Noted Observations by Amanda Pink


Hello Everyone 

Welcome to my Thursday weekly DT post . 

Today I have another mixed media art panel to share that is rich in colour, layers texture and dimension. It features some of Tim Holtz new products, namely his 'Specimen' stampset , his 'Script' layering stencil and his new 'Crackling Campfire' distress ink . There's Tim's distress texture pastes aswell as Seth Apters Izink dye sprays through into the mix too! 

The background was created with a mix of Seth Apters Aladine Izink dye sprays and Tim Holtz distress inks. I sprayed the central area of the card with the dye ink ( Seaspray) , dried with a heat tool and then introduced the distress ink colours (Crackling Campfire, Salty Ocean) using the wrinkle free distress technique. 

When thoroughly dry I added some textured stenciling by applying a mix of distress texture paste and distress crackle paste through Tim Holtz 'Script' stencil.  Loving this stencil so expect to see it again,  and maybe again, and maybe ..... 

A touch of grungy speckled stamping detail was also added to the background

The finished background was adhered to a  panel of That's Crafty! Greyboard and then mounted onto a piece of Tim Holtz kraft blackout cardstock. 

The frame was created using card and a circle die. I die cut 3 'circled' frames, adhered them together to give some thickness and then treated the frame to some Distress Grit Paste. 

Once the paste was dry I painted the gritty texture with Deco Art Media fluids ( Burnt Umber , Quin Gold) 

When in situ on the background some metal eyelets embellished each of the four corners. 

 The centre of the frame holds my focal feature - the fabulous butterfly from Tim's new stampset 'Specimen'. He/she was stamped with Archival ink, watercoloured with distress inks (Crackling Campfire, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon). fussy cut and then his wings were manipulated to give him some dimension and a sense of movement. 

 I added a second set of the upper part of the butterfly's wings. They were stamped, coloured, cut and manipulated as before.

He rests on a small That's Crafty! round that was crackled with DecoArt Crackle Paint. 

The photo below demonstrates the great sense of movement and dimension the butterfly has 
He looked like he was about to take flight!

So to tempt him to stay I embellished his thorax with a Tim Holtz ideology 'story stick'.....

and added  an ideology word band attached to a grit pasted panel beneath him. 
The words 'Noted' and 'Observations' were highlighted with distress crayons.

Products I used:

That's Crafty! Greyboard 
Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous Stampset: Urban Tapestry CMS061
Tim Holtz / Stamper Anonymous Stamps: Specimen CMS410
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil : Script THS149
Tim Holtz Ideology: Story Sticks, Hex Fasteners, Long Fasteners, Word Bands ( Observations)
Paper Trimmer
Stamp Platform
Palette Knife

Hope you've enjoyed your time here today - thanks for stopping by .
Wishing you a creativity week ahead
take care and stay safe

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  1. A glorious riot of colour here Amanda and just love it with your signature design style.
    Fliss xx

  2. Stunning colours and so beautifully detailed. I think butterflies are definitely back in crafting, in new more sophisticated ways.

  3. I find it hard to tell you just how much I love this gorgeous creation, it is sensational Amanda!! I love the colours and the stencilling is fabulous (my favourite too at the moment). Really beautiful art! Hugs, Anne xx


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