This one used Jennifer's stamping on canvas technique for the background. The man with the birdcage hat is from Tim's Pen and Pencil set, and he was heat embossed with black powder. The tiny lightbulb was in my stash and I can't remember where I got it, but it's a size that has come in handy for several projects, so I hope I can recall the source and get some more. The gears on the right are from Tim's on the edge die. After cutting them from grungepaper, I ran them through the Cracked embossing folder, then inked them with several brown distress inks (but mostly walnut stain). The words are rub-ons, found some time ago in Michael's dollar bin.
I admit, I love this one. I used one of Ranger's new tags....the black one, and it is a great addition to their tag collection. It went through Tim's Pocketwatch embossing folder, and the raised areas were highlighted with some copper paint. The bird, standing on an idea-ology timepiece is from Oxford Impressions, as is the hat he's wearing. Both were stamped with black archival ink, then colored slightly with old paper distress ink. The bird was completely covered with glossy accents and the hat got the rock candy distress crackle paint treatment. The words on the bottom are also from Oxford Impressions. The tiny clocks are 7 Gypsys rub-ons.
As for the gift referred to in the title. I'm in a yahoo group that has a monthly lottery, and the way it works, the winner (picked from those who participated in the prior month's lottery) gets to choose the theme for the gifts she'll receive. My friend Angie was the winner for September, and being Angie, all she wanted was for us to "make art." So, I did a small (5x7) altered canvas, using all of the layering techniques I love so much, and came up with this.
Lots of layers, lots of texture from tissue paper, paint, modeling paste, stencils, and random bits from my scrap pile. The one really recognizable image, the woman on the right is from Graphic45's Steampunk Debutante set. The piece on the left is one of Pink Paislee's artisan elements, white rubbery ornamental designs that can be altered in many ways, with ink, paint, stain, etc. The canvas is already on its way to Angie and I do hope she likes it.
I don't know if I'll have any more blog posts until I return from the cruise.....and then I'll have plenty. My plan for today is to clean up the studio and put everything away and begin the packing process. We'll see how that works out. Yesterday I received the three new limited edition seasonal distress inks, and I'm itching to play with them.