Thursday, 23 July 2015

Grow Your Wings

... and learn to fly

Hi Everyone! Today I am sharing a little canvas I made for the Spotlight Feature over at the STAMPlorations Blog. I worked with The Bee's Knees' Party Girl, Shery Russ Designs' Eclectic Florals and ARTplorations Stencils Retro Circles and Old Rose Prints. It is the type of project I have been wanting to do for a while now,but never really dared getting even started. One could say that this canvas was inspired by the collective work of our Mixed Media Girls. They inspired me to finally taking up the challenge which, once started, was not that difficult after all.

I recently discovered the joys of using Mod Podge hence I wanted to try using it as a glue and sealant in my project. I think I'm becoming seriously hooked as I've already got a few more canvas projects started ...

... back to today's project, here is how I made it:

Allowing for plenty of drying time between the steps, I begun by sticking some pretty paper on a small canvas using Mod Podge.

TIP!: I used some off-cuts as I was pretty sure that one wouldn't see the join in the end, but it might have been a little easier using a purpose cut piece instead.

Next I created a wash using pink, green and gold acrylic paints...

... before stenciling the Old Rose Prints using gold acrylic paint and a make up sponge.

Next I heat embossed the Retro Circles using Rainbow Crystal embossing powder, which is basically clear embossing powder with glitter.

I then stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut Party Girl, gave her some sliver skeleton leaves as wings and added some die cuts and ribbon. Next I blended some melon mambo ink on a piece of white card before stamping and fuzzy cutting one of the small flowers from the Eclectic Florals set, printed and fuzzy cut my computer generated phrase before adhering and sealing it all into place using Mod Podge.

TIP!: Use the smallest brush you can get away with. The one I used was a little too large for the size of my project and I ended up with a thicker coat of Mod Podge than I would ideally have liked.

Once dry, I finished off with some pearls and doodles in gold (Uni Ball Signo) and clear star (Sakura Gelli Roll) adding some subtle shading, detail and borders. Yes, it's fab! You really can doddle on Mod Podge and it won't wipe off.

Here is another look at the finished project.

I would like to enter my canvas at:
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes, optional twist add moon or stars. Well, I didn't go for the twist, but when it comes to the Apollo theme ... she's got wings to fly

Feel free to pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog and leave a comment on my post for your chance to win one of their amazing prizes.

That's it from me for today. Hope you feel inspired to make something different, something you always wanted to try.

Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

here is what I used:
stamps and stencils from STAMPlorations, links are in the text
PartyGirl-web-preview stmp1038.jpeg preview-web-stencil-013-old-rose-prints.jpeg preview-web-stencil-051-retrocircles

gold acrylic paint - Poundland
canvas, rose ribbon, green and pink acrylic paint - The Works
leaf flourish die - Britannia Dies
grass die - Clearly Besotted
ribbon - Fantastic Ribbons
gel pens - craft shop at Burleydam Garden Center
DSP, Mod Podge, gems, Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Markers, silver skeleton leaves and embossing powder from stash


  1. Gorgeous project. I love what you've done with it. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create and I hope you'll join us again soon.

    Em AKA Creative Em
    613 Avenue Create DT

  2. so gorgeous really lovely make. thanx for joining us at SOC good luck x

  3. This is a super piece of home decor. I love her wings and the way you have embossed them. Thanks for stopping by at 613 Avenue Create this week. Hugs Sheryl DT xx


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