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