Wednesday, 30 January 2013


This project was constructed around the set of stamps that arrived into my crafting hands last week. I have been a firm  and active collector of stamp sets DYLUSIONS by Dyan Reaveley. This one is called RIGHT UP YOUR STREET DS007. This along with other stamps collections from the range are available @ THATS CRAFTY ON LINE STORE.
If the demand is there or if you would like a copy of the digital background then send me a message and l will upload  it ready for download. Here is the Download link page: CLICK HERE.
A4 Tag [constructed by gluing together an Buff Manila folder and then cutting out]
Pitch Black Adirondack Ink Pad.
Selection of 'Darker Shades' Promarkers [Ice Grey 2 was used to 'dull' down the colours and was the main colour in the buildings.]
Selection of Cosmic Shimmer Mists
White Marker Pen - Red/Yellow Strong Marker Pens [I have used Chalk Blackboard Markers]
Moulding Paste/Pallet Knife/Gold-Silver Rub n Buff Cream
Color Catcher Booth [Perfect for using ink sprays etc]
Label Printer with Silver background.
Normal Crafty Tool Box Items - Craft Mat - Sharp Scissors - Dimensional Tape - Good Strong Clear Glue
After we have glued the Manila folder together and then secured the print out onto the surface the only thing that's left to do for the base is to carefully cut it out in what ever shape we have decided.
This project can be cut down into 3 stages.
1. Tag background
2. All that Glitters and Coloured
3.Making the buildings and securing into place.
Taking the masks and the Moulding paste we want to lay down some texture. You dont want to be neat and tidy here its texture that we want not a nice flat surface.
Place one side to dry. Its best to leave over night and just forget about this project till the following morning.
Now then the Moulding paste is dry so its time to play..
After you have selected the Ink Sprays that your happy with place the tag into the Color Catcher and start to lay down layers of colour. The first thing l did was to place the Cogs and Bubbles masks onto the project 1. to help avoid that problem of lines and over spill. This way as l sprayed onto the moulding area any over spill would give me a pattern that would add to the tag and not just be a block of colour. Again this would lay down layers of colours.
When the Ink had dried taking my rubbing cram l laid down another layer of colour. This was done using the best crafting tool ever... THE FINGER!
When l was happy that there was enough layers of colour and the back ground print had not been lost the last stage was to place our stamped imagery.
The stamps were inked using the Pitch Black in pad as l was using Pro Markers after to colour. The roof's were done first as l was going to over colour the layer of colour with this grey. By doing this l was going to 'DULL' down the colour so that it wasn't so bright or intense  By layering colours you can make colours match and become a unit and not fight with each other.
Using a light shade of Grey [for outline l like to use Warm Grey 2 or a Blue Grey colour] Then taking a pr of sharp tipped scissors cut around the image leaving a very small margin around the stamped image.
The last thing to do is to place the cut outs onto your project. Using Dimensional tape or good strong glue that gives you dimension start to lay the images down and to make a picture. Try to tell a story and not just lay them down in a hap hazard way.
The last thing to do was to place your wording down that you have made. I have used a small Label Makers and using a Silver tape just printed out the words l wanted. These were then shaped again using the sharp tipped scissors. When they were in place l took Red and Yellow Marker Pens [again l have used the same pens that they use to write Menu's on boards and then colour to make attractive and inviting.] Again if you can l would suggest for this type of project they would be an investment if you could.
The last thing l did was to take something from my childhood. On those hot summers days [remember those such a life time away lol. We had cobbled streets. The fun we had picking up the tar that had melted between the cobbled stones. Our Mums didnt think it was such fun as it was almost impossible to get of our clothes not that we thought at the time.] Taking the Black Liquid Pearls l just filled in some of the cracks in the bottom corner.
I hope that this will inspire you and to look at a wonderful range of stamps in a positive way.  They are not the cheapest but they are one of the best made stamps you can buy. The rubber is first class and will take a lot of wear and tear in your crafting projects.
However running a car over the stamp and acrylic plate so that you can get a good impression doesn't come into this last statement. However l have full faith that the stamp would be in a state that you could use over and over again!
Any question please send me a message and l will get back to you as soon as possible.

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