Saturday, October 27, 2012

Creating Outside My Comfort Zone

All this week, the Stampendous Team has been sharing fantastic projects that were created using all new Stampendous stamps. I am so honored to be a part of this team of extraordinary women whose artistry inspires me and challenges me to push my limits and create.

Please join us today for a New Release Blog Hop. I know you will be amazed with what you see. Please remember to comment on each blog. We love your input and as an added bonus, there will be three random prizes. When you see something you like (I know you will), keep in mind that all of the images are now available at the Stampendous Online Store.

Recently I had the opportunity to take a colored pencil class from Terry Medaris. He is an incredible artist and teacher. I was so excited I drove home (around a two hour trip) and stayed up most of the night to create this framed art. I am a CAS card maker whose comfort zone is coloring with my beloved Copic markers so I surprised myself when I created this unglazed tile in a distressed frame. It uses the new, very cool, Stampendous Nestled Bird stamp, plus the Stampendous Serenade sentiment and my go-to Stampendous Music Score stamp.

The corner embellishments are Momenta Metal Stickers that I embossed with Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. Here is a close up of the Music Score and one of the embossed flourishes and some directions if you would like to try your own Nestled Bird Distressed Frame artwork.

Stamp Nestled Bird onto tile using Jet Black ink; Color with colored pencils.
Randomly stamp Music Score onto tile.
Water-down paint and brush onto tile; Heat set to dry.
Stamp sentiment onto tile using Jet Black ink.
Distress frame using sandpaper and acrylic paint; Stamp Music Score onto frame using VersaMark.
Place tile in frame.
Cover metal stickers with VersaMark; Sprinkle with embossing enamel; Heat set.
Adhere stickers to frame.

Today's Hop List:

 Annette Witherspoon 

Asia King 

Barb Turpin 

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus  

Jennifer Ingle 

Jennifer Dove 

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel 

Mary Dawn Quirindongo 

Melinda Gleissner  (that's me)

Pam Hornschu 

Rhea Weigard

Suzanne Czosek

Taylor Usry

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

Wenday Jordan

Wendy Price 

Yana Smakula 

Thanks for visiting!

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  1. So pretty. I loved it the catalog but appreciate it even more with the close up look.

  2. Wow--beautiful coloring on your project. I can't believe this is a tile.

  3. Wow!! This project is sooooooo gorgeous!!

  4. Yummy framed art! Beautiful hues so soft and charming.

  5. Perfect technique for that sweet image, lovely work!

  6. Such a cool idea with stamping onto a tile and getting it framed - love it! Beautiful colouring, I must try to look for some tuts to make the most of my Inktense pencils... I am truly inspired! x

  7. Wow! What a beautiful project, great coloring and dimension. Looks wonderful!

  8. melinda, wow, you need to take a class and stay up all night more often. That frame is so magical and sketch pencil artistic!!! bravo girl, love the music stamp in the back ground, kuko's girl. The colored bird stamp is so creatively colored and altered to the pt it looks freehand and not a stamp, you really showcased the unlimited inspiration from stampendous stamps.
    have u.s. mailing
    ava g

  9. I saw this gorgeous creation on Pinterest this morning. I'm so glad you chose to go out of your comfort zone. You inspire the rest of us to give it a try. Beautifully done!

  10. Oh my goodness! Doesn't look like you were outside your comfort zone! Fabulous project!

  11. Beautiful art! Love the soft coloring on the bird. Can't believe this is on a tile!

  12. WOW!! This framed art piece is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE how it really looks like a water color painting!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  13. love the frame, it fits the image so beautifully.

  14. Seriously? You did this to unglazed tile? One word: WOW! This is beautiful.

  15. Wow, this is a tile, something outside my comfort zone too! TFS

  16. This is amazing! LOVE that bird image and all the gorgeous details!

  17. Love the bird and the sentiment. Thanks

  18. What a lovely project! Thanks for a fun hop and some great inspiration!

    Carol B