Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mixed Media : Altered Stamp Blocks

3 Houses
Last post I shared with you that I remove the rubber images from the wooden stamp blocks and remount them on cling so I can organize all my stamps in notebooks by catagory.  Well over the years I have saved up various sizes of the wooden blocks with the plan to re-purpose them into little works of art.  This is my fourth altered stamp block project.  There is a link at the bottom of the post, if you would like to check out the other 3.

I started with 6 rectangular stamp blocks.  3 for the bases and 3 for the roofs.  I had my husband cut 3 of the rectangular blocks into triangles to create my roofs.  Next I  spray painted the blocks.  I adhered the roofs on with Aleene's Tachy Glue.  The flower centers were made with clay and tissue paper.  I shaped a round disc with a dip in the middle from air-dry paper clay.  After dried, I wrapped it with tissue paper.

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I couldn't find enough coordinating pattern paper in my stash, so I decided to create my own "text" patterned paper using a font that looks like it came from a typewriter.  Read more about how I created my "text" patterned paper below.  I used a free download from called "Mom's Typewriter".

Creating your own text patterned paper
I had saved a list of quotes I found here and there that I thought would look good on ATC's or other Mixed Media projects and I just typed those up and then repeated them.  After printing my "text" patterned paper, I sprayed it with Krylon's Matte Finish "Workable Fixative".  Not sure I even needed it.  Heat setting with my heat tool may have been enough, but I was in a hurry and didn't want to risk the ink smearing.  I use Epson ink.    I used as little water as possible to add color.  I used Neocolor Watercolor Crayons for the pink and blue, and some Loew-Cornell watercolor paint for the yellow.  Doesn't matter what you use, those just happened to be the water color mediums that coordinated with the other ink / patterned paper colors I was using.  After the paper was dry, I cut pieces to fit my roofs.  I punched some circles from a sheet that was not colored, positioning the punch to focus on specific words.  Then I colored around the words and doodled.

You can view all of my Altered Projects HERE.
You can check out all of my Altered Stamp Block projects HERE.
You can check out all my Mixed Media style projects HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to alter some stamp blocks of your own!
hugs, Melisa

This project was select as a trigger target over at Moxie Fab!!




Moxie Fab - Hope this one is ok Cath.  I used a typewriter font to create my own patterned paper.

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Stamp Credits

House #1
Doily's - My Mind's Eyes
Butterflies on roof  - Hampton Arts
2 blue butterflies - Cornish Heritage Farms

House #2
Collage with butterfly - Hampton Arts
Key - Lost Coast Designs
Measuring Tape - Paper Artsy

House #3
Lock - Lost Coast Designs
Butterfly - Layers of Color


Hels Sheridan said...

Fab art! Love the recycled blocks, genius idea! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

lisa808 said...

How very cute! Great, creative idea.

Patrice said...

Love it - I can just see it on a shelf in my craft room!

Patti J said...

I was so happy to see your post pop up! I guess I was in California when you posted on the 8th, as I missed that one. What a nice surprise! I'm happy dancin' now that you are back! Love this project, Melisa! You are so talented - thanks for sharing, and good luck on all of those challenges! Hugs, dear friend!

Margaret said...

Wowzers! These are fabulous! You are such a creative person.

Mian said...

This project is fabulous! What a great idea to recycle the blocks and make them into houses. Love it!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Craft Your Passion this week.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Craft Your Passion
August Guest Design Team Member

Jennifer said...

I LOVE working with wood! These are super CUTE!!! (=

Mrs Beez said...

These are fablicious. Cute and bright - love 'em.

Tracey T said...

Wow! What a fabulous take on our challenge theme and an inspired use of your stamping blocks! Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Betty Benton said...

Adorable -- one and all. The detail that caught my eye is the lace along the roof of one of your houses. Fabulous use of stamp blocks!!

Bonnie Irvine said...

I love these little houses. What a fabulous idea made even better by the recycling. Love the text paper you created. Fabulous design. Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion. Hope you come back again soon. I'm off to check out your other projects.

Sarah said...

Wow these are beautiful, so original. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week, good luck with the challenge x

Anonymous said...

Fantastic project.Such a clever idea and a fabulous way to recycle.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

Claire said...

Wow Melissa what a stunning project, really gorgeous I love everything about your beautiful little houses. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck
Claire xx

NancyD said...

Great idea and fantastic project. Thanks for joining us this week at Love to Create. NancyD

Kim said...

wow what a fabulous project! looks stunning! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz. Kim x

Rachel said...

Wow! What a fab project! I love love it!!

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

Unknown said...

Oh my word - how beautiful are these!

Love them and what a clever idea to re-use the stamp blocks.

Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.


Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Melisa! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Way to go Melisa - I have missed your beautiful work these last few months.

Ann Whitfield said...

Fabulous projects Melisa, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an amazing link in to the Trigger. Congrats on your win- they're really beautiful!

Helen F. said...

Fabulous interpretation to the TT, Melisa! Congrats on your win :)

Carol said...

Fabulous project. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x

Scrap It Girl, Kimberly said...

ok, these houses are amazing.. i want one.. you should sell them.. you could of posted that house w/ the #3 on it in my # challenge for this month. I love your site.. thanks for the inspiration

Curly said...

Thank you so much for joining us at the Crafty Catz Anything Goes Challenge with this superb creation,

I do hope you will come on over and join in the fun with us again next week,

Have a lovely day
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

You have made a lovely altered art project which fits our challenge well. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

Unknown said...

I love your project. Super colors and great layout on each one. Thanks for linking up with us at Make It Monday and sharing your creativity!!!

pinky said...

Wow I spotted these cool houses on MIM and wanted to check them out. Stunning work, really love these.

Dr Sonia S V said...

How gorgeous your little houses are
My new project is also on a house-- its a house shaped box!
Saw your link on MIM

lalkygirl said...

what a fantastic idea ..i love what you have done with the blocks ....fabulous little houses
thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
tracey x

Kavitha Vadhri said...

nice idea of alterering your blocks into houses.saw your entry on MIM.


Theresa said...

Hi Melisa, You were featured on the blog today! Drop by to grab a featured button the link is on the post! Your work is beautiful join in anytime. I am glad you linked up & I had the chance to meet you via blogland! Theresa @

Keti's Projects said...

Wauuu indeed. Such a cute houses and I just love altered stuff.

Great work really and such a great idea.

Saw you a MIM.

Happy Crafting.

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