Monday, February 25, 2019

Simon Says - Vintage/Past Times

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...

I decided to create a Vintage Shabby Chic canvas using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Large Stem and Tattered Butterfly BigZ dies and couldn't resist using the new Distress Oxide Sprays to colour the background.
So let's get started. I trimmed a Dina Wakley Media Board to measure 6" x 9", tapped White Gesso on to one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Scrollwork using a mini round blending tool and foam and stamped randomly around the edges. Because it's white on white, obviously you can't see anything yet but the paint will act as a resist and the stamping will show when colour is added. It's important to wash the stamp thoroughly to remove the paint before it dries and with such a fine detailed stamp, I used a toothbrush to remove the paint from the crevices.

I spritzed the canvas with Bundled Sage Distress Spray and then Cracked Pistachio andVintage Photo Distress Oxide Sprays, spritzed with water to spread the spray around and dried. I repeated the process until I was happy with the colours and I love the chalky oxidised look the Distress Oxide Sprays have once they are dry. I wiped over the stamped areas with a slightly damp cloth to reveal the beautiful detail of the scrollwork image.
I sanded the background to reveal the canvas texture of the Media Board and wiped off the dust with a soft brush.
I inked the background stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and stamped randomly over the panel.
I die cut 2 flowers from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Large Stem Bigz die and applied Ranger Opague Crackle Paste to the flowers and an Idea-ology Baseboard.
Once they were dry and the crackles had appeared, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Vintage Medium Matte
 and coloured the stems and Idea-ology Baseboard with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon
I added Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera to the baseboard, darkened the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and applied White Gesso to the flowers to create the look of dried, shrivelled up flowers that have lost their colour.

I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Butterfly BigZ die to die cut the butterflies from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Sprays, stamped with the Entomology Background and sanded the edges to reveal the lighter core of the card.
I fixed a piece of Idea-logy Lace Trimmings at the side of the Baseboard panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte and added twine around the edges and behind where the butterfly would be. I find the easiest way to do this is, coat your fingers with Distress Collage Medium Matte and then run them along the length of twine, place the twine down and apply pressure for a few moments. Distress Collage Medium Matte dries quickly so you may have to reapply as you work your way round.I threaded buttons from my stash with twine and coloured the buttons, an Idea-ology Pen Nib and Quote Chip with Mushroom and Tranquil Pearl Alcohol inks.

I scribbled Walnut Stain Distress Crayon on the edges of the panel, rubbing it into the texture with a damp finger and finished by flicking on splatters of White Gesso.

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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  1. A work of art! The dimension, texture and muted colors are wonderful. And the way you balanced the composition is so dynamic with just the right amount of elements. Really inspiring!

  2. This is stunning. Thank you for taking the time to share how you made it.

  3. Oh my goodess Kath! this is absolutely STUNNING!!! the layers and details are fabulous and I love the little bird who just seems to snatch the center of attention, totally gorgeous ❤️

    Hope you have a great week
    Lols x x x

  4. Love the color of the background and those scrolls, so beautiful! The composition, the layers, and all the details are perfect for a vintage vibe. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!

  5. WOW! I absolutely adore this. The textures layers and design are superb.
    Linda xxx

  6. Oh my! The texture on the flowers is amazing and mixed with the vintage shades looks so pretty! I love the scroll stamping, it seems we went a bit similar here. All the vintage shades of brown look so cozy and romantic. Hugs, Marzena

  7. A stunning piece of art my friend, the background is fabulous and I do love the texture on the flowers. This is so, so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen on the THA facebook page! I had to read all about it on your blog! Such a lovely work of art! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Oh yummy...every detail and all the layers and texture! LOVE this and have pinned!

  10. This is like looking at a naturalist's memento, Kath! Love the beautiful vintage feel and textures, and your butterfly is gorgeous!! hugs,Maura

  11. Such GOOOOORGEOUS texture here! I love all those layers and how you added depth and dimension to each one. You always do such a beautiful job on your projects and this is no exception.

  12. Wow, your vintage canvas is stunning! I love all the layers and empherea that you added - amazing ๐Ÿ˜€. Happy weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  13. This project is fantastic Kath! It has such a wonderful vintage feel to it and I love those textured flowers, the images, colours and all the details.

  14. As always your project is so rich of details and wonderful textures! Love this Kath, it's superb! Barbara

  15. This is gorgeous, Kath! Love every bit of it! So much yummy texture and love the colors so much! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Dont know how I missed this beauty but happily I found it on pinterest lovely canvas kath the sanding on the background gives it a beautiful soft look x