Friday, 26 June 2015

Stars and Stripes - Dawn Heald

Morning all,

Hope the weather is being a bit kinder to you wherever you are!
We have had some nice days at last so I hope it is going to stay 
for a while!

Ok, this week, a little early, but we are featuring 
Stars and Stripes
in honour of our friends across the pond!
Independence Day on the Fourth of July.
It is a federal holiday in the USA commemorating the adoption 
of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776, 
declaring independence from Great Britain!
So now you know!

We are kicking off with Dawn and her project.

Dawn says ....

This week for Stars and Stripes I've gone the Americana
 route using the Stamping Bella The Way You Move stamp to
 depict dancing and celebrating 4th July. As a base I've used 
one of the Tando Mixed Media boards which are a perfect start
 to any project.

Method -
Start by spreading a very thick layer of white Gesso across
 the Tando Board, creating textured diagonal lines don't smooth
 too much and leave to air dry.

Lay down some thin strips of washi tape horizontally. Paint
 the uncovered stripes with Primary Red paint. Remove tape,
 dry then place some more tape on the red stripes and paint the 
uncovered stripes with the Decoart Media White Crackle Paint.
 Leave to dry. Then paint on a thin layer of Decoart Media Satin
 Varnish and let dry. When dry outline the stripes with black pencil
 and smudge lightly.

Whistle waiting for drying, paint a piece of card with blue
 acrylic paint, dry, apply a thin layer of PaperArtsy Crackle
 Glaze and re paint with Space cadet blue paint.
When cracked and dry, spread some Pebeo modelling paste
 through stars stencil. As it dries this will also crack. Great 
unexpected texture here. Use a white gel pen to add some doodling.

 Use frosted lace Stickles over the stars. Cut to size and glue 
to your stripey board.

Now add some stamped words. Using the Tim Holtz stamps, take
 one of the sentiments, mask off the parts you don't want, ink up
 with black Stazon, remove masking tape and stamp onto
 the board.
Finish the edges by swiping Black Stazon around it and then a
 small amount of gold gilding wax.

Stamp The Way You Move with black Memento and colour with Pro
 Markers. Cut out just the girl image.

Take three Tando Stars from the grab bag and paint the edges white.
 Then heat emboss four layers of gold embossing powder. On the
 final layer, whilst still hot, press the background number stamp
 into the star, pull off when cool after a few seconds. More
 great texture.

Arrange and glue down the stars onto the board, then with glue 
gel adhere the girl in place.

How nice is that??
I love that little Stamping Bella Stamp, might have to take
a look at those......

If you want to have a go, this is what you'll need -

From own stash
Thin washi/paper tape, black pencil

Hope you have enjoyed the project today, let us
know what you think.  We love to read your comments!

See you tomorrow,

Jane x 


  1. Beautiful things do come in small packages...

  2. So pleased you did tutorial, I had no idea how much work & texture was involved. Looks great, cute dancing girl, fabulous stars!


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