Skip to main content

Wild West Dudes


At AlteredPages we are having a blast with 
Lost Coast Designs Stamps.

The variety and quality of the stamps are so able to fill your head with artistic ideas.


I went out of my comfort zone and picked some stamp images I would not usually choose. They made me conjure up new project ideas.
This post is a tale of two Cowboy Dudes who meet up after a trail ride. The Saloon was THE meeting place and welcomed all sorts of miscreants.   Dusty and tired, they gathered for some drinks, dancing and companionship. 
I started by Stamping the image with my Donna Salazar Mix'd Media INKX black stamp pad.  I then fussy cut the images,  I am a bit OCD about that so I had to get out my Exacto knife too.  I used my KAI scissors which I have been cutting with for 7 years and they are still amazing! 

I wanted to play with colors and mediums, so I got out my metallic wax, inks, and stamp pads.  
I added gold Delicata ink to the belt buckle, glitter to the boy's hat and shirt (what self-respecting Cowboy doesn't love glitter?)

I used an old map of Cowboy country, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico included. I tore the edges, tearing toward me to get a white surface to ink up with Maya Mist and some old reinker.  I like to use products for all purposes! I also used a stamp pad and my fingers.

Now to put the total package together.   I wanted something I could donate to a good cause, maybe a local charity auction?

I pondered on a few things, a cigar box, a canvas, framed or on a rustic board.
Here is my final decision..........
Here are some more details on the process...

I used sandpaper on the edges and the top of the cigar box to bring out the wood grain, then applied some Maya Mist green ink to recapture the map edging.  I decided to add fencing and feet too.  I stained painted and glittered some.  I am a believer in using fingers for painting, it brings me closer to the project.

I used Mod Podge to decoupage the map and the stamped image on the lid.  Inside the lid, I glued a collage image, cardstock, a rawhide strap, and a leather sticker also adding a metal horses head charm.  
It got filled with Cowboy made beef jerky, Dead Man's hand playing cards, poker chips, paper money, and player piano scroll, other necessities a Cowboy may need can be added. 

Supplies:
Lost Coast Stamp Waltzing Cowboys
Map
Metallic Waxes
Kai Scissors
INKX stamp pad
Green Maya Mist ink
Metal charms
Leather Stickers
Collage 1558 Vintage Cowboys
Wooden spools
Glitter
Delicata golden glitz ink
Black fine point Pen
Exacto knife
cardstock
assorted ephemera






Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)



Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.


Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.



With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 



Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.





Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…