Sunday, 17 May 2015

Old Favourites

Hi everyone!

     It is time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges today and the subject this time is....

Old favourites

Time to get out an old, forgotten but favourite stamp....

It was hard to choose one - It is always the same isn't it? We have so many stamps that often some get totally forgotten - So how do you choose one? 

In the end I decided to go for a stamp set that I adored from the moment I first saw it - Old Grist Mill by Artistic Outpost. I have always loved the photo quality images, the peaceful scenes, the gorgeous all makes up a winner of a stamp set for me.

Sadly, I haven't used it as much as I had hoped to. I have used the quotes a few times, but the images haven't had as much use as I had hoped and I figured that that made them perfect for this challenge...They are a firm favourite, but I have left them forgotten for too long.

The last time one of the stamp images was used was nearly a year ago...and in fact the image used here today has never been used before....

I decided to add to the challenge by opting for techniques that I had long forgotten too...the alcohol inks I bought in August 2013 (but had only been used once since then) had been sat on the shelf for too long.....It was time to change that too....

First I got some glossy paper and swirled it into a puddle of Lettuce and Ginger alcohol ink that had been diluted with blending soluction.

I stamped the image of the bridge using Jet Black Archival ink

I also coloured some more glossy paper with Lettuce and Ginger Alcohol ink, sometimes dabbing the ink with the felt covered blending tool and sometimes swirling the paper in ink. I then stamped images of the leaves and flowers on these pieces of paper using different coloured archival inks

I swiped some Frayed Burlap Distress paint across some card in straight lines to create a wood effect. I then cut it into strips and stuck it to mount board that had been painted with Raw Umber Acrylic Paint. I left gaps so it looked like wooden planks.

A hole punch was used to make four tiny circles of card. These were painted with Antiqued Bronze Distress paint and sprinkled with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder. I then pressed an old plastic credit card into the embossing powder to make it look like a rusted screw head.

   I stamped one of the quotes onto card that had been covered with Old Paper Distress ink

 The other quote was stamped onto card that was covered with Lettuce Alcohol ink

The flowers and leaves were arranged at the sides of the picture with a button on each side.

And there it is - finally I have used the image of the old bridge and used some alcohol inks again!!!

I do hope you will come over to see what the rest of the team at Fashionable Stamping Challenges have made to inspire you this time...

Remember we are a stamping challenge so please feature a stamped focal image on your creation.
You could be the winner of $20 to spend at Flonzcraft Stamps! And of course you could be picked as one of our Catwalk Spotlights!
Hope to see you there!
Happy Crafting!

Laura xxx

I am sharing this over at 'Show us your AO art' this month

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  1. Fabulous Laura this looks as if you have added to a real plank of wood. Wonderful make.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  2. Hi Laura...I remember the make from a year ago, so beautiful then, and so beautiful now even with a totally different look and feel.
    Dot x

  3. This is so epic! I love how you've used the alcohol inks, but my favourite part is the wood effect!

  4. Beautiful, Laura! This is a lovely set, and would you believe, I had this set in my hands to use this past weekend, but I opted for another?! OK, you've got me feeling guilty--I think I need to go make something with my Old Grist Mill set now! :) LOL :)
    Completely love your use of alcohol inks to color your background with, and the colors you've used really highlight the detail of the covered bridge image. Use your AIs more :) You'll motivate me to use mine more, too :)
    OH-Lovely hanging from last year, Laura! All of those wonderful painty, crackly finishes--Yum!
    Gosh, I haven't visited FSC in such a long time and I love Flonzcraft stamps! I've got a couple of sheets of images that I never use! :('ve got me thinking :) :)

  5. Great make !! Love the stamp you chose Laura and you've created the perfect background - fab wood and rusted nails !! Love that you dug out alcohol inks too - I haven't used mine for ages either....Esther xx

  6. Wise words Laura and I love the focal image too.
    Claire xx

  7. I can empathise with that! Love this.


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