Friday, July 19, 2013

Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop - Canvas and Giveaway

Welcome to the Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop!

You must have arrived here from Shelly's Blog with her lovely artwork, showing what to do with the new release of Michael Strong Cloisonne Sea Turtle/Seaweed stamps.

As I don't have that stamp set yet, I used other sea themed Michael Strong stamps.
I created a Mixed Media canvas, using whichever sea themed supplies I had around.

Supplies used:
White canvas - 8X8 inches (20X20 cms)

Acrylic paints
Background sea themed paper - from a magazine
White paper and CS
Yellow CS
Orange CS
Manila CS
EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch
Michael Strong Cloisonné Fish stamp (large)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Seastar stamp (small)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Shell stamp (small)
Washi Tape - colorful bubbles
Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots
Embossing ink
Orange EP
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia
Yellow Stickles
Red Gem and golden metal large brad
White and light blue sticky back half pearls
Blings - in various colors and sizes
Diamond Glaze
3D double sided foam tape

I'm giving this canvas to my DH, and I have a very special wish for him.
The sentiment "If I had three wishes … my first would be for you" was printed on white paper, which was adhered to bright yellow CS punched using the EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch.
I used the punched CS in 2 opposite directions.

To create the basic background, I colored the canvas using acrylic paints - black, green, light blue, red and yellow.
The coloring was meant to cover the canvas. Most of it will be covered later so the design wasn't important.

I left the edges of the canvas white on purpose, as I later covered them with Washi Tape with colorful bubbles all over it.
The bubbles fit into the sea (water) theme, and their bright colors add a vivid frame to the canvas.

Then I added the background sea themed paper, which was cut out of a magazine. It seems to fit here perfectly.
I added 2 stripes of Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots, to match the sea waves and to coordinate with the other colors.
As you can see, all the stamped images were glued 3D for extra dimension.

Each stamped image was treated differently.

The Flower, which functions here as the sun, was stamped on white CS using VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia, and was colored with ProMarkers.
I accented its inner circle using yellow Stickles, then I added a red gem and golden metal large brad to complete its hot, sunny appearance.

I stamped the Fish using Embossing ink on orange CS, then heat embossed it with orange EP.
I carefully cut it with scissors, and added a tiny turquoise bling as its eye.
I also added white sticky back half pearls, to resemble bubbles coming out of its mouth.

I stamped several images of the Shell and the Seastar on Manila CS, using VersaFine ink - Onyx Black.
I covered them with Diamond Glaze to give them a shiny look, and waited for them to dry.
I added each one of them a light blue sticky back half pearl, for decoration.

Finally, I added several blings in various colors and sizes, for extra glam.

Our summer is very hot and humid.
Oh, I wish I could stay in an air conditioned room all day and get creative! How about you?
For more inspiration, please hop to my friend Hetty's Blog where you'll find an adorable creative idea along with a tutorial.

Before you hop to your next step, please take a look here.
I'm offering a small Giveaway.

The Giveaway includes:
12 Crafty Individuals 6x6 patterned papers - Travel in Italy
Prima clear stamps - Travel
A bag of embellishments - ribbons, lace, flowers and real vintage buttons
Purple flower stickers
White paper doilies
Old book pages in Hebrew - printed in 1950!

In order to have a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post, including your email address (so I can contact you).
I'll draw one lucky name next weekend. I will ship worldwide.
If you're a follower of my blog, either via email, Bloglovin or any other way, please mention it in your comment for an extra chance to win.
One comment per person, please.

Heck of a Challenge - The Sea

(You can enlarge each photo by clicking on it)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly


  1. Dorly your husband is going to love this canvas.
    Lots to see...just this the sea in Israël?

  2. The canvas is truly lovely! I love how you pulled everything together - beautiful!

  3. This is a beautiful canvas, Dorly!

  4. Great layout Dorly! Your MS fish is perfect with the pearl bubbles for this layout, as are all the sea items. You put a lot of work into this and it is Stunning!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan, a follower

  5. What a fabulous project- hopefully hubby will hang it on the wall and cherish it!!!

  6. Your DH should love this - the design is wonderful and love the way you used Mike's fish. Great idea for a canvas - will have to remember it.

  7. What a gorgeous under the sea project! Love how you showed the details and it all comes together beautifully!

  8. Wat a super cool canvas, Dorly, with so many of Mike's stamps with the water theme. They all show off so nice. Thanks for being in the blog hop.
    Shalom, Hetty

  9. Great canvas Dorly, so many interesting elements involved in it. Your DH is one lucky man :)

  10. Hello Dorly,

    Your husband will be very pleased with the lovely canvas you made.
    Lots to see and great use of the 'sea'- stamps.

  11. AnonymousJuly 20, 2013

    Love it, Dorly.
    Your explanation of your procedure is very helpful.
    So nice of you to offer the Blog Candy.
    mary l.

  12. פשוט יפה, נראה כמו אקווריום אמיתי.
    עכשיו צריך למצוא מקום לתלות את התמונה.

  13. Hi Dorly I finally got the right page to show up, must have been my computer not wanting to show it yesterday,lol.
    Your project is so stunning and love the idea of doing something on canvas. I really like all the layers.
    Thanks for sharing your talent.

  14. what a great piece of art you have made, dorly!!! i'm very impressed!!! realy love it!!

    greets, miranda (miepeke)(

    and of course i'm one of your followers. but i have to log in each time i visit again. don't know why.

  15. such gorgeous work you have done here.. I love all of the Michael Strong Stamps displayed!! Your DH should be smiling from ear to ear!! TFS

  16. AnonymousJuly 22, 2013

    וואאאווו איזה עבודה נהדרת,, מושקעת ויפיפיה,, עם נוכחות מרהיבה,, ממש אקווריום עם כל הסיבות הסקראפיות להפוך לאמיתי...:-) חיבור נפלא מחושב וחכם של אלמנטים קסומים מוחתמים עם הבלטה וחומרים משולבים שיוצרים מראה תלת מימדי מרשים ביותר...
    תודה על הסבר התהליך יצירה מושקעת בכשרון
    והמראה ,, קסום ומשרה שלווה ... אקווריום נפלא...
    אהבתי... מתנה שנעשת עם הרבה אהבה ומכל הלב..... רואים...:-)
    המשך יום נעים ומאושר....:-)

  17. What a wonderful creation. Love it.


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