Sunday, 15 February 2015

My Simple Love of Making Things

Hi Everyone

Over at Stampotique this week is 'Its all love and hearts.'

This canvas came to me yesterday morning as I got up and I quickly went and wrote down what I saw in my head.

I started with an old canvas I purchased from a charity shop for £1.
I then covered it in White Gesso and let it dry. 
 I then made a stencil from a Marianne Design Die of a brick wall and put moulding paste through it using it as a stencil onto the canvas and let it set.  The embossing folder that came with the die I put through my E Bosser and then added acrylic paint over the top in gold, silver and bronze to give an 'antique' feel to it. 
I then added some Tim Holtz 'words' tissue paper onto the canvas with clear gesso. 
The flowers I made from scraps of decorative cardstock, some WOW embossing glitters and a Cuttlebug Quilled Chrysanthemum die.
I spritzed the canvas with Ranger Inks, and Dylusions.
The cogs are a sizzix die called thinlits 'Rondeaux'  I then put them through a 'distress' Crafters Comapnion Embossing folder giving a distressed look and again added acrylic paint on top in the same colours as before.
The words are made from cardboard.
'JAMMIN' was coloured in with Distress pens and cut out.
The pocket he is in was found on a coat my daughter purchased and it had a plastic tag on it. I used a hot glue gun to stick the items on it as I thought they would be a little heavy for normal glue.  I started by decorating it with odd strips of material I have in my stash, then added some nuts and bolts from my husbands stash, an old key, cork, bottle top, woodchip butterfly and dragonfly, a heart embellishment, a small cotton reel, a peg, dowling and washers. (PHEW!).  I then covered everything with black Gesso and let it dry.  I then got a piece of sponge and my embossing ink refil bottle and dabbed the ink onto the sponge all over the black Gesso.  I then got my mica powders and dabbed them all over the embellishments.  I then glued the tag onto the canvas.
At Tim Hotz this month is the title My Simple Love of Making Things  and I think this about sums my canvas up with my FAB tag!

Hope I have inspired you to have a rummage through your bits and bobs!   

I am also entering this into the monthly challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine of 'Stenciling'



  1. Fantastic page design ! I have also become your latest blog follower.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and welcome to my craft world. Hope I inspire you to create. Sue

  2. This is a great canvas. I love how Jammin' is sitting on top of your stash !

    1. Thanks Corrie - Jammin' Is one of my favourite stamps as he is soo versatile.

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  4. What a bargin your canvas was! Love what you have created! Thank you for joining us at craft stamper magazine's make it take it challenge

  5. Fab Sue, love all the texture and detail.Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique this week.

  6. Absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Designers Challenge. Gez

  7. So unique. Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge.

  8. Love your altered canvas .......Thanks for joining in with the TIMI challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  9. Great interpretation of our theme :) Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :)

  10. Too cool for school - what a fantastic alternate take on Valentines... I love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x