Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eileen Hull + Stampendous ATB Blog Hop

I am so excited to share this project with you! This week, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is joining forces with Stampendous to share some incredible Artist Trading Blocks. Make sure you read to the bottom - there are going to be some great prizes given away!

I received two sets of very cool stamps from Stampendous to work with and something I'd never seen before: Spoonful of Rust Embossing Powder and Elements. These were definitely my kind of supplies and I knew I was in for some rusty, steampunky fun!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you got a glimpse of the Spoonful of Rust while I was working on my project. Judging by everyone's reactions, you love it as much as I do! I have never tried a product that produced such incredible results the first time I used it. Most definitely a must-have! And, how cool is that steampunk bird? I love that little guy! I used this challenge as an excuse (not that I need one) to pull out my DecoArt paints and get artsy. I love all the texture from their Texture Sand Paste and Crackle Paint.

I mean...seriously? How incredible is that? The mixture is made up of various sizes of material. There is the rusty stuff, that is similar to normal embossing powder. Then there are the black specks, which are bigger, and the flat paint chip-looking pieces. It all melts and melds into such an amazing texture. You can even embed things in it!

I wrote up a super quick tutorial so you could see how it all came together. Very easy, very messy, very fun!

I began by cutting two box pieces from chipboard using Eileen Hull's 3D Block die from Sizzix. I covered them with gesso, then brushed on DecoArt Crackle Paint and Sand Texture randomly. I painted over all of that with DecoArt Media paints, then stamped using gesso and one of the Grunge stamps from Stampendous (all product links are below).

Next, I stamped the splatter stamp from the same set using Ranger's Coffee Archival ink.

To tone down the blue, I made an antiquing wash by mixing DecoArt's Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Oxide, and Ultra Matte Varnish. After brushing that on and letting it dry, I sprinkled the Spoonful of Rust in random spots and heated it. This is a bit different since you don't use embossing ink, you just sprinkle it and heat it from underneath. It's a little tricky since the chipboard is so thick - you have to keep your heat gun moving so you don't scorch the paper before the powder melts.

The little steampunk bird was stamped on white cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I cut it apart and layered it, mixing a few of Tim Holtz's gears with it. The word and postcard stamps are from the same set. After my stamping was done, I glued my panels together using Beacon's 3-in-1 glue to create a box.


Wow, so much rusty, grungy goodness! I love the way the stamps, powder, paint, and embellishments all come together on Eileen Hull's fantastic block. I'm an ATB addict for sure!

Make sure you check out my fellow artist's blogs for loads more inspiration:


We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds' amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!

Here are all the important links for Stampendous, Eileen Hull, and The Artists on the Block:

Follow Stampendous:  Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

Follow Eileen Hull: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google +* Instagram

You can find Eileen's 3D Block die at Inspiration Emporium. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your entire order. The rest of the supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon. Have fun shopping!





Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my ATB project. Have you made one yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the contest. I'd love to hear what kind of ATBs you've made, or what you'd like to try in the future!

70 comments:

  1. Absolutely fab! Love it, Shelly! x

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  2. Wow Shelly, this is incredible! I just added a half a dozen products to my wish list!! Love the colours and the amazing rusted gears! Amazing! hugs :)

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  3. The rust stuff looks great, gotta get me some! Your box is awesome.

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  4. His is my fav box!!! I love the colors. I love the dimension. I love the theme. Omg....love love love ...and did I ment I love it !!!!

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  5. Love this rusty old box! Amazing rust effects and the gears ROCK!! Usually we take something old and make it new but you did an amazing job taking something new and making it old! I am in love!!! TFS!

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  6. Love the rusty grungy look! What an amazing ATB. I bought some of the rust powder but had not used it ... yet!

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  7. I'm loving the stampendous stamps and the decoart products! I just purchased the atb die! Love your project! The sprinkle on rust looks interesting! Always love the rust.

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  8. Shelly what a great combo! I can see you are going to be rusting up a storm :-) this ATB is so cool and I the colors are fantastic. Great tutorial too!

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  9. Shelly you are my texture goddess! I'm always inspired when stopping by your blog ^.^

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  10. Gorgeous, I love the rust, can you believe I have some in a cupboard not yet used lol. Love the rusty elements and the bird fits perfectly. Gorgeous textural piece. Tracy x

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  11. Very very cool, Shelly. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  12. FAB!! Thx so much for the step-by-step... bookmarking for future ref!!

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  13. this is so cool. I had to keep looking and guessing what you did before I read the info. awesome!

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  14. This is amazing Shelly. I love how it looks rusty and grungy. Beautiful!

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  15. I just love the steampunk look!!

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  16. Wow, Wow,Wow! I love the look you accomplished and the rust powder looks like a lot of fun. Certainly a lot of inspiration. Thanks.

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  17. Oh, this is just stunning!!! I love everything about it!

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  18. This is a great idea, art blocks!!!
    Turned out great!
    thanks!

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  19. Lovely ATB ! Love all the texture and interest !
    Corrie x

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  20. Oh wow! You have completely steampunked that stamp set and it looks amazing all rusted. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at the block party this week!

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  21. Wonderful steampunk block! I love all your props, too.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  22. WoW! absolutely love your atb ! Shelley

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  23. Awesome creation! Loving
    the wire and other elements
    on it.
    Carla from Utah

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  24. Fabulous project! I'm amazed at all the different colors and textures you have blended together. Fantastic!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  25. I cannot even describe how much I love this. Beautiful!!

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  26. Great looking project, Shelly! You are the pro at the rust 'look'! Love it!!!

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  27. Love the steam punk look and all the texture.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  28. Shelly I really love your ATB! I always love what you make!
    I received the gold dust and loved it, I will defiantly be getting the rust!

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  29. Steampunk + Birds+ Rust = PERFECTION!!!! I am drooling over this! I love rust, anytime I see a piece of rusty metal on the ground I grab it and usually use it somehow in a mixed media piece. Rusty stuff rocks! Thanks for the great Tutorial, can't wait to give it a try :-)

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  30. What luscious colors and textures, Shelly! You rocked this!!

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  31. Wow... Amazing creation! Love all the texture. I definitely need that spoonful of rust.

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  32. Fabulous. I like the texture and the rusty steampunk look.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  33. Yep Shelly, I really really love this ATB!!! the rust rocks! (and everything else about it! =) )

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  34. This is so cool! Love the design and the whole rusty feeling!

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  35. Absolutely amazing colors and texture!

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  36. This is just gorgeous. The 'rust' looks amazing.

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  37. Completely amazing!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it, the rusty effects and the whole colour combo is brilliant! A new favourite ATB!!!

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  38. This is truly amazing Shelly, the rusting is fabulous!!

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  39. this is absolutely fantastic Shelley - love the rusting !

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  40. Oh my Gosh! I love this spoonful of Rust stuff! I am going to be making a farm scene and would love to use this on the gates, weathervane and hardware on the barn....this is really cool stuff! Love your steampunk project....steampunk def. a fav of mine. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  41. I like how you had it blue and then you toned it down with the other colors and made it change totally in the color.

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  42. Love this steampunk theme. Honestly doesn't look like paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Fabulous in every Shelly way!!!! LOVE it! PINNED!

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  44. thanks for tutorial. I love the bird. The colors are wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing a fantastic project.

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  45. Cool, Shelly! As usual, you rock the texture and design on this ATB!

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  46. Wow!! LOVE THIS, and definitely going for that Spoonful of Rust!! And that sweet bird, even though steampunk is not anything I have tried to date (yep, I am a newbie). Still trying to find my way around gesso, for heaven's sake :-) But so inspired by this and your other work - love it! xx Lynn

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  47. super cool, amazing, fabulous! A true work of love and art!

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  48. LOVE Birds....Fabulous Work - Lots of Detail!!! TFS!!!

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  49. Love, love, love this! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  50. You are right about the Mojo, I want to try another block as I have only made one so far. Love yours!!

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  51. Super cool looking. So creative. I love the colors.

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  52. Great grunge box. Love how you used the supplies you were given. Thanks for a chance at the drawing.

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  53. Super job!! I love this steampunk design on here. And it looks like there are some much needed new products that I should try. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. Pretty darn cool ATB! Thanks for the great tutorial also.

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  55. Don't know how you can continually change a piece of cs/matboard into a piece of cool art. Just love it.

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  56. Really amazing Shelly. Loving this.

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  57. Stunning project. I love all of the rust. TFS

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!