Thursday, April 4, 2013

No stamping involved!

Shocking, but true! Here's a wall hanging that I just completed that does NOT have any stamping whatsoever! Nor does it have any Copic coloring! What it DOES have it lots of layers of paper, paint, ink, plus die cuts. Oh Yeah. There's a bit of stenciling involved too!

So here goes. This wall hanging started out as a flat canvas that I had messed up previously. I brushed Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso over it so that I'd have a cleanish background. I heat set that, then brushed on a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gloss Multi Medium to adhere some very old 7 Gyspies map paper over the canvas.

White Linen Dylusions Spray was sprayed over the patterned paper to whitewash it. That layer of paint was heat set, but the tan color was still a bit too strong, so I used my brand-new-to-me Picket Fence Distress Paint to make the background even whiter, yet retain the look of map paper. Now I must admit I was really on the fence about this paint because I really was not happy with the first generation of Paint Dabbers. My plan was to let the product shake out, read the reviews, etc. etc. Me being me, I caved in and got a few colors of the Distress Paints to try out. And I love them. Yay!

So I dabbed on some Picket Fence Distress Paint, spread it out with a cosmetic sponge, then heat set it. Then I grabbed a very old, yet much beloved Clouds stencil by Fairy Tale Creations and started to dab and sponge on Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Picket Fence, and a tad of Spun Sugar Distress paints over it to create a cloudy background. When I was done I heat set the paint. I went back and added a bit of color here and there as necessary and heat set those as well.

The next step was to grab my Steampunk Lace 6x6 Stencil by Artistcellar, sponge Chipped Sapphire and Spun Sugar Distress inks over it, and heat set. This step was repeated a few times to add a bit more gears and such around the image. Then I set the piece aside for a while.

SCACD's Alice's Clock Statement Corner
was diecut from black textured cardstock and added to the lower left hand corner of the canvas.

Plain Grungeboard was die cut using an Alterations Sewing Room die. I rubbed it with Frost Dazzle VersaMark ink, then dumped on some clear embossing powder. This was done several times to add a nice thick shiny layer to the dressform. I also used the dressform die to die cut Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape and an Inkssentials™ Sticky Back White Canvas ATC. The Foil Tape took a ride through my Big Kick in an Vintaj Steampunk Parts Sizzix DecoEmboss Folder, was adhered onto the Sticky Canvas dress form, and trimmed. Some Black Soot Distress Paint was dabbed onto the embossed tin tape, then rubbed off, leaving the tin with a nice aged look.

I traced the dressform onto a scrap of hoarded blue Bling specialty paper by FiberMark (sadly no longer in the paper crafting biz) and cut it out. A border punch was used on the hem of this part of the skirt. I die cut the black Bling overskirt using SCACD's Nature's Tapestry Fan die, then adhered it over the blue Bling skirt. The outfit was then assembled on the dressform, a glittery ribbon was added for a belt, and an Idea-Ology Mini Metal Gear was added with a blue mini-brad for the belt buckle. A tiny key was colored with a red Sharpie marker, then strung with Red Scrapper's Floss. The dressed dress form was then adhered to the canvas.

SCACD's Steampunk Wings Pair was used to die cut Blue Bling specialty paper. The wings were positioned and adhered to the dress form and the background.

An Ideology Time Piece clock face was painted with Smidge of Blue Claudine Helmuth Studio Paint, allowed to dry, then sanded to reveal the raised metal numbers and details. Another Ideology gear was added to the center of the clock with a red mini-brad. The Regal Adornments Crown by Ideology was highlighted with Sharpie markers, then adhered over the clock with dimensional foam adhesives.

Red Rhinestones were added to the Steampunk Wings Pair and the Alice's Statement Corner die cuts to finish the piece.'

Thanks for visiting today and for reading all of this!

I shall enter this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Anything Goes"
4 Crafty Chicks: #136: Charms
CCEE1314 Things With Wings
Creative Moments: Challenge #14: "Things with Wings"
PaperTake Weekly: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash #96: Not Your Ordinary Paper (I used my beloved stash of FiberMark Bling paper)
Through The CraftRoom Door: Anything Goes
• The Crafty Bloggers Network #10: Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal: Marvelous Masks and Spectacular Stencils


  1. Wow! This is really creative.
    Thanks for playing with us this week at TTCRD.

  2. OMWord, Kathi! What was I just saying about the techniques you used. I read all through these, and I was exhausted when I got to the end. How do you have the time and patience for so much work? I so admire that--I could never, ever do the same! Fantastic creation--I love everything about it! Everything! Thank you for sharing this gem with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again very soon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  3. Awesomely creative piece of art Kathi!! Love the details and I'm so impressed you remember what you do each step of the way - I just usually dive straight in and forget it all once I've done it :)

  4. Thanks for joining our charms challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  5. Kathi, you are amazing.

    I love your design sense and you continue to be my standard that I strive for.

    All the elements and colors come together so beautifully and the combination of solid and more filagreed elements is stunning.

    I had to laugh when I read the title because I felt the same way on my alien painting as it had no patterned paper at all.

    You rock!

  6. Wow what an amazing work of art, love your detailed description of all the techniques involved, thank you for joining us at Creative Moments

  7. wow so much detail in your post, how very generous of you to share. I just love your creation, thanks so much for joining us at 4 CC this week for the Charm Challenge :)

  8. Your no stamping piece is awesome!! WOW! Love the dressform and how you have really dressed it up with the different die cuts and used of fabric and texture. Love the clock face and Ideaology crown. The wings are awesome, too. Very cool creation with absolutely NO stamping! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  9. WOW!!!! Amazing wall hanging! This is ART! I love the and interesting and a conversation starter! Love the head...totally would never think to do that! This really rocks! Thank you for sharing with our anything goes challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & joke!!!

  10. OK Kathi - This is seriously very very cool!!!!! I really love it! I am pinning it right now!

  11. oh wow! this is super cool! Love all the colors and elements!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  12. Really cool canvas, love it, thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
    Crafty Bloggers Network DT
    My Blog: A Crafty Blether

  13. An interesting piece of art, thank you for joining us at Creative Moments this fortnight
    Ruth x

  14. Oh, cool angel you've created!

  15. This is nothing short of amazing! I am always so inspired and awed when I visit your blog, you just take so much time and put so much effort into every project. You are now officially my hero.

  16. Kathi, this is just extraordinary! Simply beautiful to adorn any wall!

    Thanks for crafting with us in the Marvelous Masks and Spectacular Stencils Challenge at Inspiration Emporium!!