The inspiration for this swap came from one that Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire did earlier this year. I also opted for 12"x12" canvas for my display. First I treated the canvas to a coat of my own version of Claudine's Trad Tan. After many, many swipes of various distress inks and archival inks I stamped several of Wendy's images (from the newest release) on the base and sides. I glued on Tim's gold corners before I started arranging the tags.
Once the tags were arranged I made a diagram of the layout, the artist's name and their location. I slipped the corners into photo corners then glued the whole thing onto the back of the canvas. I also added a picture frame hanger so it was wall-ready.
Behind each tag is foam tape. I really liked how it made the tags pop out on the lighter background. It also made it easier for some elements to flow into the adjacent tags.
I didn't feel I need many embellishments but I did add some Maya Road chipboard words that were inked with several distress inks, then pen-stitched around each letter so you could easily read the words. A TH muse charm and 2 small frames hold the computer-generated words '490' and 'style'. Glossy Accents were applied to make them pop.
Hosting this swap was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again when more artists have managed to snag a few of Wendy's latest stamps for their collections. Thank you everybody for such inspiring work and to Wendy, a super designer of red rubber!
I really wish that in the preview it looked the way it would look IRL. All this reformatting just gets lost in the final version. Sigh.