Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What Can You do With a 2 x 4....

I'm back from a successful arty weekend with my friends and I completed my projects. Today's is from this block of wood:

This idea came from posts on the Stampers Anonymous Yahoo group where they were talking about Chunky ATC's. I'd never heard of them so I did a google search. Thought, hmmm interesting, same size as an ATC on 1.5 inch piece of wood. Liked the idea but I don't like being confined to the small size of an ATC. So I measured some 2x4 stud walls that are in our storage room and what did I find.... You know a 2x4 is not actually 2 inches by 4 inches.... It's 1.5 inches thick and 3 and 3/8 inches wide... As soon as I seen the width I thought of the tags that we use with lot of Tim challenges - found my DH and presto... I have a block of wood the size of a shipping tag.

I am calling this a CHUNKY TAG:

The entire wood block is covered with old book pages using Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Multi-medium. Works kinda like modge podge BUT the adhesive is much thicker than MP and does not warp/bubble your paper. The blue background is the Wrinkle Free Distressed technique using Distressed Inks.

The rainman is stamped on grunge board, the flower on grunge paper (small Wendy Vecchi flower and I removed some of the petals to make the flower smaller). The tree trunk is a drawer pull.

The other side:

Here's the rainman again (love that image!), the butterflies (ISC) are stamped on pattern paper - some are adhered flat and others with wings bent. See Tim's idea-ology film strip at the bottom with more butterflies and hardware?

One Side (sorry this one's a little dark):

The sides are based from one of my favorite Tim Sentiment stamps "The Journey Awakens The Soul". You see parts of the stamp and metal, grungeboard and chipboard letters.

Second Side:

Top:

Another Drawer pull.

I am thrilled with how this turned out! Let me know what you think!

KAT

The Stuff:
Stamps - Mostly Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous, Butterflies (Innovative Stamp Creations), Flower (Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous)
Paper - old book pages, butterflies from scraps
Inks - All Ranger - Archival Black, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Broken China, Weathered Wood, Blue Jean
Other - Idea-ology - Grungeboard, grungepaper, film strip, washers, brads

44 comments:

Shelly Hickox said...

This is fantastic Kat!! I love all of the sides - what you did with the butterflies is too cool. AWESOME!!

inge said...

hello Kat,

I really, really like this design ! It's an artpiece that stands on its own.
I like the whole composition, but the butterflies on top are like they are all there ready to fly away.

I've seen the chunky ATC's on the web too, but didn't come round to try one myself.
If I see your tag now, I'm tickled to try both !
thanks for sharing
greetings from belgium
Inge

paperqueen said...

Great idea! And done so well. I just finished four chunky ATCs and enjoyed the experience. But the size of a chunky tag is very very appealing.
Thanks for sharing!
Eileen

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just fabulous! Great idea and great job on it!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I was there this weekend to see you working on this but I'm still surprised at how it turned out. I love the journey saying on both sides. My favorite is the drawer pull as the tree trunk. That is really awesome -- Suzanne

Marie said...

Wow! That is awesome. Very inspiring to a new stamper like me.
Marie

Sandi M said...

Kat this is such a great idea. I'm working on my chunky's for ATT, but can totally see myself doing a larger one like this for my bookshelf. Thanks for sharing.

bockel24 said...

Wow, this chunky piece looks great - I especially love how you´ve included the narrow sides into your design.

Dorothy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Elaine A said...

Kat -

Awesome work! You've turned out a masterpiece. I love how the whole thing flows together and the butterflies are really neat!

Elaine Allen

Wanda H said...

This is totally amazing!!!!!

MarleneMAZ said...

Wow!! that is fabulous, I love it !
The Umbrella man is my favourite stamp too. Thanks for posting about this on the ATT group.

Anonymous said...

totally luv it! ty for sharing!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

That is so NEAT, Kat...and BEAUTIFUL ...LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Great work! I love your creativity. I'm also a lurker, and will probably stay that way for a while longer... But not forever! Keep up the good work, and posting! THanks, LisaJake128

Renee said...

Love it!!!!

Nancy Wethington said...

Fan-tab-u-lous! OMG Kat you are an inspiration!

Beth said...

Love it! Great idea...I have some pieces of random wood...thanks for the inspiration!

Broni said...

Brilliant! I love this!

Val said...

This is absolutely wonderful. Love the look. Will have to try it.

Allie Gower said...

I love this, what a great way to recycle in style.
Very fun - I MUST make time to get to the hardware store!

SusanK said...

Is there anything that can't be turned into a work of art???? This is ultra fab!

Nanc said...

I love this KAT. I love it that you made it your own.....way too cool.

Nancy
http://usingupallthatstuff.blogspot.com

Karen B said...

wow what a piece of art. This is definitely a conversation piece. Possibilities are endless...

Mari said...

I think this is *fabulous*! Gorgeous color scheme and such an interesting way to make it more than just something to put in an album (or where ever you'd put atcs). Love the whole thing!

Beth Norman said...

OMG this rocks. You have amazing talent. I'm going to google as I've never heard of chunky ATC's before.

Carla said...

Such a wonderful way to be able to display you fabulous work of art as it will stand on it's own..Mod Podge is my friend, so I will have to give your technique a try, I'm sure hubs will have some 2 x 4's laying around. The butterflies are such an unexpected treat..thanks for sharing..

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh what a fun project. I'm sure it was a blast to work on. I do so love anything vintage and collage-style! This is truly a work of art with so many fascinating details. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

madelynb said...

Love it. I will have to get the saw out. Thanks for sharing.

Kris Turner said...

Absolutely wonderful piece of art, Kat. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Kris, Wadsworth, OH

Tiger said...

This is just gorgeous! Really, really cool! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

Tiger

Lori said...

This is flippin' awesome! Love it!

Arubabev said...

I absolutely LOVE the way this came out and inspired me to go and have 2x4 cut and ready to CREATE...
Arubabev

Karen Ellis said...

What do I think?? In a word - FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2amscrapper said...

What a fantastic project! I love the Rainman, too, and have the wood block stamp sitting on its own shelf in my craft room. I love all of the elements you incorporated into your piece. Got here from EWV

linda said...

Love this idea Kat!I'm gonna give it a try.
linda

Julie from Montana said...

Love your chunky tag. Obviously yours is a blog to follow! I admire your artistic courage & ideas...I save drawr pulls & everything else. Gotta get outta my BOX!!

Thanks for the inspiration ;o)

Mary-Beth said...

I'm new to your blog, but I'll be back, you are so creative! I absolutely love this piece! Fabulous!

Mary-Beth
http://myjourneyintoart.com

lizzie said...

Not sure how I came across your blog but glad I did. I love these chunky tags.

Jan Hoefler said...

THIS IS AWESOME!!!

Kathy2eggs said...

How wonderful your Chunky Tag turned out. I think it is fabulous...hope you get lots of compliments as they are well deserved!

Anonymous said...

Hiya KAT!
I was there, too, when you made this and I'm so glad you're sharing your art! Quite artsy!

- LLK

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