Skip to main content

Specimen Sign: DecoArt & Stampendous Hop

Hello and welcome to the first day of the DecoArt and Stampendous Blog Hop. This week, we will be featuring all sorts of mixed media goodness.

Of course there are prizes to be won! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that includes Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more!  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.
Want to see all that’s in each prize package? Take a look below:
  • ASCRS07 Cling Handle with Care
  • ASCRS08 Cling Skuldoggery
  • ASCRS09 Cling Unexplained
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Primary Magenta
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Paynes Gray
  • Carbon Black
  • Titanium White
  • Prussian Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Green Gold
  • Primary Yellow Media Mister
  • Titanium White Antiquing Cream
  • Patina Antiquing Cream
  • 8oz Bottle Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Paint

ASCRS08: Andy Skinner Skulldoggery Stamps
EP505: Clear Bark Embossing Powder
VM001: VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad

DecoArt: Media Fluid Acrylics in Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, and Burnt Umber
Matte Medium 
White Gesso
Mister in Carbon Black

Other: Brushes, Copper Wire

I have some great pre-cut wooden pieces that I like to make small signs with. This piece is about 4" wide...perfect for the dog skull stamp from Skulldoggery. I gessoed the wood and then used some simple techniques to paint the piece. After I was happy with how the wood was painted, I stamped the images with VersaMark ink and embossed them with Clear Bark embossing powder. Then I opened up the Mister bottle and taped the straw to get the drops of black. I love how opaque the color is.

I added some copper wire so that the piece can be hung. I like how easy it is to achieve an aged look usg various colors from the DecoArt Media line. I love working with these paints and mediums. I'll have another piece to share with you on Friday that I am really excited about. Below are the rest of the folks hopping today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Pam Bray

Louise Healy

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

Alison Heikkila (that's me)

DecoArt Blog


Candy C said…
Very cool little wall hanging, Alison. I love Andy's Skuldoggery set. Love the colors of your background.
Linda Agers said…
I would buy this piece in a minute. Very cool. I am going to pick up some wood next time I am in the hobby store.
I know someone who would go bonkers over a piece like this!! I am definitely going to have to get my hands on this stamp ASAP so I can make a sign similar to this for his birthday!!! Thank you for the awesome tutorial and inspiration!!!
Love the colors you achieved on the BG. Very cool piece!
creahetty said…
Lovely don, like it !
Laura Spano said…
OOH, that skull stamp is really awesome! I think its my favorite from the new collection, as well as the 'Speciemen' one. I thought I had enough stamps.... haha- I need these now.
Sabrina said…
Your skull hanging is just absolutely awesome and so amazing!!
Rexie R said…
Very cool. FYI, mobile version is hard to read with brown text on brown background.
Mary Holshouser said…
The shading of the wood is great.
I can see a piece like this hanging
on my front door (might use a
different stamp). thanks
for the instructions and for
sharing. It is a fantastic
Jean said…
So very cool!
Amy Martin said…
Very neat and unique. Love that. The wood is so cool. And that stamp is perfect.
Nicole Maki said…
What a great project, Alison. You have a really skilled eye for matching the stamp to the project. Love it.
sharon g said…
I love the aged look--my grandson would love that! He's really into dinosaurs, and he's only 2!
Joi at RR said…
REAL RUSTIC REALISM! What a SUPER way to use Andy's RELIC! j.
Gerrie Johnnic said…
Amazing how it almost looks like it was burned into the wood....great affects achieved with the products and stamps! Love the finished specimen.
Fabulous project. Love your copper hanger. It is a perfect match. TFS
JPScraps said…
Very unique! It looks wood burned. :)
Melody said…
This is really a statement piece. Very nice work.
Jackie P Neal said…
Alison, this is a totally fab piece! Love love the vintage look you have created!
Jackie ")
This is so cool! I love the creativity!
vintagegirl said…
Cool, love it. thanks for sharingthis, I thought it was so unique and beautiful. Tracey Magner
Viki Banaszak said…
This looks perfect. I'd put it in my museum.
Alison said…
Thank you very much for letting me know. I've fixed it. :)
Jackie P said…
Love the aged look of this wood sign! The black stamped images look amazing on it! Thank you for sharing!
Carol said…
Really cool techniques, thanks for sharing these ideas!

Carol B
Kim Faucher said…
Very cool wall hanging. I know a lot of artist friends that would love that on their wall!!!
Tracy said…
Love it ☆ that stamp set is a firm favourite with me xxxx
Michele Hudson said…
What a fantastic and fun project! Thank you for sharing it with us all.
B. Poteraj said…
You ladies have such great ideas. I would like to make something like this for my study.
april dawn said…
Cool piece. I love that piece of wood.
cal8007 said…
Amazing finish for the wood plaque. It looks like it's been varnished and I can read the wors, yes I can.

Hug, Carmen

Popular posts from this blog

Horse Friends

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is previewing some of the newest stamps that will be in the 2018 January catalog. You are in for a real treat! There are so many wonderful new images! I had a tough time deciding which to share first, but the beautiful Horse Friends stamp by Laurel Burch won out. I had a fantastic time coloring it, and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.

LBP009: Horse Friends

Imagine: VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Bo Bunny: Blueberry Vintage Double Dot Cardstock #12BV807 & Pink Punch Vintage Cardstock #12PPV951
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 010, 020, 022, 023, 024, 025, 027. 032, 033, 036, 038, 041, 042, 043, 050, 051, 070, 080, 081, 082, 083, 202, 302
Scrapbook Adhesives: EZ-Dots
Canson: Mixed Media Paper
Water Brush

1. Stamp Horse Friends on to Mixed Media Paper with VersaFine Ink.

2. Color the stamped image with the colors indicated.

3. Trim the image, leaving a white border.

4. Create the card base w…

Travel Home Bear

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is featuring "On the Road" projects, or those with a travel theme. I'm going to be honest, I really love the card I'm sharing today. It's really different from what I normally do, and I think it came out great. I've got all of the instructions below in case you'd like to make it for yourself.

SSC1254: Travel Home Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
STF082: VersaFine ink in Onyx Black
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper

Zig Clean Color Markers: 044, 060, 061, 062, 065, 068, 072, 075, 092, 093, 302, 400
My Colors Cardstock: Brown Eyes
Canson: Mixed Media Paper
Ranger: Water Brush
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Glue Dots: Pop Dots

1. Stamp the part of the luggage image you'd like to color with VersaFine ink  on Canson's Mixed Media Paper.

2. Color in the image with the listed Zig Clean Color Markers and the water brush.

3. Die cut a portion of the colored image wi…

Creamy Cupcake

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing different projects for birthdays. Who doesn't love to get a birthday card? My card for today is bold and bright!

FMS4072: Creamy Cupcake Metal Stencil
Pen from any of the Stencil Duos sets

My Colors Cardstock: Coral Rose
Zig Clean Color Markers: 025, 033, 062, 080
Memories Mist: Blue Martini, Lavender Tea
Imagine: Turquoise Gem Versa Magic, Rose Bud Fireworks! Spray
Canson Watercolor Paper and Mixed Media Paper
Beacon Adheseives: Zip Dry Glue

1. Using Canson Mixed Media Paper, tape down the stencil and trace it with the pen from a Stencil Duo set.

2. Take off the stencil and color in the image using the above listed Zig Clean Color Markers.

3. Cut out the cupcake leaving a border around the image.

4. On the watercolor paper, spray the Memories Mist and Fireworks! Spray.

5. Trim dried watercolor paper to 5" x 3 3/4."

6. Create the card base with Coral Rose cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 8…