Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Dressmaker by Lynne Moncrieff


When I recently altered a PaperArtsy canvas, I was so taken with the quality of this product. They are absolutely perfect for us crafters who love to alter canvases.
This time I have been playing with the 4” x 4” size. With it being of a smaller dimension, I decided to make it part of an assemblage, propping it a top a wooden cube.


Distress Ink Vintage Photo 
Eco Green Crafts Paints:- Sand, Aged Gold and Bronze
White Cardstock
Mod Podge (Gel Medium or Multi Medium are good substitutes)
Extras:- Wooden cube, spool, sponge brush, lace, tissue paper (I re-cycled tissue paper from gift wrapping as it doesn’t matter if it has wrinkles), dressmaker snap, Oxford Impressions’ The Dressmaker (needle card)



Start with the canvas: 

·       EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic in Sand was applied to the PaperArtsy canvas. Tearing white tissue paper to size, ensuring it covers the edges of the canvas, I then repeatedly stamped (using a paper mask) the large label stamp from Oxford Impressions Sewing Notions with StazOn Saddle Brown. Scissors, sew and pin were over-stamped with StazOn Jet Black.

·       The tissue paper was applied to the canvas using Mod Podge. Once dry, I applied PaperArtsy Satin Finish.

Gelli Print 


·       The woman, thimble, labels, thread and needle cards were stamped onto a Gelli Print.

·       EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic paints in Sand, Aged Gold and Bronze were applied to the Gelli Plate and lace used to create the pattern.

·       The images were stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia.


Assembling the canvas:

·       Lace was adhered to the edges.


·       I wrapped thread around the stamped thread card, gathered more lace and a dressmaker snap and started to assemble the canvas.


The Cube


·       Stamp large label onto the wooden cube. Aiming for a distressed appearance, I  partially inked the stamp.

·       Distress a wooden spool with Vintage Photo. Wrap thread around  the spool. 

·       Stamp 'sew' onto piece of fabric. Adhere to spool. 


·       Embellish the cube with the spool and scissors charm.

·       Finally, adhere the canvas to the cube.          

Until next time.

Lynne x


  1. Your canvas is just gorgeous Lynne, great use of the gelli plate. Love all the embellishments and that little touch of lace on the bodice. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Loving all the elements in this piece Lynne and you have clearly made use of the gelli plate. Great stamped images, beautifully pieced together as always

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

  3. A stunning canvas Lynne! Love the Gelli plate background peeping through and all the textural elements, lace, gold thread, string etc add so much dimension and texture to those wonderful stamps!

  4. such a wonderful creation Lynne, your backgrounds with the gelli plate look brill

  5. A wonderful canvas, Lynne - I love the warm honey tones on the background and the cube (which reminds me, I have loads of those that I have done nothing with).

  6. Gorgeous collage of images... the distressed stamping looks brilliant, and the lace on the edges is beautiful.
    Alison x

  7. Lynne, Oh this is a fantastic canvas and collage- I love the placement on top of the cupe, makes it look so elegant, and wonderful 3-d with the scissors in front- ..the stamps are beautiful, and love the laces you added, too.
    What an amazing idea and brilliant making.
    Hugs from Dorthe

  8. Really beautiful Lynne. Love those sepia tones and the lace embellishing is so lovely. Great idea to add the canvas to a cube too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  9. Gorgeous work Lynne, Love those stamps..The Canvas is amazing the background is Beautiful, Love the colours & design... Great idea to use the cube...Love it!!! Hugs May x x x

  10. Beautiful Lynne. Love the idea of your canvas sitting on the cube. Hugs, Jenny x

  11. This is stunning Lynne.
    xxx Hazel.

  12. A stunning creation Lynne, I love how the canvas sits on top of the wooden cube.

    Maria xx


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