Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sin City Stamps DT Tryout - Treasures in the Attic

Hello everyone!  Today, I am trying out for the Sin City Stamps design team again.  So, I want to share my "Treasures in the Attic" altered art piece for consideration.  Once again, I am going to use a technique I learned from Finnabair.  I have truly enjoyed my first two terms here with Sin City Stamps, and I hope I can continue for another term.  Wish me luck, everyone, and please leave me a little love (comment) and let me know what you think of my piece.

Supplies Used:

Sin City Stamps:  Bingo (Bingo Collage, Chair); Gear die cuts
7" x 9" Mat board (2)
Corrugated card board packaging
DCWV Timeless Type 8x8 paper pad
White gesso
Glacier Blue Texture Crackle (DecoArt)
G45 tags from packaging
Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Leather Mix'd Media ink (Colorbox)
Vintage Sepia ink (VersaFine)
Vintage text paper (Altered Pages)
Mini Rosettes die (Sizzix)
Ink Sprays:  Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate (Dylusions); Lemon Metallic, Blue Hawaiian (Maya Road); Chocolate Covered Cherries, Jazz Blue (Tattered Angels)
Chipboard shapes: tree branch, flourishes (Maya Road)
Bling (various sources)
Paper flowers (Michaels)


Cut a piece of mat board and corrugated card board to 7" x 9".  Adhere both pieces together for stability.  Cut up scraps of corrugated cardboard to 3/4" x 5", 1-1/4" x 4-1/2", and 1-1/4" x 6", varying the directions of the corrugations.
Paint all corrugate pieces with white gesso.  Allow to dry.  Spritz all corrugate pieces with melted chocolate, orange, chocolate covered cherries, and lemon metallic mists.  Use a spatula to randomly spread Glacier Blue Texture Crackle over entire base.  Allow to dry.
Use damp paint brush to blend colors a bit.  Allow to dry.
Attach drawer handle to 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" corrugated strip with brads, 3 decorative brads to the 3/4" x 5" strip, then glue all pieces to base.  Set aside.
Stamp Bingo Collage onto a piece of print paper with leather ink.
Heavily distress and ink edges with scattered straw.  Curl corners a bit.  Add a gear and spinner over clock image.
Stamp chair onto a different print paper with vintage sepia ink, fussy cut.

Cut a mulberry paper flower and a gear die cut in half.
Since my gear was cut from pink card stock, I needed to change the color to match my piece.  So, I spritzed it with lemon metallic and chocolate covered cherries ink sprays.  Amazing how easy it is to transform your paper colors.
Layer one half of the gear on top of the flower. The other will be placed behind the Bingo Collage image.  See photos for placement.

Finish adhering all of the embellishments using glue or foam dots, as needed, for dimension.  See photos for placement.

Adhere cream lace around the edges.

Glue metal corners down to each corner over the lace.

Lightly gesso over all pieces just added, i.e., the metal parts, lace, paper flowers and leaves.

Trim two G45 packaging tags to 2-1/4", then paint with white gesso.  Allow to dry.
Add both tags to back of mat board for hangers.
Add circle paper clips to each tag for interest.
Lightly cover any paper images that you don't want to spritz with color with paper towel, and use all of the spray inks listed above to add color to the gessoed pieces, this time adding the Jazz Blue and Blue Hawaiian mists.  Dry inks between coats so you do not muddy your colors.
Here are a few close-ups.

Scrunch up a piece of cream rayon ribbon, spritz with water, then spritz with orange, lemon, browns, and a touch of the blue ink sprays.  Leave to dry in the scrunched up position to get a crumpled, vintage look.  Allow to dry.

Thread and twist ribbon through holes in each tag hanger, knotting ends to keep ribbon from pulling back through the holes.  Wrap ribbons with decorative chain and add two rusted stars. See photo above.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my "Treasures in the Attic" piece today and will give some of these techniques a try.  Sin City Stamps are the perfect accompaniment to all of your paper craft and altered art projects.  Best of all, they have some amazing new product to go with their stamps, such as matching chipboard shapes, books, stencils, and masks.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!



  1. A totally stunning piece Barbara and they would be utterly stupid not to invite you to the team again... (I am totally sure they will though). I love Finnabair style pieces and this one is so detailed and fabulous, it looks great"

    I have decided not to apply again, too busy with other commitments and am finding it too stressful with my stuff never arriving when it's meant too. I still don't have the parcel that everyone else got way back in early December, it's all just too frustrating, but I wish you lots of good luck with the application and I just know you will make it!!

  2. Beautiful piece Barbara! Best wishes for the design team try out!

  3. Awesome piece!! Wishing you all the luck!! You go GF!!!