Monday, November 4, 2013

Letters!

I was so thrilled to be one of Country View Challenges "Top 3" winners for September, but also honored to be asked to be a Guest Design Team member for November's challenge of "Letters."  Thank you Country View Challenges and here we go with my project and if you want, you can stop over there and give them a "Hello" and learn all the details for the current challenge.
It is so interesting how a project starts out and what you have in mind when you start! Believe it or not, this started out with a Christmas theme in mind! It was going to be "letters to Santa," but I kept drawing blanks. Well not really blanks, but how I wanted to use my new Santa Stamp was too much like something I had already seen. Not that my friend, Vada would have cared, but this needed to be very original!

Now with the embossed "letter" background, I was determined to use it Christmas or not! I used Distress inks and then spritzed some water. Next the raised areas were hit with Coffee Archival, distressed and curled up some edges.

The woman's face was stamped, watercolored and masked off for tag inking! A little white acrylic paint dot for the eye highlight, using a stylus.

Added a little "letter" stenciling, stamped some post scripts and those artsy faces to blend in the background. Keeping in the "letter" theme, I was going for a love letter type theme at this point. Hey it is my mind! I think they are both thinking of each other!
The top "letter" layer was first inked and then the actually stamp covered with Distress markers, torn around the edges and shaded. Added a little airmail stamping to this.
Did a second marker stamping for extra dimension on the "L" for "letters."
What a time I had cutting off the heavy duty pin that went with the winged heart! Actually called the man to the rescue. The heart was colored with alcohol inks and the word band and key colored to match the bronze look of the wings.

Thank you for stopping by today and hope you will join in the current "Letters" challenge at CVC, so pop on over there for more inspiration and all the details! Have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Tim Holtz, Classics 3, Classics4, Classics 5 and various older releases for postage
Inks: Archival Red Geranium Coffee (Faces, Faces, Postage, Air Mail, CB letters
Background colors: Distress Antique Linen, Old Paper, (letter panel), Vintage Photo, Black Walnut, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Forrest Moss, Tattered Rose for skin color, Water colors Barn Door (lips) Peeled Paint (eyes)
Markers: Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Black Soot Peeled Paint, Pine Needles
Alcohol Inks: Pesto, Latte and Gold Fixative




31 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece, congrats on your DT spot, and have fun! Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, what an amazing piece Terry!! So many things to love! I really like how you placed the face stamp right in the corner of your tag, the background is totally stunning to and I love how you have done the letter panel with that extra addition of the L. (would love to know what stamps those were...) A truly beautiful tag, and BIG CONGRATS on your guest design spot, so very well deserved!!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Congratulations and lots of fun as a guestdesigner Terry...This creation has so many gorgeous details...great layers. No Christmas indeed :-)

Talis Bastelballon said...

woooow,beautiful tag Terry,

Chris Warner said...

This is stunning Terry, thanks for guesting with us this month! Chris xxx

Vada said...

Outstanding!! Just outstanding.. Love It!
Hugs Vada

Beth said...

well deserved honor GF and I just love your tag so much detail.

Krisha said...

WOW Terry!! This is an amazing and beautiful tag. Great tutorial on how to make it.

Monique said...

Beautiful piece, love the different colors on that stamp, great idea!
xx Monique

Lisa Somerville said...

Fabulous collage Terry, love the colors and images!

bev said...

Congrats on your DT spot Terry...you are so worthy of the honor. As always your art work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Hugs ♥

Ira Huberts said...

Congrats on being GD Terry! So extremely well deserved, for you make the finest pieces of art! Just look at this beauty here, amazing! The way you use your stamps is unseen! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Maggie said...

Gorgeous Terry I love all the distressed, inky, layered yummy-ness (I know that's not a real word lol) of your Letters project
congrats for your DT spot.

MaggieH

Julie Ann Lee said...

This is such a lovely project, Terry. I have really enjoyed looking at all the delicious detail: it's so interesting and original! I love your use of colour and your choice of images and lay-out! Congrats on the GD spot. It's been great having a closer look at your crafting process. Julie Ann xx

Meggymay said...

Fantastic project, amazing images and details. Congratulations on your guest designer spot.
Yvonne x

Netty said...

Congratulations Terry and its a beautiful tag, hugs Annette x

Dots Dabbles said...

Congrats on your GDT post Terry!!! Wow...and such a creative piece that you have come up with! I love it...I just got this face stamp and can't wait to use it. Very inspirational Terry!
Dot x

butterfly said...

Wow, Terry, this is absolutely gorgeous - just love the colours, and beautiful tinting on the images... the lettering panel is fabulous!! Congratulations on your top 3 spot and a great GD piece.
Alison xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Another WoW reaction! Your BG letters- love the technique and colors- your tag with the womans face- so beautiful- and ongrats on your Guest DT spot- they won't want to let you go!

Michele said...

ooh-wee stunning Terry! wow! and the face in the corner is perfection. congrats on your win and you guest designer gig. you have made a simply fabulous creation. xo

Brenda Brown said...

This is just a fabulous work of art Terry, I love the letters embossed piece and the other stamped images you have chosen to use, everything fits together perfectly. Thanks for creating such a wonderful masterpiece for CVC.
hugs {brenda} x0x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This is stunning, a captivating tag with so much texture and gorgeous elements gathered together to tell a story and how I love the way you highlighted her face.
Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot - so well deserved.
Wishes
Lynne

trisha too said...

Beautiful piece, Terry--so many gorgeous elements. Congratulations to you!

:)

Electra said...

This is spectacular, Terry! I love the subtle colouring and thanks for the tip on how to highlight her eye!

Lynn Stevens said...

Awesome Terry. Love all the layers and the use of metal. You Rock GF. Congrats on being the Guest designer!
Hugs Lynn

Linda R said...

This really does look amazing my friend.

Hugs~

Mrs.B said...

Congrats on the Guest DT spot and a wonderful tag with so many details. Love the background and colours.
Avril xx

Sharon said...

Congrats on being a Guest Designer Terry!!! I love this stunning creation - so much detail!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Congratulations - well deserved. Your creation looks fantastic, so many wonderful details.

Dianne said...

Well Miss Terry, congratulations, all your work is exceptional and this piece is OUTSTANDING, the lettered background is gorgeous, those faces on that fabulous background, amazing, the little love letter brilliant, the latter L is beautiful, all the embellishments are excellent, exceptional work on your GD piece, thanks so much for sharing this...

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous! What a wonderful honour and well deserved!

Lucy x

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