Pretty as a picture ...

Inspired by all the gorgeous tree blossoms that are now appearing everywhere which to me, herald that Spring is well and truly here; fingers crossed, summer not far away either. Our pear tree is adorned with beautiful white blossom and I hope the wind and rain this weekend, do not effect the wonderful display. Ummm, have written myself a note to go and take a photo "just in case".

Here is my picture/plaque/ flat canvas ... not sure how to describe it (whoops) ... which is my DT project for the new "Anything Goes" challenge over at We love 2 create challenges

I covered a piece of hard canvas board with some vintage seed packet images I had bought eons ago (sorry, do not know manufacturer as out of packet). I aged each of the edges with burnt umber pan pastel and then layered them randomly. I then aged the outside edges of the covered board. To soften the colours, I covered the background with white pearl fine medium to create a shimmery/pearlescent effect.

Next I inked, then smothered with chromium oxide and green pearlescent pan pastel, 3 pieces of different sized stampbord. I over stamped the stampbord pieces using a selection of images from the Premium Craft brands postcard stamp set. As a finishing touch, I aged the edges of the stampbord pieces with burnt umber pan pastel. You can just about see them peeking through in the photo above.

I then framed the stampboard pieces with chipboard tree branches and decorated these with flowers, leaves, stamped images, lace and birds images (taken from seed packet images). From the upper branch I hung another piece of stampbord, coloured with fine white pan pastel medium, mounted a wooden frame and decorated with stamped images/sentiment from the Premium Craft Brands postcard stamp set. It actually swings down which creates an element of movement.

It was great actually making a collage inspired piece as do not always use this technique. Being honest it's probably because I shudder at covering lovely bits of papers/images, rather than making them the focal point ... silly I know!

Right the sun has popped out so I'm off to first photograph the pear tree and then cut the grass before it turns in to a meadow.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products I used and links:

A Creative Need - collage
Crafty Catz - things with wings
Simply Papercraft - anything goes with lots of layers
Wags and Whiskers - flowers
My Time to Craft - spring flowers
Open Minded Challenges - shabby chic
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with a twist; lace