IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon Art Stamps are excited to share with you the amazing projects that our design teams have created to kick off the Holiday Season! Over the next few days, we'll be sharing with you inspiration and techniques using IMAGINE Crafts' line of ink products¬†featuring rubber stamps from¬†RubberMoon. Be sure to visit the IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon blogs daily for more projects and ideas!
I was very excited to create a piece for this Imagine Craft-RubberMoon blog share. I am a long-time fan and user of Tsukineko inks and mediums, but are so many new options that I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to do. I decided to try using their sheet metal in ATC size to create a stand-alone holiday triptych that I can use year after year. I chose the StazOn inks in Ganache, Emerald City, and Gothic Purple to colorize the scene and enhanced it all with clear Goosebumps and irRESISTible Texture Sprays in white and green.
I began the project by prepping the metal with a quick-drying product named GlazeOn. This is a wondrous new project that works in two ways. First, it acts as a ground to help the inks adhere better to the metal. Second, it allows you to layer the solvent-based StazOn inks so that you can create in layers. Pure genius. I let the GlazeOn air dry for ten minutes and then squeezed some white StazOn reinker onto the metal and spread and textured it with a cosmetic sponge. I repeated the process on the other side and let dry. My project was now ready for the composition.
I sealed that layer with GlazeOn. Once dry, I used the inksplat stamp to add some texture to the sky area and then split up the sentiment and applied with black StazOn.
Again, I sealed the layer and then set about using the irRESISTible green ink to darken and shade the trees. This added more depth and interest to the composition. You can see the color difference in the first picture below. To add more visual and tactile texture, I sprayed white irRESISTible ink and then finished with clear Goosebumps spray and let them dry.
When dry, I used a ruler to mark, used a 1/16" hole punch, and then added the jump rings.
Here is the triptych laid out (front). The different textures really stand out, even in the photo. The back looked empty with just the white background on top of the metal, so I reproduced the ground and then used my favorite StencilGirl stencil, Layered Salad, by Terri Stegmiller. I used the irRESISTible green on a cosmetic sponge first to support the color scheme on the front. I then repositioned it and used black StazOn to finish. I finished with a spray of irRESISTible white for that snowy look.
Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts, and, of course, it is always wonderful working with RubberMoon stamps. Thanks for joining me in my winter wonderland. As always, you can find more of my work on my site or on Facebook at Nancy Curry Art. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.