Thursday, December 3, 2009

Best Friends


Happy Thursday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have finally awoken from my turkey induced coma and have a project for you using pieces from a couple of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff stamp sets. This week I made a project using a 5x5 canvas from Joanne Fabrics. It had a large dragonfly on it, but I painted over it with gesso, and then two colors of light green acrylic paints. Next, I cut some small pieces of coordinating CK Scrappin' Creations Power Pad and layered them over the painted canvas using matte gel medium. I added more layers of paint, Distress Inks, and paint colored with Alcohol Inks until I had a look that I liked. Actually, I think I got a little too much ink, but that's ok. You still want to be able to see some of the papers through the layers. Oh-and you need to let each layer dry before adding the next. I used my heat tool to speed things up - no patience, you know!
At this point, those of you (who are not me) would get out your graphite paper and trace the fabric flower stamp onto the canvas. If you are me, you cannot find your graphite paper and start to panic until you remember Lindsay's "trick". The trick is to color over the back side of the printed image with a pencil. Then lay the image on the canvas and trace over it with your pencil. This transfers the image, just like graphite paper! At this point (if you are me) you are thinking you may never look for that paper again! This part was too easy!

Once the image has been transferred to the canvas, paint it and let it dry. Add details with your prisma pencils to the leaves and outline the whole image with a charcoal pencil. Add a gemstone brad for the flower center. Print, cut out, and ink up the "If friends were flowers" stem and the heart and star from the "Patriotic Elements" set. Attach them with the gel medium and dry. Stamp "best friends" with Distress Ink, distress the edges and you are done.




You can get the Doodle Flowers Set and the Patriotic Elements set at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff or if you want instant gratification, you can download them at her MyGraficO! shop. Check out the cool projects the Design Team has for you to be inspired by this week! And don't forget - Lindsay always has awesome freebies on her blog, The Frugal Crafter, so start there and check it out! Happy Digi Stamping!!!


10 comments:

runningonink said...

This is super duper gorgeous! Shabby Chic :) I love the size too!

Tamara Bennett said...

You are so clever! I love it!

Melissa Craig said...

So Shabby Chic! This is just wonderful, I think I'll have to try this technique.

Lindsay Weirich said...

That is so cool! Hey they had 12x12 canvasses at Big lots for $5, that would great to make a scrappy wall art! I love it Tracey!

Cindi said...

I have been lucky enough to see this IRL , IT's AWESOME!!! great work tracey
:)

Cheryl said...

Very cool. I love the vintage feel. It was nice to take a break from Holiday cards and projects.

Mrs. Fence said...

thanks for the heads up Lindsay! I'll have to hit big lots!

ljurecek said...

Wow! Thanks for the step-by-step. What a neat project!

Karen said...

I think I was in that same turkey induced coma for a whole week too! :>

What a fun and fantastic way to use Lindsay's digi stamps and to make some Christmas presents for family & friends OR art for your own home! :>

Margie said...

This is beautiful! Great job!Sorry I didn't make it by here before today!