Sunday, 9 September 2012

'Love' challenge piece

Hi very quick post at the moment, as I am cutting the deadline close, the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp And Show this past week is/was 'Read All About It' (And it's my b'day so need to get out for dinner.)
Here is what they have to say about it
'Read All About it: Do you love text patterned stamps and papers? Have a book that you’ve been meaning to alter? Want to cover a new journal front or use a book as inspiration for your next project? Please do share! This week, we’re all about words. Whether it’s from actual book pages or just inspired by, projects with a newsprint accent or that are classic literature inspired - we can’t wait to see what you’re up to this week.'
It is also their 10 year anniversary so a Big congratulations to them and good luck for the next 10 years.

As you can probably guess I have chosen the word Love.
I started off with an off cut of chipboard, I ran some card through the diamond plate folder and gave it a rusty finish with an Andy Skinner technique, I also used the Tim Holtz 'Love' movers and shapers die and slid a bit of alcohol ink stained card behind, to make it pop a bit more, almost a burning furnace look to it?
The big Love at the top was picked up in Brighton and was just a plain white wooden word, I used some watered down acrylic paint and went over it randomly to give a worn and stained look. I also stamped it with a Tim Holtz stamp, just the alphabet in type writer font, sorry can not remember the set.
The heart was also picked up in Brighton, I painted it and stamped it with one of the 'love' stamps from Dyan Reaveley, it was then dry brushed with some brown to pick out the texture and edges, finally sprayed several times with the bubble gum pink dylusion spray.
The Tim Holtz book plate was painted with a copper verdigris finish, again a time worn technique from Andy Skinner, I think it is one of my fave finishes at the moment.
Oh almost forgot after sticking the diamond plate card down I stained up some advertising text paper with blue distress inks, dabbing them onto my craft mat, spraying with water and then dragging the paper through and ironing dry and flat.I then tore away the areas to show the rust and glued it down, it was then covered with the 2 stage crackle medium but I think I got impatient as I was helping it along with my heat gun, ( don't think it helps) instead of lots of cracks I got almost tear like texture going on, hard to describe, to hi light it as much as I could and to give it an even more aged look I rubed some dark brown acrylic paint all over and into the tears/cracks and the wiped back the rest with baby wipes.
the finish touches were the Tim Holtz tickets, they were given the distressed ink pad treatment and glued on.

I would also like to enter this into a couple of other challenges,
over at Challenges 4 Everybody their challenge is anything goes
I would also like to enter this into Anything But A Card  they are a new blog and I have to say Anything but a card suits me as I really do not like making cards at all ;)  their challenge is anything goes as well.
It's also anything goes over at the Joyful Stamper  Inspire Me Friday they also have a great idea for making a pumpkin out of air con duct.  very cool.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. x


  1. ...well a very Happy Birthday to you Mark, hope you've had a fabby day...should of known you were a Virgo too with all your attention to detail...this is a super canvas & you've captured the theme with great style...the rust technique is sooo perfect you'd swear it was the real deal, the verdigris on the bookplate is lush, that gorgeous chisseled nugget of a heart says look at me & as for loVe it's there staring right at us...a super piece...Melxx :)

  2. wow , this si a wonderful piece, just posted mine, glad it isnt just me who is cutting it fine!!!
    happy birthday to you too!
    i love all the elements and textures you have combined so beautifully, the heart is truly gorgeous!
    trace x

  3. Hey Mark! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope our day is everything you'd hoped it would be when you woke up this morning! I love your piece! I really admire you work. It's always very "artsy" in nature and inspiring. Love the colors, the textures, the patterns. Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Happy Birthday Mark!!!! Hope you end up enjoying your meal:)
    LOVE this project Mark. The rusted metal on the background and the large letters are a triumph. Hugs, Buttons x

  5. Happy Birthday (:o) and a lot hugs, too...Love your newest creation. Rusty texture always makes me happy.

  6. Happy Birthday to you! Hope you survive the birthday meal with a smile on your face... Love the Timeworn stuff on here... the verdigris is absolutely fantastic - and all your 'LOVE letters' make for a wonderfully uplifting piece of art!
    Alison x

  7. Happy birthday to you, Mark ♫ ♪ ♫ lots of best wishes ...
    Hope you had a great one - despite the 'urgh' ;o)
    Love your project!!! Again. Words always attract me a lot :-)) and I adore the look of the ornate plate - incredible job. Looking forward to learn more about the 'making of'.
    Best, Suzanne xx

  8. Happy Birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and .......well you know how it goes! ;-)

    Hope you had a lovely day (and meal).

  9. Let me first wish you a very Happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day! Love is the word you chose for your piece, I also choose the word love for it! It's absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  10. A fantastic project. Happy birthday :)

  11. Happy Birthday Mark, hope the meal turned out better than you expected and that you have had a great day! 'Love' this piece, the rusting is superb and the heart divine, good luck with the challenge - and better late than never, as they say. Anne :)

  12. Happy Birthday! Such a gorgeous piece! Love the 'love' with the alphabet stamping on top (that is one of my favourite stamps). Great design and colours. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  13. Hi Mark - wow you have used some fantastic techniques here! Thank you so much for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody!
    Hugs xx Cara xx DT

  14. Belated happy birthday to you!! Now, I like this even better than your frame with the little chappie!! Just so love the rust and the patina/verdigris is fast becoming one of my favourites too but I do get confused with which layer of paint comes next. . . . . I could go on and say I love this, that etc. but I'll just say 'I love it'!! Seems you must be loved up then??!! (sorry, couldn't resist).
    Thanks for bringing some love to ABAC again!

  15. Thank you everyone for the b'day wishes and kind comments. xx
    Julia> of course I am ;)

  16. this is fabulous Mark!! love all the 'rusty' bits!
    Thanks so much for linking up @Inspire Me Fridays!

    ...and belated Happy Birthday!

  17. This is gorgeous!!! Hope you had a good birthday :) :) Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :) :)

  18. One can never read enough about love! ;)

    Sooo many gorgeous details to stumble upon! Love!

    die amelie xx

  19. Mark!!! CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS for being the winner of the $100 prize at Simon Says Stamp and Show's Stamptember Blog Hop!!! Yay for you!!! <3 Candy

    1. Oh wow, that is awesome, Thank you, what a great surprise b'day present. I can not wait to go shopping ;)

  20. Congratulations on winning the SSS&S prize. Blessings!

  21. Wow! Congrats on winning Mark! Great project! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  22. Woohoo!! Well done on your very deserved win Mark! Now you can shop 'til you drop! Hugs, Buttons x

  23. Many congrats Mark for winning that disgustingly generous prize over at SSS&S. I'm not jealous - at all!!!

  24. Very cool project you really have the old techniques down to a fine art now. x

  25. Wow this is superb. the 3D "Love" word is especially delightful with it's worn colouring. And I have to say, the shades of light blue, dark brown and red have always been a favourite combo of mine. A designer called Shari Carroll, who works for Hero Arts, uses these colours a lot in her work and I've always had a soft spot for them. Have a great weekend. Px

  26. Oh and happy Belated birthday greetings from a fellow Virgoan lol. Px

  27. very cool project! Love all the details!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card challenge!

    Hugs, Alica ;)