Saturday 23 November 2013


Following on from the lovely make by Effie, plus step by steps, here is a fabulous new year step by step make by Gio, in sunny Italy..


1.  Gio started off with a piece of canvas measuring 30cm x 30cm..

2.  She glued some music and a book page to the canvas using gel medium..

 3.  Plus some doilies and left over bits and pieces..

4.  She then gessoed everything and added some crackle medium.  As the crackle shrank the canvas a little she glued the piece to some grey board to keep it in shape..

5.  Gio then stamped some Crafty Individuals stamps onto our wonderful Regency Satin white silk card and onto gessoed book pages, and cut them out..

6.  She then laid out the images on the canvas until she was happy with the composition..

7.  Followed by some mask work and some spraying with inks..

8.  When the canvas was dry Gio stamped here and there with a script stamp, and then glued down the stamped images, the calendar, and the lace border in their chosen spots.  She added a rub-on 2014, and a chain for hanging the project..

Gio used the following CI products in her glorious calendar hanging:

CI-393, Oriental Fans
CI-386, Summertime
CI-347, Butterfly Trio Panel
CI-260, Parisian Romance
CI-214, 1893 Script
CI-394, No Guarantee without the Stamp
Regency Satin White Silk Card (definitely a stamping Must Have!)
Lacewing Butterfly Mask
Elegant Swirls Mask
Beautiful Butterflies Panel Mask
Beautiful Border Mask

And here is the very pretty finished item itself..

Thank you Gio for sharing your techniques with us tonight!

Jean x

p.s. Thanks all for commenting on last week's post (Monty Moodle is a Maltese/Poodle cross).  If any of you would like to obtain a set of our latest issue of rubber stamps for free, as shown HERE, please leave a comment below, and we will pick out a lucky winner in a few days time!

p.p.s  Malcolm has finally (after much nagging) opened a little Etsy shop, which features some of his lovely photos in presentation boxes (they would make great Christmas gifts!)  You can check it out HERE.


Netty said...

Lovely demonstration and a beautiful result. Annette x

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Beautiful work I will give it a try.

rachel said...

fabulous calendar and the step by step was very useful - thankyou! Thanks also for the chance to win some beautiful stamps - you're very kind Jean! Big Hugs Rachel x

kjjc said...

Fabulous. Gorgeous.

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous hanger/calendar in great mixed media style! Lovely colours too!

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous Gio, so full of wonderful details.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Glennis F said...

Awesome calender - I do love Gio's work, and she is such a delightful person

Kate Yetter said...

What a stunning piece of art! Awesome tutorial. i love the bits of lace scattered about beneath the stamped images. So feminine and soft!

sharon said...

Lovely work Gio.

So glad you have 'persuaded' Malcolm to open an Etsy shop - I have ordered two of his gorgeous photos for my husband as Christmas presents. Have fingers crossed they get here in time!

carol edwards said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of art. It is stunning

Claire said...

A beautiful calendar - so full of texture and very romantic looking I think! Claire x

Margie said...

Beautiful calender - thanks for the step by step and also the chance to win those gorgeous stamps. You are very generous. Margie

Craftyfield said...

Love that shabby chic look and Gio's signature pink hues, another gorgeous make!

nefertiti said...

Great work Gio!!!!!
Fabulous calender!

Rita said...

Beautiful creation. I do love that's it's a calendar too. Hugs Rita xxx

Paper Profusion said...

Exceptionally beautiful Gio. Love the hues and soft femininity. Thank-you too Jean for chance to win. Nicola x

Janet Wilson said...

What a fabulous calendar, I love it!

Canonbury creations said...

I'm always in awe of anything that Gio creates and this if no exception. Her alpha pages are stunning and I'd just like to say that I was inspired by Effie's exploding tree.
Val x

Pat said...

What a lovely project. The colours are gorgeous.
Pat xx

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous calendar Gio. What a lovely idea. Such beautiful texture

barbara macaskill said...

What a gorgeous creation!
Love all of the new stamps!! Winter Wonderland is one of my favorites but Just Be My Friend truly made my heart sing! Every single sentiment says how I feel about my husband of almost 24 years! He has been by my side through some troubling times but especially the last few years. He came home from work one night to find me not breathing and no pulse. He called the ambulance and proceeded to do CPR. He kept me alive long enough for the ambulance to get there. I spent 3 weeks in ICU and he was by my side every second of that time. This year I have had 5 surgeries. Two of them were emergency surgeries for an injury to my wrist/hand. Then I had open heart surgery. He has been my rock and this stamp set would allow me to tell him again how I feel about him.
Thank you for the chance to win these amazing stamps! Whoever wins is a truly blessed person!

Nan G said...

Wow! Thanks for the step by step pics! This is a fab piece. I will have to give this a try. And thanks for a chance at som CI stamps as I don't have any now.

steffi said...

That's a lovely tutorial and a beautiful calendar - thanks for sharing :)

WendyK said...

A really fabulous canvas calendar Gio, I love all the texture and the layout is brilliant. The colours are also gorgeous.

Cocofolies said...

WOW !!! This is a fabulous canvas, didn't have time so far to look at it, but I really don't regret to see it now... :-) Wonderful piece of art Gio! Hugs, Coco xx