Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tick Tock

Sam is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is "One Stamp"! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
"One of the beauties of Stampotique stamps is even though there are 18 amazing artists designing our rubbery goodness and their images work so well together it's great to use a lot of stamps for one project, I often do.

So this week, I am challenging myself too and inviting you to use just one stamp . . . wondering off scratching head and rubbing chin . . . this is going to be SO hard to choose!"
Most importantly, have fun!
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my project, using Stampotique's  Timeless (Amy Wellenstein) stamp.

This is a difficult challenge for most of my teammates, but as I tend to use one stamp at a time, it was a rather easy challenge for me. So I decided to complicate things by going all techniquey and try out some new-to-me techniques from Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3, which I got as a b'day gift to me from me with love. :D

Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, and Barn Door Distress paints were sponged over the Flourish stencil by Prima onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore, then heat set. Scattered Straw Distress ink was sponged over the paint, which resisted the ink. The next step was to sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over the Burlap Layering stencil on either side of the piece. This ink was also sponged over the Shatter Layering stencil in the center of the piece.  Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, and Black Soot Distress inks were used to edge the piece and the entire thing was heat set.

Timeless was stamped into the center of the piece with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and was also stamped onto a scrap of cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink. This was sponged with Scattered Straw Distress ink, then parts were colored with Distress ink and/or Distress markers. The circle with the second hand was coated with several layers of coated with several layers of  Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

A very old, hoarded Technique Tile square frame by Technique Tuesday was pressed into the Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad and heat set with Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder. The frame was then pressed into a Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad and heat set with the same embossing powder. This step was repeated a second time to build up the gloss and the sparkle

The colored Timeless scrap was framed with the tile and adhered in place on the piece.

I've used "Tick Tock" before in the same way, but the placement appeals to my inner Virgo, so I decided to do that again on this project. This time I took Newsprint Alpha-Parts by Idea-ology, painted them Distress paints, using one color, heat setting it, adding another, heat setting it, wiping it off, until I ended up with a variegated look. I grabbed a black Sharpie marker and edged the letters, but decided that the letters looked a little flat, so I pressed each painted letter into the Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad, dipped it into the jar of Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder, then heat set it. I was a little over-zealous with some and they melted a bit, warping the shape. Perfection is overrated, so I used them anyway.

Now I had the upper left and lower right corners filled, but I needed to do something else, so I die-cut black cardstock with SCACD's fabulous Alice's Clock Statement Corner die which was pressed into the Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad and heat set with Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder.

I decided to play along with the current challenge at the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges, and try the Effect Powders Technique, which can be found on page 52. I used this technique on the Mini Butterflies and Mini Gears die-cuts with Weathered Wood, Old Paper, and Fired Brick Distress Powder. Miscellaneous gears, Game Spinners by Idea-ology, black brads, and black pearls were used to finish the piece. At this point I decided I wanted to hang it, so I dyed some Crinkle ribbon with Distress inks, heat set it, and attached it to the back of the piece.

I've decided that I don't know how I feel about the finished project. It's a bit busy and I think I should have left the plastic letters as they were, but I had fun putting the thing together and that's what counts. Maybe.

If you've read through all of this, pat yourself on the shoulder and/or have a cocktail!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this project into the following challenges:
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #11, sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Stamp or Stencil
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenges: Anything Goes
Tando Creative Challenges: Numbers and Letters
Altered Eclectics September Challenge: Anything Goes


  1. Hi Kat. Thank you for the very sweet comments that you left on my blog. They are much appreciated. Your project that you've created is really nice. I like all of the objects that you've used Tim's EP technique in your design. The butterflies and gears really stand out. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  2. Fantastic hanging Kathi!!! And I love your letters exactly like that! Hugs, Coco x

  3. The gears and butterflies look awesome! Love the frame too! Thanks so much for playing with Effect Powders at CC3Challenge!!!

  4. Great project, those cogs look fabulous using the Tim technique... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  5. Ooooooh, a cocktail! Why, thank you, don't mind if I do! ;^)
    Glad you were so kind to yourself for your birthday gift! And you used your new techniques to create a really cool wall hanging! Love all the clocks and clock-related pieces! I think this is a very fun, artsy piece! Love it! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. Lovely hanging. Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  7. One stamp never looked so good, Kathi! This is a masterpiece of time itself!

  8. Fab make, love the colours and all the elements you have used.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Moira DT xx

  9. Lovely, Kat! The effect powder pieces give a very nice touch to you wall hanging. I love your "time" theme!! <3 <3 <3

  10. This is fabulous, love the colours and all the elements, whole project really pops.

    Thank you for coming over and join in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xx (DT Member)

  11. Fabulous wall hanging with so much wonderful detail! Thank you so much for sharing and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  12. I missed out commenting on this last week Kathi!! It's gorgeous! Thanks for joining the Tando challenge ;) xx

  13. Fabulous! I really love the letters and stacked gears. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!