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Over the years, I have picked up some beautiful old religious reliquaries. The details inside these special shrines are beautiful. Often times I wonder how they came to be and what was going through the minds of the artists of these relics.
When the new Four Portals stamps were released, I knew right away what I wanted to create. To somehow replicate the beauty of the miniature shrines and solder them into a small box that would fit into the stamped clay shrine. An old relic reinvented in a new way.
Using the Sacre Coeur art stamp as the centerpiece, the beauty started to evolve. With vintage papers as the background, some vintage glass glitter, some metal bullion and faceted beads, the reliquary started to take shape.
I love how we are able to create a very vintage looking piece from the vast assortment of Sandr Evertson's Art Stamps.
Sandra Evertson FOUR PORTALS Art Stamps “Esoteric”
Sandra Evertson MUSE Art Stamps "Sacre Coeur"
Ice Resin Iced Enamels Garnet
Ice Resin Iced Enamels German Silver
As an artist, when I come across a product that can be used more than one way, I get excited! When these stamps were released, I waited (impatiently, I might add) to get my creative hands on them. They arrived in mailbox and the playing began.
In the first photos, I have shown the astral stamp used in an encaustic natural feeling piece. I have recently discovered encaustic painting and I have to say that I am loving it, both the smell and the feel of the wax is pure delight.
For the second mixed media application, I used the Alma stamp and a Mexican shadow box. I did reverse glass painting on the inside of the nicho and embellished with treasures on the outside.
For the third piece, a keepsake box, I used the Esoteric stamp with polymer clay. Polymer clay is always close by in my studio. It's as versatile as all of the Relics & Artifacts products and they play well together!
Sandra Evertson FOUR PORTALS Art Stamps "Esoteric"
Black polymer clay
Rub n Buff
Added jewelry odds and bobs
Writing this has me wondering, "Hmmmm. What else can I use these stamps on?" Gotta go! I have an idea!
Fellow Relics & Artifact® Ambassedor Miss Amazeballs Monica Downing is hosting a great challenge starting January 1st, the #RAScrapbook Challenge. The only criteria is getting back to our roots were a lot of us started out and using some of those fabulous Relics & Artifacts craft blanks and Sandra Evertson Art Stamps.
Surprisingly I was all in, but to be honest, I was alittle dumbfounded when it actually came to creating the page. I wasn't sure if it was a creative slump, hungover from too much fun holiday festivities, or just pure laziness. However, in spite of my rut and with Monica's new challenge going on, I figured I would throw out some inspiration using Sandra's new Four Portals stamps. I used the "Epiphany" stamp from the Muse collection as the focal point along with the "Creation" Portal.
Frida Kahlo was such a unique artist with so many shapes and textures, I decided to use the Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper collection from Graphic 45. The detailed pages and coloration takes me back to an era with terra cotta rooftops and brightly colored flowered landscapes.
Frida's artistic style was unique and I wanted to capture that within the scrapbook page. She had uniquely odd paintings with the various self portraits, shapes, and medley of other random objects. I incorporated those trademark aspects into the page. The detail work on the paper also goes hand in hand with the details on the portal stamp.
These beautiful and timeless frames accent any art stamping project seamlessly and are designed to intertwine with "MUSE" Art Stamps as well as the Relics & Artifacts® resin craft blanks.
Incredibly detailed and made of the finest red rubber on the market, "Four Portals" will add an infinite number of creative possibilities perfect for any style, motif, or skill level.
As a special gift and our way to say thank you, if you purchase all four of the "Four Portals" stamps, you will receive "Alma" as a free give. Please note that "Alma" is only available as a cling stamp.
Pictured above framed with "Ethereal", this stamp is accented with a thorn necklace and hummingbird pendant.
And please don't forget to grab your "Muse" Art Stamps. The beauty of these collections is how effortlessly they blend, meld, and mesh together to create one of a kind masterpieces for yourself or to gift to loved ones.