Mar 6, 2016

Stamping a Dimensional Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone and welcome to my inspirational post for the newest Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge.  This month's theme is "water" and boy have I ever had fun playing with water on this piece!
I really wanted to use my new Tim Holtz die, so I made some watery baths of Distress Ink and layered the two darkest panels to start.  Then I added some white embossing for contrast.  Next, I built layers and layers with inky paper from my leftover stash.  Tucking pieces here and there and cutting tags from tidbits.  I used Mod Podge to glue every piece of inky paper onto chipboard, then cut it out so it would be nice and sturdy on my canvas.  The Tim Holtz border die was cut from scrap mat board.
For my background I played with watercolor on a cheap 8x10 canvas panel.  I was so surprised at how nicely the canvas accepted the watercolor.  As I added my puddles, I sprayed with water to move the color around and eliminate any hard edges, flicking here and there as I went.  Then I inked my text stamp and spritzed it with water to create some extra texture in the background.
I used cardboard in between all of my layers to get heavy dimension.  
I have to say that I was very inspired by Aida Haron and her awesome dimensional projects.  She is the layering queen!  Below is my completed canvas.  My favorite element is the negative space, the white areas of the canvas.  Thank you so much HLS for having me GD for you again this month!  It was so much fun to play with bright colors and make this happy little canvas.  
I'm also playing along with:
Anything But Cute: Crazy for Color
Craft Stamper: Anything Goes
Creative Artiste: Anything Goes, Chipboard
Live & Love Crafts: Signs of Spring
Our Creative Corner: Return of the Challenge (Colour Your World)
Scrappy Land: Anything Goes w/Die
The Artistic Stamper: Springtime

42 comments:

MaryH said...

Well, I had dubbed YOU the layering queen, and this one is just stunning. I love the blues themes too. So many wonderful items to look at & enjoy how you've put it all together for such a lovely look. I can just imagine the fun you had in the creative process! Love it! TFS & Hugs.

Melissa L. said...

This is lovely, Autumn. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers as our Guest Designer for March's Mixed Media challenge. We are so glad to have you!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Autumn, this is stunning!! The layers are amazing!! I love the texture and the colors!! The details are just fabulous!! What a gorgeous project this is my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Lori Kobular said...

Beautiful card! Your water coloring is gorgeous! Love the butterfly and the background you created! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

Pawsitively Creative said...

Blue, yellow and green are an awesome sauce combo! Really diggin the white space as well. Congrats on you GDT spot, they sure picked a good one! :) Very interesting effect with the soft canvas and then the total pop of blues and greens. Gorgeous! Hugz. ~Niki

And thanks for joining in our "Crazy for Colour" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz again! ~Niki DT

Susan (rainy) said...

LOVE the water effects!! Gorgeous colors.. beautiful creation. LOVE.

wannabcre8tive said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful. Love the colors and the layout.

Brenda Brown said...

Great effects Autumn and a superb design. I just love the colours and layers you have put together.
Have a great week.
hugs Brenda xxx

butterfly said...

Love the layered colours - the vivid collaged elements and the soft watercolour tones in the background - fabulous!
Alison x

Vintagehandmade said...

Congrats on your GDT spot, Autumn! What a beautiful layered canvas you've created with such an awesome colour combo! That water effect is simply fabulous! Love every single detail! Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Big hugs :) Branka DTx

Mimi said...

I like the way you can see through the lattice-y circles... the watercolor rocks down there. The subdued text looks terrific as well.

Maxine D said...

Wow, wow and wow again Autumn - love the depth of colour you have achieved and the wonderful canvas behind all the mixed media elements.
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

Love the hues of blue with the subtle shades of yellow creeping in, a real beauty Autumn.

B x

Sara Barker said...

BEAUTIFUL canvas, my dear Autumn! First you've really warmed my heart with those cool colors, and water, water everywhere! A favorite of mine to blend those awesome colors! Gorgeous butterfly and overall design! LOve this to bits and I could really see it hanging on my breakfast room wall to inspire me everyday! Did I say I LOVE this???

Thank you for joining our Crazy for Color challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily

PS sorry I have been MIA I am working on a borrowed computer, because 3 of mine blew just this past week. Ugggh! and I'm slow at this technology stuff anyway...now I'm slower. I will hopefully get back at least see all your wonderful inspiration, but please know I am thinking of you. Congrats on being called back as GDT at HLS--so well deserved!

Gio said...

Such an amazing card. Love all the layers! Thank you for playing with us at TIMI challenge :-)

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous Autumn!! I love the amazing colours, so bright and wonderful! You did some fabulous layering, lots of dimension and the eye floats effortlessly across your canvas. Just stunning!

Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Crazy For Colour' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Petra Swart said...

Simply stunning and oh sooooooooo beautiful, Autumn!!!! Love the beautiful colours and all the white space!!!! Wonderfully done!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Beautiful layering and I LOVE the watercolour effect, especially the stamping! Lovely "aqua" colours too!

Susan said...

Thanks for being our Guest Designer at Happy Little Stampers. I love your colours and all your wonderful layering. I really appreciate all the information you gave on your process - a great help to people like me who want to become more proficient at mixed media!

alexandra s.m. said...

I agree with Mary, you ARE the layering Queen and also the mixed media Queen!
I love your creations and thank you for taking the time to leave a sweet comment on my blog yesterday!

Inkyfingers said...

This canvas is just awesome Autumn and your watercolouring technique is wonderful; It was great to have you Guest Design with us again.
Hugs
Carol x

Georgie C said...

This is gorgeous, happy colours and beautiful butterfly, this is just divine!! xx

Lynn Price said...

oh my - I am behind, but this is gorgeous! Love, love, love the watercolor!! So pretty, and great inspiration! xxx Lynn

Remya Sreekanth said...

I love Blue color ... The Layering of elements attracted me the most . Loved this piece entirely Autumn :)
xoxo
Remya

Redanne said...

Wow Autumn, this is gorgeous, I just love the softer tones on the canvas backing and then those beautiful bright tones on your layered elements. Congratulations on your GDT spot too and what a wonderful piece to showcase your talent!

Thanks so much for joining in our Crazy for Colour challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne xx

Debbie said...

Love all the work and colours you have used on your canvas
thanks for joining our challenge over at
http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
Debbie DT

Beverley Lowe said...

Hi - what a stunning canvas. I love how you have achieved the background. Beautiful colour tones too. So many elements to look at. Thanks for joining us over at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
Hugs,
Bev (DT) x

Donna Ellis said...

I am back, Autumn, to leave a comment from the SL challenge, but see that my previous comment did not "take" for some reason! Such a gorgeous project with amazing colors and details - beautiful colors and layers. It's a wonderful mixed media card. The sentiment makes your story complete! Thanks for sharing with us at the {Scrapy Land Challenge}! Hope to see your pretty projects again soon!
crafty hugs,
de
{Creative Smiles}

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Autumn, This is completely gorgeous with a wonderful ethereal feel to it.
Wishes
Lynne

Samra Leshinski said...

Gorgeous!!!!
Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
Also thank you for joining Scrapy Land!!!
Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Lisa Minckler said...

I've been working on furniture flips and haven't focused on blogging and I've missed so much of your stuff. Amazing what you produce in such a short time. I just want you to know that I have LOVED seeing all that I've missed and I've felt just incredibly inspired by the muse you offer up. Thank you for the making the world a prettier place. :)
hugs,
Lisa x

Lynn Price said...

Beautiful layers, watercolor, and fabulous everything! You and your closet are rocking, girl!! Sorry Imam so far behind, but glad I caught this! xxx Lynn

LesLee said...

Awesome... beautiful layers and colors

Cindy C Samsama said...

Wow !!!

Wheelie Crafty said...

Wow I love the dimensional layers you have created on your canvas.... Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

Sid said...

What a fab canvas Autumn ! Loving all your design elements !

kavitha said...

Love the water colors background n the contrast panel.Awesome

A Pink said...

Fabulous! Autumn I love the soft subtleness of your canvas - so dreamy ! Wonderful collaging of all those gorgeous elements make for the perfect focal point . Thank you for sharing and inspiring hugs x

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, wow, wow, Autumn! You surely have found your technique, and this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the colors, your amazing background, and the butterfly is beautiful! All of it really showcases this amazing Scripture verse, my friend! Hugs!

Linda said...

Gorgeous canvas .... great colours and i love all the layers. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge and also playing along at Happy Little Stampers. Linda xx

Helen Gullett said...

Amber, this is amazing canvas! You are an inspiration!

Ingrid said...

Absolutely stunning! Everything you do, I fall in love with. I just love the light background, what a great touch. It was an honor playing alongside you this month! :)

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