Karen gave us an interesting challenge this week at Stampotique Designers’ Challenge and it is to refresh a stamp that we didn’t use for a long time. I don’t know how it goes with you, but I keep my Stampotique stamps in two drawers and of course there are always some favorites, and some handy and the last one I used, and than there are some big one’s or older ones that slide behind. So here comes my newly discovered treasures from the back of my drawers:
Please give a big applause to the singing birds: TRA-LA-LA… I was listening to one of my favorite songs while creating so the journaling comes from the lyrics, it’s a Sinead O’Connor’s song, if you feel like listening to it, here is the link. So I had some scraps on my table like usually I thought I am going to begin with them.
Seemed an interesting collage piece, so I blended them into the background with gesso and then I colorized my spread with ecoline (sand yellow and vermillion).
And as I wanted the background color to come through my first newly discovered stamp (France Papillon’s Carousel) I stamped that with archival ink straight on my spread. But then I had Daniel Torrente’s Tree stamp there on the other hand didn’t really wanted my background, so I stamped it on an apart paper with distress ink (old mahogany) and glued two trimmed branches on my spread.
Now I had the perfect playground for my birdies. Next step was to stamp my birds (Birds up by Kira Nichols) with archival ink, as they are four in a raw I trimmed them one by one and let them sit in different places. I applied some shadows with charcoal to make my birds jump. Finally I added my text with black gel pen and tralala:
Oh yeah, and my edges were highlighted with the same old mahogany distress ink.
Thank you my birdies for the brilliant performance!