23 April 2018

Strong Woman - Through the Craftroom Door, wall plaque

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My project is a wall plaque featuring stamps by Unity Stamp Co and a die cut from Spellbinders. The stamping is embossed with Simon Says Stamp - Antique Gold and Emerald Creek - Black. The flowers were in my stash, left overs from a kit.

Come join us at the Through the Craftroom Door challenge. The theme each week is Anything Goes! This week's prize is a gift certificate and goodie bag from Erica Falk-Huzar- Fun Stampers Journey.

Putting It Together

A sketch challenge got me thinking about the vase die in my stash, stemmed flowers from a kit, and a making a small plaque.

While the sketch is a rectangle, the plaque in my stash that was calling to me is square. 

I tried a dry fit of the die, a stencil, and the sentiment stamp.

I wanted to have the wood lightly stained but still showing grain. I used Perfect Pearls Mist - Sour Apple on the wood and dried it with a heat gun. The Perfect Pearls usually has a bit of shimmer, but the wood soaked it up and I don't really see shimmer unless it's too subtle for my lighting. The very pale green, though, is a nice backdrop. Before spraying the panel, I took off the jute cord hanger.

I tried Distress stain - Tarnished Brass with the stencil, but it didn't have the effect I wanted so I wiped it down and added a tiny bit more of the golden stain to the panel to cover the faint stencilled butterflies. Instead, I used a Unity Stamp Co butterfly stamp from the All About Hope set and stamped them directly on the wood with Versamark (shown) and embossed them with Simon Says Stamp - Antique Gold embossing powder. I amazed myself by getting a good single stamping using an acrylic block with the rubber stamp. Usually, I rely on my Misti for my 'clean' stamping. (I am a rocker.) I used a dry fit with the vase die to determine the butterfly placement.

I used a Spellbinders die to cut the vase. I used mercury glass cardstock for the decorative overlay and light blue for the back. I glued them together with Zig glue pen.

I dry fit vase with the flowers beside the embossed butterflies.

I used foam mounting tape to anchor the flower stems and give the vase a little dimension.

Lightning struck twice and I got a crisp clean stamping of the sentiment, a Woman of Strength from Unity Stamp Co, which I embossed with black from Emerald Creek. I added a little more of the Tarnished Brass stain to the outside slates, wiping it so it's just a hint. I thought about adding more but, this just felt right.


Feeling Sketchy: Sketch 191
Simon Says Monday: Flower Power
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Spring Flowers
Creative Moments: More than two flowers


  1. Your spring door decor is just lovely and the uplifting sentiment is the perfect boost for any girl! I'm so glad you shared your art with us at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps! Wendy DT Coordinator

  2. Just love the sentiment!
    Thank you for joining Creative Moments.
    Hope to see you again!
    Hugs from Africa!

  3. What a fantastic plaque you created, with strong encouraging words. Thanks for joining us at LTSCB
    Tina dt

  4. What a neat project! And a good quote! Thanks for sharing with JFF’s challenge! Good luck on the prize draw!

  5. That vase looks lovely and the quote is really great. Thank you so much for sharing some flower power with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  6. I love the idea of the 3D flowers out of vase! Great interpretation of our sketch! Thanks for sharing your work with Feeling Sketchy. I hope you'll be inspired by our next sketch too!
    Maja DT at Feeling Sketchy You can visit my blog: Rilcek in Kljuncek

  7. Good morning Rijacki! Your project was a winner at JFF Stamps!

  8. Beautiful creation you made. I like the way have you used our sketch :-))
    Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy.

  9. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy. Hope to see you again next time.

  10. Love your panel!!! The vase add is so lovely!
    Thank you for joining us over Simon Says Stamp MOnday challenge! Please forgive me if this comment is way later than the challenge you joined in, but i had internet issue. I still wanted to thank you though for playing along with us and to let you know I appreciate your project!
    Have a gorgeous week!


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