Friday 24 January 2014

Altered Trading Block {with Lynne Perrella and Ink&Dog Stamps by Linda Cain}

Hi everyone, Linda Cain here! I am so thrilled to be back again with all you peeps!

I recently was asked to contribute to a group called Artists on the Block where we used a Sizzix  Die to cut mat board pieces that end up going together as a block. But, the cool part about these new Trading Blocks, is that you can easily decorate them while they're flat! Then mail them easily if you prefer, not put together, for a cheap and easy way to share.

This is what we're going to end up with today using my all-time favorite Fresco Paints as a base, and Lynne Perrella stamps to decorate!

I cut 6 pieces of Smoothy White Stamping Card into 2 3/4 inch squares. I then added Stone and Pumpkin Soup in the middle trying to keep in mind that I will be stamping a face in this area and I'll want it lighter.

Next I  added MermaidBeach Hut and Inky Pool with a foam square to the edges building light-to-dark as I go. 

The block looks like this when it's cut. There are 2 pieces that you decorate and glue together. The finished block is a 3" cube.

I added Smoked Paprika and Blood Orange creating a "frame" area for each block section.

Then I stamped the Ink and the Dog Mini #28 all around the edges with Coffee Archival Ink just to break up the bright colour of the Orange. (not showing stamped images here)

Then the fun begins! I used the Lynne Perrella LPC001,LPC017, and LPC018stamps and Jet Black Archival Inks. 

I stamped the 6 images I liked best for the block. Try to make sure you're getting the face over the lighter area of the painted paper.

Next I used the Smoked Paprika and Pumpkin Soup to paint in highlights of each block section. That's what I LOVE about the these Translucent paints! You can paint OVER the stamped images and not loose the detail. It's perfection!!!

Pay careful attention to how you glue your papers to the block pieces. You can see here the 2 sections slightly folded before I put them together. The top section wraps around the lower section, so it's a bit tricky making sure the images go in the right direction.

(The tab section on each end is folded under and not visible in this shot.These 4 tabs are where you add the Wonder Tape or ScorTape.)

I wanted to raise the block up, so I found 4 little wooden knobs in my stash and added Bora Bora and Inky Pool to them.

I also painted a wooden star black, and a wooden ball gold. Then I added glue to the ball and rolled it in Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter.

Fold on your score lines, add your adhesive tape, and put it together! Then glue your wooden pieces on for finishing touches.

Hope you enjoyed this project.

See you back here again on the PaperArtsy blog!!!

Your Friend in ART,


A huge thank you to Linda from PaperArtsy HQ. This is a fantastic new twist on art to swap. I have never seen one before but after seeing this example I really want to make one. I can see all kinds of possibilities with these decorated cubes. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE. You will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00 (London time) Sunday January 26th 2014


Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! Worth the wait!1!

Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! Worth the wait!1!

Helen said...

Absolutely worth the wait! Gorgeous, Linda, well done again for a beautiful project.

Anonymous said...

I completely love it! It's so gorgeous, the colours are great & the light on the faces is perfect.

Unknown said...

It was well worth the wait! Gorgeous

jojo79 said...

It is beautiful and well worth the wait Love the idea of Art blocks.


PaperArtsy said...

wooohooo blogger was pulling our legs tonight! Thanks for the wonderful post Linda. Your use of colours and LP stamps is magnificent!
Leandra xx

Hazel Agnew said...

A clever idea, beautifully executed. Looks like a light box with illuminated faces. Gorgeous.

Gillian .... said...

Lovely to see you back Linda. Wonderful art, loving the blue knobs :)

Mark said...

This Art Block is amazing, I should find that Sizzix die somewhere. The colours and the images are gorgeous!

Mark said...

This Art Block is amazing, I should find that Sizzix die somewhere. The colours and the images are gorgeous!

sam21ski said...

Awesome makes again Linda, you've come up trumps again.

Shall defo be giving this a try tomorrow.

Sam xx

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Carol Q said...

I neeeeeed one of these - absolutely awsome!

massofhair said...

Stunning & achievable thats what i like. Beautiful colours, very warming gorgeous project, thankyou:-) xxx

craftimamma said...

What a fab project! I think that die is going to be on everyone's wish list, lol! Love the stunning colour combo and the mix of LP stamps.....of which I defo need more!

Lesley Xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I'm so into Amy Bowerman's and Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Blocks! You've nailed this one out of the park!!! Gorgeous!

Julie Lee said...

Wow! I just discovered this! Glorious, fabulous, wonderfully effective! What more can I say? I love this project! Julie Ann xx

ellen vargo designs said...

Stunning! Your decorated cube is just over-the-top *awesome*!!

Redanne said...

Loved seeing these ATB's of Eileen's on Amy's blog - love what you have done with this one, it is stunning with the LP stamps and those feet and the top knob are fabulous!

Unknown said...

Great colours an clever idea x

Linda M. Cain said...

Thanks everyone! It's always a blast to be here.

Words and Pictures said...

Totally cool project from Linda - amazing colour combination!
Alison x

Alison said...

Fantastic project Linda! x

Kathi said...

Yay! This is fabulous!

I love everything about it!

So glad my internet came back today, since I missed this yesterday!

Thank you @PAtwits!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I just adore this, linda, totally up my street!


eileen hull said...

Linda- W.O.W! The images are so clean and almost luminous with the color showing through- this is amazing! You are the Artist on the Block for sure!!