Thursday, 3 September 2015

Up, Up and Away~New Challenge for Stamps and Stencils

Hi Everybody! It's the first Thursday in the month and that means  it's time for a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Sharon is our fabulous host and this is what she has to say......

 Up, Up and away with a twist ! For this challenge we would like to see something that goes Up Up and away. It could be a plane, bird a feather anything that can go up, but you must use /autumnal colours. So get out the copper, rust and burnt oranges. Be it paint, metal or embossing powders, don't forget to include some Stamps and Stencilling....

I think you'll agree that this is a fabulous challenge, with plenty of scope. I love autumnal colours and I have plenty of  'winged things' stamps ! My project is this little four piece panel with lots of stamping and stenciling. I started by colouring some pieces of manila card with Dylusions Sprays. 
I dried them with a heat tool and then ironed them flat. I then selected a few stencils and added some pattern with Distress Inks in similar autumn shades.
I then die cut the four arches, one from each background piece, and also four more in thicker craft card. I then adhered the coloured arches to the craft card using Matte Multi Medium. The added bonus is that I've still got lots of coloured card to play with! I had a lot of fun selecting the stamps and building a kind of stamped collage on each shaped piece. I used black Archival ink for stamping and clear embossing powder over the top. Once I was happy with the arches, I gave each one a quick spritz with a gold spray. I have the tiniest bit left of a gold spray by Crafty Notions. It is the best I've ever had, really sparkly and has never clogged up in all the years I have had it. Yes years! I digress....Here are some close ups of the individual panels
number one....
and two....
and finally....
As you can see, the panels are joined together by adding brass eyelets and threading through some dyed ribbon. There is a little dusting of gold embossing powder here and there and the edges have black Archival Ink blended in.  This was a lot of fun to make, sometimes it's lovely to get down to some good old stamping ! I hope you can find some time to join in with our challenge this month, dig out those stamps and stencils and get stuck into some lovely Autumn colours. You'll find all the challenge details and see some wonderfully inspiring pieces by the rest of the brilliant design team by following this link. I look forward to seeing what you come up with, For now though it's Up, Up and Away to finish cooking tea! x


  1. I really love your four piece panel Toni. The colours are gorgeous and it's great to see how you built up the backgrounds for each. I had to laugh about the spray which has nearly run out!! I always hang to things for as long as possible and then hate it when they run out. Perhaps we need to stock up on products we find we love so they last even longer!! Wonderful project.

  2. Love all the panels on this awesome piece, beautiful colours and images a super way to join them altogether.
    Yvonne xx

  3. Your panels are awesome , love all the stamping. Hope you manage to get some replacement gold spray xx Sharon

  4. Brilliant color and layers! LOVE the artsy feel with the elegant images of birds and butterflies! Gorgeous piece!

  5. So very pretty and love the depth you have achieved from your inks, sprays and stamps.
    Julie x

  6. So pretty and evocative of early autumn, stunning colour palette and just LOVE the whole gorgeous piece! Beautiful, beautiful work Toni! Ruth x

  7. Beautiful project Toni ! Love all the stamping and the colours are gorgeous ! Sue C x

  8. Toni this is just gorgeous! I adore your choice of palette- so vibrant like the first colors of fall!! Thank you for sharing! xx

  9. This is so gorgeous, Toni - a fabulous array of autumnal colours, and the layers of stencilling and stamping create such wonderful depth. Really amazing.
    Alison xx