27 June 2014

Using Every Stamp in a Set at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone it's good to see you. Today sees the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey where we are being challenged to use every stamp in a set. As ever, there are lots of reasons to enter including the chance to win a gift voucher from our sponsors Country View Crafts



I'm loving using Artist Trading Blocks as boxes for storage purposes in my craft room (what's that saying, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris) There's a bit of a collection building now and this is the latest, using every stamp from the SA 'Classics #3' set. Bet you can't guess what's going in it!? Letters - of the die cut or chipboard variety of course!!



Now to the 'how to's'... it was fairly basic with an offcut of TH French Industrial paper stained with Old Paper on one side and Antique Linen on the other. The main panel from the stamp set and the diamond pattern were applied to the paper with Archival Inks before they were chopped up and torn to fit each side. Of course every edge was inked and then I added a little white gesso to give the whole thing a more aged look without going too dark.



What next? Oh yes, more of that stained paper die cut in different shapes added over the initial layers before I reached for some black embossing powder for the finer detail of the third quadrant pattern. After including some altered Chit Chat stickers the layers were beginning to get lost. This was easily rectified by outlining the die cuts and stickers with a Pumice Stone Distress Marker before blending it out with a fine nib water pen.



It all looked very neutral so I painted Peacock Feathers, Fired Brick and Scattered Straw onto some of the quadrants. These colours were also used to illuminate the chipboard layered 'Letters' addition on the front of the box. You'll see above that even the top and bottom of the box were given this treatment, with brass box corners added and a handle attached to the lid. Finally I die cut a lock and key and stamped out another key (from the set) colouring them all with Metallic Distress Stains before applying a coat of Glossy Accents.


Every stamp in the set used - check. Another handy Artist Trading Block completed - check. Somewhere to finally store those fiddly letters - check. Hurrah! I'd say that was pretty successful. Now it's time to head off over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone else has created this time (and there are some stunning makes over there, including one from our latest recruit, Jools).

It occurs to me that this is a stamp set I very rarely reach for so for that reason I'm entering the current
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'I ought to use this more!'

For now have a great weekend and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


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38 comments:

  1. I keep saying I need to try one of these blocks and after seeing this one, I am sure of it. Each side is a feast for the eyes with so much detail. Simply beautiful.

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  2. It's Gorgeous! I'm so glad to hear this inspiring piece of Art finds a permanent spot in your creative area! it's lovely. :D

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  3. I love how this has wonderful effects and appeal and is useful too. The stamp set you have used is one of my favourites and with the papers is a fabulous mixed collage of shape, colour and layers. xx

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  4. I'm in love with this cube! I love this stamp set! I don't have it but i want , absolutely I want! It's a marvelous creation! I'm speechless!BArbarayaya

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  5. Another awesome ATB Jenny!! Love that stamp, it is fabulous, and I love the colours used. It creates a gorgeous bit of drama on that subtle background!! Absolutely stunning!!! ox

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  6. Oh! My! Giddy Aunt! Jenny, this is absolutely amazing. I love the Block, all the papers, stamps, embellishments you have added. A marvelous "work of art" a joy to look at.
    Have a fantastic weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  7. This is a brilliant atb Jenny,I love the colours you have added to the vintage background they really catch your eye. The metal corners and keys make it even more special and finish the piece off beautifully. Mo x

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  8. What a great idea to use these boxes to store 'things' in your craft room. This one is gorgeous with so much interest on every face. I might just need to make some of these!!

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  9. This is beautiful Jenny - but that's a challenge and half using all the stamps in a set!

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  10. Oh Jenny, I think this is my favourite of all of your ATBs so far! I absolutely adore the combination of stamping (with the torn edges) and die cuts. The patches of colour and of course the shadows around the die cuts, finish it all off beautifully and I love the corners at the bottom! The handle for the lid is a brilliant touch too! Stunning project altogether!!

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  11. A stunning result Jenny! Love your atb, with all those awesome details. Top!

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  12. This is totally stunning Jenny!
    Dot x

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  13. Jenny, this ATB is superb and the squares in the stamp set show the block off so well, with those wonderful little pops of colour, the fabulous corners and the beautiful lock and keys on the top - AND it is useful too - it doesn't get much better than that! Anne xx

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  14. fabulous as always jenny...I've been having a play with some ATB's a wonderful friend sent me and been humming and haa-ing about this stamp set...you've convinced me I've got to get it...have a great weekend hugs kath xxx

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  15. Fabulous ATB, I adore the combination of stamped images and the touches of colour. I love the handle in the top too a gorgeous touch as are the corners. Tracy x

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  16. Oh Jenny, this is gorgeous! I love this set of Classics stamps and you've really shown them off to their full potential in this beautiful work of art. (So much so I've just had to go an order them!!) Great subtlety in your colours and fabulous composition - simply beautiful. What an ATB!! Chris xxx

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  17. This is awesome, I love it! What a great challenge, I'm going to have to do this one, I never use every stamp in the set.

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  18. Another wonderful ATB, Jenny! I love how you've layered in the die-cuts for texture - so effective, and it's a stamp set I don't use enough either, so thank you for the inspiration!
    Alison xx

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  19. This project is absolutely amazing! I love how it's got that vintage vibe, yet you've also included these great pops of energetic color. That palette is phenomenal! I was also so impressed with how skillfully you combined so many different styles-- like the various fonts you used. It gives it such an eclectic look! The top of the box is nothing short of brilliant with that handle and lock and keys and I also really liked how you used the metal corners, too. This is definitely a stunner and I'm so glad you shared it with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  20. Wow, that's a fabulous piece of art. Great details.

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  21. Jenny, this is one terrific ATB creation. So much to love from the gorgeous stamps and coloring, but I just love all the metal you added. The corners and that handle are wonderful! Enjoy the weekend, hugs!

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  22. Jenny this is just the inspiration I've been looking for. I have a pile of boxes waiting to be altered. This truly is a wonderful piece. I want to hold it and turn it around as to study every little detail. Just gorgeous and the handle looks great too. I also wanted to thank-you for your kind comments on my titanic folio. Karen.x

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  23. I adore this stamp set Jenny and it looks wonderful on your ATB. Wonderful colours and layers.

    Thank you for sharing

    Have a great weekend
    Annie x

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  24. I am in awe! A wonderful ATB, made so successful by your inspired composition. Thank you, Nikki xx

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  25. Your box is gorgeous!! I love every inch of it! Just wanted you to know that, very well done!
    Hugs Kelly

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  26. Gorgeous atb, love all the details
    on it!! Groetjes Karin

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  27. Wow... This is such a stunning creation, Jenny! Love the fabulous color scheme and all the gorgeous details. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  28. A gorgeous ATB, love all the details and gorgeous stamping. No doubt this will be a pleasure to use.
    Avril xx

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  29. I love your cube... I love this stamp and I think I hear it calling my name again.. I must get it... but your cube is GREAT... I love the colors, the papers and everything about it... gloriously created.. .Love, Light and Peace..Bonnie

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  30. SO loving this!!! And thanks for joining us again at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

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  31. This is so beautiful and you have used the stamps brilliantly
    I love the metallic grungy colours and the gorgeous colours for the illuminations
    I've had my eye on this stamp set for a while and I've now got to get it
    Thanks for the inspiration

    Jools x

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  32. What a marvelously decorated block Jenny! the perfect beautiful place to keep your 'letters'!!

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  33. Er, WOW! Love every little tiny detail of this Jenny. Wonderful stamp set too.
    Hugs,Juliaxx

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  34. Oooh wow Jenny, what an absolutely fantastic way to show case these stamps - love it, gorgeous

    Sam xx

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  35. Awesome project and very creative !

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  36. Loved this when I spied it on FB a few weeks ago and now that I'm here…. well it might just be lust. It's stunning in every way, Jenny, and those bold pops of color from one of my favorite collage stamps are the icing on the cake.

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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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