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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Getting 'Alice' Arty with Paper Artsy - Blockheads DT projects

Hello Everyone!

This week I had the pleasure of playing around with a great stamp image from the Paper Artsy by Lynne Perella collection now available at Blockheads Paper Arts!  My fellow DT mates are also creating with Paper Artsy stamps so check out the growing inlinkz collection at the end of my post for more great ideas!

 I adore all things Alice and you might have even spotted her featured on my blog logo above ;0)  I'm always in the mood for creating Alice in Wonderland themed projects and I've submitted some to the Just Steampunk II call so hopefully you'll get to see them soon, keep your fingers crossed ;0)  I had a blast creating the two paper art pieces above using the same image from the Royalty LPC007 set.

Stamp the image twice onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Scan and print out some yellowed pages from a vintage Alice In Wonderland book by Lewis Carrol.  Tear the edges, run them through a Xyron to add permanent adhesive or use a glue stick to adhere them to the stamped panels.  In a very free flowing manner scribble yellow, blue and red Lyra Aqua Crayons to fill in the white spaces.  Use a paint brush with water and blend all the colours to create a watercolour wash.

 Colour both images with Copic Sketch markers.  I used the following on the Alice piece:  BG01, 05, 09, E41, 02, R46 and 39.  I used the following on the Queen of Hearts piece:  E41, 02, BG01, 09, Y38, R46 and 39.  Apply Distress Stains directly over the book pages and the watercolour crayons.  I used Picket Fence first to white wash everything for a cohesive feel except for the upper torso and head of both images and then apply Stormy Sky, Fired Brick, Pumice Stone and a touch of Tea Dye.  Scrape at the torn edges of the pages with your finger nail or something sharp to lift the edges to reveal the white cardstock beneath.

 Apply Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks to both panels with a foam ink applicator too.  Apply 3D Scribbles Shiny Christmas Red to the hearts on both images.  I love the dimension and the bright red hearts against all the darker colours in the pieces. 

Adhere more pages from the AIW book to Grungeboard and die cut out the words 'Alice' and 'Hearts' from Tim's new Word Play Bigz XL die.  I initially didn't plan an getting this die coz it's quite expensive but I caved when I found it on sale and decided to go for it coz the alphabet is actually quite big and can cut anything so it is a good one to have in your stash!

Besides the fun you can have with all the die cut letters you can also use the negative pieces too!  I like the ransom letter style the negative pieces have with the chunks taken out by the neighbouring letters on the die.  Apply a white wash to all the letters first with Distress Stain Picket Fence, then add Tea Dye Distress Stain and apply Black Soot Distress Ink around all the edges with the foam ink applicator.  Finish off by loosely edgeing all the letters with a metallic gold Marvy Le Plume paint pen.  Adhere the letters to the pieces with craft glue.  Use the same metallic gold paint pen to add gold details to the images and to draw a free flowing line around the entire edge of both pieces.

Apply Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to all the letters, to the edges of both pieces and to the lower portion of the stamped images and allow to dry.  You can see in these two photos how yummy the crackle is!  Such a cool effect!

Embellish both pieces with a huge antique metal key from Michaels.  The keys are adhered in place with craft glue but to ensure they stay put I also attached them to the cardstock wtih a piece of very thin craft wire wrapped around one of the grooved parts.  Just poke two small holes with a needle or pointy tool and thread the wire through to the back and twist closed.  Cut out two mats from red textured cardstock and adhere the stamped panels to them with craft glue.

Now that I've finished writing my post and seeing my Queen of Hearts project photos uploaded I've decided she needs a large 'Q' embellishment or a Queen of Hearts playing card in the upper left corner!  What do you all think?

Here you can see my two new art pieces on display on my zebra stripe painted studio wall with my pewter Alice In Wonderland light switch cover...see told you I was a big Alice fan ;0) 

I've entered my pieces into the following challenges!
 Divas by Design #47 - For a Female - I made these for me ;0)
My Time To Craft Challenge #184 - Fantasy - Alice is definitely a fantasy character don't you think!
Love To Create #27 - Punches and Dies
Inspire Me Fridays #71 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #122 - Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too #19 - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents


  1. Who doesn't love Alice? Thanks for joining Craft Your Passion!

  2. Oh WOW!!! these are amazing, all the work that's gone into them well worth it!
    I want you light switch my 14yr old would love it she's Alice mad!

    Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft & Divas, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  3. These are totally Awesome! And what a great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lovely projects, gorgeous colours. Thanks for sharing with us at MTTC this week.

    Pat xx

  5. You KNOW I love these!!! And, of course, I'm an Alice fan too, oh kindred spirit. :-)

  6. Love your art techniques. Thank you for joining us at Love to Create. NancyD

  7. Beautiful job Leigh! Thanx for sharing :)


  8. amazing all that you did here Leigh, gorgeous artwork!!!

    Thank you for linking up @ Inspire Me Fridays!

  9. Great projects! Thanks for joining Craft Your Passion this week! :)

  10. Great creations. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Love to Create Challenges. Hope to see you again next week. joann sassy raggedy

  11. Fantastic creations. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  12. wuuuw so beautiful work
    hugs Pia

  13. As always, your work is truly amazing! And great tutorial!
    Big hugs,


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