December 1, 2010

Guest Designer - Penny Black @ Allsorts Challenge Blog

Today I am honored to be a guest artist on the Penny Black @ Allsorts Challenge Blog.  They have an amazing design team and always have great prizes for their monthly challenges.  If you are a fan of Penny Black stamps and are looking for creative challenges, this is a link to their inspirational blog: 

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This month’s theme is “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder”.  I immediately thought of a small snow globe.  I used to love shaking those globes and as the snow sparkled and floated around I would imagine all sorts of dreamy possibilities.

That thought inspired me to create this wintry globe.

I combined the globe from the Sending Love cling set with the wood mounted To Follow the Star stamp.  I made template pieces for the globe base so I could create two parts that were solid black and one with the pattern from To Follow the Star.  Each piece was embossed twice with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel before it was adhered to the base.

The traveling wise men were stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock and heat embossed with clear powder.  I carefully trimmed around the images and rounded off the bottom portion so it could be tucked under the frame of the globe.

Before tucking the piece under the frame, I made a second piece to layer on top that had the glittery snow.  The part where it transitions from gold to white is the result of Gold Metallic StazOn applied to the cardstock before adhesive and glitter were added.   A few pieces of dimensional foam pop out the image and left enough room for the sentiment – Miracles and Wonders.

When working with glitters, I like to use Duo Embellishing Adhesive (USArtQuest).  This glue has a milky appearance when applied and when cured (tacky) is clear.  You can then add your choice of glitter and tap off the excess.  The bond is terrific.

The backdrop is composed of ivory cardstock that was embossed with dots and horizontal lines.  The embossed features were then inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The ribbon was aged with Vintage Photo Distress ink and the script from To Follow the Star was over stamped in black dye ink.

The gold paper is actually a piece of French Vanilla cardstock edged with Gold Metallic StazOn directly from the ink pad.  This ink has a true metallic gold color and I often use the ink from the inker bottle for painting.

Here is a summary of the supplies used for this project:

Penny Black Stamps:

Other Materials:
Ruby Slipper, French Vanilla Cardstocks Bazzill
Copic Markers
Tuxedo Black Memento Dye Ink, Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, Gold Metallic StazOn Ink (Tsukineko)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Clear Embossing Powder (Tsukineko)
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Suze Weinberg)
Angel Dust Glitter (Art Glitter by Barbara Trombley)
Duo Embellishing Adhesive (USArtQuest)
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
Red Ribbon

Thank you for stopping by and to Penny Black @ Allsorts for inviting me to be a guest this month.

I hope you are inspired to create a design and enter the challenge for the chance to win fabulous Penny Black stamps!