Gentle Asters Canvas for Crafty Secrets September Linky Party and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15: All the Pretty Flowers
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Well, welcome to September, my friends! And a Happy Labor Day to all my U.S. peeps! I hope you have some relaxation and fun in store for this last weekend of summer! I have a special creation to share with you today. My Gentle Asters canvas was made for the Crafty Secrets September Linky party and Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #15. Be sure to read all the information below, because there are 3 fantastic prizes up for grabs, and you will want to be sure to get in on all that crafty goodness!
The theme for the Crafty Secrets Linky party is Fall/Halloween. The design team has put together some wonderful tutorials to instruct and inspire you, so be sure to visit their blog links below. You can play along by linking up your NEW project using any Crafty Secrets product on the Crafty Secrets BLOG. Be sure to link up before midnight PT on Sunday, September 14th, 2014. One lucky participant will be chosen to win a $50 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store, and each participant will be given a $6 store credit. If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets products, you can find a list of free downloads in the side bar of the Crafty Secrets blog. You need not create a fall or Halloween project to enter. You just need to feature Crafty Secrets product in your NEW creation.
The theme for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 is “All the Pretty Flowers.” Here are the rules for participating in that challenge.
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. “Dig” out those flowers and use them on your project!
Visit each of the designer blogs below for inspiration, and then link your NEW flowery project up to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous BLOG no later than midnight PT, Saturday, September 14th, 2014.
Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations are the generous sponsors of this challenge. They have each provided a prize, so there will be TWO winners for this challenge. Crafty Secrets is offering this HUGE prize pack:
And one talented participant will win this wonderful prize from Heartfelt Creations:
Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps, detailed dies and designer papers. Many of our stamps coordinate with our exclusive dies. The innovation of our stamps paired with matching dies offers a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D details to any project. Our designer papers are created to coordinate with our product collections adding the perfect complement to any Heartfelt Creations stamp or die. Visit our BLOG for weekly tutorials, design team inspiration and instructional videos. Our online STORE contains a full line of stamps, dies, paper and crafting accessories.
Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage was started in 1993 by owner and designer Sandy Redburn. Crafty Secrets offers a fabulous selection of high quality digital stamps, images, printable sheets, and papers, so you can have all our crafty, vintage goodness at the tips of your fingers with instant downloads from our Crafty Vintage Girl STORE. Our BLOG offers weekly inspiration from our design team.
Gentle Asters Canvas
Here’s my finished Gentle Asters canvas. My tutorial is stamping on patterned paper, and the details are below.
This 8×10 canvas has been covered with the garden collage from the Digital Garden papers collection. I printed it on canvas paper, then colored it with distress inks and Spectrum Noir Markers. The beautiful garden girl is one of 16 images found on the Digital Vintage Flowers Printable Sheet. I printed these papers from the Vintage Halloween Jumbo Download onto smooth 80 pound paper. I find it holds up well to stamping, but it die cuts well.
I generally run the heat gun lightly over these papers once they have been printed, and then I can ink them, distress them, stamp them, color on them, and they do not run. In this instance, stamped my Delicate Asters with Versamark ink, then covered the stamped images with Copper Embossing Powder. The result was rather stunning.
After die cutting my flowers and leaves with the matching die, I shaped them with my Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and molding mat. I layered them together, alternating the dark and light papers and staggering the petals. I used white glue to hold the layers in place. The centers were filled with Citrus Flower Soft. While they were drying, I was inspired to write a poem! Go figure! I jotted it down quickly and then used my PaintShop Pro software to add it to the beautiful Garden Memories frame. Then I just printed it! Easy, Peasy! Before I inked and colored the frame, I traced over the lettering using a Versamark pen and then heat embossed with clear powder. This kept the printed poem from smudging while I inked and colored the frame. Then I tapped the entire frame with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a sort of aged, leathery look and feel.
Here are the links to the Crafty Secrets Design Team blogs. We are honored to have the wonderful artistry of our Guest Designer Glenda Brooks with us this month.
Here are the links to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design team.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit each designer’s blog and then link up to both the Crafty Secrets Linky Party and the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog so that you can have a chance to win one of these three wonderful prizes! Happy Labor Day!