Friday 10 July 2015

Imagine the impossible, Dream it to life.

This week I was inspired by the newest challenge over at SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges blog.

They are hosting a Tic Tac Toe challenge and to enter I had to include 3 items/techniques from the table that formed a line either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

I chose WORDS, CORSET and CRACKLE, although once completed I noticed I'd also satisfied the CRACKLE, TRIO, FABRIC column as well as having used metallic paint and stencils! So I think I satisfied the criteria for this challenge pretty darn well!!

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I used the following materials:
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD: MDF words ("Dream" & "Imagine"), Greyboard hinge, Greyboard flourish, Greyboard feather, Greyboard sheets.

MEDIUMS USED: Gesso (black), Mod Podge Matte, texture paste, DoCrafts Artiste Spritzing Ink (Crimson, Ocean Blue, Gold, Hematite), DecoArt Metallics (Gold), Pinflair Buff-It (Slate, Red), DecoArt Crackle Paste, Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: Buttons, flatback pearls, giant gem, springy flowers (3), lace trim.

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE: A4 Canvas, used kitchen roll, fabric flowers received in a swap, die cut flowers that I'd cut previously and not used, die cut butterfly, air drying clay,
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Summary Process:

Old used kitchen roll applied to canvas with Mod Podge and gesso'd.  Flowers, flourishes and other embellishments glued down.

Texture paste added through a spotty stencil and another coat of Gesso applied. I used black Gesso throughout this project.

DoCrafts Artiste Spritzing Ink in Crimson, Ocean Blue and Gold sprayed generously onto canvas.

In the meantime I made a corset from air drying clay and hand cut a pair of wings from greyboard.

I black gesso'd the wings before adding a thick layer of DecoArt Crackle Paste which I had tinted with a small amount of the Crimson DoCrafts spray. Once dry and fully crackled, DoCrafts sprays in Crimson, Gold and Hematite were sprayed over.

Corset prepped with black Gesso and sprayed with Gold DoCrafts spray and a smudge of the Crimson. Once dry, black detailing added to buttons etc. Glossy Accents added to boning lines.

Further detailing was added to the whole canvas with Gold Metallics paint by DecoArt as well as Pinflair Buff-It in Slate and Red. I also added Crackle Accents and Glossy Accents to different areas as well as a little black Gesso to further add depth and frame the whole design.
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Here are some more photos:

Planning my layout...

Close ups of the finished project...

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Thank you as always for popping by. I loved the challenge of working to set criteria!
Please can I enter this project into the following challenge(s):


  1. Gorgeous design and your crackled wings are awesome. I can never get crackle to look as fab as this.
    Julie x

  2. Hi Sam this is stunning I love all the texture you have added to this project. Hugs Jackie

  3. Gosh! That crackle is just brilliant and your canvas looks absolutely stunning, Sam!

    And the fact that this project serves three instead of just one of our lines from the tic tac toe grid makes it even more stunning! I also loved seeing how you managed to unify all the very different elements used on this canvas just by the use of paint!!! And the feminine touch to your creation that the corset provides is absolutely delightful!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xx

  4. Sam this is utterly amazing, love the before picture, and the WOW, when it is finished, hugs xxx

  5. Oh so yummy...stunning canvas and fabulous crackle....
    A lovely entry for our challenge over at

  6. Another absolutely stunning make! I just love the sheen in the colours - and those wings are fab!! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit ~ Steffi :o) xx

  7. fabuleux projet de techniques c'est très joli à bientôt nate

  8. A very good designed project. I love your cracked wings and the metallic shine on the colors. Amazing what you did with all these simple materials, great!

  9. Sam, you used every single thing I love to do in this make!! Making that corset was simply amazing! So much I could say but not enough room or time unfortunately!! to sum it up in one word a made up word....FANTASTICAL!! LOL Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nan, DT~

  10. Such a lovely crackled effect you have achieved and the metallic looks just adds to the beauty..Thanks for sharing with us t Rhedd's Creative spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa (DT).

  11. This is such a lovely project, thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

  12. This is stunning as you know I just love crackle and metallic's thank you so much for joining in with us over at SASPC.


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