Monday, 25 June 2012

Design Team Project #1 by Astrid

Hello everyone and a very happy day to you. Today I am sharing my first project for this month using the absolutely wonderful Darkroom Door London Collection. With this project I am using Volume 2. I LOVE Darkroom Door stamps in any case, but this particular collection must be one of my all time favourites.


I decided to make a wall hanging using a little canvas board from my stash.
I started by covering the canvas board with some collage papers attaching them with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte. Next I put a thin wash of watery Gesso over it, mixed with a tiny bit of Paintdabber in Coffee. This was to blend the papers together a bit. When that was dry I added some texture paste with a bit more of the dabber through a stencil to add some texture



Time for some stamping. I chose various of my background stamps including some of the wonderful Kaisercraft stamps that Snazzys stocks, in various places onto my background with Black Archival Ink. I also chose 3 of the stamps from the London Collection and stamped them in a mix of Black and Coffee Archival Ink and then fussy cut them. I added them to my canvas together with a computer generated title, and then felt it needed some more texture, so I decided to add some Distress Crackle Paint. I only have very few colours so I chose Distressed Linen, but when it was dry didn't like it. So out came the Gesso again to colour over it. The final steps to finish the canvas were to ink right around the edges with Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, followed by some chalk ink in dark brown. I also shaded around all the main stamped images to make them pop a bit more with a charcoal pencil and added a bit of shadow with vintage photo and a few high light with a white pencil. I added a chain and some Tim Holtz Tassles and that was it. Hope you like it and don't forget, if you want to be in with a chance to win a set of these wonderful stamps, leave a comment HERE.




I will be back with one more project later on in the week, - until then, stay crafty!

18 comments:

Minxy said...

Absolutely gorgeous first project, love the dusky old London feel of it, simply stunning x

craftimamma said...

Mmmm, yes! I love this too. Gorgeous vintage look to it and love the 'old photo' look that you've given the images. Really fabulous project Astrid.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sandie Edwards said...

This looks totally amazing, love it so much and what you have done in using the stamps. I agree with Minxy, beautiful dusky old London feel!

Buttons said...

Love the idea of blending your images with the background by using the charcoal. Always a tricky bit to overcome I find.
Thanks for sharing this fabulous project. Hugs, Buttons x

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!! I love it ! and the way you used the stamps !
I wish I won this !!!!

Rachele Dennis said...

Absolutely stunning, I will have to try a canvas myself :)

Gillian .... said...

Lovely grungy feel to this hanging Astrid, works well with these old style images. x

Netty said...

Loving your fabulous atmospheric hanging Astrid. Annette x

Rita said...

Astrid, this wall hanging is absolutely Stunning. I love the way you have done it using all the different mediums. Enjoy your Day. Rita xxx

Disco Queen said...

Hi Astrid, Love the layering. You have inspired me to get my paints & gesso out again.

Paula (PEP) said...

What an absolutely intriguing creation. I'm very new to all the various multi-medium/gesso etc.... so this was very informative indeed.
Paula (PEP)

snazzyoriginal said...

I too love all the layers in this, very atmospheric without losing any of the fabulous detail in the stamps. Simply stunning xx

Helen said...

What a fabulous creation!! I don't have any Darkroom Door stamps in my collection (yet!!) but love these images.

inkypinkycraft said...

This is wonderful, love the hazy kind of feel and the images are great! A fab make! Trace x

isisimaginings.com said...

This is gorgeous! Lots of lovely details & textures to swoon over.

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful project!! Love all the pretty details!

Neet said...

Beautiful as always!
On the next to the lat photograph the picture of Westminster Abbey (? hope that is what it is) it looks almost as if the right hand edge has peeled back. If it is a fluke it is a good one - it looks impressive.
Hugs, Neet x

Maggie said...

Oh wow! love your hanging and the DD stamps take on a completly different look very victorian london in the smog feel... FAB!

Maggie