Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday, Monday and new Design Team piece!

Rise and Shine...'tis Monday morn!
Yes, indeed it is. Another new week and the chance to show you my new Design Team piece for Simon Says Stamp & Show where it's all about stars. Let's take a trip back to 1950s Hollywood and indulge in a little glamour...
I started with my background sticking torn pages from a vintage magazine onto an old book cover. I glued them with Matte Medium, swiped with Gesso and then stamped random blocks of stars with a large stamp. I like the translucent quality...you can still see the magazine images underneath! Then I set to work on the marathon task of creating all the loose elements. I cut all the larger stars by hand and covered them in American flag paper (which I made myself). They have been edged using Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.

 The retro glasses are such fun and were stamped and embossed using Denim Adirondack embossing powder. I cut them out and attached them to the film-strip with a mini-peg and added a hand-made street sign for some contrast.

 I went on the hunt through all of my collections to find the right images. I figured a flashy car ad and beautiful pin-up babe would do the trick. This is a B&W paper copy of an original ad - shrunk in the wash and tinted with pencils!

 Creating the film-strip was real fun...Started off with black but that was too harsh, then blue which was too...well...blue. I have this photo stamp of two rather passionate movie stars that was just made for the job. Could well be the dapper Gene Kelly! I stamped the same image onto glossy card-stock six times (well ten actually - some slipped away!!!) Then I cut out six smaller images from each big one, shifting my "frame" each time to get a slightly different image. I wanted to create the illusion of a real film being shot. I used my Bind-it-All to punch the holes down the sides, glued on the pics and also added some Distress Inks for a more authentic feel. I doubted at first - but got there on my third attempt.

I love those Hollywood letters and how they kind of float! I made sure I had the correct letter font, blew it up on the Mac and then spent a while snipping and painting. I also had to copy the positioning of the letters that you really see up on the Hills otherwise it just looks wrong, really!

 Just had to add some flowers of course. Here is a close-up of the trio. I used Jenny Bowlin DP's for two and the blue one is made from a vintage magazine page washed with Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paints. It's great to be able to change a paper to the exact colour you want! I finished off with a selection of vintage buttons, two tickets and just one length of red ric-rac. It was great gluing it all together yesterday after lots of prepping, cutting and failed models...My bits and bobs box floweth over!

 So there you go...I hope I have given you a little inspiration and glamour...! What would you do with stars? What jumps to your mind? Maybe you'd like to show us! The other Design Team pieces are really great and so worth checking out.
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Farewell from The Red Carpet,

Sarah.

10 comments:

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

You are amazingly creative, Sarah! This is so completely fabulous. I'm drooling over every single handmade element! The Hollywood sign and how authentic it looks caught my eye immediately and that Sunset street sign is incredible too. Phenomenal work on the filmstrip. Everything about this project simply ROCKS! You are really inspiring me to go a little deeper with my art!

Hugs,
Linda

Paula said...

Totally retro and glam - love everything about it

Angelnorth said...

You certainly know how to pack the details in - another fab piece, love those retro glasses!

Candy C said...

Sarah...this is darling and I love all the techniques you put into it! Wow...lots and lots of technique and detail. Great piece! :)

Dan said...

This is fantastic Sara, and so creative to use your BIA to make the filmstrip! :)

Lori said...

This is a wonderful, fun piece Sarah! Very creative and a great theme!

Minxy said...

It's beautiful, love the old retro feel, with glamour thrown in too, and the flowers a fab :)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Beautiful piece of work. Love your creativity on your desk..Your flowers are beautiful. Happy WOYWW

Pam said...

Oh the good old days - and you have really done them proud girl!

kim-paperbabe said...

This is a brilliant piece Sarah, so creative and beautifully made, I love all your handmade elements so much work and the details are so fabulous!
HuGs Kim :)