27 June 2012

Florally Distressed

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is Depth of Distress! The challenge was in how to interpret it - to use a distressing event as a muse or perhaps to use anything from the Distress line of products?! I decided to take the title pretty literally and create a little depth for me to distress! The inspiration for this came when I was left with the stand after making this last week - what to do with it?! It just seemed like a great stalk for a flower...  
I took some PaperArtsy Metal Card and embossed it with a Bingo texture fade. I then glued it to a large Floral Art Part and cut around it. I then rubbed Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint on it and removed the excess. In the centre I added Beach Hut paint to the centre and Eggplant to the outside and again I removed the excess. The faucet handle in the centre was inked with Alcohol Inks (Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Gold). I also used Alcohol Ink (Citrus Green) to colour the 'stalk'.
I used a circles texture fade to emboss another piece of metal card and adhered it to a leaf Art Part. I then used Limelight and Hyde Park Fresco Finish paints to colour the metal. I painted the based in a selection of green Fresco Finish paints and sanded it, highlighting the sanded areas with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I added a die cut grungepaper banner with a sentiment ('handmade is best') from Wendy Vecchi. The banner was inked with Antique Linen Distress Stain and edged in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I added two mini fasteners. I stamped and cut two of Wendy's butterflies (inked with Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Distress Inks) and added two mini pins as antenna.
I took advantage of the unexpected sunshine this evening to photograph my flower outside - looking at the forecast for the next few days this looks like a rare spot of sunshine indeed! Thank you, as always, for stopping by, your visit really is appreciated.
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13 comments:

Helen said...

Well, we may as well all give up now cos this is another winner in my eyes! Absolutely bee-yoo-tiful! LOVE the art part flower, but the colour of the butterflies is just fantastic.
I do hope you are wrong about the weather....

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, that's a gorgeous flower.

Michaela said...

Hi Gabrielle
OMG and WOW,WOW,WOW. This is another of your super fantastic stunning pieces. I adore the whole design,texture, colours I adore it all :)
Michaela xx

Gillian .... said...

OMG ... Gabrielle this is GENUIS, the faux metal looks amazing, the colours are gorgeous and the design simply stunning. xx

Congrats on your top 3 win too:)

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow!!!!!! That is completely gorgeous!!!

TonyR said...

gobsmackingly gorgeous!!
so clever!
xx

Candy C said...

Gabrielle...your metal embossed flower is beautiful! I totally love it! Using Tim's faucet knob for the center is just really really cool! Love the bingo card as your embossed petals. Love the "stem" and base. Those Wendy pieces look awesome with the flower! Beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

snazzyoriginal said...

Just beautiful the mix of colours look almost luminous on the metal xx

Carol said...

Hi Gabrielle - what can I say! - that's stunning! You're so talented!, and have the most wonderful ideas! Hope you're wrong about the weather, but going by the most horrendous thunder storm were having think you may be right.....! X

Redanne said...

Gabrielle, your piece is absolutely stunning, it really does have depth in the distressing. I think you may be up for another top 3 place. A x

monique said...

this is awesome, great idea it's is really stunning

Sue said...

This is just amazing, I love the colours, the textures, just everything about it x

hazel said...

A stunning work of art Gabrielle, the metal embossed flower is fab.
xxx Hazel.