Stamped Geranium Plaque – Summer Time

Morning everyone.  This weeks Out of A Hat Creations challenge is “Summer Time”.  Again lots of scope for this weeks challenge.  For full details of the challenge, to see Chrissie’s, Janet’s, and Sandra’s projects and all of the entries please click on the link above.  Ooo! Nearly forgot.  There is a little surprise coming up as well!!!

We are asking you to make a project with “Summer Time” as the main focus. Maybe you have a favourite song, colour, holiday destination, or poem that conjures up thoughts of Summer.  Cricketers on the village green with cream teas and bunting has suddenly sprung to mind!  Not sure where that has come from. Maybe you like to make memory albums and have lots of lovely mementos and ephemera from summer holidays that could be included in your project.  The choice is yours.  Whatever your crafting style is, whether it be card making, tags, altered art, sewing or journaling we hope you will join in the fun.

For this weeks project I have made a hanging plaque.  When ever I think of summer time I think of the old white villas  in the village.  The terracotta roofs, the large wooden doors, the ornate metal grills at the windows and the glorious colours of the geraniums and petunias cascading down the walls.

I used a 15 cm x 15 cm x 5 mm piece of ply.  I drilled two small holes at the top for the wire. I base coated it with brown acrylic craft paint.  I painted on some weathered wood crackle medium just around the edges.  When that was dry I added a coat of off white acrylic paint.

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I stamped the geranium and masked it with a paper mask.  I stencilled over this using an ornate patterned plastic mask and distressing inks, just to give more depth in the background.  Leaving on the paper mask, covering the stamped image, I then stamped the script.

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I used watered down acrylic paints to colour the flower being careful not to smudge the distressing inks that had been stencilled on.  I used some spray varnish to fix the inks and to give a coating over the painted flowers.  I then applied a coat of crackle medium, giving a thinner coat at the edges, over the whole plaque.  I then rubbed some brown acrylic paint into the cracks to give a distressed look.

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One thing I would say is that the distressing inks, used on the background,  really lightened in colour as I added the layers of medium and as it dried completely over night.  I was quite pleased with the result though.  The photo doesn’t really show the pattern up that well.   Stamps used: Chocolate Baroque.

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Thank you to everyone who joined in the challenge last week.  The projects were just amazing.  They really were.  So many different and inspiring creations.  You can see them all by popping over to the challenge blog.   At the bottom of last weeks post you will see all of the names of everyone who entered the challenge.  Each name is a link back to the respective blog.  Just click on them and enjoy!!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week.

Tat tar for now.

Best Wishes Florence x

71 Comments

    1. Florence

      Hi Bente. Hope all is well. I am an old fashioned sort of girl! 🙂 Gernaiums always give a good show. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence x

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  1. Florence

    Thank you everyone for calling in and for you lovely comments. They are truly appreciated. I have not been in blog land much this week. I hope to catch up with you all over the next couple of days.
    Best Wishes,
    Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Morning Alison. Talk about crackle!!! That’s an amazing project you posted yesterday. Loving the tea caddy. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. Have a lovely weekend.
      Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Moring Monika. Lovely to hear from you. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Thank you for your kind words. I have just spotted you have entered the challenge as well this week. I will be popping over in a mo’ for a catch up.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Thank you Gina. Hope all is well. The camera I use is a Nikon D40. To be honest, and I am ashamed to say, I only put it on automatic and take photos. I would like to be able to, but can’t do instructions!! 🙂 I have only, after 4 years, just worked out how to use the TV!! 🙂 I am really pleased with the camera. Apart from cropping the photos are not enhanced/altered in anyway. I have been trying to take better photos over the last couple of months so I really appreciate the feed back. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Gisele, Always great to hear from you. I have not been blogging much this week but I have just noticed, from my e.mails, that you have entered the challenge this week. Will be popping over for a catch up in a moment. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  2. Cards & Co

    I can’t believe how you have made a plain piece of ply look so fantastic. It really looks old. The geraniums are perfect for summer, love them. Love it all.
    Lorraine.

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lorraine. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I will be over later for a catch up on what you have been doing. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi there. Hope all is well. Good choice!! I think that would be my favourite place as well. Thank you for your lovely comments. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  3. Sandra

    Hi Florence, love love love this vinatge plaque it is so spanish looking reminds me and the Diamond of past holidays in spain 🙂 good memories. Great techniques, fabulous. Hugs Sandra XXX

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    1. Florence

      Hi Sandra. Hope you are the Diamond are ok and enjoying the weekend. Thank you for your lovely comments. Really enjoyed the challenge this week.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Barb. I would love a little crafty shop with a coffee machine and a couple of huge chesterfield sofas in it. I’m thinking in a small town in Western Australia. Nice to dream hey!!! Always great to hear from. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  4. Marianne

    Florence, good day! The geranium plaque is wonderful. I like the accent of the keys, too. A very pretty piece to hang outdoors or in.

    I’m sending blessings and love for a wonderful day,
    Marianne xo

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  5. Suze Bain

    Hi Florence, well I wish I was living where you are – not a pick of sunshine to be seen over here, it’s a real ‘pea souper’ today. Your distressing on this it just fantastic and those lovely geraniums remind me of my granny, she always used to have them on her windowsill. xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Suze. Hope all is well. One of my childhood memories is sitting playing in my friends verander/porch. It was full of geraniums. I always think of it when I smell geraniums. Great to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Wendy. Hope all is well. Not much chance of sitting in the garden at the moment. It got fried over the last couple of days with highs of 35 degrees. Way to hot for June! Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx and one for Jazz X

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  6. Lynne Moncrieff

    Hello Florence
    This is a beautiful piece of home/garden decor and far superior to those in boutiques and garden centres where their prices are ridiculous! Beautiful colour choice to create that weathered antique appearance.
    Gorgeous.
    Lynne x

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  7. Paula

    Hi Florence, what a beautiful plaque, stunning geraniums and gorgeous crackled paint effect. When I think of the summertime in the UK I think of jam packed beaches with lots of sun burnt half naked Beryl Cook style people,(I’m including myself in this, not half naked obviously!! ) Oh dear not a pretty sight LOL. xx

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  8. papercraftnut

    Hi Florence. Your little plaque is so beautiful. I love the geraniums. Your inspirational memories are quite romantic and really conjure up a visual for me. I think I’m ready to move to Spain! LOL! I will be away this weekend and into next week so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to participate in the challenge but I will be checking in to see what everyone is up to. Tracy:)

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    1. Florence

      Hi Tracy. Have a great time away this weekend. We always look forward to seeing your projects in the challenge. If you can’t make this week we hope you will join in the following week. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Amanda. Hope all is well. “Welcome” or a “house name” is a great idea. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  9. Neet

    Love the way you have used that crackle paint Florence, the whole plaque is just so beautiful, it would grace any shop that sold elegant things. Very chic!
    Hugs, neet xx

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  10. baileyrosy

    Goodmorning Florence after reading your holiday destination descriptions and the village where you live I am ready for a holiday ! What a fabulous hanging I love it and the crackle is superb ! Beautifully crafted and those flowers oh how I wish I had a garden.

    Marie

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  11. chrissieSz

    Carpenter, painter and metal worker Florence. This hanging is just terrific and I am thinking of the Spanish villages we have visited and how wonderful this piece interprets them. All our geranuims are red this year–love the colour of yours.

    Love Chrissie xx

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