Saturday, 13 March 2010

Spring...Has Sprung...

...In Stampotique land :O)) The new challenge theme over on the Stampotique Designers Blog is Spring...and this time you can use any stamps to enter...but being as I have a little soft spot for Stampotique stamps, I thought I would use one of my faves...who is called Bat Boy...and incorporate a couple of other springy things in the art...*see what I did there...I said "springy"...cos I used....coils of metal to make springs!*



The piece is actually a square tag...I started colouring it by swooshing several different coloured Distress Ink pads onto a craft sheet and then spritzing with water, then swooshing the tag thru the inkyness...and drying with a heat gun...and re-swooshing til I had the background I liked. I used some Cut & Dry foam to blend in some of the colours to make patches on the tag have more depth of colour.




The background stamping is from Mr T'Holtz's Spring Has Sprung sheet - stamping in Crushed Olive at the bottom and Rusty Hinge at the top...and then stamping with just water spritzed onto the stamp - I loooove this effect, it kind of bleaches the base colours...but...alas, as usual, my photography isn't the best, so it doesn't show up too good on the pics...




I stamped BatBoy and the Wabbit with StaZon and then coloured them in using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. I popped them onto 3d foam and attached some metal coily springy things for the Wabbits paws and Bat Boys hat...then stamped some butterflies onto a book page, coloured them, added more springs to their bodies and then made a little message mat - using StudioG alpha's...yep, I am trying to be amusing again LOL

Thanks for looking...have a great day and don't forget the Sunday Stamper is open 'til 23:00 and there is Candy involved ... I will be posting a brand new theme tomorrow...well, tonight at midnight :O))
Hels x

36 comments:

Greensleeves said...

Very clever!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I adore this, Hels! It's not just artistic but it is so funny too. Don't know how you think of all these things,

Lucy x

Ally said...

I love this. Your blog is very inspirational. Thank you

Lorraine said...

morning Hels..great use of the springs like all the colours and stamps..have a good weekend

Mamma Goose said...

Love this tag artistic and funny -very cool :) Thanks for putting a great explanation on as well it's a great help to us newbies.

Heavens2Betsy said...

Love this Hels! Brilliant in every way .... fabulous springs! x

Dan said...

Great swooshing! :) I could use some springs like those, lol

Helen said...

You and I are on the same wavelength, cos those kind of springs sprung to my mind too - but I didn't sit down and think it out so you beat me to it. Your tag is fantastic and far better than anything I would have done.

June said...

Funny, cute and very clever Hels
hugs June xxxx

Sid said...

Nice piece, like your springy embellishments !

Sandy said...

Yeah this is fun and absolutely brilliant. I adore this. Love it Hun.

elina said...

this is so crazily beautiful!! i like it!!

Vicki said...

WOW that is fabulous, your blog is fantastic!!!!

JAN said...

gorgeous design.. i love it

Laura said...

Oh wow I love this soooo much!

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow!
This is so totally amazing!
Stunning work!
hugs
kim x

Saskia said...

Love it, love the colours too.

Kaz said...

OOOoo this is fab, I love doing backgrounds like that too cos you can get all messy.
The springs are just inspired!!! x

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh Hels, LOVE your imagination! I'm particularly fond of springs. Have made them before to use on projects but this is soooo FABULOUS! Need to try some of your backround techniques since I can NEVER find the paper I want. LOVE this! xxD

Vicky said...

Hi Hels, just wanted to pop by as I have missed a fair few day's visiting.... tell a lie I have had a peak but don't like to rush my comments so waited till I had more time....

Your design is just fantastic...I adore the colours, that rusty hinge was one of my first buys from the new set...it's delish...

I love the twist you used by adding springs to this project, really clever, I think my favourite part of this is the spring butterfly...just brilliant...

I saw your last couple of tutorials you made, this will be a great help to me, I am always looking to learn more skills especially with different materials...so thank you chick...I am going to the NEC this month so I can get some supply's to have a crack at them...

Thanks for the email the other day... I now have some tags...

Speak to you soon
x
Vicky

Rosie said...

This is gorgeous and FUNNY, but you'll never get me to love Bat Boy! He just isn't doing it for me ...

Juliet A said...

Outrageous! I can't believe how well that all came together - you have a definite skill for combining disparate elements!

Andrea said...

this is just quirky Hels and loving the spring idea and what a brilliant thought on your part, love the colours and the expressions fab xx

* Shaz * said...

Love it...big hugs xx

Basement Stamper said...

This is too cute, I love the springs and the saying is very creative! Thanks for joining us again this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I just luv how this turned out, and Batboy is right up my alley GF, I've missed seeing your fantastic stuff this week, I need to get caught up soon...hugz

JeanFB said...

Wow oh wow, I love this Hels!! So cute and macabre at the same time, LOL!! And a little steampunk too, isn't it? So much goodness in one lil ol' tag, it must be Hels'! TFS! Have a fun weekend!

Shar said...

You are fabulously punny today...still chuckling about the "spring in his step"! Too fun!

julie m said...

bat boy is so cute in his sad, droopy, crazy way. love the card. it should be framed.

AngelaC said...

Another one that made me laugh out loud! Great work as always Hels.

Lesley said...

Fabulous!
Lesley x

Barb said...

This is fabulous! Love the cheeky take on the challenge, and the colors are great :)

Shannon said...

What a great idea with the metal springs, so clever. Your card is great, I love all the different textures on it. I have a feeling you're going to win this one.

Paula said...

quirky and fun - a fab creation Hels

Sherry said...

Great card, it IS amusing - LOL and I love your use of the metal springs!

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Great work Hels. Love those colours too. Very springy all round!

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