Monday, 5 November 2012

Inspiration Francais

Time for another fabulous challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show and this week we would like to see your French inspired pieces, what images come to mind as soon as you think of France?

For Tracy inspiration comes in the form of an altered French sardine tin.
My husband helped the cause this week, eating plenty of sardines for my creative endeavours. Inspiration began with the PARIS film collage stamp, a perfect backdrop for my tin. Colouring my tin was made so easy with the use of the Vintaj Patina Inks Weathered Copper, giving wonderful coverage. A little ageing was needed so StazOn timber brown and Alcohol Inks ginger and rust came to the rescue. This piece has pride of place in my craft room.
The PARIS film image has been stamped with black archival ink and aged with vintage photo Distress Ink.  To give a little more interest I used a water brush and removed some of the colour to give some highlights and further interest to the stamped image. I also added Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder to the edges.
To give my tin some stability I adhered a bracket purchased from my local DIY store, coloured with Alcohol Inks ginger, rust and pitch black, applying a couple of layers of colour. I added two pieces of film strip ribbon to echo the film strip in the stamped image. Imagine from Chitchat stickers has been added to one piece of the ribbon as I was imagining being in PARIS whilst I was creating my piece, so many memories came flooding back from my visit many years ago.
To give a little height I also added a Kaiser Eiffel Tower wood flourish piece, coloured with walnut stain Distress Ink , adding a little Queens Gold embossing powder for a little texture. This wood piece gives fabulous height and dimension to my piece.
I stamped the PARIS text once again from the background stamp, cut out, coloured with vintage photo ink, added gold Paint Dabber to the edges and added to the edge of my tin adhering with Glossy Accents.
The fabulous Mona Collage has been stamped onto shrink plastic, coloured with Distress Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder, adding gold Paint Dabber to the edges.  I also scratched the surface a little with wire wool to age. To complete I added two mini Eiffel Tower charms for further dimension and interest.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Alcohol Inks - Ginger, Rust and Pitch Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Film Strip Ribbon, Chitchat Stickers
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain







24 comments:

Sandy said...

Wow Tracy an amazing Paris tin.
Great eiffel tower. Love the details. Gorgeus work.
xoxo

inkypinkycraft said...

A fab make, yummy colours ...not yummy sardines..wish had someone to eat them for me....a great make as always, love the ideas! Trace x

Helen said...

I love your Paris in a tin, totally fabulous.

Teresa said...

Stunning work xx

Candy C said...

Tracy, your altered sardine can is amazing! I love the teal corrugated interior...that looks so cool and adds such great color and texture to that really cool collage stamp interior. The filmstrip ribbon with "imagine" was a great touch in there! I also love your base...what looks like it could be a girder for the Eiffel Tower! Very inspired piece! The little Eiffel Towers, the Mona Lisa and then the larger Eiffel Tower all just scream "Paris"! As always, wonderful job with color and detail! <3 Candy

May said...

I love the color and texture of this piece!

Lynn Stevens said...

Well Tracy, your DH is quite a guy helping out by eating those sardines. LOL LOVE your Paris inspired art piece. It truly is a work of art.
Hugs Lynn

Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck.

Anita Houston said...

OO la la!!! I love this! The tin is a fabulous touch, and love the grunge!

Brenda Brown said...

So clever Tracy, love all the elements you have used, this has a real vintage Parisienne feel to it.
hugs {brenda} xox

lilygee said...

Very imaginative Tracy, if not a bit fishy! a real feat of the imagination. Thanks for making me laugh.
Hugs Jean xx

Carol Q said...

don't tins make good presentation cases? this is fab Tracy.

butterfly said...

Just fantastic Tracy - full of delicious vintage atmosphere and fabulous patinas and colours. I can well see why it now has pride of place. One question... were they really French sardines?!
Alison x

Buttons said...

Love the colours and the added dimension that comes from that bracket. Bless your OH for eating those sardines! You made him 'suffer' for your art (though I bet he enjoyed them really:) Hugs, Buttons x

Lisa Somerville said...

Fabulous alterd tin, wonderful details!

Shary said...

Lol I did chuckle at your hubby having to eat the sardines. What a great way to alter the tin.Gorgeous x

Scropine28 said...

Very wonderful projet. You developped France very good. We are very proud our Eiffel Tower here and this stamp is just fantastic to proove this ! Very beautiful work !

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous altered tin! Love your 3 dimensional art with the images coming out of the tin. Beautiful design!

soapHOUSEmama said...

this is just beyond cool!

Michelle Webb said...

What an imagination you have, its amazing. Every detail you've thought about. And the bracket for feet is just brilliant. I love the colours and the theme. Michelle x

Sandra said...

Tracy, this is amazing! Love the altered sardine tin can! It's has so much vintage feel to it! Love all those Eiffel towers! Can't be enough of them! Hugs, Sandra

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous creation, Tracy! I really love the colors and the 3 dimensional effect!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

DonnaMundinger said...

Amazing little tin and such a fun challenge. LOVE your work! xxD

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Tracy, I love your Paris creation. What a great idea to use that bracket as a stabilizer. The curved filmstrip and chitchat ribbon really pop... such a wonderful way to remember your trip.

Kim Dellow said...

Totally love! Kimx