Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Hair Raising Experience

Good Evening Everyone!

I have been working on a project that I'm excited to share.  I was inspired by Kaz at The Little Shabby Shed. Check out her blog here.  Kaz blew me away with her piece for the Ranger Challenge at the winter CHA show.  You can see it here on her blog.  Or here on the Ranger blog.  I absolutely adore her piece!  Kaz inspires me every time I visit her blog.

The stamp used for the face is one that I have wanted for some time.  I finally added it to my stash of stamps.  It is the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Classics # 5 set.

I wanted to put my own twist on the hair for this piece.  I stamped that lovely face and set out to experiment.  I had a fun couple of days playing with hot glue, tissue paper, stamps, inks, and paints.  I wanted something with dimension but yikes, all the hot glue hair just looked like a hot mess.  I decided stamping the hair was the way to go, but what stamp do I have that looks like hair?  Ah ha!  Tim Holtz flourishes are swirly and curly and might just work.

Here is a sample of my testing with the flourish stamps.

I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of core'dinations textured cardstock in white cut down to 9 x 12.  I like the canvas texture on this cardstock and thought it would add to the artistic quality.  I stamped the face and colored with distress inks - some tattered rose for the skin, peeled paint for her eyes and some worn lipstick for her lips.

The first layer of "hair" was stamped with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The second layer was stamped with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Starting to look like hair now.

The third layer I switched the flourish stamp and stamped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Here you can see the three stamps I used to create the face and the hair.

I'm getting excited at this point because it is coming out better than I hoped!  I used some Tea Dye Distress Ink with a blending tool to fill in the area close to the head.

Next came the embellishing.  Using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Garland I cut out a bunch of flowers from the Rondelle Collection by Prima.  Pretty, pretty papers with pinks, roses, and greens.

Using the Ornamental Sizzix die and the Alpabetical letters die I created a title.  More of the Rondelle paper to create a background for the title sign.  I like how the swirls on the paper match the swirls in her hair.  I used a Kaisercraft scissor stamp inked up with Tarnished Brass Distress stain as an accent.

Here is my lady and her hair in all its glory.  These photos don't do it justice.  Sorry they are not better but I finished this last night and was so excited to share that I took photos using the lights in my room.  I'm going to get some daylight photos this weekend and will post them later.

So, are you wondering about the title?  Snip Snip?  This was a piece I created for my hair stylist.  Shout out to all the ladies at the Snip Snip salon in Chico, CA!

It was quite the experience to create some hair.  Happy and excited with the results.  Can't wait to try some more versions.

Thanks Kaz for the inspiration!  Thanks to Tim, Ranger, and Sizzix for all the wonderful products that make this kind of fun possible.

Thanks for stopping by.  Would love to know what you think of my lady.  Hope you get some creative time in.

Hugs,  Sharon


  1. Hey Sharon!! Wow!! Your work is just stunning!! I love the stamped hair and the flowers just add another element really fabulous!! Thanks for the shout out too xx
    Kaz x

    1. So glad you stopped by! Thank You so much for your feedback. It means a lot to me. Hope to see you here again.

  2. Sharon!

    WOOWZERS! This is amazing! As Kaz said, loving the stamped hair and all the elements. It came together beautifully! I LOVE IT! HAHAHHA! Awesome !

    HUgs to ya!

    1. Awwww, thanks so much Jim. Appreciate your support. Hugs back at ya!

  3. Wow! A fabulous technique! I bet your hair stylist loved her card Sharon! TFS!
    Alison x

    1. Thank You craftyfrog! I know its hard to tell from the pictures but this is a 9 x 12 canvas so its a good size. Shhhh, I haven't given this to her yet. Appreciate your support.

  4. Beautiful!!!! And so funny...I just did the same thing last week, to be seen in a few weeks! Great minds darling!

    1. Thank You! Seriously?! That is funny. Great minds indeed, ha, ha, ha. Looking forward to seeing your piece!

  5. Love the hairdo, looks like the one I saw in the city done with real hair. Fabulous.
    Hugz, Z

    1. Thanks for stopping by Zandra! Appreciate your support. Like a real hairdo? Cool.

  6. I reread my comment, and shame on me...I didn't say what I should have. Your lady is gorgeous! Her hair is fabulous with all those flourishes...grand idea...everyone likes hair! Love the added flowers and the scissors and title are perfect for your hair dresser. She is sure to love this, and all the patrons as well. So nice of you! Sorry to diminish your hard work and effort in the first comment...I lost my head.

  7. This is absolutely beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job and your hair dresser will cherish it always!!!


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