Happy Sunday! I'm glad you could join us!
This is one of the bundles I truly love AND it is only available until August 31st! While there isn't hardly any stamping on this project, the thinlet is fabulous and I immediately envisioned a home decor piece.
I began with a 7" x 14" stretched canvas from Walmart. Using a palette knife, I spread a thin layer of Golden Crackle Paste on different sections of the canvas. It takes a while for the crackle paste to dry but I discovered that I get finer cracks if I keep the layer thin. Thicker layers make larger and deeper cracks. It's all on what you want.
Once it was dry, i used my reinkers (Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, & Pear Pizzazz) like watercolors. I used it straight from the bottle and mixed with a little water. One thing I discovered was that I should have put a couple of layers of gesso on the canvas prior to adding the crackle paste. The reinkers absorbed nicely on the crackle paste but not so much on the canvas. Live and learn!
While it was drying, I cut out the flowers and leaves with my Big Shot using Shimmery White, Elegant Eggplant, and Wisteria Wonder for the flowers and Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.
Once the canvas was dry, I decided I wanted deeper color so I added more color from the reinkers and left dry again. I brushed a bit of white acrylic paint over the whole canvas with hopes of sealing the reinker since they tend to bleed or run when covering it with an acrylic varnish. I decided that the background needed something else so I used the grid stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set to add a bit of interest. I used Basic Grey Archival ink.
Once I was happy with the color, I began to assemble the leaves and flowers. I spread the leaves out first so i could be sure to have room for the flowers. I then glued the leaves and flowers on using our Multipurpose Liquid Glue and left everything dry.
After everything was dry, I brushed two coats of Liquitex Glossy Acrylic Varnish allowing to dry between coats. I brushed very delicately over the canvas sections so as not to have the color come off. I think the layer of white acrylic paint helped although there was a little bleeding.
Then I added a strip of our 5/8" Organza Ribbon to tie it all together.
I hope you enjoyed my project, now on to the next blog, Arden Dougan!
Connie Deibler - http://www.conniestamps.com/2016/08/remarkable-blog-tour-thoughtful-branches.html You are Here!
Maria Pane - http://stampinandscrappinwithriri.blogspot.com/2016/08/remarkable-blog-tour-august.html
Pam Staples - http://wp.me/p3p2VA-1vw
|ITEM #||PRODUCT NAME||RETAIL|
|144328||Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG)||$52.00|
|144329||Thoughtful Branches Bundle (FR)||$52.00|
|143539||Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG)||$27.00|
|144264||Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (FR)||$27.00|
|143538||Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies||$31.00|