This month Tim demonstrated a stamp and smudge method, as well as, getting more than one impression from your inked stamp. The second impression turns out more subtle and muted. You can take a look at his demo and sample tags here.
I finished my tag shortly after Tim posted the instructions, but as my second project I decided to complete a shadow box that I had been wanting to make for my sewing room. This took me a little longer to find the time to complete. Then I just sort of got side-tracked and didn't get them posted - sorry about that. But no worries, I'm here now and ready to share.
The stamps in the upper right and along the bottom are TH stamps. The others are from various designers. Unfortunately, I took them out of the packaging and put them in empty CD cases some time back, so I no longer know the brand or designer. The phrase is a combination of a couple of different phrases. I read somewhere that you can get a lot more use out of your stamps if you are willing to cut them apart and change them up a bit. I do that quite often now - especially with phrases.
The background stencil is one I cut using a design from the Silhouette online store and my Silhouette Cameo. The inks I used are TH Distress inks.
I tied on a miniature wooden spool with some gold cording and used the same cording to wind around the ribbon for a tassel effect. The safety pin was silver-colored metal so I dressed it up with a little TH Distress paint and then pinned it to the card and strung one of the ribbon ends through it.
Here is the shadow box I made and some closeups of the details:
I had a lot of fun choosing items to fill the compartments of the shadow box. The background papers are from a 6x6 paper pad from MME called 'Blush'. The little pattern pieces are cut from 'The Mod Retro Stack' papers by DCWV.
The little wooden spools, buttons, and brass charms were ones that I had in my stash from years past. Most likely purchased at Hobby Lobby. The little sewing machine came from Hobby Lobby, as well.
The metal hanger was from some jewelry charms and the dress I cut from glitter cardstock with my Silhouette and one of their online designs. The little roses on the dress were cut from some of the leftover background paper.
The main phrase I cut with my Silhouette out of more paper from the 'Blush' collection. Everything was inked and aged with TH Distress inks. The stitching I did with my sewing machine.