Luckily enough, over at my other favorite challenge site, Simon Says Stamp and Show, this week is an "anything goes" week, so I'm good to go there too. Thanks, universe, for cooperating.
I did this piece, though I'm unsure how I'll use it. It may turn out to be part of a larger project, or a masculine card front, or the cover for a travel journal.
Yes, this is a rather dark piece, but in person not nearly as dark as this photo. Sorry about that! I cut Umbrella Man from the advertising that came with some Graphic45 tags. If you click on the photo to get a closer look, you might be able to see the writing, especially on the umbrella. I inked it after cutting with stained walnut and black soot distress inks, then applied a fairly thick coat of the crackle paint and allowed it to air dry. After it dried I applied some additional black soot and worked it into the cracks.
As for the old jalopy. I made a stamp using fun foam and the jalopy die, just like Tim showed us last December. Click here for more on that. The fender (or is it a bumper?) was cut with the die from some scrap Ten Seconds Studio metal. I used the silver side but toned down the shine with some coffee archival ink.
All of the background was done with distress inks and a blending tool to get some depth and shadows. And Umbrella Man was attached with foam so he has some extra dimension as well.
The sentiment is, of course, one of Tim's. I think I have that in several sizes, and I find I use it a lot.