Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Lucky Day Panel

 Hello Friends,

Five new Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp sets have just been released this week. Along with stamps, there are 9 new stencils and 3 mini stencil sets (sets 58, 59, 60). Thats a lot to work with! 

I have use the regular sized stencil called "Stencil Wheel" to create a colorful background for my Etcetera Panel. I also used the stamp set Curiosity Shop.

I used Collage Medium to add a piece of neutral Backdrop paper to the small rectangular panel. I did not add Collage Medium over the top of the surface so I could add Oxide Ink through the stencil. If I had, the Ink would just sit on the Collage Medium and never dry.
I used Oxide Ink pad and a Blending Tool to add each of the 6 ink colors. These are the colors I used (but any color combination will work).  Mustard Seed, Saltwater Taffy, Kitsch Flamingo, Crackling Campfire, Mermaid Lagoon, then Dusty Concord. 
Once I was done, I dried the ink with a heat tool then moved on to working with the stamp, adding the number strip on the right and stamping a few clovers on watercolor paper with Archival Ink Black Soot. I sprayed the clovers with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray, dried with my heat tool, then fussy cut the shape. That clover is such a great image!
At this point it had been about an hour since I added the Oxide ink to the paper. I made the decision to add a thin layer of Collage Medium over the entire surface before I added anything else. I wanted to do this so I could use my Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to age the surface. I picked a soft brush and slowly added the the Collage Medium till I could tell how much the CM would move the water-reactive Oxide Ink. I think because I had dried the ink with the heat tool, the surface was porous (not sealed), and the fact that I left it to dry even more on its own, made all the difference.  The ink stayed put and I had no problem keeping the colors separated.

I added the Photomatic image + clovers with foam squares. I also added a piece of fabric that was sitting on my desk, a yellow label from Snippets Curator and the Clipping Sticker, "something good is about to happen".
Once everything was in place, I watered down some white paint and flicked it over the surface (I did put a piece of a post-it note over her face before flicking the paint.)
I'm happy with my cute little panel with a good message. You know I'll be using that "Lucky Day" stamp a lot (like someone made it just for me...).

now carry on,
ps) Simon Says Stamp has created wafer dies to match the stamp sets. I have added the image/link below so you could see the set that matches Curiosity Shop. The dies are on pre-order, so I did not have a set to use for this project (hence the fussy cutting). But I sure can see how these dies would be very useful!

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