Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tulips in Distressed Frame

Here is my latest Blockheads DT inspiration project, tulips stamped on fabric displayed in a heavily distressed frame, created for the current Blockheads Technique Challenge - Stamping on Fabric. Come play with us!

My awesomely talented design teammate, Karen McAlpine, is hosting this challenge and has created some absolutely gorgeous samples! Visit the Blockheads Stamping on Fabric Techniques page to check out Karen's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Blockheads Technique Challenge - Stamping on Fabric blog post by July 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by July 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I used the large tulips stamp from Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set, stamped with Black VersaCraft ink, and brush painted the tulips with Ranger Dusty Concord and Pear Tart distress inks and Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. This set has some of the most beautiful flower stamps I've ever worked with and are perfect for this technique! This was my first attempt at stamping on fabric and am amazed at how clean and crisp the image is! Of course, a lot of that has to do with the quality of the Blockheads stamps! :) I fussy fringed all four sides of the fabric panel and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock, then adhered that to a piece of 5" x 7" deep purple cardstock cut to fit the frame.

I have to say, the most difficult part of this project was mussing up a perfectly good white wood frame! But it was fun! :) This was a four-step project and took a little time - first a coat of Clear Rock Candy Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, then sanding and painting with wicker white paint, then another coat of  crackle paint, then finally distressing with Ranger Dusty Concord distress ink and Silver Adirondack alcohol ink. I wanted a shabby chic look, and I definitely had the shabby going on, so I added a few white flat-back pearls to finish it off!

  • White muslin fabric
  • Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set
  • Black VersaCraft ink
  • Ranger Dusty Concord and Pear Tart distress inks
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Silver Adirondack alcohol ink
  • Folkart wicker white paint
  • White wood frame
  • Want2Scrap white flat-back pearls
I'll have another project or two to post, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!


  1. What a very pretty project Leslie ... would look really good on my wall !! xx

  2. Your "painting" turned out really well!! Did you use a wet brush? Great project.


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