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Hi, Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting. I'm Carol, married to Bill, with two children. I love to dabble in all types of crafty pursuits and enjoy nothing more than attending workshops and learning new techniques, which I then try to reproduce at home....sometimes with success!!!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas Canvas fo the Stampman Challenge

Stampman Christmas Challenge
(instructions below)
Above is my offering for The Challenge. What fun I had making this and getting into an inky distressed mess!!! but at the end I was de- stressed!!!! It's a Christmas hanging and although the colours are seasonal I wanted to get away from the usual bright red and green associated with Christmas and put a more muted feel on the project, besides the fact that I love this rich Maroon/claret/burgundy colour, but oh what a trial I had finding the colour I wanted. In the end a bespoke mix was called for!
I love canvases and so decided to put some mini canvases onto a much larger one and make a more substantial piece Hope you enjoy seeing it and if you want to replicate the idea, I've put  a little explanation below, together with the ingredients used. Hope you have a go and get as much pleasure out of it as I did.


Paper Artsy Stamps Egg & Nog 1 and 5      ........  for the mini canvases
Paper Artsy Egg & Nog4 and 10                 ........  for the flowers
Papermania Ornate Christmas Stamp Duo          ........  for the Christmas Greeting
Studio 490 Ticket To Art LCS001                      ........  for the leaves
One small square canvas
Two small rectangular canvases
Grunge Paper
Matching ribbon
Distress inks:- Aged Mahogany and Forest Moss
Adirondack colour wash :-Cranberry
Acrylic paint pure gold by eco-green crafts
Acrylic paint Green Patina by eco-green crafts
Selection of co-ordinating self adhesive gems and stars
Black StayzOn
Glossy accents

 Stamp 6 of the large flower stamps and 2 of the smaller flower stamps onto the smooth side of the grunge paper, using black StazsOn ink.
When dry colour using aged mahogany distress ink, blending it to be darker to the outer edges.
Stamp four of the sets of leaves and again colour using Forest Moss Distress ink.Cut one of the stems into smaller sections to use with the small flower.
Using the gold paint cover the wooden frame of the canvas.( I really love this paint as it covers easily and in one coat, with no streaking!) Using the green patina paint cover the large canvas and allow to dry.

The smaller canvases eventually became the colour I really wanted. Firstly I Brushed on the Cranberry wash and dried using a heat gun between the first and second coats. On top of this I built up the Aged Mahogany distress ink until I had a lovely rich colour.  Next onto some thick card  I stamped the gorgeous partridge and the three pears   and then the 3 tree images. I used the same colours of inks only this time with a little water and painted the stamped images.
When all was done I arranged everything onto the canvas ...this took some time as I was so indecisive!! The small stamped greeting canvas looked fine but the other two were missing something. I had a brainwave and found a beautiful damask type napkin pack in my stash. I tore this and placed one section short ways and the other longways on the canvases, That did the trick and gave just another dimension. Here's hoping the pictures show what I mean. ( This is optional to do).
The napkin was adhered to the canvases using dilute paste.

The flowers were attached as above and the other canvas laid out as shown.
Everything was then glued in place using glossy accents and the ribbon made to attach to the frame.             

Thanks for looking in today!
Happy Crafting Moments , till the next time
Carol xx

Other Challenges I will be entering this piece for include:-

Wild Orchid Callenges....Christmas..red green and gold
Fairy- Challenge ........Anything goes
Sir Stampalot...Christmas Traditions


  1. Hello
    This is a very nice image.

    Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
    Hugs Karla

  2. Great canvas with great details! Thanks for joining us at WOC challenge this time - hope to see you again soon :)
    Hugs, Lena K

  3. What a pretty design! They are so pretty!
    Thanks for you join our 1st challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge.
    ~~darling Ho~~ FTC DT

  4. This is very pritty! Thanks for playing with us at our very first Challenge of Fairy Tale. xx Bianca

  5. Hi Carol

    What a super piece of artwork.

    Lovely colours and the elements all work together perfectly.

    Thank you for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

    B x

    Chance to win a Stampalot gift voucher here

  6. so gorgeous

    thanks a lot for joining us at our very first Fairytale challenge



  7. This is a super piece of artwork. Thank you for entering it into the Sir Stampalot challenge this month.
    Clare x

  8. Gorgeous! A fantastic work.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

  9. A gorgeous Christmas creation! Thanks for Sharing with us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!

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