January 22, 2013

You should...

Hello all, lovely to be back here at Artistic Outpost.

I've really enjoyed having the chance to play with a couple of new stamp sets this week... Generation Redux and Secretary Pool, as well as throwing in a sentiment from my favourite Think and Wonder set.  One of the (many) things I love about the Artistic Outpost sets is that they mix together so well, making them really flexible.
The haunting stare of the woman from the Generation Redux set speaks to me of the spirit still flickering inside, despite a life spent in thankless work. So she seemed to belong with the beautiful letter block from Secretary Pool and the quote encouraging her to - for once in her life - break out and follow her dreams.
I started with a painty background, created with Fresco paints, including stamping the letter block with paint.  I think, for a paint-stamping, the clarity of the image is great.
I stamped the woman onto tissue paper using Archival ink - I love how the wrinkles in the paper have given her patterned hair - and smoothed her onto the surface with some multi-medium.
I put a light wash of paint on a separate piece of paper and stamped the sentiment, again in Archival.  I added an Idea-ology clock and some flowers - created by sticking patterned paper to some acetate packaging, die-cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, and then heating it to mould the petals - symbolic of the rosebuds she needs to get out there and gather before time runs out.
The tag was mounted onto some paper that I'd stamped the letter block all over - this time in Frayed Burlap DI for a softer look, and then the whole thing sits on some corrugated card which has had a coat of shabby white paint.  I coloured the two eyelets with paint and alcohol inks, and there's my hanging...

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon.

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures

11 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful tag Alison and I love the story with it. The painted background provides the perfect base for this timeworn lady and all the elements you have included.
Hugs Brenda xox

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Alison, love how you have used the Secretary Pool alphabet in the background, very striking. Love,the eclectic mix of images too and the texture from the corrugated card. Tracy x

Laurart said...

This is wonderful...I love the paint background with the letter stamp sets. It is just stunning. Haven't tried making the flowers yet...Bit nervous! LOL xxxxxxxxxx

Redanne said...

Hi Alison, you have really brought the lady to life with your story telling. The corrugated card backing is wonderful, adding texture and dimension to your wonderful hanging. A very inspirational piece. Anne x

lilscrappers said...

Overall, a beautiful card. I love the way you broke down how you made it. The colour is fantastic :)

inkypinkycraft said...

Another fabulous make Alison, great textures and colours !!trace x

Terry said...

Love this tag, Alison! The Secretary Pool letter block stamp makes a great background (exactly why I ordered this)! Love the mix of papers and images!

Kate said...

So pretty, Alison. I love this set. This is a fabulous hanging! Perfect blend of colors.

Boo said...

Love that blue paint and the tissue paper stamped lady.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is terrific; you have reminded me I must use corrugated card more. Love the use of paint on the stamp. This woman looks like there is much in life she should have done ......

Lucy x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Simply amazing - colors, textures, story, everything just flows to create a stunning wall hanging. LOVE it, Alison!

Hugs,
Linda