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Saturday, May 31, 2014

King of Imagination? ~Edgar Allen Poe~

Mixed Media Blog Hop Welcome to the IMAGINE Crafts and Viva Las VegaStamps! Blog Hop. For the next week, our two design teams will be featuring some amazing projects featuring products from both our companies. Amazing stamps require amazing ink, right?

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Hello Everyone!!! 

Today I am Super Excited to share my Edgar Allen Poe wall hanging that I created for a swap with Viva Las VegaStamps and  Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko
I got really into detail with the picture taking for all the steps of this piece so grab yourself a cup of coffee and get ready for some inspiration!!!

Viva Las VegaStamps: 

Waybill/Invoice Background 4 1/4 x 5 1/4

Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko:
Momento LUXE Black, Momento LUXE Teal Zeal, Momento LUXE Bahama Blue, Momento LUXE Morocco, Momento LUXE Pear Tart, Momento LUXE Dandelion, Momento Neon Electric Blue, Ink Potion #9, IrRESISTable gold texture spray, VersaFine ink in Sepia, Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea, Delica Silvery Shimmer Ink (BTW the Best Metallic ink I've seen, it is super metallic and amazing!!), Tsukineko sponge Daubers

Other Products I used:
4x6 photo paper, black cardstock, book pages, UmWow Studio Gears, Tim Holtz Metal Embellishments, Grunge board key, Glossy Accents, Washi Tape, Perfect Pearls (patina set), sewing Machine, Wire, Non-stick craft mat

Start by rounding up all of the colors that inspire you, (yes I played with a lot!! But all of the different Blues, Greens and yellows just play so well together!) 

Starting with at least 2 colors push the ink pad onto your craftmat, then spritz with Ink potion #9

(be sure to leave some room between your colors so you don't contaminate your ink pads) 

Drag your 4x6 glossy photo paper (or whatever you're using) through the misted colors
(note the more Ink potion #9 you spray on the mat the more your colors will run and give you fun marble like effects)

Next heat dry your background and add some irRESISTible texture spray in Gold
(set aside to dry, During this time you can make a few more backgrounds to play with..I did too!)

It should only take a few minutes to dry then back to playing!! 
Next I added 2 more colors using the same process as above

Here you can see how beautiful it's coming together!! 
I gave my piece a more weathered look by sponging on some VersaFine ink in Sepia in various places

Next I sprayed more Gold irRESISTable and quickly sprayed teh ink Potion #9 to get a fun runny effect

(While this was still wet, i dropped globs if patina Perfect Pearls on the piece to give more of a weathered metal look, and sprayed the with the ink potion #9 to really set them in place)

After Hear drying I added some of the Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea 
(this is SOOO pretty with this effect, and it resist the gold!!!!)

(in order to stamp the Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea in my craft mat i pulled it to the edge of the table so the adjuster know would be off of the table, this allows the pad to set flat on the craftmat)

Ok, If you are like me and you made more than one background pick your favorite and begin stamping!!! 
I stamped the Waybill/Invoice, then stamped the Butterfly Specimens in Momento Luxe Black
I also added some Washi Tape for visual interest

Next I stamped Poe in Momento Luxe Black, and used the corner of the Pad to "draw in" his shoulders 
(you could also use a sponge for this)
you may also notice that I have cit my Poe stamp from the way he comes originally, fear not I kept both pieces so he can also be used with his original frame! :-)

Next I stamped the Pen Tips with Delica Silvery Shimmer Ink, and sponged over them with VersaFine Sepia (and you can see how super Metallic and reflective its here)

next I fussy cut all of the ones I stamped so I could see which I liked best 
(I'm also showing you the backs so you can see it is really paper!! I just bent them into shape by hand)

Here you can see me playing around with the layout 
(I think I like it just like this!)

I inked and colored the Gears, then added some wire for looks, To set everything in place I filled the gears with Glossy Accents and let dry on my craft mat overnight 

While that drys I ripped the edges of my paper and distressed with the VersaFine in Sepia, and my sponge Dauber

I repeated this process with the book page and the black card stock backing
(I found It helps to adhere the book page with Miracle tape to the back of your project before distressing. Also only place the tape in the center if you intend to sew around the edges like I did, so it won't hurt your sewing Machine)

I stitched around my piece, glued the crown, wings, key and gear embellishments in place with Glossy Accents 
(allowing to dry over night)

Here you can see the rich colors and how nicely the texture sprays resisted the water based inks 

(Another Detail shot)

Thank you all for joining me!!! 
I hope this inspires you to get out your inks and stamps and play today!


  1. Wow, Tera! Your Poe wall hanging looks wonderful. The background is gorgeously done and all the detailed embellishments are fabulous. All making a terrific art piece! You ALWAYS inspire me!

  2. So stunning! Great to see how you made this (picked up some ideas on the way)! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  3. Absolutely amazing work!!! I love the step by step tutorial and love your colourful BG. Your frame looks fabulous!!!

  4. Yes! Super cool and ultra inspiring!!! Oh boy am I happy I found you! I really appreciate all the great illustrations for this project and how you achieved it. I think your style is absolutely fabulous and I'm so happy you shared today for this delightful co-hop! :) Have a great weekend!!

  5. It's a great project! Very, very like! Thanks for the great step by step instructions on creating the background! This is wonderful!

  6. Wow! This is just too cool! I love how you created the background.

  7. Enjoyed the tour of steps in making this great picture. With father's day coming up you could substitute day's picture and make him king for a day. thanks for sharing a wonderful piece of art.

  8. TOTALLY AWESOME wall hanging!!!
    LOVE how you created the background, LOVE the layers, LOVE the magnificent metallic pen tips (they look SO REAL) ... pretty much LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  9. I'm just here to say again how AWESOME this looks! All the detail you've put into this art piece is amazing. And so are the detail photos helping us understand how this magic all happens. Incredible!

  10. Tera,
    Great pictorial. Great project. Love the elements used and the tearing.

  11. Incrediable project and what an imaginative technique. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.


  12. Fabulous project Tera and I loved all the pictures - it was like watching you in action. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Stunning!!!! LOVE the way you created your background!!!! TFS!

  14. Fun wall hanging, love the colors! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Pretty! Love the key, the stitchjing, the crown and so many other little details! Awesome project! TFS!

  16. Love this piece so much!! the colors are wonderful!! and I love all of the step by step pictures!!!

  17. Love how you made this! Especially the pen tips! They actually look like real tips! Stunning work!

  18. Way cool! I especially love how you created the pen points. What a perfect embellishment since he was a great writer. Well done.

  19. Beautiful background, thank you for sharing the pictures - that is so helpful (and much better than a video). I love what you did with the stamped pen nibs, how cool!! Just wow, awesome job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.


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