You Inspire Me….

09/03/2015 7 Comments
Hi Everyone
Well over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog, my name was drawn out to win some of Kim Costello’s photo polymer stamps and I chose these:
Spritz and Speckles/Just Because


From these stamps I created:


I started by using gesso all over a plastic picture frame I purchased from a jumble sale for £1.  Then used acrylic metallic paint and my finger to daub, grey and bronze onto the etching around the frame.


I then used watercolour paper and spritzed my Ranger, Dylusions, and Mica sprays in browns all over the paper and added Dylusions white spray over the top for a misty and aged look.  I then let it dry.


I then used Kim’s stamps on the background with memento inks.  BECAUSE was stamped out and heat set with WOW clear embossing powder, then cut out and aged by taking a pair on scissors and distressing around the cut out word. The other words ‘you inspire me’ were stamped onto the background paper, under the larger word.


The cogs are from the Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Gadget Gears’ and were painted with H2O’s then run through an embossing folder.  I added black ink to the raised embossed areas and rubbed it off with a dry cloth, again to give an aged look.
I have used a bottle top with a stamped image of a woman’s face inside, cork flower made with Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die, old watch face and hand, embellishments of a pair of scissors, peg, metal butterfly, Tim Holtz brass pin and a small cotton reel.
Pop over to Kim’s blog for more ideas and techniques together with her range of stamps to purchase.
I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Hope I have inspired you to visit some jumble sales and charity shops!


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    die amelie


    Great steampunk! Love the worn look you have achieved! A fab make over!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

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    Hels Sheridan


    Love your alteration, it makes the frame look positively ancient.. bravo! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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    Fabulous frame ! Textures and colors are perfect.
    Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges

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    Very cool! Awesome transformation of the plastic frame. Lots of fun pieces and gears within the frame. Thanks for joining us at SASPC! Have a grand day!

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    Julia Aston


    Your altered frame is just gorgeous! The color mix is beautiful on your background and the scattered gears and sentiments make for a lovely work of art! Thank you for joining us in the AVJ All Things Tim challenge!

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    Kim Costello


    Totally brilliant frame Sue, love how you've altered it, very inspiring, the stamping is fabulous incorporated into it, thank you so much.
    Enjoy a wonderfully creative Day!
    HuGs Kim

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    Brenda Brown


    How lovely you could join the birthday celebrations at AVJ with this amazing frame Sue.
    Thanks for hopping aboard and sharing the celebrations.
    hugs Brenda xxx