Thursday, March 14, 2013

I've Got The 'Blues' !

Hi everyone it's one of the new girls here! I'm Toni and I'm here to share a project using some of the new Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps. Kim very kindly sent me the fabulous Industrial Blue Print Set to have a play with and this is what I've come up with.
 It started life as a size 8 tag and gradually grew into a card ! How did that happen? Let me explain.. the first step was to colour the tag with a generous coating of Picket Fence Distress Stain. Once this was dry I stamped over the surface with the gears stamp in Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I also added the light rays using an old favourite stamp from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge set.
 I then stamped the light bulb twice, on a sheet of acetate with black Staz On. I gave the stamped image a little colour with Butterscotch Alcohol Ink. If you have a go at this, be sure to apply the ink on the opposite side to the stamping otherwise your image will disappear before your very eyes, just as my first attempt did when I wasn't concentrating !
 Next stop was to cut a few gears. I used the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets set, and cut them from manila card, which I coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. I also coloured a few Alterations gears with Snow Cap white Paint Dabber and added a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink once they were dry.
 I wrote the words on a separate piece of card, in a kind of Tim Holtz Blueprint style, using a Faded Jeans Distress Marker. I then cut them out and mounted them on some dimensional pads. Once all the elements were prepared, I started to assemble the tag. I attached the first light bulb with transparent double sided tape and then added the second bulb on top bending it slightly to add a more 3 dimensional look.There's just a little tape at the top and bottom leaving the middle free. Here's a side view.
Once the tag was finished I pondered for a while and had my own 'light bulb moment'  ahaa! this tag wants to be a card. I thought this would be a good one for the man in my life who's birthday's in May, he also works in industry so it's a perfect subject.  After looking through my stash for some suitable card, I found my Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper. I selected a piece which had some technical drawings on, which I goes well with the industrial theme. I coloured it with Picket Fence Distress Stain, and edged it with a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Finally I mounted this onto a piece of blue card which I stamped with the gears stamp around the edges,using Picket Fence Distress Paint. I had a slight camera malfunction as the battery expired before I was able to take some pics of the background. Note to self: charge battery before starting a project !! I hope you are inspired to have a go with a bit of Blue Print Stamping. As well as stocking the products I used featured below, Kim  has just taken delivery of a whole heap of the latest arrivals from Stamper's Anonymous. I'm heading over to the shop now to start compiling my wish list!x


12 comments:

Bonnie Irvine said...

Toni, this tag turned card is fabulous. The dimensional lightbulb on the acetate looks so cool...great idea to add the glow. The background looks very industrial and the lettering is a wonderful detail. Love the mix of the stamped images and the 3d gears.

Kim said...

Love this, Toni! Love that lightbulb...amazing!

Annette Green said...

So very cool! Love how you layered the two lightbulbs like that. Clever idea and great tag/card!

Donna-Marie said...

WOW! You made your first post exciting! The light bulb on acetate was a great idea (no pun intended) and the colors/gears are perfect. I never saw that stamp set as something I would use...but you changed my mind!!!

Erin Smetak said...

What an awesome card! LOVE the lightbulb! You've given me some good ideas to use w/ that set!

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous! Love the 3D aspects of the lightbulb (what a cool image, too!) Great post.

butterfly said...

What a great tag/card! Love the dimensionality on the lightbulb, and your "blueprint" lettering - great work!
Alison x

Redanne said...

Wow Toni, absolutely amazing first EP project, love this and love your light bulb moment too - a really wonderful tag/card. Hugs, Anne x

Buttons said...

Fantastic first project Toni. Love the lightbulb idea - clever! Enjoy compiling that wishlist! Hugs, Jenny x

Teresa Jaye said...

WOW Toni - what a brilliant project!!!!! Love how you illuminated the light bulb and the background is completely amazing!

Dorothy said...

I just love this!!

Tracy said...

Wooohooo Toni...great tag and the lightbulb...WOW!!!
Hugs
Tracy
xoxo