Thanks to everyone for joining in with last weeks Pocket challenge - it was lovely to see so many different butterflies being used...aren't they just the most gorgeous type of stamp to play with? I really love those new acrylic stamps from Inkadinkadoo and I actually managed to stay away from my old faithful Penny Black Brush Butterfly for a change LOL
This week the theme changes to Postage Stamps. I reckon that most of us crafters will have some form of postage stamp, be it an actual used one or a stamped image of one....how you interpret the challenge is up to you...all you need to remember is to hide your stamp(s) away under the Pocket flap as usual.
Here is a reminder of the template for the Pocket....kindly designed by good old Grim who is very clever with computery things.
For my Pocket, I used a combination of Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, which I blended with Cut & Dry foam. I have a blending tool now but still manage to end up with more ink on my fingers and hands than on the project! Once I had coloured the whole Pocket with these inks, I spritzed water into my hand and then flicked it onto the Pocket to create a splotchy effect. I dried the water off using my heat gun and then set to with the stamping.
The front of the Pocket has part of a huge stamped image from the Tim Holtz Collection. I wanted to have the postmark showing more than the rest of the stamp so positioning it was a little bit trial and error as this is a wood mounted stamp. Actually, it was a pressie from my friend Tina....and this is the first time I have had chance to use the stamp, so thank you again Tina xx
I coloured a slide mount with Broken China ink and then stamped a script stamp, from The Artistic Stamper, over the top. I used a little bit of clear embossing powder to set the ink as I was impatient and wanted to crack on with the next bit! Once I had added a little postmark and stamp image under the slide mount, I then used a wax seal which says Carte Postale, dropping the wax off the edge of the mount. I did this on my non stick craft sheet...and it actually did just that.....didn't stick :O)) I picked up a little bit of gold Krylon on my finger tip and rubbed this over the wax seal to define the wording as it was quite difficult to read it.
For the inside of the Pocket I stamped the same script as before onto the top flap, this time using Sepia VersaFine, as I wanted the script to stand out more. I altered an Idea-ology ticket, adding a few stamped images, again from The Artistic Stamper, as I wanted to make it look like it was an old ticket from a shop that had been "cancelled".
I added a page stamp by Lost Coast Designs to the bottom half of the Pocket and then added the old stamps...I bought these about a hundred years ago, knowing one day they would come in handy LOL. The final bits of stamping are the words, which is by Catslife Press and the pencils, which are from The Artistic Stamper.
When I was rummaging in my room yesterday, I found these little paper clips which I think I got from eBay, again about a hundred years ago!! The little resin picture on the clip actually has a postage stamp on it....how fab! To close the Pocket, I have used a little swirly metal clip, which I also found during my rummaging!
Thanks for looking and I hope you have fun with the new theme this week. Please remember to add a post on here to let me know you have made yours and also add a link to the place you are showing your creation...then I can come and have a nosey at your lovely artwork.
*Blimey, I have just re-read all of that....I seem to have gone a bit OTT with the explanation today LOL :O))
Wednesday, 13 August 2008