Monday 12 November 2012

A Seasonal Canvas

Simon Says Stamp and Show challenges you to create WITHOUT INK this week. There are so many possibilities here from Paint Dabbers, Multi Medium Matt, Distress Markers, Claudine Hellmuth's Acrylic Paint etc. We would love to see how you think outside the box this week.

Paint Dabbers were the obvious choice for me this week, inspiring me to create an inky seasonal canvas.
I always find it a challenge to work on a larger scale and without using my trusty Distress Inks too, so this week was really thinking outside the box for me. My inky canvas has been coloured with Dylusions Ink Sprays Postbox Red, Cut Grass and Melted Chocolate, and has even been showered with a little rain to give me those random splatters. Tim's background stamp from the Season's Silhouettes stamp set came to my aid for the background stamping using Paint Dabbers Snow Cap and Pitch Black. I think this is destined to be my son's alternative Christmas card.
Before any stamping I sprayed the canvas with several layers of colour, drying between each application, to give me a good depth of colour. The next step was to add the trees using the Dylusions Oh Christmas Tree stencil adding Liquid Pearls white opal through the stencil. I did not want my tree images to appear flat so using a spatula I added a little texture to the Liquid Pearls, giving a little more interest to the background of the trees.  I left my canvas to dry overnight.
To give a little more interest to my canvas I added Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel to the outside edges, this framed my piece perfectly and gave the perfect finishing touch.
To stamp the wording in the background I used the background stamp from the Season's Silhouettes stamp set, applying snow cap and pitch black Paint Dabbers to each word and then stamping onto my canvas.  I did not place my stamp onto an acrylic block I used as is, it made stamping so much easier on a canvas.
For a touch more interest and dimension I also added some Idea-ology Festive Foliage to the top of each tree, adding a little colour with gold Alcohol Mixative.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Paint Dabbers - Snow Cap and Pitch Black
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Postbox Red, Cut Grass and Melted Chocolate
Tim Holtz Season's Silhouettes Stamp Set 
Dylusions Oh Christmas Tree Stencil
Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Festive Foliage
Alcohol Ink - Gold Mixative


Sandy said...

Your last christmas work is wonderful dear Tracy.
Gorgeous designs and stamps.
Love them all.

Candy C said...

Tracy...I love your Christmas canvas! Love the Dylusions sprays in the background. You did such a beautiful job of layering and mottling the colors of the background. The trees are wonderful! Love the semi transparent opalescence you've achieved with the Liquid Pearls. Really neat idea. The words all look fantastic. The touch of gold around the edges and Tim's metallic poinsettia are the perfect finishing touches! LOVE IT! <3 Candy

Michelle Webb said...

Ooooo yeh, I love that Tracy, awesome. Those trees have so much shimmery texture. Love it!
Michelle x

Inkypinkycraft said...

A fab festive make the useof liquid pearls..very clever! Trace x

Sandra said...

Tracy, your christmas canvas is gorgeous! Love the big trees in the middle! You've really mastered stamping with paint dabbers! Hugs, Sandra

Anonymous said...

this turned out so great!

Brenda Brown said...

Love the trees and the colours you have used to create this gorgeous canvas Tracy.
hugs {brenda} xox

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - those liquid pearly trees look just amazing amidst all that lovely texture and text... Fabulous canvas, and great inspiration, thank you!
Alison x

Suzanne C said...

Beautifully festive christmas trees! Love the added depth of the liquid pearls!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Grand Christmas canvas Tracy!!! I love the bold colors and whimsical feel!!!

Redanne said...

Love the beautiful background colours and the white around the words really makes them pop. A beautiful festive canvas. A x

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What a fun & festive piece, Tracy! I really like the way you added gold around the edges :)

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hazel said...

Your festive canvas is wonderful Tracy.
xxx Hazel.

Tracey said...

Tracy I LOVE this Christmas board!! fun and cheerful and colourful...PERFECT in so many ways :)

Claudine said...

This is so cute, I just love it. The colors are perfect.