Aug 5, 2016

Shabby Garden Gates Mixed Media Plaque

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I'm breaking out of my norm today and sharing a shabbilicious project with you.  Why you ask?  Because the queen of shabby herself, our Lisa, is hostessing our current challenge at Anything But Cute with the theme Shabby Garden Moodboard.  Lisa says, "For this challenge, we are asking you to take a stroll through a romantic shabby garden. Create any mixed media project strongly inspired by the mood board. Think flowers and plants in cracked pots, peeling paint bird feeders, distressed timeworn furniture, crumbling statues, soft pastels and feminine accessories. Don't forget to tell us how the mood board inspired your project and have fun!"  Wow!  Look at this moodboard, jam packed with inspiration.  

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First I thought I would build some brick texture with a Finnabair stamp.  To stamp into texture paste, mist your rubber with water lightly, then make your impressions and clean your stamp immediately. This stamp cleaner made its debut!  I never clean my stamps, just wipe them down, but in this case you need to really get down into the cracks and remove all of the paste.

process 2

The texture wasn't quite as I had hoped, but cool nonetheless.  Too bad I covered it all up!

process 4

I had a good ole time slapping and sloshing watercolor around on this baby.   You'll see some lace and Prima script stamping, done in pink chalk ink.

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Now true to shabby style, I must pile on more flowers than would seem appropriate.  LOL!  So I grabbed some Prima blossoms, string, and torn crocheted lace and created my clusters.

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Onto beautiful Prima paper, I embossed a gate stamp in pewter powder, and then added more embossing to the corners of my panel with Cloisonné powders.  This panel is actually a chipboard book I bought to deconstruct and use as "canvases."  You will see the cover appear one day.  Because it had four holes for the binding, I tricked up my ribbon and made a hanger.

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I embossed wooden chippies in shabby pink.

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A little hymnal chorus was added to the lower tag.  Gardens remind me of our glorious Lord and his tender mercies with creation.  "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Psalm 19:1(KJV)  

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Sammy said...

Beautiful! And that texture! Love it. The colours are really pretty too. x

Lia said...

I became your follower because I like your very inspiring and beautiful creations!
Lia xx

Pamellia said...

Absolutely stunning Autumn! I am loving your 'slapping and sloshing watercolor' look on this, what a shabby delight! Such a beautiful way to create a garden gate, the pewter really looks amazing on the Prima papers and I love the bits you added to the corners. Oh yeah, lots of flowers and shabby ribbon, just how I love it!! You sure rocked that mood board Autumn and I loved seeing how you put this together!! Another masterpiece! hugs :)

Juliz Design Post said...

The soft vintage palette is beautiful and wonderfully created with your layers and textures. Gorgeous.
Julie x

Redanne said...

When I first saw this I thought the gate was a chippie! The embossing is beautiful and I love how you added the key. Your background is gorgeous, you created such wonderful texture with the stamp and the colours are so, so beautiful!! The flowers are amazing! This is such a fabulous shabby chic project! Hugs, Anne xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Autumn! Love the beautiful blossoms and the textured background!

sarascloset said...

Oh, my GOODNESS, Autumn! I could not wait to get over here and see this shabby work of art up close, but my computer was not up for it early this morning! So finally, I'm in Heaven! I love that Garden gate stamp embossed in Pewter (I'm going to remember that!), your gorgeous background (how clever to use a chipboard book page as a hanging!) and all those stunning shabby flowers and layers! What a shabby masterpiece, my friend! Big hugs!

Donna Ellis said...

ohhhhhh, sigh. What beautifully art-full details on this project, Miss Autumn! GORGEOUS, and I have spent a lot of time looking at each close-up to see those intriguing details - like the lace, and the delicate script. Love the distressing with gold EP, and all the layers of marvelously textured printed papers! Lovely pink ribbon that has been slightly woven at the top of your canvas, and the upside-down tag! Thank you for photographing the process and close-ups, Autumn. And a big smile of gratitude for the inspiration today. hugs, de

Samra said...

Gorgeous shabby chic make!
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Pawsitively Creative said...

Be still my heart! This is even more lovely up close. Love those gates and the many different layers. Your background stamping with the texture paste created a wonderful backdrop for your shabbyliscious design. The soft pinks and flowers are the perfect shabby touch for this gem of a design. The small tags and the music paper are beautiful and fantabulous! Wowzers and awesome sauce details! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

Lisa said...

I am pretty much at a loss for words, Autumn!! I can't tell you how much I adore this!! Wow!! Why isn't shabby chic your style?? You do it perfectly!! The background looks amazing!! I absolutely love the texture you created with the stamp!! You slapped and sloshed colors perfectly!! The flowers, the flourishes, the ribbons - everything is just absolutely perfect!! Have I said perfect too much?? That's cause it is!! And the gates...yes, I'm going to say it...the perfect focal point!! If you couldn't tell, I love, love this my sweet friend!! Thank you so much for bringing the mood board to life!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Vintagehandmade said...

Wow, Autumn, this is a breathtakingly beautiful shabby piece of art! Ooooh, what you did with your background is simply fantastic! I love your genius idea to use a chipboard book page as a hanging! That garden gate embossed in Pewter is brilliant and your flower arrangement is fabulous! Dreamy colors and a stunning design, my dear friend!
Have a wonderful weekend! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

craftytrog said...

It's beautiful!!! x

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh my Giddy Aunt this is amazing Autumn - love all the colours, textures and layers, and the loopy bow on the ribbon hanger is the perfect touch. Love the wee scripture reflecting your love of the Lord, and His prescence, when in a garden.

Brenda Brown said...

Fantastic layering if all those wonderful elements Autumn and a brilliant shabby creation, love it xxx

Véronique said...

It´s gorgeous!!!!!! Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Card and Scrap. DT Veronique

Sivic said...

So beautiful !

Unknown said...

AMAZING project Autumn!! So soft and shabby and certainly very chic - loving your work hun xx

Marty F said...

This is fabulous, Autumn! I love everything about it - I'm always amazed at how you put so many pieces together and it looks perfect! All of your elements are wonderful, but that gate - wow! I'm in love with that stamp and how you used it! Just beautiful!!!

Line said...

Oh, so beautiful.♥
Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.
Hugs Line, DT.

Diana Taylor said...

This is stunning - I totally love the combination of the pink chippies with the pattern of the gates, they compliment each other perfectly, and as always with your work your attention to detail is amazing - I love it!

Carol said...

Love this Autumn, so many layers and details. Carol x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I've always been attracted to doors, gates, windows! Your project looks wonderful - love all the fine details in it!

Darlene said...

Oh Autumn this is just FABULOUS and BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for playing in our Fussy and Fancy Challenge! Please come back again soon!

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Unknown said...

WOW!! Such a great vintage card. Lot of beautiful details, you have done a great project!!
Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
DT Ellenor Monica.

Unknown said...

This is just gorgeous! So much beautiful detail gone into it! Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Ribbons!
Lucy x

Diane said...

Wow...stunning, I absolutely LOVE this, so breath taking beautiful! Thank you for joining our challenge at Fussy and Fancy!
Diane FAF DT

crafty-stamper said...

Stunning mixed media hanging and great recycling love all the beautiful textured and embossed layers great step by step too
Carol x

Ane said...

WOW, this is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining in kort o manias challenge! hope to see you next time! Hugs Ane DT :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I wasn't going to go back any farther but so glad I didn't miss this fabulous creation! Chrisx

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful witness you are Autumn to the goodness of the Lord. I love the little hymn at the bottom as well as that scripture. I agree!! And your creation here is the epitome of glorious handiwork - just beautiful. Thanks bunches for touching my heart. j.

butterfly said...

I've been scrolling through to see what treats I've missed - and there have been many! Beautiful take on the shabby chic style here. I love the springtime colours and fabulous layers and textures. Altogether a world of wonders since I was last here!
Alison x

A Pink said...

Gorgeously shabby chic . Such beautiful colours . hugs x

Suzanne C said...

Autumn that is some gorgeous texture! Love the background and how you built it up to the fabulous gate! Beautiful!

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