So I ran a piece of card through my Big Shot, coloured it, then tore the edges and edged them in brown, then placed it onto a backing piece with some Hot of the Press paper covered in compasses. The compasses then made me want to add a sailing ship so I searched through my ever growing pile of stamps and came across just the right set of stamps - PaperArtsy HP1202.
Using a palette knife to scrape over the canvas I used some acrylic paints in blues, stones, yellow and a little touch of reddy-brown to give a mottled effect. I then added a piece of linen to the canvas, wrapped a strip of hessian ribbon across the middle and then built up the picture on this. I used Tim Holtz's watercolour technique on some of the stamped images using Faded Jeans and Worn Lipstick - by stamping them onto my craft sheet and then using a water brush to pick up the colour and add to the picture, and then used Brushed Corduroy to colour the torn edges which I had added on some of the images.
I stencilled through a mask with Faded Jeans to represent netting in two of the corners and as a final touch added a wooden lotto counter with the number 18. (Another little Tim Holtz touch :o) )
I hope he likes it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Challenge 9 Use Every Stamp in a Set - here: http://www.vintagejourney.com/2014/06/challenge-9-use-every-stamp-in-set.html
The Artistic Stamper - By The Seaside - here: http://www.theartisticstampercreativeteam.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/julys-challenge-by-seaside.html
Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges - Challenge 14 Water Water Everywhere - here: http://open-mindedcraftingfun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-14-water-water-everywhere.html
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge Blog - Challenge 201 Nautical - here: http://www.4craftychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/4-crafty-chicks-201-nautical.html
That's Crafty Challenge Blog - All At Sea - here: http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/all-at-sea-challenge.html
The Stamping Chef's - Tic Tac Toe Challenge (on Facebook) - here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCRecipes/