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Monday 25 February 2013

Inspiration post for Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning folks, Monday morning already (yuk, not my favourite day of the week lol) but before I rush off to earn a crust I'd like to share an inspiration project for our Brown, Beige and Blue challenge over at Vintage Stamping Challeges. Our generous sponsor Leo from Flonzcraft has a fabby prize for our lucky winner so dust off your stamps and inks and join us to be in with a chance of winning.

I've made a little canvas wall hanging for my inspiration project. I have to confess that it nearly ended up in the bin a time or two as it wouldn't transfer from my fuddled little brain cell to the canvas lol. Anyway i managed to bodge it together in the end. I love creating sea and sky effects and decided i wanted to create some dimensional waves using tissue paper. All went well to start off with, I applied various shades of blue distress inks in stripes across my Splodge Away mat and misted with water and then popped a tissue over the top and dragged it along the stripes. I used Maimeri Matte Gel medium to apply the tissue to the canvas (tip - wait until the tissue is dry before you do this or it will totally disintegrate into a soggy blue mess , don't ask how I know this lol). Add another coat of Maimeri Matte Gel and give it a blast with your heatgun.  Then grab some more tissues and some dries white pva glue and rip bits off  and stick them on to create waves, adding a little sprinkle of glamour dust for some spray. I used a stampscapes stamp to create the island in the distance, again stamped on tissue paper. Next job was to ink all around the canvas with walnut stain distress ink. 

The vintage ship battling the waves and the lighthouse are from Flonzcraft, the Sailship Ocean Addicted set. This is a fab set of stamps full of gorgeous nautical images, you can find it here. I've stamped the images on cream card and shaded with distress markers before popping them onto the canvas with a little silicone glue.

I've added some fabby fishermans netting (from Joanna Sheen) some shells, a little brass ships wheel and some twine tied in a nautical knot to finish off, you can see the embellies a bit better in this pic:

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Craft a Scene: let you light shine
Crafts and Me: Charmed I'm sure
Craft Room Challenge: something for a man
Crazy for Challenges: texture, texture, texture
Creative Moments: Shades of Blue
Eclectic Ellapu: masculine
Hot Shot Crafts: Anything but a card

Thanks for popping by today, have a good Monday
Claire xx


  1. Not only Monday Claire, but it's raining as well !

    You crated a fabulous collage here and I can imagine how wonderfully tactile it is in real life.

    Thanks so much sharing with us at Craft a Scene challenge.

    B x

  2. Fabulous work Claire. Well done for sticking with your idea until you were happy with it coz it was well worth the time and effort.
    Beryl xx

  3. I'm glad it didn't end up in the bin, this is gorgeous Claire.

    Sue x

  4. WOW! This is amazing Claire. The design is wonderful and all the detailing you have added is just outstanding!! It's clear to see the amount of thought and effort that went into creating this and I am SO pleased that it didn't end up in the bin.
    I hope you week goes okay.
    Hugs Sue

  5. Great project Claire, I love the dimension, fabulous inspiration, Judith xx

  6. A great canvas, using so many techniques. It certainly works well, and yet another way of using the wonderful Splodge Away mat. Thank you for sharing it with us at Craft A Scene this month. xx Maggie

  7. Gorgeous piece, Love all the texture & wonderful elements, Fabulous layout & colours... AmAzing work... Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week... Hugs May x x x

  8. 2 terrific man themed entries to Craft-Room Challenge this time Claire. Think my personal preference is this one but then it is sea themed! Thank you for joining in with us again XOXO Zoe

  9. this is really a project, so nice to see how you combine the materials.
    very beautiful made.
    thank you for joining at craft a scene this month.

  10. wow this is stunning!! Love all the dimension! Hugs Juls

  11. Fabulous project Clare! Love the sea shells! Love the dimension and texture. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog, hugs, Jayne x

  12. Wow this is wonderful Claire, it's so detailed, the more you look the more there is to see, LOVE it. Thanks for another great entry to Craft Room Challenge. Julia xxxx

  13. Great images and wonderful seaside feeling.

  14. WOW! What an amazing creation, love all the embellies and fabulous stamping. Thank you for sharing with us this fortnight at Craft-Room Challenge and good luck, hugs


  15. Claire, your softly and beautifully textured canvas wall hanging looks fabulous. Your ship's wheel charm adds an especially nice touch as do the shells and other embellishments supporting your nautical theme. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps' digi team's "Charmed, I'm Sure (add a charm)" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

  16. Wow, this is fabulous Claire! I love the texture with the tissue paper and the lovely colours, a beautiful gift for someone. Thanks for joining in with our "For A Man" theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria x

  17. Oh, there is so much technique going on here. Love the crackling of the image and all the cool sea embellishments. Thank you for joining us this month at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  18. This is awesome, Claire! A great decoration for your wall, love the nautical theme and all those textures and seashells. Fab!

  19. Wow, this is fabulous!
    Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu and I hope we see you again soon!



  20. Wow, this is wonderful! Love the dimensional and textured scene you created and the embellishments are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Craft a Scene!


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