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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Codex Atlanticus - Artifact #42" Art Card featuring Paper Weaved Border stamps by Lost Coast Designs

Howzit Everyone!

My fantasy scifi story continues from yesterday's project 'Portal To Atlantis' and I've got more fun uses for border stamps to share with you!

LSBD Log:  Day 31 - We have been exploring the strange ruins but its slow going with a lot of the chambers submerged under water but we are making some surprising discoveries.  Today's exciting find has made it all worth it - ref. catalogued artifact #42 the 'Codex Atlanticus'.  We have managed to translate a few sentences on the tablet depicting the Codex and believe it to be some kind of a cipher device but the meaning of the numbers and text on the right panel are still unknown .  The wealth of technology we are finding down here is astronomical...

I used the following Lost Coast Designs stamps on my fantasy art card:
Borders:  Tear Drops, Spiral, Wave, Antique Text, Tape Measure, Numbers and Bingo and the wonderful Steampunk Typewriter Girl image as the focal point of my card.

 Codex Atlanticus - Fantasy Art Card

I still had border strips left over from my previous project and used them to create the basket weave panel on the left.  The borders were all stamped with Paris Dusk Memento ink.

Tightly weave the Spiral, Wave and Tear Drops border strips to form the panel in the photo above.

Cut a panel from the yellowish paper that I used for the weave strips and create a background of border stamps with a combination of Paris Dusk and Rhubarb Stalk Memento inks.  In the photo above starting from the left I stamped the Antique Text, Numbers, Tape Measure, Antique Text (again) and Bingo borders.  Adhere the border background panel to the basket weave panel with double sided tape and glue a strip of black cardstock over the join with a glue stick.  Cut a frame for the entire panel from black cardstock and score, fold and cut the corners to form miter joints.  Put double sided tape on all four flaps and adhere them to the panel.  The basket weave background panel is now nicely encased inside the black frame and has an awesome dimensional quilted feel to it!

The isosceles triangle piece above is left over from my previous project too...see 'Portal To Atlantis' for more info on how I made my own Perfect Pearls Mist background!

  Stamp the Steampunk Typewriter Girl image onto the triangle panel with Black Memento ink.
 Apply a thick coat of Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rocky Candy over the entire triangle panel.  I really love Distress Crackle Paint especially the clear Rocky Candy!  It's a one step process that gives your projects that wonderful vintage crackle and it dries flexible too so it doesn't peel off!  Blockheads currently has all of the colours, metallics and the clear on sale so grab them while they're hot ;0)

Apply Stormy Sky Distress Stain all over the crackled surface to reveal the wonderful crackle effect and wipe away the excess ink with a piece of paper towel.

Adhere the panel to a black cardstock mat with double sided tape.  Punch small holes in each corner of the card front with a hole punch and attach square silver brads.  Adhere square dimensional antique bronze embellies (Michaels) to each brad with glue.

To make the silver metal tag cut a long narrow piece from a thin sheet of silver metal and stamp the 1/8" text into the metal with a steel alphabet stamp set.  I stamped out the name of the tagged item 'Codex Atlanticus' but switched out some letters with numbers and used an upside down 'V' for the letter 'A' instead.  For more a distressed look I wasn't super careful about getting all the letters straight and to make the stamped letters stand out better I coloured them with an ultra fine black Sharpie marker.  Fold the metal tab in half and punch a hole through both ends and attach the tag to the card front with a silver brad.  Finish off by making a folded card from black cardstock and adhering the card front to it with double sided tape.

Lovers of fantasy scifi will get the significance of the number '42' and you'll probably be interested to know that the Codex Atlanticus is actually real!  Its a twelve-volume, bound set of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci.  The book contains 1,119 leaves dating from 1478 to 1519 and the contents cover a great variety of subjects, from flight to weaponry to musical instruments and from mathematics to botany. The codex was gathered by the sculptor Pompeo Leoni in the late 16th century and is currently preserved at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.  Check out all the photos of the pages on the web!  Awesome aren't they!!!!

Thanks for visiting with me again today, I hope you've enjoyed my Creative Adventure into fantasy scifi land and now have some great ideas for using border stamps!  Also check out the fantastic creations by my design team mates Colleen, Leslie #1 and #2 and Trisha!

Now for some Challenges....
  Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Challenge #64 Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's Challenges #110 - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #47 - Masculine theme or 'boy' colours
I think my fantasy art card fits the bill for this one, it's masculine, the colours are very guy-esque AND I used silver metal and metal alphabet stamps I've had in my stash FOREVER!
The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog - #33 Distress
again another perfect one - I used the Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Stain on the triangle focal point!
Make My Monday Challenge - #44 Men and Boys with the added Vintage theme
another one for my masculine guy-esque vintage/distress card ;0)
Make It Monday Anything Goes #84
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge #40 From the Past
Use It Tuesday Challenge #29 Anything Goes (but must use hoarded stash)
I used silver metal and metal alphabet stamps I've had in my stash for years!
Happy Stamping!
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  1. another beautiful card, really love what you made, thanks for sharing at smudgy Antics

  2. What creative card! Love it--so glad you joined us at UIT this week!

  3. Another amazing paper fold! LOVE this--it's fabulous! Thanks for linking up again with us at MMM! :)

  4. What a fabulous card . Thanks for sharing it with us at anything goes challenge.
    Emma xx

  5. A really nice card, love its name!

  6. Fabulous art card. This is totally amazing. So fun and creative.
    So glad you joined the Sassy DTeam in the anything goes challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's. Good luck in the drawing.

  7. Totally cool. Thanks for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad! :)

  8. Hi Leigh, another piece of genuis from you (I think this one is my fave) ....super crafting! Thanks for your 2nd entry to the Make My Monday challenge. Suzanne x

  9. So original and unique...thanks for the tutorial! Thank you so much for linking up at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at the second-prize drawing!
    Good luck,
    Rene :D

  10. Another beauty. Thanks for coming back for another bit of the cherry at Smudgy Antics :)

  11. Love all the textures you've achieved on this card... fabulous!

    Thanks for joining in the challenge at Anything Goes - hope to see you again soon.

    Christine x

  12. Very artsy, love all the details. Saw you at Make it Monday. ~Diane (I am # 103)

  13. So freakin' cool, Leigh! Love, love, love it!

  14. Wow, you've done some serious crafting here! I love all the technique and detail, including the woven papers! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  15. GORGEOUS - another fantastic creation. LUV your style. Thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics :-D xxx

  16. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us again at Smudgy Antics :)

  17. another fabulous card, leigh, really gorgeous!


  18. How cool is this! A fabulous card. Thank you for joining the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

  19. This is fantastic - I love that stamp! Thanks for joining us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad this week!

  20. totally awesome card Leigh, love eveything about it
    thanks for joining our challenge over at the stamping boutique
    TSB DT

  21. Another fabulous card. The paper weaving and stamping are great.
    Thanks for sharing with us at MMM this week and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss x

  22. Wow! Amazing card! Love the woven paper technique! So happy you joined us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

  23. Love your card, very creative - thanks for joining in the masculine theme this week on Shopping our stash, Hazel, Guest Designer x

  24. YOu packed so much Lost Coast goodness into this! So many interesting details to see. :)

  25. I love the variety of textures in your background. Thanks for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

  26. Wow this is an awesome creation! Thanks for playing along with Use It Tuesday!


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Leigh S-B