12 May 2013

The Player

Hi everyone and welcome. I've been experimenting again and using inspiration from some amazing people. Let me show you my card and then you can get the lowdown on where the ideas came from.


Sandra at Made by Sannie produced a fantastic canvas and posted the link to a video created by Drew HERE - so well worth watching. I'd already made the base of this card based on the background papers for the Wonderland collection designed by Finnabair (see her work with it HERE - she seems to have inspired pretty much everyone around the World!)


The main element used for the base was blank playing cards. As well as distressing the cards, other things like tissue and paper lace were added for texture. Next came a scattering of die cut cogs/sprockets, a punched ribbon and some metal embellishments. They were cut from a range of textures and were placed to balance the central cog/focal image.


So now for the colour. I've used Distress Inks before but you always need layers to get any depth of colour. Bring on the Distress Paints!! (in this case Fired Brick/Wild Honey/Salty Ocean were used).


My favourite method of application is to dab, spread, spritz and tip to allow for the colours to run and bleed into each other. The colours are rather bright at this stage and need knocking back. Having blended the edges with black ink I dry brushed the whole surface with layers of DP Black Soot (scary!) white gesso and finally Treasure Gold gilding wax. The beauty is they cover everything including metal. To complete the background I used the cogs stamp from the Time Travellers set dabbed randomly within the main cog.


The Player (I see him as something of a 'card shark' who frequents seedy poker joints:) was stamped onto coloured cardstock to compliment the background using Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder to add texture. He needed more work, so parts were painted with washes of DI Pumice Stone. And finally to add a nod to the playing card base I added a UTEE club shape coloured with TG and Black Soot paint (a heart didn't seem appropriate as I'm sure his is made of stone!)


And so to the challenges;
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Inspired By (think there's inspiration here)
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge - Altered Playing Cards (the cards were blank but I hope this project still counts)

Finally a quick heads up - Nicecrane Designs are celebrating Mother's Day in the USA with a 40% off special Coupon Code (on orders over $5).


That's it for now. Hope you've enjoyed this instalment and get your chance to play today.
Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

47 comments:

  1. Wow, so wonderful artwork.

    Have a nice weekend

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  2. Love the texture and colours used here, a great result. xx Flora

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  3. Wow Jenny! An awesome creation! Such a fabulous textured background with gorgeous colour and embellishing and your gent really pops against it.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  4. Hi Jenny I love it when you are in experimental mode... what you produce always looks perfect not experimental!
    Suzi B xx

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  5. Wow Jenny this is AMAZING!! The background is unbelievable, you are such a master with the DT paints!! That colour combination with black dry brushing over the top is just out of this world! The detailing on the guy (love your interpretation of him)is fantastic too! A stunning creation. Trust me if I had more time I would create a piece for SSSS right now inspired by YOU!! Brilliant!

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  6. What a fantastic background Jenny. Thankyou too for the great tutorial. I absolutely love it all. Hugs Rita xx

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  7. This is just perfect! The colours are great and the texture is amazing. Love love love it! xxx Keren

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  8. Fantastic work on this Jenny and thank you for the link to the video what a talented young man he is.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. This is gorgeous and now I need more colours of Distress Paints!! The guy is just right for this card playing theme too, certainly looks like a shady character who would cheat!! Love it!! Thanks for the explanations too.

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  10. I don't know if you got my comment or not as it said there was an error!!

    Sam xxx

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  11. LOVE this Jenny ! The background is amazing and I love the description of your player ! Sue C x

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  12. That is gorgeous Jenny. I just bought that stamp yesterday - love those men! Don't mention Finnabair to me, I am addicted to looking at her work - isn't she wonderful!
    Thanks for making such lovely things yourself, always a pleasure to visit.

    Can you please let me have your snail address so I can fill it in on Flat Susan's itinerary.
    Hugs, Neet (achickson@yahoo.co.uk)

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  13. That is gorgeous Jenny. I just bought that stamp yesterday - love those men! Don't mention Finnabair to me, I am addicted to looking at her work - isn't she wonderful!
    Thanks for making such lovely things yourself, always a pleasure to visit.

    Can you please let me have your snail address so I can fill it in on Flat Susan's itinerary.
    Hugs, Neet (achickson@yahoo.co.uk)

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  14. He does look a man of dubious morality, doesn't he. Dastardly!

    The background is truly fantabulous.

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  15. Truly scrummy Jenny! Love the background - its amazing. Your club in the corner is so creative too! Nicola x

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  16. That background is really stunning Jenny! The man fits so well on it!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  17. This is fabulous Jenny, the background is totally inspiring in both the colour and textures you have created. A great attention grabbing piece.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

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  18. Awesome, Jenny!

    Love your idea with the plain playing cards put together as a kind of mosaic! I don't know enough to be sure if they would officially count as altered playing cards, but as there are playing cards and they are altered too I would count them in our challenge.

    And of course I love "my favourite gentleman"! That stamp is absolutely brilliant.And the texture you created is fab as always!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  19. Hi Jenny, fabulous background, great texture and colour. Great interpretation of the 'player'
    Avril xx

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  20. Just brilliant, Jenny! The panelled brickwork of the cards is so cool... and your painty layers give it such depth and detail. Looks amazing on the fab embellishing too - a really wonderful make!
    Alison x

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  21. Jenny, I love the texture in the background of this card. Wow! I'm feeling inspired myself :)

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  22. Wow.This is fabulous. Great layers of color and texture!

    I found it on Pinterest and am repinning it!

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  23. Love this card Jenny! I think your the texture and colors of your background are amazing. I'm feeling inspired as well :)

    ~ Mary Elizabeth

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  24. Very nice. Thank s for the instruction. Love the colors you used. Greets Alexa

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  25. This is gorgeous Jenny, I love seeing how you have made your background and the colours are wonderful. This guy's definitely up to no good isn't he lol x

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  26. Absolutely stunning, Jenny. I love the textured and the Stamps you used.
    Thank you for showing the work in process and for joining the SanDee&amelies STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE

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  27. Wow. Jenny, such a striking effect! I love your rich background - amazing work as always! xx

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  28. Amazing background Jenny, I just love it. So much texture created with your bits and pieces and then the colours add more layers - just as I like it! Still loving that man. . . By the way, what do you know about card sharks and poker halls. . . . . !!
    Have a good week. Hugs, Juliaxx

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  29. What a treat for this texture junkie to see that wonderful background Jenny. It works so well with your image. Superb!

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  30. First of all, you had me at the title...lol!!! I love that! Second, great inspiration you had! Third, WOW OH WOW on this textured coopery background....just SUPER AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE this!!!! Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  31. Hello Jenny
    Great work, you have blended the paints beautifully, I have found them difficult I have to admit, but I guess I need more practise. Love the Colour palette.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  32. This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week!!! - Ashli :)

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  33. Jenny...your piece is gorgeous. I so love your textured and colorized background. I love the metallic look you've given it. I love the way that all of the gears and other dimensional pieces seem to just emerge from the background. Very cool! Tim's gentlemen looks great as your focal point. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  34. Morning Jenny, WOW, Love this card, the colours on the background and how you have compiled the background are stunning. I love Tim's gentleman stamp. I would love to have seen a video of you doing this whole card, simply stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  35. What a fantastic make...love the textures you have created and your eye for colours is amazing!!! Imlove how you have used thee layers and dry brushing! They look amazing against the player!! Hugs trace x

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  36. Wow! You put a lot of work into this stone hearted card shark! Your creation ROCKS!

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  37. Hi Jenny
    This background is fabulous, love it all
    Rosie x

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  38. WOW...What a fabulous background.. The texture & colours are Fantastic..Love the colour of the image! Brilliant work... Hugs May x x x

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  39. Wow Jenny! Love your card! The background is so fabulous! And the player is very cool! Thanks for the kudos! Really appreciate it! You're so sweet! And thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  40. A breathtaking project, fabulous texture.

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  41. Brilliant! Fabulous techniques here Jenny, inspiring. The colours are gorgeous and you've brought everything together beautifully. Love it! Chris xxx

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  42. Wow I love this Jenny and will certainly be checking this technique out. I love Finnabair and I am thrilled to be attending one of her classes in Derbyshire in November.....Cant wait !!

    Definitely off to bed now

    HUgs

    Annie xx

    XX

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  43. Holy Mackerel! This is one gorgeous something-something, Jenny! So much lovely texture and fantastic colors. Love it!

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  44. great texture, i love texture effects. fantastic composition!

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  45. I love how you used the cards to make the background and I love the gentleman, the texture and, well, everything about this card =).

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  46. Love that structure in the background!

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  47. I really didn't think I liked Tim's new stamps until I saw this. Now, of course, I have to have them!! Thanks so much - your work is always wonderful!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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