Thursday 26 December 2013


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HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Hope you are all enjoying the festive season. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Design Team are hoping to inspire you today with projects that feature some Winter ideas.
I decided to create a winter canvas this week to celebrate my winter garden. I love my garden throughout the year including the winter, in fact I think the winter season is probably far more important. The trees and branches and skeletons of the spent flowers take on a more significant role in the Winter and I really appreciate it all. I particularly love the bare tree branches in winter when they are covered in snow or frost and this was my inspiration for my piece today.

  1. Cover the canvas with tissue that has been crumpled. Apply Multi-Medium Matt onto the canvas and then press the tissue onto the glue and set aside to dry. Trim away any excess tissue paper.
  2. Place the Hero Arts Elegant Pine stencil onto the canvas and apply White Embossing Paste over the stencil using a palette knife and set aside to dry.
  3. Once completely dry apply Sky Fresco Finish Paint over the canvas, I applied with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam adding touches of Inky Pool paint over the branches.
  4. Die cut the birds from white card using Sizzix Birds On A Wire die and then colour the birds with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, applying Black Soot around the edges of each bird for definition. Stamp text onto each bird using the background stamp from the Classics 9 Stamp Set using Black Archival Ink. Affix the birds to the top of the canvas.
  5. Stamp the sentiment onto white card (I love this sentiment, a very kind gift from my dear friend and fellow team member Suzz) using Black Archival Ink and affix to the bottom left hand side of the canvas.
  6. Melt Beeswax in a Melt Pot using a Project Pan and then brush Beeswax over the canvas. I love the texture this gives to the canvas. Apply Beeswax randomly around the edges for added texture and dimension and then apply Treasure Gold White Fire around the edges to highlight the wonderful texture.
  7. Apply White Fire and Sapphire Wax over the tree to add shimmer and to highlight the tree branches and then dry brush Black Distress Paint over the tree branches to add to that frosty, cold, wintery feeling.
  8. Die cut three Bitty Blossoms using the Spellbinders die, colour with Sky paint, roll to create the flowers and then dip into the Beeswax. Once cool apply White Fire Wax over the edges of the flowers.
  9. Add two Winter Chitchat stickers for added interest, colouring lightly with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
This canvas is so tactile and I love the birds on the wire, I often think of the birds in my garden during the Winter season and always make sure they are well fed!
I love how the Beeswax has settled in between the branches of the tree, really adds wonderful texture to my design.
Dry brushing with black paint reminds me of the dead branches that I have in abundance in my garden during the Winter months.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork they have created some inspirational projects. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classics 9 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chitchat Stickers
Impression Obsession Good For The Soul Stamp Set
Sizzix Birds On A Wire Die
Melt Pot
Project Pan
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Bitty Blossoms
Distress Inks - Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Distress Paint - Black Soot
Archival Ink - Black
Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matt
Hero Arts Elegant Pine Stencil
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Inky Pool
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold - White Fire, Sapphire
Cut 'n' Dry Foam
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste



Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous techniques and textures to inspire a wintry feel to your canvas.
Christmas hugs.
{brenda} x0x

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy, I love your canvas. Thank you for all the step by step instructions, I love to see how you create your very tactile pieces. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas. xxx

Sandra said...

Stunning canvas! Love the texture and the sentiment is beautiful! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Sandra

Toni Hinchcliffe said...

What a beautiful canvas! And thank you for sharing the tutorial--I can't wait to try this!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! What a fabulous canvas full of so much texture! LOVE it! Great mix of colors and I love the touch of gold! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

rachel said...

stunning piece as always Tracy - lovely texture and colours - that tree looks fabulous! Hugs rachel xx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful wintry scene! Love the texture! The flowers are gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

carol edwards said...

Hi Tracy really lovely can is and lots of techniques. Thanks for all the insiration

Candy C said...

Tracy...your canvas is so pretty! I so love the design. The birds with the text on them, the tree with all of its fir branches and the dimensional flowers. It's all so pretty and I love the sentiment, too. Such pretty colors! I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!!! Ours was wonderful. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful inspiration over the years. Your work is always so beautifully done. <3 Candy

Redanne said...

Hi Tracy, just love all the texture you created on your canvas, love the colours and the beautiful flowers. Your posts are always so full of inspiration - thank you! Hugs, Anne x

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful canvas Tracy! I love that Hero Arts stencil. Wonderful textures and colours and I love that sentiment. I hope you had a lovely Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

You most definitely captured a wintry feel to this beautiful canvas. A lovely way to acknowledge the beauty of your winter garden.

Unknown said...

Wonderful textures & such a dreamy colour combination

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is stunning and you definitely nailed the winter theme! That color palette is to die for and I'm always so amazed at the layers of beauty that make up your projects. Gorgeous!

barbarayaya62 said...

this canvas is antastic! love all the textures and color! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! barbarayaya

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful canvas, Tracy! Love the smooth contrast of the birds over all the gorgeous texture beneath. Happy New Year!

Meihsia Liu said...

This canvas is so beautiful, Tracy. Love the gorgeous textures and colors. :)

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS piece! Love all your texture, as usual :)

Maura said...

Gorgeous color! I like how you did your background texture!

Words and Pictures said...

What a triumph of texture - amazing work!
Alison xx

Tina Theis of Ivory Moon Designs said...

Ooooooh I love this Tracy ..... Really beautiful xxx
Tina xxxx