In the spotlight this time are Wendy Vecchi stamps, a real favourite with the whole Design Team. When trying to figure out a way to show them being used for a new canvas I was inspired by Wendy's own gorgeous home decor, iconic American red barns and the Folk Art/Primitive Art movements. So, from all of that here's my finished canvas (click on each image for a closer look - and trust me, you need to get in all close and personal to see the detail of these beautiful stamps!)...
The background represents those red barns, though this is one that has weathered and aged over time. I used a bunch of little wooden canvas stretcher pieces and gave them a wash with layers of Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood and Barn Door (of course!) Distress Paint, rubbing each dried layer with a wax candle to provide some resist reaction. Many of the traditional barns appear to have white door and window frames but for this I went with another American icon, the traditional picket fence. By first adding a layer of Texture Paste coloured with Potting Soil Archival Reinker through the Picket Fence stencil the perfect base was created on the uneven surface to add a layer of Crackled Texture Paste and Picket Fence Distress Paint. I couldn't resist stamping the Botanical Register background stamp using Ground Espresso Distress Paint over the top for a little detail. I love that stamp because it adds just a small amount of vintage text where it's needed (as seen HERE).
This was such a fun project to do and I hope you're inspired to check out more of Wendy's fabulous designs, especially while they are carry that extra 15% discount at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx