No truer words speak so loudly today than this WWII campaign – that didn’t happen – from Great Britain. The story of this timeless statement can be found pretty much all over the internet, but I like going to Rubber Soul’s website–where I found my KC&CO stamps from, too! I even wear a Keep Calm & Carry On button on one of my jackets!
Supplies I Used:
- Keep Calm & Carry On Stamps from Rubber Soul
- Archival Ink, Distress Inks & Markers, Staz-On Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, White Gesso
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stripes Texture Fade, Big Shot Machine, Ink Blending Tool, Air Art Tool, Heat Tool, Distresser, Scallop Border Punch
- 3D Dots, Double-Back Tape, Brads, Tissue Tape
Pieces of this card just happened to be sitting in my pile of unfinished projects and look what’s going on over at Drunken Stampers this week for their challenge…Place: London! I thought, PERFECT–gives me the motivation to do something with these pieces for the challenge!
The ultimate design I wanted to achieve was to make this look like an old wooden wall covered with faded paint and faded posters that have seen better days.
I started by stamping several of the Keep Calm & Carry On sentiments on different pieces of stock and paper–Manilla Stock, Vellum and on the natural stock of my embossed background. I did all the stamping first with Archival Ink in Jet Black, then ran my background piece through the Big Shot using TH/Sizzix Stripes Texture Fade. Before I randomly added the pieces of tissue tape, I lightly rubbed white gesso over the entire surface then lightly distressed with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s, too.
I colored the two red posters with Fired Brick DI and my ink blending tool then used some tissue tape to frame one of the posters and distressed the edges on the other and added two black brads. The stained water spots were made using my Air Art Tool and my Black Soot DM.
Doesn’t this look like a super old piece of parchment? Nope, just some white vellum, aged with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and spritzed with water. I heat embossed the sentiment this time and used a scallop border punch for the short ends that I rolled up, inked with Walnut Stain DI and added a little bit of fire here and there for the burn marks!
I love the old-timey pointing finger tissue tape! It reminds me of the animations that play in between the skits on Monty Python’s Flying Circus! Ah, more London tie-in’s!! The Funny Walk Institute, I am a Lumberjack, SPAM SPAM SPAM!!!
I hold this sentiment very close to my heart and take strength in its meaning and intentions to give hope and faith during the most difficult of times. It can be as easy as Keep Calm & Carry On!
Thank You ALL soooo much for stopping by today and stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari