Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Turned Out Really Cute!

 When I started out with this page I had no idea what I was going to do.  I bought some new stencils and some Tim Holtz paint daubers and I wanted to use them and it just evolved!

I started out using Weathered Wood, and blended in some Chipped Sapphire and Broken China acrylic paint daubers.  I helped blend them by adding water with a paint brush. This gave me the base for my background.

 I stamped the background using Stampabilities, Vintage Compass stamp with black archival ink.  I used Dusty Concord (not shown) with a blending tool through the Tim Holtz, Burlap stencil and Wild Honey with the Prima Crackle stencil.  I also used Picket Fence Distress Paint through a stencil of circles (not shown).

Then I stamped the fish on a sheet of copy paper.  I colored the fish using Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress markers by rubbing them on my craft mat and picking up the color with a water brush.  After it was colored I cut the fish out.  When I placed it on the page it was swallowed up by the background.  That is when I decided to Paint a layer of Gesso, Stamp it with one of Tim Holtz Phrases stamps and glue the fish in place.  He was still a little lost so I traced around him with a Pitt Pen.

The page still looked like it needed "something".  That is when I thought about a technique I had seen on the Internet and it was perfect for using my new "Rain Drop" Stencil.  I used my "embossing dauber" through the rain drop stencil.  I covered it with Recollections, "Sapphire", embossing powder.  I heated it with a heat gun and had my rain.  I drew around each drop with a Pitt pen and added a white highlight with my Signo pen.  I added some swirls using ColorBox, "Royal Blue" (not shown) on a rubber texture sheet (found in the candle making section).

As I wrote this, I noticed that I didn't take a picture of some of the supplies I used ... oops.  I did include the name of them in the description.

For not having any idea of what I was going to do, I REALLY like this page!  The quote is perfect for it too.


  1. Nice! Love the drops of water. Did the fish stamp have a frame around it? cause it doesn't look like it on the paper but the actual back of the stamp looks like there is a frame around it.

  2. Yes, it does have a frame around it. That is why I stamped it on a separate piece of paper, so I could cut it out. I thought it would be too confusing to put that in the "how I did it". Plus I was lazy and didn't feel like adding that part. I figured it would be common sense????