Sunday, 7 July 2013

Remarkable! - Wendy Vecchi Challenge

Hi all - yes, another one from me!  I am on a roll.  Apologies to my neighbours for the state of the lawn...

This is actually a birthday pressie for a friend and colleague, who is using the word REMARKABLE as our vision!  But as I was putting it together, I realised that it does also fit with this month's Everything Wendy Vecchi group challenge, which is Anything Goes.

This is another one of my lovely 8 x 8 canvas boards.  OMG, do they take paint nicely!  OMG, are they happy with heat guns!  I have now got some in 12 x 12 size waiting in the stash, so I have a feeling papers for scrapbook pages will soon be a thing of the past!

Anyway, having bought some IndigoBlu paint yesterday, I wanted to give it a trial.  This is REALLY pigment rich.  I mixed it with white gesso, and then a bit more, and then a bit more.  I suspect I may have wasted more than I used.  Note to self...less is more!!  I am amazed at how yellow my base coat became, considering the colours I used.

I dabbed some distress embossing ink through a stencil, and heat embossed in gold.  I stencilled (very faintly) two of the Andy Skinner faces in Vintage Photo, as there is no point being remarkable unless people notice!!

Then I hand stamped the very, very lovely honeycomb stamp from our Wend (how very presumptious of me!!), also in Vintage Photo, and dolloped some modelling paste (which was mixed with embossing powder, not that you'd know) through Wend's polka dot mask.  Set that aside to calm down!

I love Art Parts!  Such a cool idea, die-cut chipboard and a matching stamp!  Stamped and embossed the bee with gold embossing powder, and then dabbed her wings with a glue pen, which when the glue went tacky, I covered with holographic tape, to make her wings really shimmery.

Then, out came the Big Shot!  I cut the letters out of funky foam, using the Wordplay die. They have all been painted or daubed randomly with the same colours of paint.  When it had soaked in a bit, I liberally sprayed the whole lot with some dylusions and some cosmic shimmers.

Then I went and watched the last set of the Men's final!!  I snivvled a bit (I always do at other people's efforts!), then pulled myself together and came back and glued it all together.

I touched up the edges of the letters with a little inka gold (as you know, I do like my bling!) and went round the edges of the board with a little more.

Hope you like (and I hope my chum likes too!)


Q Art Canvas board 8 x 8
Sizzix Time Holtz Alterations BigzXL die: Wordplay 657837

Ink and Paint
IndigoBlu Acrylic Paint: Burning Bonfire, Hot Cocoa
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Embossing ink
Dylusions: Marble Black, Pure Sunshine
Pebeo Gesso

Stamps and Stencils
Studio490: Art For You LCS093, Just Word Art SCS033
Studio490 Art Parts: Bugs and Butterflies
Studio490: Dots and Stripes borders
Andy Skinner: Baroque
Artist Cellar: Boy Genius

Bling and Glitz
Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer Dark Bronze lustre embossing powder
Dreamweaver embossing paste: Translucent
Cosmic Shimmer mists: Tarnished Gold, Bronze blush
Holographic tape
Fun foam from stash
Inka Gold: Lava Grun, Gold


  1. Love it! A day well spent!

  2. The letters are so gorgeous... great idea to use the foam that way!

  3. Very cool poece. Never thought of using foam for letters and then painting. Great idea! They came out great.

  4. Stunning, I thought it was a wooden plaque....the background is fantastic. Your friend is very lucky...x