Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Finnabair" Inspired Canvas

Good morning everyone.
Today I would like to share with you, as promised, an 8 x 10 canvas that I created in the Finnabair style.  I've been wanting to do something like this for sometime but wasn't sure what to do exactly.  So I pulled out my canvas, black gesso, many, many wood embellishments from my stash and some metal pieces.  I decided to layer the embellishments and keep on layering them until I had the look I wanted.  Below is the finished canvas.

To start with, I applied modeling paste using a gear stencil from Crafter's Workshop.  When that was dry I applied a good coat of black gesso over the entire surface of the canvas.
I then cut pieces, in varying lengths, from pieces of chipboard borders that I had in my stash and adhered them to the canvas to give me a base.  I then painted the strips with black gesso.

From there I selected different wood pieces (gears, circles, etc.) and adhered them on top of the strips.  I tucked them under and on top of each other.  I had one very large gear that I cut into pieces and added them as well.

I added some other elements - buttons, metal gears, a large key.  Then I painted these items in black gesso.  The reason why I painted each layer was to ensure that everything was completely covered with the gesso.

The last layer was a 4" x 5 1/2" wood frame in the centre, with a small resin frame at the upper right corner.  A wood butterfly was next with a wood key and a small flower in the centre.  Again these were painted black.  I added a couple of glass stones in the centres of a couple of gears and at the top of the large key at the bottom and painted them black.

Now it is time for colour.  I layered a lot of colour directly onto the black gesso.  I dry-brushed most of the colours using Finnibair's opal magic paints, pink and turquoise shimmery paints, almost anything I had on hand that was shiny and glossy.  I just went for it and used my imagination.  I did also put white gesso here and there on a lot of the raised areas.  And at the very end I brushed on some gold metallic paint keeping it on the tips of some items as well as painting the glass stones in solid gold.  This really accented everything nicely.  Below is a close-up of the layers so you can see the colours that I used.

I was pleased with the result as this is my very first attempt at this type of canvas.  I hope you will try it.  After all, if you do not like the end result, you can paint the entire surface in black gesso and try again with your colours.  Start with 3 colours and add as you go.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great week and
And to all you scrapbooking women, from the man in your life,
"My wife says I never listen to her - at least that's what I think she said."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tag Layout

Hello everyone!!!
I don't know about you, but I sometimes have trouble creating a boy's layout.  I love the flowers, bling and all the prettiness you can create for the feminine layouts.  So I decided to come up with something a little different.  Below is a layout that I did for my grandson using tags.  I cut out various tags in different sizes from different papers and layered them across the top of the page and below the pictures.  It was quite easy and it gives a different look to a layout.

I also stamped a border stamp around the outside edge, added a few pieces of ephemera here and there as well as string in some of the tag holes.

Here is another layout that I used for another grandson.  For this one, I created a paper collage using various papers from my scrap box along with a piece of burlap that I used as a paper.  I did add a couple of rustic flowers (oops - couldn't resist) along with some metal pieces.  Again very simple.

I am currently working on a mixed media "Finnibair" inspired canvas.  It will be posted next week and will include a brief tutorial.
Until next time,
"Happy Crafting"
"My husband lets me have all the scrappin' (stampin') supplies I can hide."

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Travel Picture Album Kit

Hi everyone!!  Here is another album "Kit of the Month"
Today is a new travel album which is available to you for ordering.  The front and back covers are 5" wide x 8" long and the spine is 2" wide.  You will bind the inside pages. You will receive the following items in the kit: papers, background kraft cardstock, burlap, canvas for the cover, chipboard pieces for the cover, tags, wood and metal embellishments, wood buttons, ephemera pieces (could vary from what is shown), cording and of course detailed instructions with pictures of each page.

This is the front cover of the album.

The cover has been covered completely with canvas.  I then did some stencilling and spraying for texture which is optional.  You can decide if you wish to do this and use a stencil of your choosing.
Here are the inside pages.  There are a total of 3 pages inside (front and back makes 6 pages in total).  There are pockets for extra pictures as well as fold out sections on a couple of the pages for even more pictures.  Below is the inside of the front cover and the front of the first page.  The inside front cover has a pocket for extra pictures storage.

Below is the back of the first page which has a pocket to put tickets or items collected on your trip.  There is a fold out section for more pictures on the second page front.

Below is the back of the second page (has a pocket)  and the front of the third page which also has a fold out section for more pictures. 

And lastly the back of the third page (individual picture).  
The inside back cover has a pocket for more pictures.

The cost for the kit is $40.00 Canadian plus a minimal shipping charge.
We can ship to the U.S.  as well.  To order please email the store at orders@thescrapping  The album will be posted in our on-line store over the next couple of days and you will be able to order from there as well.  Look for "Trip Album".
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.
"The joy is in the journey, not at the journey's end."