Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stampsmith Challenge - Try Something New

Hello Bloggers,
It is the first of the month and that means a new challenge at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. And, since it is the first of the month, you may use any stamp company! We would love to see your Stampsmith stamps if you have them of course. The winner of the $10 gift certificate will be announced on the 15th! We have a very challenging theme today.

The theme is to Try something new....a new stamp, technique, supplies, layout, join new challenges, a new layout, or make something other than a standard card - something - anything - new to you!!

My "something new" is a technique that I have not tried. It is called faux tile or faux mosaic tile. It is fairly easy and the results are pretty cool. After I finished the center portion of the project, I decided to make a piece of wall art. Here is the project. Keep in mind that this is a large piece 8 x 10 inches.

There is a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers for this technique too. I started out by stamping the Norte Dame stamp from the Paris Full Sheet -Stampsmith Stamps on glossy paper with black dye ink. I cut the image into 6 equal squares and covered each with Glossy Accents. It takes quite a lot of Glossy Accents so make sure your bottle isn't too empty. Once covered, the squares had to sit and dry ( I worked on another project during the drying time). When dry, I layered the squares onto Black CS (Stampin' Up) and DP from Pixie Press in browns. Here is a detail of the center section.
It was at this point I decided to make this wall art (because it looked so cool). I found two mats in my stash of framing stuff and thought they were perfect. One is a corrugated cardboard and the other is black.

I took lots of shots of this project so you could get a good look. Here are a couple more. Can you see how shiny the stamped squares are?

I have this piece sitting on an easel on my sideboard in the dinning room. I hope you will join in the challenge and try something new. It's fun! Make a project and link up on the Stampsmith Challenge Blog.

A few challenges
Paper Take Weekly: Anything goes + something old - My old things are the frame mats.

Top Tip Tuesdays: Favorites - I used a new but favorite now technique- faux tiles.

Cheerful Stamp Pad: Anything but a card

That's it for me today. I have lots of cards to get done this week. Soooo, I better get to it. Hope you are having a lovely day!!



  1. Wow what a stunning project and great technique, thanks for sharing!
    Thank you for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hope you’ll join us again!

  2. Isn't it a fun technique? Love this image I'm amazed it's stamped - it looks so much like a photograph! Beautifully done piece of art!

  3. You took a gorgeous picture to work with Karen and your tiled card turned out just lovely.

  4. What a fabulous project! The image you used is absolutely perfect for it. Love this.

  5. This is an awesome piece. I haven't tried that technique, but your piece has inspired me. Thanks for joining the "Anything But a Card" on the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Come back often for more challenges.

  6. Fabulous technique Karen! x

  7. This is brilliant Karen, I love this technique and this stamp plate is one of my favourites x


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