Walking on Sunshine Sue O’Connell

Hi Everyone,

Today Sue (Something out of nothing) is going to show us a fun summer inspired project.

Sue says:

This project was inspired by a photo I took of my daughter’s feet in her dad’s shoes on holiday.  When you take photos for your scrapbooks, take some unusual ones which add interest to your albums.

This has been done on A4 canvas.  You can pick them up really cheaply at the ‘pound’ stores or wait until offers are on at the larger craft stores.  I have even bought them at car boot sales.  I have a stash at home waiting to be used all purchased less than full price.

Don’t be frightened to use any mediums you have and combine stamping with paints, embossing powders, embellishments, anything goes, it all adds to the dimension and if you don’t like what you do, have some white acrylic paint on hand to go over it!

This isn’t fully archival and lignin free, so adapt the piece, if you are putting it into a scrapbook album, acid free.

What you will need:

  • A4 canvas
  • Heat gun
  • Martha Stuart acrylic paints and masks
  • Cosmic Shimmer mist
  • Versamark
  • WOW embossing powders in blue pearl, bark, gold pearl, pepper, pastel yellow, paprika, process blue
  • Black Archival ink
  • Spellbinders label 14
  • Joanna Sheen stamps – on the beach
  • Rubbadubbadoo stamps – Inspiration
  • Creative Expression – Create a scene – seaside
  • Prima mask – brick wall
  • Thin wire
  • Anna Griffin alphabet stickers
  • Making memories – ribbon brads – blue/green/orange
  • Distress inks, Silicone glue

Step 1

Use acrylic paint (I used white, then light blue, then yellow, then 2 x browns) as you can see don’t be particular in how it goes on; it will look a bit of a mess to start.  Add white paint over any part you don’t like. Make sure each step is dry before moving on.  A heat gun lightly used over the canvas should sort this out.

Step 2

Take Cosmic Shimmer mists in blues and gold.  Take the top off and flick the spray plastic tubing onto the canvas, creating splodges.   Take your masks and place in top right and bottom left corners, sponging through the mask with Versamark.  Using 2 of your embossing powders, sprinkle over the Versamark and use your heat gun to set.  Take the brick wall mask and again use Versamark and sponge through. I have placed the mask over the middle of the canvas.  Sprinkle blue pearl embossing powder onto this and heat set.  Take a further border mask and using the same technique as before stencil this onto the bottom edge of the canvas use pastel yellow embossing powder.

Step 3

Stamp a ‘net’ effect down each side of the canvas using Versamark and gold pearl embossing powder.  Heat set.  Again don’t worry if the impression does not come out perfectly, this all adds to the effect.  Using alphabet stickers put your title onto the canvas once you know where you want it.  Notice I haven’t used straight lines.  This gives a ‘fun’ element and doesn’t frustrate you getting it perfect.

Step 4

I have stamped out some fish (using Versamark and embossing powder) cut them out and attached them to the canvas with thin wire and glue.  I then stamped out a seaside promenade onto white card and cut this out.  Stick it to the canvas. (I used silicone glue).  Take your photo and make it more interesting by shaping the central point.  I used a spellbinder die.  Attach some ribbon brads to the inner circle of the embossing in the corners adding dimension.

Step 5

I then stamped onto white cardstock the Joanna Sheen stamps in Archival black ink and the starfish in Versamark and gold pearl embossing powders and cut them out.  At first, I coloured one of the images in, but found, as I moved the images around the canvas they looked better in monochrome.

Step 6

The birds I stamped in Versamark and heat set with pastel yellow embossing powder, touched up with watered down black distress ink.

Anything goes, these are great as gifts or for hanging in a room.

If you try this project share it with us on our Facebook page.

Happy Creating,

Crafting Ireland Team

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