Saturday, June 9, 2012

The House of Numbers

Hello all my Friends in ART!

I'm here to share with you one of the great things about an epiphany!

This paper mache house really caught my eye somewhere...I think it was Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

And the cool thing is the roof comes off!

I covered it with Tim's Tissue Wrap-Composer and Terminology using Glue-n-Seal.

Then I added all kinds of Distress Inks, and Distress Stains....I just couldn't get what I wanted, so I kept adding color here and there.

After that I started to stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and Mixed-Media, Steampunk, and Remnants from Tim, and Doodle Parts from Dylan Reaveley created the leaves on the roof.

Then I decided to make DOORS! Black chipboard and plain CB that have had all kinds of Embossing Powders thrown on them! I LOVE how they turned out.

They were my late night Epiphany!

I used Embossing Powders on the 3 mini numerals, and Alcohol Inks on the Wings(Adornments Regal) and the antenna...that's what I call the thing on top of the chimney.

The sign is made with CB, jump rings, and the screw eyes from Idea-ology.

The Word Band is highlighted with Snow Cap Acrylic Paint and added with a couple of Hitch Fasteners.

The Foundations were perfect for lifting the piece up.

I added Butterscotch Alcohol Ink to the Clock Key and left the Mini-Gears and Label Pulls natural.

The sign is cut from the Destinations Paper Stash.

The Label Pulls above the doors are supposed to serve as awnings and Address Names for whoever would live in this little box...I mean building.

I love the Red Hitch Fasteners for the Word Keys.

Here is the assemblage for the antenna...Foliage, Faucet Knob, and Hitch Fastener...all colored with Alcohol Inks and a brush.

Sometime the stamps and the underlying tissue paper fight each other (like here), but I didn't really care. The overall affect was what I wanted.

The Box Corner and Spinner are also inked. The Mini Gear die was used to cut CB over Metal Foil Tape. The Timepiece has a thick layer of Glossy Accents.

The Hanger Clips had the top clipped off and added just for fun.

Various pieces of CB add dimension to Salvage Stickers and Paper Stash from Lost and Found, Seasonal, and Destinations.

The last thing I do is add all the Pen Stitching and Dots to edges as you can see here. And I shadow the letters and numbers with my Pumice Stone Distress Marker.

I filled in some and outlined the leaves to make them more contrasting. I like the way they shine on the accents.

I picked out Names from the Adverts stamp collection to use for the awning signs.

So there it is, after 44 brads I'd only poked a hole in my finger once, but boy, does that bleed and throb the next day!!!

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  1. AMA.......ZING, wonderful attention to detail. A wonderful creative piece. Tracy x

  2. WOW AWESOME! Just brilliant. Michelle x

  3. Get out, girl!! This is way over the top magnificent! I love it and am totally inspired. Now I want to try one.

  4. Wonderful piece Linda; loads of techniques in there!

  5. I saw this on FB and had to hop on the computer to see bigger photos--totally amazing project! Incredible! So much detail. I have to see this one in person!

  6. Love, Love LOVE!!! Sooo cool with all your little details! Pure awesomeness!! Did I mention I love it~!!

  7. DSown right amazing...what a great class project that would be ;)

  8. Wow! What a super duper creation of awesomeness!

  9. This is so cool! very awesome!

  10. Jim sent me your way and I have to say this is so fabulous!!

  11. Dear Linda, your House of Numbers is FABULOUS in every way. The creativity of design and the stunning details are superb. Congratulations on your wonderful artwork!!! I love, love, love this!!!!!!

  12. Linda, this is just cooler than cool! Girl...does that crafty, creative, incredible brain of yours EVER get tired?! :) This house is so amazing! There is sooo much detail and fun stuff to look at! Love all of the stamping and doodling. Love the Ideaology pieces you've used to really make your house come to life. It's just awesome! <3 Candy

  13. Stunning, absolutely stunning - great job, thanks for sharing xx

  14. this is super Linda ... of course all of your work is but sometime some of the things you do really speak to me and this is one .... Linda F

  15. Holy Shark Bait (OOH-HA-HA), Linda! (hee!) Your house of numbers is totally, jaw-droppingly, head-over-heels-ingly STUNNING! So much detail and things to look at - the more I look the more I find! Love it! Just keep swimming!

    Hugs, Ellen xxx

  16. Oh my gosh this is amazing! I shall have to find one of those houses.

  17. Oh, Linda, this is awesome! I love every single side and the roof with Wendy's vines, too! The chimney is too cool with the faucet handle... so much yummy metal and gorgeous texture on this piece!

    1. Hey Marjie...just a note, the leaves are Dylan Reaveley's Dylusion stamp set. I LOVE her stamps. But, they are both made by Stamper's Anonymous!


  18. This is so so COOL! Love the doors especially.

  19. This is the coolest thing ever. Thanks so much for sharing it.
    Marian H

  20. Wayyyyy cooolllll! Love all the details, as usual. Wonderful, wonderful work!

  21. I just love love this piece ... so many facets.. and then some more :)) and I just noticed you have added me to your blog roll... am truly honoured , thank you
    Hugs xx

  22. Absolutely love this house and how you put everything together. Never fails to make me look at things differently. Thanks as always for sharing.


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