Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CC2C - Week 14

Hello Everyone!  For this week's challenge the technique chosen from the Tim Holtz book, A Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2, is Gilded Kraft Glassine on page 39.  It wouldn't be right to show you the details of the technique so if you want to see them you need to buy the book here!

The challenge is hosted by the Linda on her Studio L3 blog.  Our sponsor for this week, with a $25 gift certificate, is Linda at the Funkie Junkie's Boutique!  Thanks to both of you ladies!  I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

I've had the TH hot air balloon stamp for quite some time and wanted to use it for this challenge.  This is what I did...

I started out with a 5"x8" piece of manila cardstock and applied Ranger Distress Inks in various colors. It would probably be easier for me to tell you which inks I didn't use as I just kept adding and blending until I liked the colors!  Then I used the TH SA Mixed Media cling rubber stamps and added the honeycomb and dot textures. The other images are the TH SA balloon, of course, as well as TH SA Fairytale Frenzy (words), Visual Artistry City Central (cityscape) and Lost & Found (birds).

For the balloon I created the gilded Ideaology Kraft Glassine and then stamped the balloon five times. The pieces were mounted on cardstock, cut out, folded in half and glued together to give the three-dimensional look. I realized that smoothing out the glassine to glue it to the cardstock did take away from the technique and I almost gave up on the design and started over.  But I was really feeling good about the way this would turn out so I stuck with it!  The saying was stamped on manila cardstock and then cut out and distressed with Ranger Walnut Distress Ink.

The cardstock is mounted on a 5"x8" papier mache' plaque that I had in my stash.  I marked off the sides and painted them with black and white acrylic paint before mounting the manila cardstock piece to it.

I had to cut a small hole in the back in order to put the Ideaology clock key on the top. I added the Ideaology box corners and sprocket gears with Ranger Glossy Accents. The Ideaology "Dreams" word key is hanging from a garment pin attached with small brad and glossy accents.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping to take a look!


  1. Very nice, I really like this.

  2. Hey Donna, this piece turned out really nicely! I like the warm colours you chose, the pop-out air balloon and the sentiment :)

  3. Fanterrifitastic!!!! Love the chunky canvas and the color, but the balloon over the city really has me swooning! Love how you think!!!! This is an awesome design!!!

  4. Wow, I'm missing words, that's a breathtaking piece. Love the colors, the elements and all.

  5. Wow - I love the images you chose and the composition - and all the way you used your embellishments to set it off is perfection, especially the clock winder at the top you used to hang the chain from. I am inspired to do something similar to hang up in my studio, I just love it!

  6. By the way, it's nice to know another artsy accountant. My degree is in studio art and I work as an accountant - everyone thinks that's funny and off kilter - I just say I'm well rounded ;-)

    1. Hi Lorna, Yay for us Artist/Accountants! It's a battle to keep the left-brain from making my work too neat and symmetrical. Sometimes it wins and I lose!

  7. Donna this is just beautiful. I love the sunrise/sunset colours, and your balloon is stunning x

  8. Gorgeous wall hanging Donna, such gorgeous rich colours and I love how you've created the balloon.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

  9. I totally LOVE this Donna, gorgeous colours and the balloon idea is genius!!!

  10. I'm totally in love with your work ;-) Fabulous !