Monday, May 8

It's a Frame Up: I am not a number!

Hello Monday friends! It's good to see you again, and I hope you are ready for this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp - It's a Frame Up.

I was in the mood for some good rusty texture and blues this week, and some more play with numbers. I was thinking about how much of our lives are "framed" by numbers - I mean think about how many different ways we are identified by a number, like a bank account, driver's license, passport, or where you fall in your family (Me - #2 and in the middle), for example. 

So as I started creating my canvas and stamping numbers into it, I really got to thinking "I am not a number"We are so much more than that!! 

I started with this beautiful Papillon frame from Prima, and even though it is so elegant, I wanted rust, so rust I got with the wonderful Rust Paste set from Finnabair. I also "rusted up" some gears to go with the frame.

While the frame was drying, I added a thick layer of white crackle texture paste with a palette knife to my canvas, and set that aside to dry overnight, and off I went to watch "Upstairs, Downstairs" with hubby - we love that show! I timed it that way, because I get so impatient waiting for things to dry!

First layer of paint, some lovely Lapis with really brings out that crackle!

Then I stamped numbers all over with archival ink.

Time to build up some layers with Midnight, Caribbean Sea and Inky Pool, as well as remove some with the stencil and a baby wipe.

After all the paint layering, the numbers kind of disappeared, so I added them in again on top of a bit of the light Antarctic paint.

Since I kept working the crackle with a number of layers of paint, it began to chip a tiny bit, so I felt I  had better seal it all in with the clear gesso.

Oh, just one more layer...distress inks and the harlequin stencil.

Lovely, rusty texture...

Crackle detail and numbers, and a bit of the graphite pencil I added and then went over with a wet brush...

Framed the gentleman, and added the specimen tag... there has to be a story behind the photo, I wonder what it is?

I shredded apart the tag's string, set it up in my new Tim Holtz adjustable easel, and headed outside to photograph Specimen 2675.

Are you ready for a frame up? I hope I have inspired you to join us in the challenge this week. One lucky person will be chosen randomly to get the $50 voucher from Simon Says Stamp!



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  1. What a contrast! The elegant frame covered in rust, the rust color against the blue. Love it!

  2. Fabulous panel Maura! the gentleman in the photo is very dapper and the frame and background are awesome :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. You are so right about numbers...yes so many numbers in our lives!!! The rust looks absolutely enchanting and love how you used the crackle's one of my favorite media too!!
    Dr Sonia

  4. This is fabulous, Maura! I love the crackle texture in your background and I love the Prima rust effects. They are so FUN!

    Cathie ♥

  5. The texture on the panel is stunning and I love the vibrant deep dark blue mixed with the rusty frame. Great project and amazing details. Hugs, Marzena

  6. Fab project, Maura! The combination of paste you used on the frame is fabulous!

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  7. Maura rusty texture and blues oh yes what an awesome combination. Very creative indeed.I myself would like to no the story behind this photo. He looks very seriously. Your frame turn up very fabulous!!! Thank your for the share of your hard work. Hug's !!!

  8. Wow, Maura! what amazing texture on the background and frame! Those rusty pieces look like the real deal! Thank you for your amazing inspiration! PS You are smart to plan a diversion while the paste is drying; I should really give this tip a try!

  9. That rusty frame looks stunning Maura! And I love the blue background and the specimen tag. The collection of gears is perfect too.

  10. Way to rock the rust, my friend! I think you transformed the frame incredibly well! And all the detail you incorporated into that background really makes it a stand-out piece! Clever to use a specimen tag, too.

  11. I love the rusty frame, Maura...that looks amazing and gives a really wonderful texture to the whole project, which is just fantastic! Hugs xx

  12. wow Maura...that rusted frame is amazing and love the background too...hugs kath xxx

  13. Yummi yummi all these textures!!! I love the rusty effect you created! XXX

  14. This is such a gorgeous creation, Maura. The texture and colors are fabulous. :)

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  16. MAura the textures you've created are FABULOUS! love so much Prima Rust paste and the color combo you chosen is fantastic! Wonderful project! Barbara


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