Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Time Flies" Again by Linda Hess

Hard to believe that 6 months have passed since I began my time with the Sin City Stamps design team, but here I am posting my last project! 

With "time" in mind I look back at time with my husband, a man who has been in my life off and on since high school.  Fell flat on my face for him at 16 and always had him in my heart (even as we were apart and dating others)...sometimes the heart truly knows what is right.  26 yrs of marriage (won't tell you how many since I was 16!) and 3 beautiful children we are almost (but not quite) to the empty nest stage.  WOAH...how the heck did that happen when we haven't changed a bit?

Mixed media has become my "medium" of choice.  Off to the studio I go to collect a bit of this and a bit of that...

Materials:
http://www.sincitystamps.com  : Couples Clock UM rubber stamp, Time Flies UM rubber stamp, New Year's Chipboard Book
ComposiMold  (http://composimold.com/)
polymer clay (I use Premo!Sculpey for most of my claying needs)
ColorBox Archival Dye ink (http://www.clearsnap.com)
small canvas (6"x6" shown)
acrylic paint
sponge or brush
The Ultimate Glue (www.crafterspick.com)


First, I cut away the wording from the "Time Flies" and set it aside. The couples clock and the flying clock were taped with double stick tape into a metal tray.  ComposiMold was melted according to directions and poured over the stamps. 
I let it set from about 15-20 minutes to make sure it was completely gelled before removing the mold from the tray...PERFECT! 

Clay was pressed firmly into the molds. Once removed, edges were cleaned up (trimmed) before inking. 

 
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I tried adding cane slices to the mold for extra detail on the wings.  As you can see, they didn't really work when pressed into the mold, so I cut them off.  After inking the watch image I added cane slices to make it fly
ColorBox Archival ink was patted on top of the polymer clay clock and watch to bring out the design.  Patience is a virtue when inking as it never inks completely on the first try.  I patted the ink pad back and forth, up and down, and then back and forth again before getting it completely covered. 

 
 Once inked place clay pieces into the oven to bake (275 degrees for 15-20 minutes).

While those bake, paint the canvas, small chipboard plaque, and 2 chipboard gears in color of choice (I used Deco Art's Dazzling Metallics in Splendid Gold). 

Once plaque is dry, ink "Time Flies" saying and stamp. [note: I found it was easier to perfectly place the saying if the plaque was placed on top of the stamp rather than the other way around]  Gently press edges onto stamp pad to "age" and highlight.
 

Now to put everything together.  Pictures are cut to fit.  I used a corner paper punch to curve the edges. 

 
Pictures are layered with chipboard & polymer clay components. 
Hmmmm, something is missing....off to the cabinets I run.....
Pearl Dots are the perfect final touch to this super simple canvas! 
 
 
Everything can now be glued in place.  Once dry, it will be ready to hang.  Now to find a space on my wall :-)