Thursday, August 8, 2013

Just A Little Shabby Grunge Romance...

I learnt two things while creating this project. Firstly, I am a romantic at heart (even if I won't admit it). And secondly, I have always believed layouts were my favourite project to create, but I think I was wrong. I have totally fallen in love with creating canvases. Totally in LOVE!!!

The amount of detail that I was able to put into this canvas was just fantastic. I have layers of paper, paint, Mod Podge, stamps, rub- ons, more Mod Podge, texture paste, mists, chipboard, even more Mod Podge, resin embellishments, rhinestones, lots of flowers and vines, and more stamping and rub-ons. WOW! If I had tried that on a layout it would have fallen apart from the weight and wetness. 

I painted all my chipboard pieces with white gesso before I began creating the canvas. I opted not to colour them - instead I sprayed them with Dazzling Diamonds, Snow Angel, and Patina Glimmermists. This gave a much more subtle colour, but with lots of sparkle and glimmer. 

For the peacock feather, I used Color Shine in Chartreuse Green, Teal, and Gold. 

If you look closely, you can see pale splashes of blue on the window, cogs, and clock faces. 

I am a cog and clock addict - I love layering cogs for s 3D effect. Just between you and me, you can NEVER have too many cogs. 

I have added black rub-ons for contrast, and lots of little resin embellishments. And yes, I have sprayed directly onto the canvas, once all my pieces were adhered. 

I finish off all my canvases with a black border. It creates contrast, and gives a "finished" presentation. 

Oh, and one other thing - you can NEVER have too much of the "Moroccan" lattice either. It goes with EVERYTHING!!! It is seriously addictive. 


Tilda Papers; Staz-On ink; Basic Grey rub-ons; Making Memories paint; gesso; Mod Podge; Heidi Swapp Color Shine; Tattered Angels Glimmermist; Prima resin embellishments; Prima metal embellishments; Prima flowers; Prima flower centres; Prima vines; Prima pearls; Hambly rub-ons; Gelatos; Kaisercraft stamps; Prima stamps; Gloss Gel; and black Sharpie pen. 

Thank-you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed my project.
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Happy scrapping and crafting,
Cheers, x


  1. this is just absolutely deeeeeeeeeeeevine , Jules ... love it !!!!

  2. I had lost interest in our craft but i think Julian you just ignited it this is afreakinmazing stunning work makes me want to get my hands on every bit of imaginarium chipboard i can now if you could just on sell me some of your talent... I'd be set !!!!!

  3. Oh my!!!!!
    Absolutely Superb!!!

  4. This is seriously stunning it!!!

  5. Amazing, love all the layers of technique and the colors are just beautiful!!!!

  6. This looks amazing, I love how the windows are open too.. lots of texture and gorgeous flowers, and the colors are beautiful... love this..

  7. Amazing how much chipboard and product you have on here!!! Great art work!!!

  8. Wow, this is so gorgeous! I really love how you used the chipboard window!

  9. Love this canvas, especially the dimension with the windows, just amazing and gorgeous.