Saturday, April 9, 2016

Canvas, layout and card

Hello there Scrappy Friends, it’s Helen with you today; I have three projects to share with you, each showing the versatility of 
Scrapmatts products.
The team was asked to use a photo of ourselves on a canvas. Gulp! 
I have very few photos of myself and I had never used canvas before.
But nothing like a good challenge to get the creative juices flowing.
 I loved the way the canvas responded to all the mixed media, 
staying firm and straight.
First, I applied a coat of gesso, before using texture paste 
through Scrapmatts stencils, I used ST 1003 Stencil Sticks
ST 1004 Stencil Bubbles, then I used various mists, sprays 
and inks to achieve colour. The chipboard used is listed below.

CB 1021 Flowers 01
CB 6103 Scrap Words 21
CB 1146 Leaf Spray 01
CB Butterflies 02
CB 1188 Birds 06
The Flowers were heat embossed with Stampendous 
"Aged Scarlet" embossing powder.
The bird was heat embossed too.
The leaves and butterflies were painted with Twinkling H2O's.
The title needed no treatment at all.
I scattered some thread and a few beads around.

For the "Imagination" layout I used
the alphabet flags as the title and thought they combined 
beautifully with the kite. The quote is from Lauren Bacall.

CB 6085 Alphabet Flags 04
CB 5036 Kites 01 
A few embellishments from my stash.

 I tried to achieve a weathered look on the kite with acrylic paints.
The flair is from Studio Fourteen 40

My journalling is on the back of the layout and it reads:-
You three little Grandchildren wanted to play outside.  “Can we dig some dirt Granny?”  “Sure, where do you want to dig?”  “Somewhere with lots of room, so we can make a river and a lake”  With a spot chosen under the orange tree, you formed a team. Without any discussion a foreman nominated himself, a second in charge assumed that role, which left a very willing girl to do the water carrying.  You spent hours slopping around in the mud, discussing the merits of digging through to the other side of the world before dinner and other important matters. The session ended with a mud pie bake off and a taste testing for Granny.
What a delight to see you using your vivid imaginations
 in the great outdoors having good, dirty, fun.

Finally, a Birthday card for someone special, using Maja papers and an embossing folder to showcase the chipboard, 
the CB 1244 Scrap Words 30, I left raw
CB 5035 Hot Air Balloons 01, was heat embossed
and the CB 1109 Heart Spray 01 painted with silver.
for the full range of Scrapmatts chipboard, (Acid Free,) stencils and other products.  You can order direct from the manufacturer.

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  1. Beautiful creating Helen! Just love your lovely canvas! Great colors and love how you altered the flowers! Such a sweet layout with the large banner and fabulous card! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fantastic canvas, especially for a first time. I love the way those flowers look.

  3. Gorgeous creations Helen, the canvas is just so lovely in real. Love the layout and such cute photos..card is very very sweet, love the colours

  4. Beautiful work Helen, love the blues and the treatment of your flowers, leaves and butterflies. Gorgeous photo of you. The layout of your Grandchildren, perfect photo and embellishments, What a wonderful time they had! and as always love your story telling. Your friend is going to love the card, just gorgeous

  5. Such gorgeous projects, Helen!
    Your DT canvas is stunning, your layout is totally adorable (love your journaling) and your card is beautiful! (You have one lucky friend!)

  6. Fantastic! Loving all the colors & chipboards, esp. the flowers & hot air balloon. Fab photo too :)

  7. Absolutely Gorgeous projects Helen, your Canvas is beautiful...

    Hugs xx

  8. Lovely work Helen, the colour in the canvas just pops along with the little details you've added.

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