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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. 

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


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