Thursday, 7 July 2016

Tic Tac Toe ~ New Challenge for Stamps and Stencils

Hi everybody! It's my turn to host the July challenge over at the Stamps and Stencils blog. I've chosen to do a Tic Tac Toe.  My teamies have done me very proud with some fantastic art work, based on their selections from the grid.
I've made this assemblage piece using elements from the top row of the grid, flowers, corrugated card and lace.I started off by peeling back some of the smooth surface of the cardboard to reveal the texture. I painted the surface with gesso and stenciled some vertical lines using modelling paste through one of Tim Holtz's layering stencils.
I then adhered a piece of textured lace with matte medium and a selection of metal,  plastic and lace flowers. I used a hot glue gun to attach these pieces.
I then painted everything with a couple of coats of gesso. Once this was dry, I added several thin washes of colour, allowing it to drip and pool in the texture. I used deco art Media Fluid in Prussian Blue
Left this to dry thoroughly, and then used a stiff brush with white gesso to dry brush the surface. This really enhances the detail of the different textures.
The crackled photo frame, is the underside of a small canvas. I applied Deco Art Crackle paste over the surface, and rubbed some Antiquing Fluid into the cracks once  the Crackle Paste was dry.
This is a photo boothe picture of me and my Auntie Sue, I think I was about 14 or 15 at the time. I used my mum's old typewriter to type out the phrase, which is something that stuck in my head after listening to Adele on the TV. It is perfect for the reflective mood I find myself in, as I am on the verge of retiring after teaching, on and off, for the last 40 years. Ha ha ! bring on the next chapter !
If you fancy a bit of playtime with a game of crafty Tic Tac Toe, hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog and you'll find all the details of the challenge, as well as some fantastic inspiration from our multi talented design team.


  1. Toni, your project is absolutely amazing! I love your crackled frame and your flowers are stunning! So many awesome techniques and details! Beautiful design and fabulous blue tones! I absolutely love it! It's breathtaking! Thank you so much for such a wonderful challenge theme! Big hugs! Branka xx

  2. This is such a great challenge and I love your project - corrugated card makes a wonderful background with the Prussian Blue and your stiff brushing of the flowers looks great. Love the photo in the crackled frame too! Anne xx

  3. Super yummy work Toni and I adore those colours - thanks for a great challenge - looking forward to doing my inspiration piece! Hugs rachel x

  4. Fantastic project. I love how you have done the assemblage around the photo focal point.

  5. A fabulous hanging Toni with wonderful texture and painted flowers. Love your photo and can truly understand your reflective mood, I remember it well but this next stage opens up amazing opportunities to enjoy your creative side more, have fun enjoy and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your amazing art xxx

  6. Toni, I love that this month's challenge is so reflective of your life and this new chapter, and your desire to play! I know it has been a rough couple of months tidying loose ends, but cannot wait to see what you come up with when a little less pressure exists. If this beautiful project is a precursor, then bring it on! Well done, lovely them and lovely take. Hugs, Autumn

  7. Fantasic project Toni! Love the little frame and the textured background. Relfection is good for the soul so take time to be good to yourself. Sue x

  8. It's a great tic tac toe board - am so sad I won't be anywhere near my craft table for long enough to play along. I love your bluesy corrugated "canvas" - great embellishing and the photo of you and your aunt is wonderful. Hope you have lots of fun with the next chapter...
    Alison x