Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November's My Mojo Monthly

I spent a day being inspired by Sarah's prompt for her My Mojo Monthly for November - "Changing Faces" and this is my pile of projects! I had a lot of fun with this one :-) In Sarah's samples, she used 2 stamp sets and showed all the different looks you can get by exploring different styles and playing with different color combinations.

All of my pieces have one thing in common - this text stamp from Relish Reading by Rogue Redhead Designs. I think a good text stamp is a necessary part of any stamp collection and I certainly have many, but I do find myself grabbing this one often.

First up is a fun and funky art journal page with bright, primary colors of Glimmer Mist (Burnt Red, Sunflower, Jack Frost). I first stamped my text stamp in different directions onto tissue paper using StazOn, then crinkled it and sprayed it. After it was dry, I adhered it to a piece of cardstock and stamped a flourish (Stampers Anonymous) with gesso, adhered that panel into my journal, and had fun writing and doodling.

Here's a close-up of the tissue paper background:

Next I tried my hand at a Clean and Simple one-layer card - totally not my style and I can't tell you how much I wanted to add more to it! ...but since this was about experimenting with the versatility of my text stamp, I stuck with it. I cut out a heart stencil using scrap copy paper and first stamped the text with sepia archival ink, then sprayed Glimmer Mist (Creme de Rouge and Burnt Red) and then removed my stencil. I added some sentiment stamps (Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday) with Versamark and black EP.

Here's the close-up to see the subtle text within the heart:

OK, now it was time to get grungy and distressed with a Tim Holtz style tag. I did a DIY version of kraft resist for my background by first stamping the flourish (Stampers Anonymous) onto a kraft tag with Versamark and then clear embossing it. I overstamped the text with StazOn and used a Q-tip with solvent cleaner to remove the ink from the embossed parts. Next I added distress stains in Fired Brick and Stormy Sky and distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain distress ink. I used the same stains on the seam binding ties, and had to add metal bits that I distressed with black paint.

Here's the close-up of this one:

Next I created a gluebook collage page using my stamped text as a substitute for a vintage paper background. (Images: Green Paper and Graphic 45)

And finally a vintage shabby chic collage using a subtle tone-on-tone version of the text stamp by stamping with Tea Dye DI onto paper rubbed with the same DI. I overstamped an image (Club Stamp), colored it with colored pencils and added found book text, vintage mother of pearl buttons and tatted lace, as well as machine stitching to layered papers torn, distressed and rolled.

Here's the close-up of this use of the text stamp and all the fun shabby details - don't you love the vintage tatted lace piece?

So much thought-provoking fun with this challenge!


Linda said...

Very beautiful work!

Beverly said...

Fantastic! Your work is such an inspiration. Thank you.

JeanFB said...

FAB.U.LOUS! I absolutely love what you do with Sarah's prompts. That text stamp is so versatile, and all of your samples are so beautiful. Great take on the challenge.

Ana Márquez said...

Great pieces!!

Sam said...

Oh! I just wrote a comment and it has gone into the ether and bombed me out!
I really like what you have done for this challenge. Your stuff is gorgeous. I especially like that text stamp. I can see myself having a search for that one in the UK. I especially like the fact that it has September on there as that is the month I maried my best friend.
Off to have a nosey at your other stuff now.
Thanks for your visit.

Shar said...

All awesome and all stunning! You definitely get good use out of that almanac page - me too :)

Cath Wilson said...

Stunning work here - but I especially love your journal page! The colours are amazing and it's just a fab design. Lovely, lovely work. I agree. You really can't beat a good text stamp for versatility and usefulness. I have loads of them. Thank you for the inspiration x

Heavens2Betsy said...

Wow your Mojo has kept you occupied this month! Love all your work. Your journal page is stunning. Great text stamp too - I'm a huge fan of using text myself. penny

Sarah said...

Really lovely inspired work Penny - I love them all. Your CAS card is totally yummy and just right! Fabulous colours and flourishes on the tag as well as two more gorgeous makes. Love the images, stitching and stamps. A great selection of contrasting artwork and a brilliant take on Changing Faces! Thanks so much for joining in at My Mojo Monthly! Sarah.

2amscrapper said...

WOW! So many fantastic projects!

Ali Manning said...

You've been busy! This is a fantastic collection of projects, Penny!

Anonymous said...

A bounty of stunning artwork.
Totally agree, text stamps are invaluable although I tend to always reach for the same few time and time again.
The collage caught my eye - love the trim and stitching in conjunction with Shar's stunning stamp.

Jules said...

As always, I am mad crazy about your work. It is such eye candy. That being said, my all time favorite is the lovely and so inspiring.