Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ave Maria

This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Kings and Queens!  For details about this week's challenge, and some amazing inspiration from the design team, hop on over to the Simon Says Stamp blog!

Speaking of inspiration...I chose Mary, Queen of Heaven as my subject for this challenge.  This is my first attempt at altered canvas.  I started by giving the canvas a base coat of Gesso and then applied Adirondack Acrylic paints before the Gesso was completely dry.  Rather than brush it on, I pounced it to get more texture.  I printed a copy of the Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, tore out a section and applied distress ink before sticking it to the tacky canvas.  I did the same thing with the picture of Mary which is just printed on plain cardstock.  I covered the chipboard flourish with paper from an old dictionary and more DI.  Once the paper elements were stuck to the canvas I gave the whole thing a good coat of distress crackle in Clear Rock Candy.  A little more distress ink and some embellishments (also hit with crackle paint) and voila!  Not too bad for a first attempt.

Cardstock:  Recollections - White
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Blessed Virgin Mary, Hail Mary
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Ranger Distress Ink – Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet; Adirondack Acrylics –Berry Wine, Toffee; Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Red Pepper; Distress Crackle Paint – Clear Rock Candy, Tarnished Brass
Accessories & Other Stuff:    Artist’s Loft 6x8 Canvas; Gesso;  Prima - Heart Charm, Roses; Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Crown; Chipboard flourish

Thanks for stopping by - come back soon to see what's next!


  1. Hi Cheryl. Your first attempt at an altered canvas is wonderful! Can't believe it's a first attempt! Love the image of Mary and how you placed her on the canvas. Your background is beautiful as are your embellishments. Thank you for joining us at Simon Days Stamp snd Show. XO...Candy

  2. Cheryl, I think this is absolutely beautiful xx

  3. This is beautiful! I love Schubert's Ave Maria and this image is gorgeous. (This song was played at my church wedding 40 years ago!) Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.


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