Saturday, April 16, 2011

Technology sucks!: A Drunken Stampers Challenge

How do you prepare for the weekly Drunken Stampers challenge?

Do you unfurl the cord on heat gun? Perhaps you download a new digistamp or even program a new shape on the ol' die cutter.

But not this week, fellow creators! This week's challenge is sponsored by Laura Ingalls and your local energy savings group! It's the no electricity allowed challenge!

My own piece for the week is going to be quite a shock, especially to my friends: It's a Tim Holtz alterations die cut from, have you guessed, a Guinness can!

The plaque is provided by an ekSuccess slimline punch (I think it's actually called real estate sign or something).

Anyhow, the colors are from alcohol inks, blues and coppers on the cage and reds and white on the bird. The plaque, which I'll just admit I adore, is colored with butterscotch and eggplant alcohol inks. The way those colors mixed and created a vintage sort of worn metal finish ... neat!

The sentiment is from the A Tweet Close to my Heart set, stamped with black archival ink.

Only a couple of weeks ago I finally realized that you can purchase archival inks in colors other than black.

So, while I try to figure out the best place to pick up a couple of other archival colors, go unplug your printer and heat gun and get crackin' on the Drunken Stampers Technology Sucks challenge!


  1. What No electricity! NO HEAT GUN! is that possible?

    Well judging by your fabulous piece it most certainly is. Ummm is gas allowed? having just done a Friendly Plastic workshop today guess what I wanna play with and it will need heat to soften it, so can i have a pan of hot water? Pleaaaaaaaasssssseeeee. XOXO Zoe

  2. Fantastic creation, you sure make some Fab things with old cans.

  3. Lovely way to recycle a Guinness can. My favourite Archival ink is Coffee. So sad to hear about the Cottonwood tree...seems to me to be a criminal shame. It will take many years to replace it!
    Sue xx

  4. Ohh I haven't tried a beer can.I tried aluminum flashing but it was a bit thick for my machine. I love your alcohol inking. Your sign does look like vintage metal and those are words to live by...Donna

  5. Fabulous electricity-free piece! The alcohol inks look gorgeous on the metal! :)

  6. Beautiful creation and I love your new look!!!
    Have a great Sunday.

  7. Gotta love the Guinness cans! lol! This is a fab piece of metal electricaless art!

  8. You used a Guinness can. You're my hero!

    This is gorgeous, Tracy. The design is great, and alcohol inks look amazing!

  9. love love it!! vintage....tfs..loves ya