Thursday, 4 June 2015

Small is Beautiful ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. We've really enjoyed seeing all the entries for last month's 'Three of a Kind' challenge and I for one, can't wait to see what you come up with this time around. Julia is our host this month and this is what she has to say......

For this month's challenge you are asked to make or alter something small.This could be a tiny book or journal, an ATC or ATB, a small canvas or box/tin of similar size, a small piece of jewelry - anything, as long as it is small. you must use at least one stamp and one stencil on your project. Please remember we are a mixed media challenge blog and the style of your work should reflect this.

My project consists of these two mini canvasses decorated in a Steam punk style. Each canvas measures around 70 mm square or 2 3/4 inches. It's strange, but I find that a small surface can be almost as daunting as a large canvas ! 
My starting point for each canvas was to partially cover the surface with book pages. I then stamped the images onto a piece of Deli Paper and adhered them to the surface with matte Glue and Seal. I usually use tissue paper for this technique, but my dear friend Sandy, brought me a box of Deli Paper back from her trip to New York and I was keen to try it out. So far so good ! It's more robust than tissue so it's much easier to handle.
I used Distress Markers and a water brush, to add a little colour to the face, I then set too with embellishing, using some watch parts that I've been hoarding for a long time ! The stamps I've used on each canvas are by La Blanche. I have amassed  a pretty big collection of  stamps and it's been great to get out some of the ones I love but haven't used enough !
Here's number 2. The stenciling has been done with Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing Paste through a Tim Holtz' Typography Layering Stencil. I decided to add some faux gold leaf onto the surface of the letters, 'cause I love a bit of bling ! I couldn't resist adding some coiled rusty wire to create a little hanger.
So now it's over to you ! hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog where you'll find some fantastic inspiration from Julia the rest of the design team. Don't forget to take a look at the blog next Tuesday where the winners of the last challenge will be announced. I shall also be using 'Mr Random Organiser', to select a winning entry for the palette knife. I will post the name both here and on the Stamps and Stencils blog. So, until next time... happy crafting ! x


  1. These are gorgeous Toni!! I just love how much detail you've managed to pack into those tiny, daunting canvases! Never tried the deli paper idea but as I usually much up with tissue paper I must give it a go. Just the right amount of bling with the faux gold leaf and the rusty wire hangers are fab. Julia xx

  2. Wow wow wow, these canvasses may be small in size but are huge on impact. Fantastic designs.
    Julie x

  3. Both of your canvases are gorgeous Toni ! The stamps you've used are fantastic and the hint of bling is fabulous ! Like Julia I've not used deli paper but it's now on my list ! Sue C x

  4. Fantastic mini canvases, so many super details and images in a small area.
    Yvonne xx

  5. I LOVE this! Gorgeous and very cool! LOVE the gold!

  6. Such detail..the monocles on both... I love your steampunk canvasses, expert use of space, they are stunning. 2 for the price of one as well! Ruth x

  7. Beautiful Toni!! The gold looks so warm- perfect touches!!