1 April 2015

Put a Ribbon on It at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back to share my Funkie DT piece for Linda's challenge 'Put a Ribbon on It!' Since Linda had so much fun creating new projects with ribbon for a recent Friday Focus she figured it would be a great idea to challenge you to do the same, especially as there's such a great range in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The guidelines for entering are simple: create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it to the challenge post and you will be in with a chance to win! The winner will earn a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


I wanted to incorporate ribbon into a mixed media piece to show that it's not just for wrapping and bows. Even though I had the germ of an idea about what this could look like it took on a life of its own and evolved at every stage. The 8.5 x 11 inch canvas started with layers of gesso, paper lace doily and stencilling with Tree Branch Archival Ink and Black Soot Distress Paint. Some misting with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain removed some of the stark white areas. To finish the background I added some more stencilling; Picket Fence Distress Paint through the new Wendy Vecchi 'Old Ledger' and Texture Paste through Wendy's 'Vintage Quilt' stencil. And finally splatters of Alcohol Ink - it's not just for metal you know!!!



I love the colours in these plaid design May Arts ribbons and planned the focal point of this piece around them. The lace was died with more Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and threaded with red twine before strips of the ribbon were layered over it. I deliberately frayed the ribbon edges and removed the wiring so they would lay flat on the canvas. More twine and a selection of brass filigree leaves provided the perfect foil for the rose panels. These were so easy to create thanks to another of Wendy's stencils; having distressed pieces of card with more Antique Linen I used the Rose Stamp It Stencil It to stamp and colour three roses using Archival Ink. I finished them off with some lace stamping from the Art and You set before layering them together and adding an embellished filigree brass piece. Oh, and you may notice the roses are double-layered - I restamped/coloured them onto spare paper, added them to Clearly for Art (with Glue n Seal of course) cut and heat shaped! Hey presto, dimensional roses. A Wendy sentiment completed the design - thank you Wendy!


Hopefully this will have given you some ideas for incorporating ribbon into your projects. For even more head on over to the 'Put a Ribbon on It!' challenge over at Frilly and Funkie where my Funkie team mates are sharing more super designs.
Don't forget, there are some great prizes up for grabs if you enter yourselves!

That's it from me for today but I'll be back on Friday for the launch of a new A Vintage Journey challenge. For now, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



24 comments:

  1. I don't use red very often but you use it so well Jenny. Might have to start experimenting and get out of my comfort zone.

    Beautiful make.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  2. A fantastic way to use ribbons. This is a stunning piece

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. Good Morning Jenny. What a stunning piece of Art you have created with this one. I love all the fabulous textures and techniques you have used on this one too. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. At first I thought you had used corrugated card but I see it is Wendy's Yikes Stripes - it looks so, so effective! As I love and adore red this is a real treat to look at this morning - vibrant and beautiful! Anne xx

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  5. what a great MM piece Jenny. Love those wonderful ribbons on the background and we certainly should make more use of them. Wonderful layers and textures. Love It !!

    Hugs Annie x

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  6. as usual Jenny...I love your art!

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  7. Gorgeous! Fits the challenge given perfectly! So much detail love it !

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  8. What a splendid piece of artwork on canvas. I am just in awe of the way you've mixed ribbon and mixed media. I'm used to seeing lace, but the boldness of this ribbon really accentuates all the other accessories to this gorgeous collage of wonderfulness!! Love the way you've raised the trio of roses and surrounded them with twine. It's a FABULOUS piece of artwork and I myself have plenty of empty wall space in my house..LOL!
    Hugs to you and thanks for the inspiration Jenny :)
    Lisa x

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  9. WOW Jenny! Another stunning card that I can't stop staring at! Love the striped background and those red flowers are such a gorgeous focal point! Beautiful touches of bronze with the leaves and filigree piece, and what a wonderful way to showcase that fabulous ribbon! Love it! hugs :)

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  10. Stunning, gorgeous design and layout and your roses are beautiful. Tracy x

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  11. Stunning piece Jenny, love how you've used those gorgeous ribbons in the background. Roses look beautiful.
    Avril xx

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  12. Brilliant make Jenny, I just LOVE what you have done on this beautiful creation.
    You are so wonderfully creative.
    Patricia xxx

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  13. Super mix of elements....makes a great piece of art.
    xoxo Sioux
    P.S. I've been using an Ipad recently and it drives me mad as it won't keep me logged in with blogger and so I end up (or not end up!) having to enter my password all the time!!! Hence not much in way of comments from me lately ;(

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  14. Stunning creation Jenny, loving all the texture and rich sumptuous colours.
    Julie x

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  15. Oh my Jenny, this is a stunning creation. So, so gorgeous. I love your two ribbons ans i especially love how you have incorporated them. Great make.
    Hugs, Veerle x

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  16. Beautiful card with a fantastic sentiment!
    Sandy xx

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  17. Stunning pops of red Jenny and what great use of the ribbon - you've created something really different and beautiful xx

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  18. Beautiful Jenny! Love the vintage colours and the layering with the ribbon is fabulous! Sue C x

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  19. A really beautiful and unique card, Jenny.

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  20. I love those roses, Jenny! This card is so beautiful and I love all the layers and texture! Really love those roses! Hugs!

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  21. WOW always so pretty and full of layers. I LOVE how you used the twine. Always full of inspiration Jenny!

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  22. How you got the roses so red and rich is beyond me! This is my favorite stamp from Wendy this year. I LOVE it, and have used it 10 times already...lol! Amazing piece here, and love the ribbon in the background instead of a bow like you said...way to think out of the box. Gorgeous!

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  23. Scrumptious, love the vivid red again, this time against the warm vintage sepia tones, and the b&w tartan accents from the ribbon are wonderful. Perfect composition as always too, of course.
    Alison xx

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  24. Just beautiful Jenny, thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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