Hello everyone! Since it is a new month, we also have a new Art with Heart challenge at Eileen Hull. This month's theme is May Flowers. Don't miss the inspiration by the team.
This morning I woke up with the idea of an Artist Trading Block with Darkroom Door photo stamps on the sides. This is the result. I enjoy making layered flowers from different materials, and I used three of Eileen's flower dies to make these flowers: 3-D Fringed Flower, Flower Layers with Heart Petals, and the 3-D Wrapped Flower. I took step photos.
Die cut the 3-D Block/Cube/Bank from mat board and assemble into a block. Smear gesso on all the sides with a palette knife. This box is 3 x 3 x 3 in. Leave to dry.
You could stamp right onto the gesso, but I wanted to be able to move them around a bit to decide which parts I wanted so I stamped them on tissue paper. This also preserves all the details in these detailed photo stamps. Just because these stamps are rectangular, doesn't mean you can't make them square, by only using a portion. Leave to dry.
Apply glossy multi-medium on the block and place one of the tissue papers on top. Add another layer of gel on top. Work one side at a time. It is easy to tear the tissue along the edges.
Complete all the four sides and adhere a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap on top using the same method. Leave to dry.
Now to the flowers. I die cut flowers from vellum, old dictionary paper, tissue wrap, natural sticky-back canvas (first adhered to a piece of cardstock) and patterned papers. These papers are 6 x 6 papers from Prima. I sometimes find collage papers with lots of different patterns hard to use, but loved how they came out here die cut into flowers.
Scrunch up most of the other flowers to add dimension and ink them with pink and brown inks. I ended up not using the black and pink flowers.
Place a dot of Glossy Accents in the centre of the flowers and sprinkle with gold mica flakes. Leave to dry.
Glue the flowers to the top of the box with hot glue - be careful since it is very hot. For more examples of these mixed flowers, check out this and this tutorial of mine.
I die cut leaves and swirls from vellum, patterned paper and text paper and tucked in here and there.
Let's look at the four sides of the block. I love that you can turn the block around when it is displayed to alter the images. I stamped each side with a small sentiment stamp, using Stazon Jet Black.
These Darkroom Door photo stamps are so much fun, for more ideas of how to use them and colour them, have a look at my Altered Wooden Blocks and Colour Love posts.
The dry-brushing with the dark brown paint increases the texture of the block, by showing the texture created by both the gesso and the small wrinkles in the tissue paper.
A pink sun-bleached cottage, I think I want to go there for a holiday.
And this is my pink bike...(no, my bike is yellow and not parked in such a pretty spot). You could also use photos instead of stamps. My box is closed, but you can also leave one of the sides without adhesive, and use it as a gift box.
The flowers are pretty chunky and would look great on a card too, or glue a magnet at the back for an ornament the recipient can keep on using.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you will join us in the challenge this month, there is a great prize to be won.
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Melange Tissue Paper; Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; vellum; Prima Lyric 6 x 6 paper pad; old dictionary paper; tissue paper
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Fringed Flower, Flower Layers with Heart Petals, 3-D Wrapped Flower, 3-D Block/Cube/Bank, Hearts and More Set, Birds and Butterflies setStamps: Darkroom Door: Castle, Bicycle, Canal, Country Cottage, New York Vol. 1
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet
Medium: Ranger Matte Multi-Medium; Golden Artist Paint Gesso
Glitter: Distress Stickles Antique Linen; Stampendous Gilded Mica Fragments