Sunday, 15 February 2015

Dare to be Unique...............


Hi there,
Time for another creative blog post me thinks but before I do I would just like to 'Welcome' all of you who have chosen to follow me n to say a big thank you to everyone who's stopped by to take a peek. It was wonderful to read so many lovely comments that were left about my blog n my first creative post !
So with me being such a novice at blogging  I will have to own up n say despite wanting to reply to each comment individually  I wasn't able to?  I did abit of poking around behind the scenes so to speak but with no joy so I do hope a few group replies will be ok  for now until I suss it out ! ( if anyone can steer me in the right direction it would be appreciated.)

Now for the creativity ........

I guess this piece evolved from deciding I was going to enter Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. A quick hop gave me the brief - Red + Pink - to be inspired by the traditional colours associated with Valentines . Are you a Red or Pink person the brief asked ? hahaha - well lets just say  given a choice   I DON'T DO RED or PINK so I decided it might be fun to step outside my usual colour palette n take on the challenge!

I had in mind that I would make a card so started with the background. For this I used Tim Holtz distress paints - Fired Brick, Spun Sugar , Brushed Pewter n Picket Fence.  I used then like you would if you were doing a wrinkle free distress technique. Once I was happy with the colour I then went in with some Fired Brick distress ink  just to give a bit more depth to the red hue . Out came the Black Soot ( well I was beginning to get a bit jittery with all this red n pink going on , lol ) to darken the edges .

Some stenciling n stamping was added randomly using Fired Brick, Barn Door n Black Soot distress inks to create more interest n  depth to the background. Then I spritzed lightly with Black Soot distress spray stain n Pewter cosmic shimmer to give a subtle sparkle .

Finally a few (3)thin strips of  harlequin tissue tape were strategically placed on the background .



After some indecision ( I'm the queen of it ) I opted for one of the stamps from the dylusions stampset- 'Strength'. After stamping with Black archival I cut the image out n added some red shading to the harlequined top, the eyes n the lips !! I drew round the stamped image on black card as I wanted to create a shadow that hopefully would make the image 'pop  when placed on the background! The shadow was adhered flat n the stamped image was offset n adhered with dimensional glue .

As I love using metal bits n bobs on my work I added some small  metal washers at the ends of the tissue tape  n some lengths of chicken wire cut in half  leaving a space free for the quote ! 
The quote I opted for was one of Wendy Vecchi's -do love the fonts Wendy chooses for her quotes/sentiments . I thought it worked well with the stamped image. A quick mounting secured with brads n it was ready to go !




Although my initial thoughts were to make a card, I did infact decide otherwise n made it into a piece of wall art instead using mountboard. I  made  a couple of holes for hanging, finished them off with eyelets n used black ribbon to hang!

n here it is ..... Dare to be Unique!! 




Hope you've enjoyed your visit n hope to see you again soon !

I would like to enter this piece into the following challenge


As I have used stencils on this piece I would also like to enter it into


31 comments:

Wendy McCarthy said...

Ooh fab Amanda! Love that beautiful red background and your use of chicken wire. Xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Amanda, love the red and black and the touch of wire, the touché of tape are perfect. Tracy x x

A Pink said...

Thx so much Wendy McCarthy for your kind words

Coco said...

Wonderful piece full of beautiful details, also the background is great, really love it...!! Coco xx

A Pink said...

thx so much Tracy n Corinne for your lovely comments x

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant background and the image is striking and perfect with the sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Sid said...

Wonderful design Amanda, love your colours on this ! I have also become your latest blog follower.

A Pink said...

Thx Suzanne C for stopping by n leaving such kind words .

A Pink said...

Thx Sid for yet another kind comment n thx too for joining my little group of followers .Much appreciated .

Linda said...

This is fab .... I love all the layering on the background. Thanks for joining in with the TIMI challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

teri reed said...

Great work fellow newbie blogger!!! ❤️

Svenja said...

Way, wayyyy cool! Love, love, love this. The background has such great depth and I love all the little metal bits, too.

Redanne said...

This is a stunning hanging Amanda, I love the red, the wire looks fabulous and the lady is just wonderful. A beautiful piece of art! Hugs, Anne xx

Trish Latimer said...

Gorgeous! And you should definitely use red more often lol! Thank you so much for playing along in the February challenge at Craft Stamper! xxxx

A Pink said...
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A Pink said...

lol Teri. thk you xx

A Pink said...

thx Linda n Svenja x

A Pink said...

thankyou so much Redanne n Trish for your lovely comments - they really are appreciated :) x

Samantha Read said...

Wonderful, loving the details :) xx

Paula Whittaker said...

Just fab!

A Pink said...

Thx so much Samantha n Paula for your lovely comments n for stopping by to take a peek xxx

Renee said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge.

A Pink said...

thk you! Renee for your kind words x

Buttons said...

Blimey you're good Amanda! I'm so glad you finally get to share your incredible talent with everyone this way. LOVE this piece, the design, the colours, all that layering. Jenny x

A Pink said...

aww! Thk you so much Jenny for such a lovely compliment! Means alot x

Carol said...

Yummy love all the layers xx

shirley-bee said...

Fab project! Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It Make It.

Gilly said...

amanda this piece of work is so powerful. you are very talented.

Elina Strömberg said...

Totally love your project. So beautiful and so bold! And the metal wires in the background look so cool. What a great idea!
Thank you for playing with us at Craft Stamper Take it, Make It challenge. Hoping to see you with us again in March!

A Pink said...

thx Gilly for popping by n for your kind comment ! x

A Pink said...

Thx Elina for your lovely comment ! Hope to be join in again in March :) x