Monday, 25 June 2012

Design Team Project #1 by Astrid

Hello everyone and a very happy day to you. Today I am sharing my first project for this month using the absolutely wonderful Darkroom Door London Collection. With this project I am using Volume 2. I LOVE Darkroom Door stamps in any case, but this particular collection must be one of my all time favourites.

I decided to make a wall hanging using a little canvas board from my stash.
I started by covering the canvas board with some collage papers attaching them with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte. Next I put a thin wash of watery Gesso over it, mixed with a tiny bit of Paintdabber in Coffee. This was to blend the papers together a bit. When that was dry I added some texture paste with a bit more of the dabber through a stencil to add some texture

Time for some stamping. I chose various of my background stamps including some of the wonderful Kaisercraft stamps that Snazzys stocks, in various places onto my background with Black Archival Ink. I also chose 3 of the stamps from the London Collection and stamped them in a mix of Black and Coffee Archival Ink and then fussy cut them. I added them to my canvas together with a computer generated title, and then felt it needed some more texture, so I decided to add some Distress Crackle Paint. I only have very few colours so I chose Distressed Linen, but when it was dry didn't like it. So out came the Gesso again to colour over it. The final steps to finish the canvas were to ink right around the edges with Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, followed by some chalk ink in dark brown. I also shaded around all the main stamped images to make them pop a bit more with a charcoal pencil and added a bit of shadow with vintage photo and a few high light with a white pencil. I added a chain and some Tim Holtz Tassles and that was it. Hope you like it and don't forget, if you want to be in with a chance to win a set of these wonderful stamps, leave a comment HERE.

I will be back with one more project later on in the week, - until then, stay crafty!