winter fairy tales and 100 Proof Press stamps creative blog hop

when winter is coming and the air is cold and crisp I usually in the mood for a hot tea and fairy tales...oh wait!... actually I am always in the mood for fairy tales ^.^ but not do I always have a chance to do something about it. This month however I've got an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best stamps I ever seen and to make my fairy tales come true.
This artist trading block is one of my mixed media attempts (still have so much to learn) ^.^ sincerely hope you like it



wondering how I did this block? here's few simple steps to follow:

1.after cutting some mat board with Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Block/Cube/Bank, 3-D
die and embellishing it with patterned paper (which I also distressed before gluing down), I applied white distress paint  in circling motion around the edges to create a focal point on each side

2.the next step was adding some layers with more paper and die cuts

3.adding more dimension with modeling paste and mat board die cuts

4.time for some color, choose your favorite and enjoy ! ^.^

5.although I am a fan of bright colors, in this project I wanted more calm effect, that's why I used white gelato stick to tone down everything. also I decided to add more layers    

 6.some distress crackle paint (have seen many mixed media projects with it and was dying to try it on some of mine) ^.^
 7. for the finishing touch I added some more stamping here and there and made shadow effect around some elements with the walnut stain distress marker (you can see it on the finished block)

also for my magic creatures: I used Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress technique on a few manila tags, then stamped on them with my 100 Proof Press stamps repeatedly. after that I cut the pieces I wanted to layer one upon the other, for some figures I used black and white image as a base and for the others just went adding more layers on the already colored version

For more amazing Artist Trading Block creations stop by Artists on The Block. Also be sure to visit 100 Proof Press stamps page for more inspiration and incredible stamping techniques!!!

P.S. thank you for stopping by ^.^ and may all your fairy tales come true!

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