it all! Thanks for sharing this wonderful card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  9. Wonderful! I love all the texture and dimension.

    I saw your project on MIM and had to drop by for a closer look.

    Stop by my blog to check out my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!


  10. oh gosh this is simply brilliant I just love all the elements and the dimension is amazing bless you for playing at crafty-emblies this month too,hugs Cherylxxxxx

  11. his is just lushness, i adore it, we have just made some light bulbs for our shop, thank you for joining in with us at crafty-emblies

    Judie xx

  12. A super cool creation Joanie, I really like this style! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira

  13. Gorgeous - love all the elements! Thank you for sharing with us at our handmade flower challenge over on the Love to Create Challenge blog!

  14. Hi
    This is stunning. Stamping onto fabric has to be my all time favourite way to use stamps. I love the texture you achieved and there is so much to interest the eye.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this fortnight.

  15. Love your project and so many beautiful details!!!! :)

  16. So cool is this! Love how you framed him with flowers, gears and buttons! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  17. This is fantastic I love all the textures and dimension and the stamping onto fabric is a fab way to use stamps. Love how you have managed to put so much into this and it all works so so well together.

    Thank you for joining in with us on our second challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  18. Fantastic creation ! love everything about it, absolutely beautiful ! Thank You for joining us at Crafty-Emblies xx

  19. hi hun just wanted to,say well done on winning our challenge at craft emblies such a worthy winner,with this masterpiece love hugs Cherylxxxxxx

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