Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Dipping a toe in the Water :o)

I recently got a new embossing folder which was the starting point for this project - a World Map - as my son is 18 in a couple of days and in the last year has been to both Australia and America (lucky boy!) I thought it would be appropriate to make something for him using it.  He has enjoyed his travels and plans to return to Australia as soon as he can.

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.





 My son also loves fishing, we even took him sea-fishing one birthday, so I decided to use the rest of the stamps as well.  I stamped some of them onto some cream cardstock and the others onto watercolour paper. The compass was the same size as the one on the embossing folder so I attached this with a brad at the center.  I then tried to position all the elements in a way I was happy with in order to create a card.  (You may have noticed I don't usually do cards (!) ).  This is not going to be an exception as I ended up changing my mind and painting a canvas for the back-drop!

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

 and also

The Stamping Chef's - Tic Tac Toe Challenge (on Facebook) - here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCRecipes/

16 comments:

  1. Awesome very cool, love the details, and the colors are awesome. Very Nautical! Thanks for entering our Nautical challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT@4CC

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  2. Wow Steffi, sounds like your son is really a world traveler and I'm sure he will love this creation that you've made especially for him. The little details like the 18 and the fishing elements are just perfect. Thank you for sharing your hard work with us at Open-Minded Crafting. We'd love to see what else you come up with. Good Luck!

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    1. Thanks Kathy - Shall definitely be back at Open-Minded Crafting!

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  3. I love the way you have incorporated the stamps around the beautifully embossed and coloured map. Hope he enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey. Nikki x

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    1. Thanks for your visit Nikki :o)

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  4. I love how you have incorporated so many of the elements you son loves and the PaperArtsy set was perfect. Thanks for sharing this with us at A Vintage Journey and well done for using all the stamps in a set, that was a real challenge. xx

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  5. What a fabulous project for your lucky son!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at That's Crafty & The Artistic Stamper!
    Alison x

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  6. Fabulous canvas love all the images, texture and details -your son will love it -thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun
    Carol DT x

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  7. Wow - love the texture on that map, very cool use of the stamps too. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey, as well as at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison x

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  8. This is totally gorgeous! Love how you have layered it all! The map is just so fab! I'm sure that your son will totally adore this!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

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    1. Thanks Vicky - will be back to join in now I've found your challenge blog!

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  9. This is absolutely stunning!! Love that embossing.. Wow!! And I love all the colors! Just amazing! So glad you found us :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

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  10. Stunning project. Thank you for joining us over at Open Minded Crafting Fun, Good luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT x

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  11. Wow - that textured map is so cool - great creation! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper, and (although it's late) for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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