Hi everyone, I'm excited to be joining in on this week's blog hop featuring Nathalie's stamps from Stampendous!
Today I actually have two projects to share... I used the Bird Foam Stamp and Stencil Set for both.
First up, for the last year or so I've really gotten into making little sculptures. Usually I make them using stencils for my base shape, but the foam stamps worked perfectly in this case. Here's the final project - I have a little tutorial below if you're interested.
While I was at it, I couldn't resist using the detailed side of the foam stamp to make a card.
For the card, I stamped the bird, heat embossed with gold, and colored it with watercolor pencils, and then cut it out. I also used the Marks Cling Rubber Stamp Set in the background along with a large diecut frame from Spellbinders. I added some glitter glue and trim with lots of rhinestones, and I used the stencil from the Bird Foam Stamp and Stencil Set to make the little branch in the bird's mouth (I just cut off some of the petals.)
Now for a quick little tutorial on how I made the bird sculptures, along with more pictures of the three birds I made.
First up, I stamped the solid side of the foam stamp onto some cardboard three times - this is the base of my armature.
Next, I cut out those shapes and then used them as a pattern to build out the armature with more cardboard. You can also see where I drew and cut out wing shapes since I was taking the 2D image and making it 3D.
I seem to have lost the picture I took of the next step, but I wrapped the cardboard bird with masking tape, then coated the whole thing with a light-weight epoxy clay. This takes a while because the best way to do it without making a huge mess is to coat one side of the bird, let it cure for 3+ hours, then go back and do the other side of the bird and let that cure. I knew that these were going to hang, so I also made sure to put the wire through the middle while the clay was wet. Once the clay was completely cured and dry and hard to the touch, I went in with a coat of gesso to prep the surface for painting.
Then it was time to paint! For each bird, I took a few shades of a color and brushed it on, then added embossing powder on top and heat embossed to get some shine and texture on the bird. For the orange one, I used Frantage Aged Scarlet embossing enamel.
Next I took the cling rubber stamp from the set and randomly stamped just part of the image onto the bird to get some texture:
On this particular bird, I added my signature dots with dimensional fabric paint - I did this on all of them in some way, but this one went a little nuts... lol.
I had deliberately left the wire long on each bird so that I could add some beads to the bottom - I tried to do it in a contrasting color so they'd stand out.
Finally, I wrapped ribbons around the wire loop at the top and then tied some extras on top just for fun. I used either sari fabric yarn or Snug Hug ribbon.
That's it for my projects today... thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out all of the links on the blog hop for lots more awesome inspiration! Don't forget to comment on each blog so you can be entered for a chance to win one of THREE generous prizes from Stampendous!
Each of the prize packages includes all three of Nathalie Kalbach’s Foam Stamp, Cling Stamp and Stencil Sets. Leave a comment on each blog and make sure to include where you're from. The giveaway is open everyone domestic and international!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, May 1st at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (Monday, May 2nd 6:59 AM UTC).
Today's blog lineup is:
- Nathalie Kalbach
- Louise Healy
- Janelle Stollfus
- Marsha Valk
- Gwen Lafleur <-- you are here!
- Michelle Rydell
- Cheiron Brandon
- Lea Fritts
- Pam Hornschu
- Stampendous Blog
Make sure to check in on the Stampendous blog so you can see all of the posts this week!