Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Painting the roses red

Hi everyone!

       I am so pleased to share with you today a creation I made with the Alice in Wonderland stamps from Artistic Outpost.

 My beginning point was to make a frame. I love making frames for my work and it is so nice to make your own. I used balsa wood and cut four pieces to form a frame. I use a strong wood glue to stick it together and after sanding down any untidy edges I applied texture paste through a damask stencil.

When the texture paste was dry I covered it with Antique Bronze DP. When this was dry I applied French Roast Fresco Paint and wiped it with a baby wipe. This paint is my favourite one for antiquing and distressing painted surfaces.

  I got several sheets of white card and applied some distress inks to the craft mat - Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. I added a few dabs of Picket Fence DP and spritzed it all with water. I swirled lots of white card through the ink and paint puddles, dabbing and dying until I liked the effect. Afterwards I inked them with more of the same shades of ink and then began stamping with Potting Soil Archival ink.

The main images of the Rabbit and Alice I decided to turn into playing cards. 

 Adding some Fired Brick DI to part of one of the brown toned wrinkle free distress cards, I then punched out some red hearts.

 I glued them to the corners of the cards and stamped a 'Q' and 'K' in Potting Soil Archival ink next to them.
I blended some Walnut Stain DI around the edge of the cards to add to the vintage look

     I stamped the 'Curiouser and Curiouser' and cut around it and added it to the frame.

 I decided to add the labels of 'Alice' and 'I'm Late' to the playing cards. I also added the 'Alice in Wonderland' and a quote to the Alice card

 I stamped the clock with the crown placed in the center of it and added a metal spinner to it.

 The background was a sheet of the wrinkle free distress card that was stamped with my favourite Paperartsy scrip stamp.

  I cut out some hearts with a punch from the brown coloured card and added them to the frame.

 I wanted to add more colour to this creation so I decided, rather than bring in a new colour, I would feature more red to go with the hearts...and then the song 'Painting the roses red' came into my head from Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

I got two white roses and dabbed Festive Berries DS so that they were half painted.....

 I swiped some of the same stain over some card and when dry I applied some Decoart Liquid Glass, forming it into drop shapes. Then I cut them out and stuck them onto one of the roses as wet paint falling off the rose.

 A leaf branch die cut was dabbed with Walnut Stain DI and then sprayed with Roasted Coffee Dylusions spray.

 Two bronze button style decorations were added.

I used twine to hang the frame up. I attached it to the corners of the frame by tying the twine around a brad, making a hole in the top corners with a skewer and dropping a small amount of glue into the hole. Then I pushed the brad into the wood.

        Thank you so much for being here to see this - Hope you liked it!

I am entering this at the following challenge

Artistic Stamper - Colour it red

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  1. Laura I absolutely adore this! Just been altering a frame and made a bit of a mess of it! I may just have to borrow your techniques! The composition and colours are fab. Nikki xx

  2. Your selfmade frame is absolutely adorable, Laura,

    and I loved taking a closer look at all the brilliantly done details you have added! The liquid glass drops are such a genius idea! Wow! LOVE this!

    Claudia x

  3. Brilliant piece Laura! Love how you made the frame yourself from scratch. The texture and antiquing effect looks amazing. The little cards look fabulous too, so love the whole idea of this. And oh, I love the roses and the idea of the red drops!! You should add this to the Artistic Stamper's Colour it red challenge, it would be perfect for that!

  4. Wow,this truly is stunning. The flowers are fantastic but the whole of it works so well. I love your work,always a treat to see what you have made : )


  5. Oh I do like this! Just lovely

  6. Hello Miss Laura, I agree this is just BRILLIANT, your frame you made is freaking gorgeoussssss, love the cards you made, the roses with the drips of red is just SUPERB, I love the way you hung it, its a fantastic cration, thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS)))..

  7. Wowee Laura this is GORGEOUS!! (Oops just noticed I am copying Dianne above!). No truly. The frame is lush and the whole project just great. Hugs, Cindy

  8. fantastic Artwork - i love Alice in wonderland and your frame so much!!!!

  9. Just fabulous! From the homemade stencilled frame to such great use of the stamps, and my favourite part, the half painted roses.......I can hear the queens voice in my head now shouting 'off with his head'!

  10. Oh my - this is just lovely :o) I followed a link from SanDee & Amelie and I'm so glad I did - am your newest follower!!

  11. Laura, words fail me! I love this project so much! Alice was one of my favourite childhood books and this is such a stunning evocation of it! Those roses dripping is so inspired!!! For some reason my dashboard has not been showing your blog for ages and I've missed lots of your amazing work! I wondered what had happened! I am so glad this showed up: it's remarkable work! Julie Ann xxx

  12. amazing work! I love your little touches, the colours... aaah... just gorgeous! I am so going to be your new follower :) I look forward to some more amazing inspiration. Best wishes, Ingrid x


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