Monday, March 7, 2011

A LITTLE METAL ANYONE??

Okay...so THIS is my first challenge piece since being added to the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW DESIGN TEAM....SOME METAL!  I LOVE METAL!!  It adds so much to a piece!  I was in a vintage steampunkish kind of mood when I created this dress form...but I like it!  :)  I love all the detail that little metal pieces add.
You will probably recognize a lot of the metal.  It's part of Tim Holtz' Ideaology line.  I started with a paper mache dress form that I covered in a text and butterfly tissue paper.  I used Multi Matte Medium to adhere the tissue to the dress form.  Then I lightly distressed it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added some Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls for a little "metal-ly" shimmer. (Is that a word?)
 Next I fashioned the "skirt" out of five birdcages from Tim Holtz' bird cage die.  I used Tim's "rusted enamel" technique from his Compendium of Curiosities book to colorize the skirt.  Tumbled Glass is the base color and Walnut Stain is the darker "rusted" color.  I wired all of the birdcages together, formed the skirt and slipped it into place.  Next I embellished the skirt with metal chain hanging from panel to panel.  I fashioned flowers using the smallest flower from Tim's Tattered Flowers die, and pieces from Tim's Foliage Ideaology set.  Those flowers are at the top of the skirt and on the shoulders.  I then used the holes in the bottom of the birdcage die cut to hang more metal pieces all the way around the skirt.  I finished off the skirt by adding some Maya Road Small Organza Ribbon Roses sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mists Perfect Copper.  Those sweet little roses are also the center of the flowers on the shoulders.
I added some vintage lace to the neck, at the shoulders to make sleeves on the bodice and at the waist of the skirt.  A green sash accents the waistline.  I added my own "attic flower" to compliment the vintage laces.  Hmmm...I think a Trinket Pin is in order on the attic flower.  Yep...just the right touch of metal!  I finished off the bodice with an antique copper butterfly.  I dangled a Vintaj clock from the bottom of the butterfly and added some chain to the top of the wings.  I attached the butterfly on the back side of the dress form by the chain and covered where it is attached with copper metallic wings. 
Recognize the wings?  They are part of Tim Holtz' Grungeboard Elements Collection.  I embossed a piece of a copper sheet with Tim's Damask Texture Folder.  Then I cut it out to fit the wings.  I used Ranger's 1/4" Wonder Tape (double sided tape) to attach the sheet metal to the Grungeboard wings.  I used a metallic copper paint to color the back of the wings.
On the back side of the wings, I added a vintage lace motif and added Tim's Time Piece and Game Spinners from his Ideaology line. 
The pedestal is two pieces of wood that I painted metallic antique brass (which really looks more like copper).  I added metallic flowers in between the two pieces by using silver and copper metal Tattered Flowers and embossing them with the Damask Texture Folder.  I layered silver-copper-silver and then bent the petals up for added interest.  I think mixing metal finishes can look really neat and not quite so "planned or thought out".
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23 comments:

  1. WOW!!! I LOVE IT!! GREAT JOB!!:)
    Hugs,
    Sonya

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  2. Holy moly, Candy!! This is STUNNING! My jaw hit the floor when I saw this!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! :)

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  3. Candy.....this is the MOST AMAZING PIECE EVER....welcome to the team and how to start if out with a BANG!!! WOWZZEROOOOONIE!!

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  4. This is stunning Candy ... Fabulous work!

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  5. Are you kidding me! This is unbelievably amazing. The detail in your work blows me away! I am awestruck by the beauty of this and what you have created. So happy you're on the team.

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  6. I am totally ga-ga over this piece, Candy. Every single feature is amazing. Thanks for giving us a step-by-step on how you created it. You totally ROCKED your first challenge with us. So glad to have you on the team.

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  7. This is a beauty...also admiring her derrière! So much thought, detail and imagination. Great colours and textures - it's all happening here! Fabulous first piece Candy!

    sarah x

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  8. WOW! Outstanding, girl!!!! Love it to pieces!!!!!!

    Linda

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  9. This is just amazing! I am in total awe over it. Gorgeous metally wonder!

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  10. Wow! Candy, this is an AWESOME piece for your first one! Then again, when aren't your pieces awesome? lol! Welcome, and so happy you could join us!

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  11. what a splendid piece of art - simply adorable!

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  12. This is one piece that really stands out, its just amazing and beautiful and charming and lovely and WOW and pretty and stunning and delightful and... there i think that covers all i wanted to say!
    hugs Minxy x

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  13. Absolutely stunning! You rocked it!

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  14. Really awesome piece- has it all- texture, composition, color- and it's steampunk to boot. Thank you for posting this!

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  15. Hi Candy,

    WELCOME!! What a gorgeous entry piece. I really love the wings and the roses along the base.

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp

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  16. This is absolutely beautiful Candy! So inspiring!
    You so deserve that place on the team!
    Alison x

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  17. Ooh Candy talk about rocking a challenge this is totally fabulous. They are so lucky to have you. Annette x

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  18. WOW! What else can i say? Very impressive!

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  19. This, Candy, is stunningly awesome!!! I could admire it all day, I'm just sorry it took me so long to pop by and say so LOL! The textured wings wow, the bird cage bustle is magnificent and all the vintage touches are gorgeous!
    HuGs Kim :)

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  20. I love it!!! Totally love it!!!
    Can I ask who makes the dress form that you started with? I've hunted and am struggling to fnd one, especially here in the uk!
    Many thanks
    Susie

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  21. Hey Susie.. I don't know how to get in touch with you...no email address. But, if you happen to check this again, I got my dress form at Michaels...a chain store here in the states. But, I have a link of another place that you can order them online. Give me an email address to get back in touch with you! Thanks for leaving a comment! I appreciate them so much!

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