Art and Craft

An Artist’s Trading Block with Clearsnap + Fancy Pants


Hello, friends! For some time now, I’ve been meaning to join the Artist Trading Block movement and finally, I’m here!  I recently picked up some tools to get myself started, including a great cube die from Sizzix, and am now envisioning interesting cubes set out here and there, amassed as a centerpiece, or filling a beautiful bowl.  The ideas are flowing as they always seem to do when I work from our Vegas home.   Must be some good feng shui here, as I’ve already finished another very different one that I posted about here!  The project I have for you today is part of a hop that we are having with Clearsnap and Fancy Pants.  Aren’t these papers yummy?


For this block, I used a lovely patterned paper collection from Fancy Pants called, “Burlap & Bouquets.”  It’s a wonderfully comforting collection, filled with muted, rich tones that are perfect for autumn crafting.

VivianKehFancyPants_CClearsnap Chalk Ink in Yellow Ochre (link below) was used just about everywhere, on the edges of the cube and all the die-cut pieces, to accentuate the vintage appeal of this collection.

VivianKehFancyPants_BWhat’s great about these blocks is that each surface is an opportunity to make a small, but complete composition.  And there’s a new challenge of bringing each composition together into a unified three dimensional whole.

VivianKehFancyPants_AI randomly stamped a small blossom over various panels using Clearsnap Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan (link below).

VivianKehFancyPantsSneakThis stuff is a joy to blend, which makes it great for distressing/antiquing.  It is very fast drying as well,  which is a great quality when you have a project that you want to pick up and handle right away! Whereas two dimensional pieces of artwork are most often “hands-off,” these cubes ask you to engage, to pick them up and turn them around.

I hope you enjoyed my share today.  For more inspiration, please visit the talented crafters participating in our hop today, starting with…

The Fancy Pants Blog!

Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Inkpad, Yellow Ochre
Clearsnap ColorBox Full Size Fluid Chalk Ink Pad: Chestnut Roan
Fancy Pants Designs Burlap and Bouquets Collection Kit
Fancy Pants Designs Burlap and Bouquets Button Set
Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets Cardstock Stickers, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Fundamentals
Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets Label Stickers, 4 x 6-Inch


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