Friday 27 June 2014

Paris Memoir–A Vintage Journey

‘Use every stamp in a set’ is the new challenge to get stuck into at A Vintage Journey and it’s a fabulous one to get the old cogs working. I have used Paris Memoir by Tim Holtz which has four stamps and I have also combined it with the Sizzix Fleur de Lis and Eiffel Tower die and the Boardwalk and Eiffel Tower texture fades.
paris stamps textured collage
I began by collecting together the main supplies and elements I imagined would be on my piece – here’s the rambling that was going on in my head as I got started.
“Corrugated card to make a hanging, acrylic paint to seal it, colours – what colours should I use? I want something different, mauves and greys would definitely be different for me.
Coredinations and textured papers for the die-cut images and letters, great sanded down and inked over lets use the die-cuts of the Eiffel Tower and Fleur de Lys with the embossing folder – haven’t tried that before and I can stamp and cut out the French gent and use the other stamps in the background.
So how will this all fit together? Let’s see a small quote would look good too, ah here’s an Audrey Hepburn one, that fits well I will type and print it out. OK so here’s how my ideas are starting to build and I wonder what the end result will look like?

And as I moved on this is what happened -
The background was made with Fresco Finish paints and the Fleur de Lys and Eiffel Tower stamped with FF too. The Paris text was stamped in black archival as I wanted it to stand out and I sprayed it with some spray and shine to seal it and make it pop more, then added the holes and hanging wire.
You can just see the shine on this photo and I was pleased when all the elements were added as it brought the background forward making it a real part of the whole piece.
I coloured and inked all the elements I thought I was going to use, but you will see a couple of things missing in the finished composition, they just didn’t work in the end.
The arrows added some extra texture as I used the TH crackle paint with the Fresco Finish paints.
I added the tag to make the Parisian gent the focal image otherwise he just mingled with the Eiffel Tower and the fleur de lys. I also used the Papillon stamp set here and Tim’s latticework stencil.
I even lined the arrows up with the vertical corrugations as I felt it added to the long, lean look lol.
So you can see although I had an idea in my head of what I thought this would look like it metamorphosed somewhat at the end.
So have a great weekend and I hope we will see you hopping aboard this Vintage Journey using all the stamps in a set of your choosing. Have fun.

hugs Brenda xx


S@ndy Diller said...

Brenda - this is truly amazing. Love the layers and how you stamped in a different way on the background. Great job.

Scrapthat said...

Way to workout those stamps!! TFS

Valerie-Jael said...

This is really stunning. Hugs. Valerie

Dagmar said...

Oh it's fantastic- i love your background and the stampset!

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous piece Brenda! Love the particular colour combination you have used and all the clever techniques incorporated into this! Great step by step photos too! Brilliant make altogether, love it!!

Redanne said...

and what a wonderful metamorphosis it is Brenda! I love the ghostly stamping in the background and how the composition with the added pieces works so well. You have such a good eye for detail! Love it. Hugs, Anne xx

Almo said...

Love to read your initial thinking behind this great hanger Brenda. I really like the Audrey Hepburn quote, and all the techniques used to get such a lovely finish. My cogs are working hard deciding which stamp set to use, too much choice. Mo x

Jenny Marples said...

Well this has the lot! Texture, stamping, stencilling and embossing combining to create a fabulous piece. Love it! Jenny x

Anneke said...

This looks amazing. Really love your background. It looks se pretty. Wonderful male design. Have a wonderful weekend Anneke.

Unknown said...

A gorgeous plaque Bren, I love all the elements you've chosen and the stamps too. You've put this together beautifully and it's a fab example of how to combine a lot of embellishments with texture and stamping and delivering a great piece of artwork as a result. (I tend to lose the coordination and composition half way through and end up with a mess, lol.) Beautiful! Chris xxx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

This is brilliant Brenda,so much depth to it,love it!
Have a great weekend
Donna x

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely creation, Brenda! You definitely give inspiration to try somehthing I just have to get cracking! ha ha
Joyce xx

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful tag Brenda, love to watch the wheels turn as you think out what you will do here. Love the embossing on the pieces too, looks stunning! ~Diane

Words and Pictures said...

What a gorgeous hanging, Brenda - love the stamping in the background and the embossed die-cuts to echo it. Fabulous textures and a wonderful vintage shabby chic feel - love it!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

An awesome hanging, love the design and those super stamps.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic, one more wonderful piece of art, Brenda.

Paper Profusion said...

So cleverly designed Brenda, I love the 'verticals' and your fabulous arrangement. Beautifully done. Nicola x

Terry said...

Love how this all came together to create a lovely artsy hanging, Brenda! All the layers and design are wonderful, but of course! Have a great weekend and sending you CA hugs!

EvaM said...

Ohhh, it's a deam!
Have a nice day, Eva

Jane said...

Good morning Brenda this is just gorgeous and I agree purple and grey is a fab colour combo. The tag works perfectly on the corrugated background, which is a little piece of art all by itself. I love to "see" your creative process and I am really inspired to give this challenge a go. Your creativity is endless...just wonderful! Have a lovely weekend hugs xx

Anonymous said...

Brenda such a beautiful piece!! The background stamping is just stunning. Love the use of crackle paint too and the little french man. Isn't he just the cutest little old gentleman. Karen.x

Annie said...

This is so fabulous Brenda. Love the background and what a fab idea to emboss the die cuts. It's such a great set and your hanging is very inspirational

Have a great weekend

Annie x

Nikki Acton said...

What a wonderful piece of art, colours, textures and materials all work so well together. Nikki xxx

Karin said...

wow gorgeous creation!
have a lovely weekend!
Groetjes Karin

Sophie said...

Ich sage nur: HAMMER!!!
Brenda, das ist spitzenmäßig, wie du den netten Herrn dekoriert hast.
So viele schöne Details, großartig.
Und auch die trüben Farben sind sehr eindrucksvoll.
Ein tolles Werk!

Liebe Grüße

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful! Love the textures and colours are very pretty
The purple is stunning and cleverly links all the elements
There are so many subtle layers of colour and textures creating a totally
Fabulous finish

Jools x

Anonymous said...

I like your colour choice and who can resist a gentleman in Paris LOL.

Anonymous said...

That comment wasn't meant to be as naughty as it might have come across - I am not that type of gal LOL.

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful wall hanging Brenda! love the corrugated background - all the techniques and stampings - just lovely!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Beautiful piece Brenda and so much detail. I especially love your use of the corrugated card, can't leave it alone at the moment.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Von said...

Crammed with wonderful idea's Brenda :)
Von ♥

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Tres chic! LOVE the use of the corrugated and smaller tag! Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Absolutely lovely hanging, Brenda! What a fabulous inspiration piece! You've got a little bit of everything going on and it's just so much fun for the eyes to travel over, and over!! :) Love all of the fun textured embellishments! XOXO-Shari

Mary Elizabeth said...

Absolutely wonderful!!! What a beautiful color palette. Love the way you used the stamps to create that sensational background. (So cool how you placed the Eiffel Tower die cut with the stamped tower "shadow"). Love the idea of tag to set the Paris Gent off as your focal point. So much to love here in your details!!! I absolutely adore the Fresco Finish paints on top of the crackled arrows. Thanks for the close-up of that. Gorgeous! -- Mary Elizabeth

Marjie Kemper said...

Well that certainly was a challenge - rarely do I use a whole set and might have been hard pressed to find my selection. Love the set you chose and how you've presented this gorgeous tag!