Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sew Many Layers

The challenge this week on the Simon Says Stamp & Show blog is all about showing your layers. I don't know how many layers are on my 12"x12" canvas.  The project started out with 2 colors of paint dabbers on the base then added a bit of green and brown distress inks.  The edges were touched with a brown archival ink pad.  There are also 2 colors of distress crackle paints smeared randomly on the canvas.  The scrapbook papers (My Mind's Eye-So Sophie 'Pretty Girl') are a layer, the letters another and the embellishments yet least as far as I'm concerned.

The 1931 letters were scanned and reduced to 5"x7" and are from a NYC dressmaker to a local central IL clothing shop.  When I purchased the letters, the lady in the antique store was very familiar with the local store and shared a few interesting tidbits.  I love knowing the history behind stuff like this.

Wendy's stamps are used exclusively (Fashion Style & Art and Art by the Number).  The clothing was stamped on muslin with archival ink.  The labels were stamped on muslin and twill tape.  The 4 corner pieces were stamped on the backside of the cardstock.  After I cut them out I distressed them with Brushed Corduroy DI then applied Glossy Accents.  Once dry, Coffee archival ink was rubbed all over them for more distressing. 

Tim's Tattered Florals die met up with Twisted Paper ribbon for the posy with an antique button for the flower center.  The layers were touched by several distress ink pads.

The leaf flourish was cut with a Sizzix die on Bazzill cardstock.  The flourish around the photo is grungeboard and has several pigment inks and distress inks used on it.

A bit of lace (also touched by distress ink), buttons and a ring with coordinating ribbon remnants complete the layered look.  Once again I've gone with a color combo outside my box (red-orange, pink and blue-green) but I fell in love with the paper anyway.  Color-wise it will clash in my sewing room.  Oh well.


  1. Great piece Susan! What a lot of work! So many lovely layers to look at, love the vintage letters! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  2. Wow - I grew up in NYC and IL part of the time, so it's almost like you made this for me! :) I love how you stamped some of the elements on muslin, so creative and so fitting for your theme! :) The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week- Thank you!

  3. This is so pretty, Susan! Love it - especially the history of its parts!
    Thank you for joining in again for this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

  4. love your canvas and all it's layers. Those vintage letters are great, and your colour choice so pretty.

  5. This is really nice! I love the button and ribbon details!!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  6. This is beautiful!!! I love the letters!