Monday, June 11, 2012

M.I.A. No More

Hi, everyone:  Remember me?  I know it has taken forever (well, a week feels like forever) to get a new blog post up!  Finally, I've had some time to play and create and use some of my new stamp sets from the new catalogue.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that Clockworks would become one of my new favourites, and, as my DH needed a retirement card for his former boss, I realized that this was the perfect time to use it!

I also have been dying to try the faux patina technique for a background and this seemed like the right time to give it a shot! 

Here's how I did it:  I dry embossed a 5 1/4 x 4" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock using the Houndstooth embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I sponged over the embossed area with regions of Summer Starfruit, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, intermixing in some parts, then I sponged over all of it, including the edges, with Soft Suede, all to bring out the embossed design and to age the background.  I then lightly rubbed a Versamark ink pad over the top of the embossed design, leaving some areas free of Versamark.  I had a bit too much on though, so really go easy with it if you're trying this technique.  I only had silver embossing powder so I covered the sticky areas with that and heat embossed it, using my new Stampin' Up heat tool.  (It's a great heat tool, because it's the only one I've seen that has 2 heat settings, one for drying ink and one for setting embossing powder.)  The silver was too shiny for this project, so I sponged over the silver after it cooled, with more Soft Suede.   That worked to age the effect.

Using the two awesome background stamps in this set, and Crumb Cake and Tempting Turquoise ink I created a vertical panel (2 x 3 3/8") of Very Vanilla and added some of the great gear stamps to it.  I stamped the gears once in Soft Suede and again offset a bit in Versamark.  I covered them with the silver embossing powder again and heat set it.  This created a kind of shadow 3D effect.  I sponged the edges of the panel and the Soft Suede and Tempting Turquoise mattes with Soft Suede ink, added two metallic brads and some linen thread at the top and that panel was completed.

The main image was stamped on a  2 1/2" square piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in Versamark and silver embossing powder added and heat set. Before this, I again used one of the background stamps in Crumb Cake ink to provide the interesting background pattern.  I stamped the Roman Numerals and the clock hands in Early Espresso so they would show up.  Does anyone use Roman Numerals any more except on clocks?  I distressed the top right corner so I could separate the paper plies and curl them, and sponged all the edges in Soft Suede and added a metallic brad.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes and I used a background stamp in Crumb Cake to add a bit of texture behind it.  I punched it using the Word Window punch and punched a Modern Label shape from Tempting Turquoise to mount the sentiment on, before adding 2 metallic brads and mounting it using 2 dimensionals.  Before I forget, the square main panel is mounted using Snail adhesive on the left side and 2 dimensionals on the right because of the height of the rectangular panel.  All layers were sponged in Soft Suede.

Clockworks Stamp set:
Have a Happy Monday!  Hope I'll have another post tomorrow, with the weekly Mojo challenge!


  1. This is INCREDIBLE!!! I will have to CASE it :)

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    1. Thanks, Tamara! It's not quite as faux patina'd as yours was, but it worked for this project. I will have to keep trying with that 'cause I'm doing a technique swap at Convention and faux patina is one technique I'm using. Practise makes perfect!

  3. This looks great! I LOVE that stamp set - I can think of a few uses for the clock without the works right off the top of my head. WANT!

    Thanks for visiting today - we Anglophiles have to stick together.... :)


  4. That is really beautiful Heather .You and Carol have a lot in commen . She is so talented . She made a Photo Album for us --It is so beautiful .Next time you come to see Carol & Terry --You have to come over . Ann Enns

    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Ann. I'm really looking forward to meeting you! I'll definitely give Carol a call next time we're on the coast.

  5. Pretty AWESOME card!! I love the vintage look and feel of this!


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