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Sunday, 31 May 2015

When I get old......

I got this image from Sweet Pea Stamps as part of the Facebook progressive challenge that ends today. As soon as I saw her I thought of the poem about wearing purple and a red hat, and behaving disgracefully when you get old! The poem is by Jenny Joseph, and I left out two verses.
This sort of evolved, I was thinking mixed media and remembered the wooden triptych (well more than one) I had and thought perfect! I had a lot of trouble with the background, it was painted in Fresco Mud Brown, that was fine - then I decided to stencil cogs using Dylusions sprays in white and then coffee colour. Well it looked good when I removed the stencil for about 10 seconds - then the ink just bled and merged and lost definition. I tried again with paint dabbers, first Adirondiac then Distress Paint, but the same thing happened each time, so I gave up on that.
I coloured the image with Promarkers, and added some Cosmic Shimmer clear glue to her monocle (don't even ask about the problems I had doing that!). I added detail to the background with Dreamweaver embossing paste, the problem here is that they are very old. I have had them at least 10 years probably more and whereas the gold used to add numbers to the bottom of the right hand panel was unopened and still fine, the red I used for the hats was not, it was rubbery and stringy and didn't give me a smooth result. There was more of the gold above the image but I managed to squash some of it!
The image is partly framed with a die cut cog, cut with a Spellbinders die. I printed the poem on parchment and tore it out, inking the edges before adhering. A piece of lace seemed appropriate, maybe I should have found some purple - I didn't think of it until afterwards and don't know if I have any! The flowers and leaf were die cut with Spellbinders bitty blossom set, I picked the flower that looked most like a cog, cut it in silver holographic card and inked it to age it. The Tim Holtz life key is hiding a black fingerprint!
Finally I painted the whole thing over with sparkly Mod Podge, and the rubbed Treasure Gold round the edges.

This project has been entered into the following challenges:
TTCRD - anything goes 26th to 1st June
Artful Times - closing down party (June 3rd)
Digi Chooseday - pretty in purple (Tues)
I love Promarkers - anything but square (Wed)
Cute Card Thursday - cute
That's Crafty - The Numbers Up (8th June)
Left of Centre - upcycle/recycle (Fri)
Love to create (Pan Pastels) - mixed media #11
Inkspirational - purple (5th June?)
Anything but a card - high 5 (Sat)_


  1. Totally awesome! I love this Sandra Caldwell stamp you are using and how you combined it with that poem. Just perfect!

  2. I just had to laugh about your attempts to make your triptych, good for you for carrying on. I think mine might have ended up in the bin. I love that stamp, I do wear purple but not the hat. Love the end result. Thank you for joining us on Artful Times.

  3. So cool to base this on a poem and such amazing colouring. Thanks for joining Ink x

  4. Great stamp! Super project thats turned out fun and lovely! Cx

  5. This is definitely an original - such a cute card - lots of great energy went into this card. Thank you for joining us in the Through The Craft Room Door challenge this week.


  6. Who could not fail to smile at this tryp? What a delightful image and what a lovely way to use it - and include such a wonderful poem. Sorry about the pitfalls you encountered along the way but the end result is great.
    Sorry we cannot include you in the prize draw but we have a limit on entering a piece in no more than five challenges. Maybe that is why we are closing - but I just had to comment on your piece as it is so good!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  7. How cool! Thanks very much for joining in with our 'Pretty in Purple' theme at Digi Choosday Challenge. Yvonne (DT)

  8. I love this piece so much! The texture and details are amazing! Wonderful fun poem so nicely illustrated. Thanks for playing with us at Left of Center Creative Challenges!~kim

  9. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday this week x

  10. Beautiful creation! I love design and details! Wonderful idea of the poem!
    Thanks for playing at I Love Promarkers CXhallenge.

  11. Wow... what a great mixed media look. I like how you incorporated the purple. The distressing looks great. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna


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