Always Take The Scenic Route

Good morning and happy Friday. It's Sue here with a step by step project that really was a labour of love.

This is a wooden photo frame/box which is great to play with 'cos it's about 2 inches deep.

I started by giving it a coat of gesso, and then sponged on the greens (for grass) and blues (for sky) PaperArtsy Fresco paints with an old kitchen sponge. As you can tell I only got to primary level at colouring-in school.

For my box, I've only used one stamp set Whimsical Summer which the lovely Donna designed for Rubber Dance. Here I've stamped the tree and cloud stamps. I've built up the colours in the trees with a cotton wool bud. Sometimes you just have to splash out on the specialist equipment!

I love these happy clouds, had white Fresco paint sponged on them too, and then I've re-drawn in the lines with a blue pencil.

Ohh Summer, please come back! Now the frame's complete it's time to concentrate on the inside.

I painted a background and a sheet of mixed media card with Aqua Tints.

Then added a bit more sponging to give it some texture.

I die cut some clouds and made a plaster of Paris sun - who mentioned Tele Tubby land!

On my Aquatint background, I stamped the hill from Whimsical Summer and coloured them with Posca pens.

For my happy houses, I used a Gelli print background and lots of white pen. The trees have been die cut from some Christmas paper (it's only 65 days now) :-).

Honestly, this stamp plate has everything! I love these cars - the red one's mine. They're even quite simple to cut out.

I know what you're thinking - I must have spent years at art school, or at the very least the road planning department, but no! I know the white lines are a bit wonky but it's so you avoid the hedgehogs!

I gave the houses little tabs so I could stick them to the base of the frame.

Then added a Tim Holtz sticker to finish it all off.

I had such fun making this, which to me is what it's all about. So just go and stamp and have fun, but don't forget to show us what you've made.

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Rubber Dance Stamps - Whimsical Summer

Other 'Stuff'
Deep photo frame
Fresco Paints in blues and greens
Posca Pens
White paint pen
Kitchen sponge
Cotton wool buds
Black card
White card for die cuts
Scrap of Gelli plate print
Green paper for trees
Plaster of Paris sun


Craftyfield said…
Great fun Sue! The whole scene is so whimsical and as fresh as children's paintings. Labor of love indeed. xx
Bibi Lindahl said…
This is absolutely STUNNING, Sue!! I'd set my GPS (if I had one) to take this scenic route, that's for sure! How on earth did you come up with this great idea? The way you have made layers upon layers to create depth is just amazing. Love everything about this!! I also love your sense of humour - such an enjoyable text to read, made me giggle several times. Thank you so much for sharing your labour of love piece of art! I know Donna will be jumping up and down in excitement, seeing what you've made with the stamps she designed for us. ♥ ♥ ♥
Sue said…
Thank you Christine xx
Sue said…
Thanks so much Bibi xx
Mac Mable said…
Labour of love indeed. So much detail and you look like you had tons of fun. Amazing project x
Mia said…
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Kisses, Sue.
Fliss said…
Totally amazing detail on here Sue and it sure does look like a labour of love. So beautifully colourful and cheerful too.
Fliss xx
Sue said…
Thank you Mac Mable xx
Sue said…
Thank you Mia xx
Sue said…
Thanks so much Fliss xx
Well I’m just running out of endless awesome words to describe my love for this Sue, you’re an amazing lady who’s just created an amazing piece of art.....yes I think that sums it up :)
Donna xx
Susanne Rose said…
What a wonderful shadow box! This is so cool!!!
What a amazing shadow box Sue, love your creative way to use all the rubber dance stamps.
Kay Wallace said…
Great "Scenic Route," Sue. I loved popping up your finished pics to truly enjoy the depth of the scene! Lots of great detail here, too!
ionabunny said…
Fabtastic. I love that you started with the background around the frame, so I suppose that's foreground, or maybe around ground?? Love those clouds on the top. Such detail. The dimension is gorgeous. Such a fun project. Hugz
That's so much fun - a great frame for your shadow box scene, and I love the hills and valleys and the tiny cars zooming along. I've got "You tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road" running through my brain now...
Alison x
Sue said…
Aww Donna, thank you so much xx
Sue said…
Thank you Susanne xx
Sue said…
Thank you Shilpa xx
Sue said…
Thanks Kay, I hope you're enjoying your road trip too! xx
Sue said…
Thanks Gail, it was fun! xx
Sue said…
The earworm is my gift to you Alison ;-) xx
UplayOnline said…
Lots of great detail here, too!

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