Jan 9, 2017

Altered Scrabble Board Mixed Media Collage for Simon Says Stamp


Welcome to my week 2 post for my guest stint at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week's challenge theme is Be Square.  I chose my favorite square substrate from my tutorial HERE on making a handmade book from an old Scrabble board game.


I am enjoying working alongside of the talented team at the Monday Challenge so much!  Thanks again for the offer.  Please check out the other designers blogs for more inspiration.


First I gessoed the printed tile side of my Scrabble board section.  Next, I used Distress Inks and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to add some color.  I stamped Tim's hexagon stamps randomly with various Archival inks.  I lightly coated a smaller square of corrugated board with gesso, then colored it with sprays and my blue Distress Crayon.  I laid it onto the other board and used my black Distress Crayon to give it an outline or shadow.


I layered a found relative with some basket filler over the cardboard, tucking in some bundled string, linen ribbon, and die cut doilies.  I use Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive for these types of projects.  Here you see a small section of tissue tape added over the background.


I tucked a snipet of an old library card from my friend Mimi in there for fun, thanks Mimi!  The book title was The Snow Princess.  The silver medallion is by Finnabair for Prima.  The gold snowflake is part of a costume jewelry necklace that broke off.  I found it later on my art room floor (shocker!) and thought it would now become a neat piece of ephemera.


I based my collage around this verse, which I cling to, "And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."  Romans 5:5 (NIV)  My "hope" plaque is a variation on Brenda's awesome antique enameled number plates found HERE.  I used Tim's Celebration die set.  Next time I would cut out the word before embossing, because some of the EP flaked off - but let's just say that adds to the vintage look.  ;0


I decided to add some sparkle for contrast to tie in with the charm.  I added a couple of brass star brads and flecks of gold Color Bloom spray.  I mixed glitter with Mod Podge and brushed it randomly around the panel.  A final addition of the stamped stitching from the patchwork stamp set and some white gesso splatters completed the project.  I hope it is an inspiration to you!


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41 comments:

  1. Fabulous project Autumn, I love the colours and layers, the whole vintage look of this is stunning! I have spent ages admiring this, absolutely gorgeous :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. Oh, yeah! I'm inspired! Autumn, dare I say this is a new favorite of mine, excepting my own personal piece of artwork from you! LOVE the colors, those amazing spots and splatters and smudges of gold! What a fabulous layered collage! I could sit and stare for hours! Hope you are staying warm! Sending hugs!

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  3. I love your background, Autumn! All the fine details, textures and colors are making me swoon. Beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. So great to see you as GD at SSS Autumn .
    Fabulous piece! Always love how you work those scrabble boards- love the colour palette, the layers and dimension and the way you mixed up the vintage with subtle touches of opulence and sparkle.
    hugs x

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  5. That background is swoon worthy!!

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  6. This is amazing, Autumn!! The background is spectacular!! I love the colors and the layers!! The texture is fabulous!! Wow, this is one of my favorites of yours!! Truly a work of art my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. Fabulous layers and background Autumn. A fabulous piece.
    Avril xx

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  8. This is absolutely amazing Autumn!! Love your wonderful layers and dimension!! WOW! HUGS :)

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  9. ...still so excited to see you with SS Monday! Another fab project! I love that stamp set-- I don't use it as often as I should, but as usual, you've inspired me. Go, girl!

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  10. What a gorgeous altered board, Autumn - much the best use for a Scrabble board, I think! I adore the colours and the beautiful vintage look you've created. Congratulations on your guest spot, fabulous to see you playing along at SSS. I'm off to catch up with week one...
    Alison x

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  11. Total gorgeousness! Coincidentally, I've done something with a quite similar colour scheme. I could be staring at this for hours! Literally!

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  12. Absolutely awesome Autumn! Thanks for all the tips & tricks! You are a true artist!!

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  13. Great way to use the scrabble board and the colours and textures are brilliant. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  14. This is fabulous! Love all the layers and beautiful colors.

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  15. Hi Autumn: Your work is awesome! I have a question I have the TH celebration words and there is not the word "Hope"- just wondering what you used?? Looked for emailing you and couldn't find - hope you can respond??

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    1. H Denise, it must have been in the Friendship Word Blocks set then: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Sizzix-FRIENDSHIP-WORDS-BLOCK-Thinlits-Die-660213-660213THS?gclid=COGP1I_JuNECFYQ8gQod4ZgGsg
      I do apologize for this mistake! I will leave you a comment on your blog to make sure you get this update. :) Hugs, Autumn

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  16. An amazing second feature for SS Monday Autumn! Wonderful artistry at play with this super piece. Nicola x

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  17. Wow, this is amazing, Autumn! So many layers to look at and how cool that you started with a Scrabble board! You make great use of those found relatives with the perfect backgrounds/projects for them. I'm in love with that silver medallion and gold snowflake! So inspiring...thank you for sharing, Autumn. Hugs :-)

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  18. Fabulous project Autumn! Love how you used the game board as your base - that is brilliant! Great mix of blues and golds!

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  19. Gorgeous card, Autumn! I love the way you made your background! Thanks for being our guest this month! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  20. Another beautiful project Autumn, I love the way you altered the board, the colours are beautiful and the background stamping looks wonderful! Hard to believe it is week 2 already! Hugs, Anne xx

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  21. Umm Inspriation to me.... I am gob smacked - this is awesome Autumn!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  22. Gorgeous colours and distressing on this vintage style project. Love everything about it. :D

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  23. Love the vintage vibe and the muted colours Autumn and the title "Hope" - that's something we all need everyday. TFS

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  24. Oh, this is simply beautiful, Autumn!!! I really like that silver medallion!!!!! As always, such wonderful detail on your project!!!! Love it!!!!!
    Have a great day!!!!
    Hugz

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  25. Absolutely brilliant Autumn!! This is just stunning! I love all of the amazing vintage colours and elements you included, what a glorious piece for your guest spot!! A huge congrats on that, by the way. They couldn't have chose a better artist!! hugs :)

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  26. Looooove your vintage collage! Just fabulous! ;-)

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  27. More wonderful work Autumn ... so wish my hands would get back to creating ... for now I am just living my creative life thru you .... ;-)

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  28. You blew me away with the Scrabble board...SO COOL! Gorgeous piece, and fab layers!

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  29. Wow this is stunning!!!! awesome creation, hugs Liz xx

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  30. Love your beautiful creation, Autumn. All the details and embellishments are awesome! :)

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  31. You've done a fantastic job on this! It's full of clever details like the placement of the faux stitching. Lovely!

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  32. Fabulous piece, Autumn!!!!

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  33. Great and beautiful. I love the vintage look of this project and the mix of dark blue with browns! Lovely! Hugs, Marzena

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  34. FAbulous project! I adore evry detail. Colors and background are fabulous and the design is absolutely perfect! love your use o Tim's die!Barbara

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  35. your project is stunning Autumn...love how you used Tim's doily behind your Found Relative...look forward to seeing what you make for next week...hugs kath xxx

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  36. What a fantastic creation! I love it Autumn!!! Hugs xx

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  37. Another stunning project, packed full of beautiful colours, wonderful layers and so much to feast my eyes on...it's gorgeous, Autumn! :)

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  38. This is so pretty! Love all the layers and the wonderful colours and details.

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  39. Woow, Autumn, this is definitely my new favourite of yours! Everything is perfect here, fabulous textures, amazing collage layering, magical color combo and a stunning design! It's spectacular, my friend! Oh, I LOVE, love, love this brilliant piece of art! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  40. This is so pretty, Autumn! Love all the gorgeous details and layers! Wow! Hugs, Sandra

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