Friday, 18 March 2016

A Carte Blanche Recipe!

Ooohlalaaaa.. I loves a recipe I do!!  This month on the Creative Carte Blanche blog, Candy has set us a delicious recipe to use lace, metal and corrugated paper together on our projects.  I had the best fun playing, getting covered in ink, paint, glue, texture paste and generally making a mess of my nice tidy desk!  To see more details and upload your own entry, please CLICK HERE for the main CCB page... and please do pop on over HERE to see what the rest of the girlies have been up to this month.



My creation is a 16" x 12" canvas oil board that I have had my eye on for a while now... just waiting for the project to arrive in my head... which it did, the other night, in the middle of the night!  I love it when I dream my projects!   Starting off with some lush papers from Ken Oliver, I cut into them *they didn't squeal... much* and layered them onto the canvas board.  (as usual I forgot to take step by step pics during the making of this... oopsies)   Once I had the papers layered on, I added my lacy bits... I have a massive bag full of vintage lace, so I used a few snippets of that, along with some lacy trims, overlapping them as I glued them down.  I grabbed a stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste and added dimension around the edges of the canvas board.



Whilst that was drying, I knocked back the papers with a smidge of cream paint and then die cut them using the Tattered Florals die and made three blousy roses.  I used corrugated craft card to die cut some Tattered Leaves and painted those with Forest Moss Distress Paint.   Once the paste was dry, I liberally pounced cream paint all over the canvas board and used a babywipe to remove some of the paint from the papers to reveal the patterns on them.  A quick zap with a heat tool and then I used the scraped paint technique to layer on some paint that I wanted to be perfectly co-ordinated with the colour palette... so I popped a puff of Orchid Color Burst powder into a dollop of cream paint, mixed them together and then scraped the paint over the canvas.  I wanted a slightly darker shade of paint, so I repeated the process of colouring the paint but added a bigger puff of powder.  I love that the Color Bursts are so vibrant and will mix so easily into any medium.  Once I had added a few smidges of black paint to bring the whole design together, I slapped a layer of Glue & Seal over the top of it all the seal it.  WOW!  That proved a big surprise because the Color Burst in the paint reactivated and really came to life... a happy accident indeedily.


I used a Stabilo All pencil to add shading around the papers and lace and then used a splatter brush to flick droplets of black and cream paint onto the canvas board.  The beauty of using the Glue & Seal means that if I goofed up this bit, I could just wipe it away (tis my safety net!)   Finally I got cracking with the embellishing.   Of course, I love to pile embellies on and Candy's recipe gave me the perfect excuse to raid my embellie boxes and go totally over the top!  Finishing touches were smidges of Treasure Gold on the stencilled areas and voila, a completed project that made me so happy to make!


Don't forget you have until the end of the month to play along with the Creative Carte Blanche recipe... hope to see your entry!   I shall away now... I have a messy desk that needs a lot of attention!   Thanks for looking.. TTFN

Hels x



13 comments:

Cheryl Grigsby said...

You are on fire, M'Lady! (Sorry, still recovering from Downton Abbey finale. sniff sniff) I imagine a flurry of powder and bits of lace and papers, snippets on the floor and all over as you created this beauty. I absolutely love this. So proud of you!!

Yvonne said...

WOW!!!! Oh my goodness...this is a feminine shabby chic delight...this is you...to the tee...If I saw this randomly I would know it was your hands and heart that made it without a doubt!!! Beautiful, lovely...makes me just giddy with happiness...You go girly!!!! Hugs....

Jane Castle said...

Beautiful Hels, the colours, lace, flowers, everything works soo well together. A Hels masterpiece! X

Joanne said...

Bloomin eck lass - get the bloomin bit??!! - you have moved the crafty post. This is stunning and a step further in your creative journey. I ABSOLUTELY love this - every bit of it. Brilliant piece xxx

Theresa Pace said...

bloomin' gorgeous! fab creation Hels. so Mr mojo is definitely back, hugs xx

Candy C said...

Really beautiful, Hels!! I love your feminine style and your blended colors. This piece mixing the corrugated paper, lace and metal is amazing!

Annette Green said...

Hels, I can see imagine how you must've thoroughly enjoyed creating this beautiful piece. All the painty texture and layers and metal and corrugated... They are just fabulous! Such a joyful piece of art!

Cara said...

*faints at the gorgeousness and purpleness* Just wow. Now honestly I was looking at the carte Blanche blog and thinking hmm I'm sure that I can see a bit of all pencil and blending nibs, before I looked over here, honest! Cara x

Anita Houston said...

GLORIOUS marbled colors! I LOVE the parts...just excellent and so eye catching! I know you had fun creating it. I do hope you are feeling better and that the back isn't giving you trouble friend!

Jenny Shepherd said...

Gorgeous gorgeous and gorgeous again love it the colours, texture all of it lol xx

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Linda Compton said...

Louve louve louve this color palette. Gorgeous creation Hels. Ken Oliver is coming to the scrapbook store where I work and teach. Can't wait for his class.

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