Thursday, February 28, 2013

Artistic Outpost - Faux Metal Star


Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to share this project with you. It's one of those things I've wanted to try for a long time and just now got around to it. When I got Tim Holtz' Star Bright die, my head was swimming with ideas. Unfortunately, December is such a busy month, I never got around to doing half the stuff I wanted to do! I wanted to experiment with making a vintage-looking, rusty star. When I got these new Cowgirl Strength rubber stamps from Artistic Outpost, everything clicked and I finally had time to sit down and play!

To create the 3D star, I first cut the shapes out of chipboard using Tim's die. I painted it lightly with Silver and Terra Cotta Adirondack Dabber. Then the fun begins! I sprinkled embossing powder here and there and heated it. After that, I started dripping alcohol inks randomly, to give it a rusty, heated metal look. It's SO amazing in person!

Once the star was done, I created a rosette using the Mini Rosettes die. It was cut from white cardstock, stamped with a ledger image from Artistic Outpost's Ephemera Background collection, and then inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain. The cowgirl was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and then colored with Distress Markers. To finish the bottom, I created a banner using Tim's Tattered Banners die and the new Wanted Alpha die (love this one!). The little sign was painted with a black dabber and then sanded down and inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. On the top, I added a little hanger made with an idea-ology Long Fastener and a Jump Ring (thanks so much to Paula Cheney for that cool idea!).

All of the products I used, other than the stamps, can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your order!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm so sorry I've been a little absent lately - I have been fighting the worst cold that just won't go away. I think I'm just about over it now though, so I should be back to sharing lots more!

30 comments:

  1. Wow Shelly! That is gorgeous!!! Hope you get feeling better soon, that stinkin' cold lasts forever. Ask me how I know...3 weeks and I still can't talk.

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  2. this is so clever Shelly showing the famous cowgirl Belle Starr in this way, brilliant work. Hugs Annette x

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  3. Looks like real metal! Wowie this is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Feel better soon.

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  4. You've done it again, Shelley! More than gorgeous. My shopping list is growing . . . . .
    Please get totally well very soon.
    Greetings from France - Sally

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  5. What an absolutely brilliant project, love how you did the metal star, it looks amazing in the photo so must be a stunning IRL. Gorgeous make. Hope you feel 100% soon.

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  6. Wow.. fantastic... the star really does look as though it's made out of metal! And I love the jump rings to hang it up and to hang the word from...
    Alison x

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  7. Fantastic use of this AO stamp, Shelly. Your project is totally fabulous, as usually. I am really loving this one! You continue to be such an inspiration to me!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  8. Awesome............simply awesome!

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  9. Great project.

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  10. Rusty goodness! The star came out great.

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  11. OMGosh, the star looks so much like rusted tin in the picture! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  12. This is absolutely fabulous, Shelly! You are a MASTER at vintage goodness, for sure. Thanks for the tutorial. Have a wonderful weekend:)
    - DebbieK

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  13. All so very cool Shelly. Really love the rustiness of the star, thanks for sharing how you did it. Love those cowgirls!

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  14. The star TOTALLY looks like rusted old metal...you'd have to touch it to believe it wasn't and even then shake your head in disbelief I am sure! Just super super super brilliant! Love the AO images as well! Most excellently colored!!!

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  15. This star is amazing! Hope you are feeling better!

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  16. Yeehawwwwwwwww I love it Shelly!!! You did an awesome job on it Girl!

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  17. Beautiful Shelly.
    Love every detail.
    Greetings Janny

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  18. I love this Shelly!!! The rusty star is so cool. My DH just saw it and said it looked so real he needs a tetanus shot just from looking at it. LOL

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  19. Wonderful project Shelly!! LOVE the rusty texture of the star, it is a technique I've also wanted to try for a while but never gotten to. Great mix of stamps. And the little hanger with the brad and jumpring is just perfect.

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  20. Shelly, you are a rusty genius! That star so look like rusted metal! Love how you placed the "cowgirl" on that flower! Fabulous again! Enjoy your evening!

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  21. Awesome...and yes, it DOES look like metal for sure! Great technique!

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  22. Fantastic work. I love the aged metallic effects you've acheived, it looks so authentic x

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  23. That's fabulous, Shelly! Love the combo of metals and paper. Hope you are feeling loads better.

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  24. Your creativity is amazing. You are truly a paper artist.

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