Thursday, 19 February 2015

Alphabet Soup @ Artist Trading Post Exchange

Hi Everyone...............a huge welcome to all my followers old and new x
It's time for another challenge over at Artist Trading Post Exchange Blog and the very talented Ruth is the host  this fortnight with the theme of "Alphabet Soup" 

Here are the challenge details in Ruth's own words:

 "I'm sure we all have alphabet stamps or maybe you have some chipboard letters that need using up. This time our challenge is about using letters or numbers in some way other than making a word or marking an anniversary with them. Maybe random stamping or use of die cuts to make a collage background, borders or do some pattern building with them? "

Remember to check out the challenge rules to be in with a chance of winning the prize, which is a £10 gift voucher to spend at the Artist Trading Post Store.

Here is my challenge project, which is an 8 by 8 card and I shall include the products used at the end of my post. All items used can be purchased from the artist Trading post by visiting their online store or shop in the town of Wirksworth, Derby.
First of all I applied Gesso to my card stock then once dry I applied Finnabair's Clear Crackle Texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil. The crackle is quite fine and if you want larger crackles you must apply a thicker layer.

Once dry I brushed over the card with Pumkin Soup, Fresco Finish Paint by Paperartsy, then Inky Pool on the textured areas, which is also Fresco Finish Paint by Paperartsy. Charcoal was then applied around the edges of the letters and finally some Treasure Gold wax in Renaissance to complete the look.
Lynne Peralla Stamps were then inked with Potting Soil and Black Archival in and edged with Walnut Stain and Black soot after they were coloured with Distress markers in Barn Door ( red) and Blue China. Some crinkled and inked Kraft Glassine paper was also used as a mat for two of the stamps. (see below)
Torn book pages were stained with Tea Dye Varnish and adhered with Ranger Glue N Seal.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies, Pediment Set and Hardware Findings were inked with various Distress Inks. The pediment can be seen above the main LP image and was inked with Rusty Hinge DI as well as Walnut Stain and Black Soot. The Lock, from Hardware Findings was inked with Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Inks as was the key, which was in my stash. The heart is a TH Movers and Shapers die. The wire was stained with  Ranger alcohol ink.

Thank You for visiting and I hope you manage to join in with our would be great to see your projects/entries. 
For more inspiration please click HERE, where you can view the gorgeous projects created by my
very talented DT sisters.

Please find the link for products used below, which will take you to the Artist Trading Post Online Store, where you can make your purchases. Postage is free if you spend over £30.00.

Jamie also has many of the latest CHA releases from Tim Holtz, Prima, Sizzix, Wendy Vecchi,  Dyan Reavely  and Finnabair, including those wonderful stamps she has designed, which can be viewed HERE

Have lots of Inky Fun !!!!

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  1. Brilliant project Annie, and great step by step photos!! Love how you have put this together and I really look forward to see it i.r.l tomorrow, - lucky me!!! :o)

  2. another fabulous project Annie...hugs kath xxx

  3. Woo hoo! Love all that's going on here, the Lynne Perella stamps are favourites of mine :-)


  4. What a super collage Annie with great step by step.
    Julie x

  5. Fabulous Annie! So many wonderful elements, I love the lock and key! Wonderful use of the letters in the background, subtle and beautiful! hugs :)

  6. Love Lynne Perella stamps and you've combined them with the letters beautifully, fab project Annie! Hugs Ruth x

  7. Fantastic piece, love the textures and crackled background, great images and details.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Annie, this is sensational.
    A wonderful composition and I like the way you brought all the lovely texture to your card and so many items of interest.

  9. Your background is stunning Annie and I love your collage, your composition, the wonderful colours - everything really!! Please give your Mum and Astrid a big hug from me tomorrow, hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Wonderful textures Annie! Love the background and the collaged layers, wonderful choice of stamps too , love it ! Toni x

  11. Anonymous2/20/2015

    Fabulous card Annie ! Love the background, the colours have blended beautifully over the gorgeous texture. Sue C x

  12. What a fantastic artsy collage, Annie - and I love that background texture - wonderful!
    Alison xx

  13. And I totally love this one Annie! Jenny x

  14. Gorgeous piece, love all the layers and the textures YUMMY have a lovely Sunday

  15. gorgeous texture on the gold here and there! LOVE!

  16. Lots of lovely layers here Annie. The background has a great shimmer! Juliaxx


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