Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Count on Me

I started by selecting a sheet of hand painted watercolor paper from my stash. The surface had been created with pan pastels and spray ink. I glued it onto a piece of book board for support. I ran a gold leafing pen around the edges of the book board and dye ink around the edge of the watercolor paper to better frame out the piece.

I am a sucker for anything printed with numbers or letters and Spellbinders has both in a new embossing folder. This was the inspiration for the project and I used the number side to deeply emboss several pieces of black card stock.

Using a gold Delicata pigment ink pad (which is just about one of the best pads I have found) and a craft sponge, I swiped across the raised letters and highlighted them in rich gold.

I then went ahead and die cut multiple-sized circles out of the sheets of embossed letters, kraft-color card stock, and red decorative paper.

I matched these up with rubber and metal washers that I had gotten from the hardware store.

Stacking and gluing all the pieces together, I came up with the following configurations.

I raided my stash of letter stickers and came across black, capital letters that I thought were perfect for this project.

Finally, I played around with the composition of all the components and when I was happy, I adhered them all to my background piece. As a final touch, I scribbled around the letters with the wax pastels to add more dimension to the piece.


Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur® Machine
EL-027 SpellbindersTM M-Bossibilities®  Numbers and Letters Embossing Folder
S4-114 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Large
S4-116 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Small

Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Delicata pigment ink pad, Imagine Crafts Inkblushers sponge

Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies Postale alphabet stickers

Other: book board, watercolor paper, card stock, decorative paper, pan pastels, spray ink, dye ink, leafing pen, wax pastels, hardware, adhesive, paper towel


AJ said...

VERY cool! that is also one of my FAVORITE M-Bossabilities!

Peggy packer said...

This is a great project!!! Love the colors!!

Jo Murray said...

This is fun!

elle said...

I'm writing down the circle sizes! Very cool!

Beth Rommel said...

I love this steampunk-ish, masculine project. You are a master of all styles. Thank you for sharing your work.

froebelsternchen said...

great! And I am looking forward to October to get your new book Seth! Congrats on this!

Unknown said...

love this! thanks so much for explaining all the steps. See you soon!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Like putting a puzzle together that you made. Great!

Canace said...

I love this Seth! I'm crazzzzzy about numbers.


Connie Fossenier said...

thanks for the awesome tutorial...very masculine and something for the mancave...!!
connie paxman

Parabolic Muse said...

OMG!! This is so COOL!!!
I love what you did with the embossed sheet.

I still haven't used washers in my work. Can you believe that?