Saturday, January 18, 2014


 Hello bloggers!  My name is Ivette, and I'd like to tell you how exciting it is for me to be here with you as guest designer on Fitztown's Challenge Blog!  It was so much fun working on this canvas piece.  I would like to take you on a ride inside my imagination as we play along with Challenge #18 Kraft Paper.  Hope you get inspired! 

I began with a piece of canvas that I applied gesso and when it dried I then used my TH Distress inks and went to town... Fitztown that is!!! 
I used my TH stencil (Rays) and a 6x6 tree branch stencil by D&W.   I also used a 6x6 stencil by Prima, to form the stone side of a castle wall on the right side of the canvas.  I added details to it using Copic pens and micron colored pens.  The castle in the background I created by hand out of vellum.   Then I began adding colors, shade, and highlights which brought it to life.    
I truly enjoyed working on this Fitztown image.  He was colored with copic pens.  I added a crown and placed tiny red rhinestones on it to bling it up a bit.  Every defender needs something to defend himself with, so I made a shield out of metallic cardstock and added a tiny red heart gem in the center.  Is he a trooper or what?
There's a tiny dragonfly passing by underneath him. 
 I hand drew some birds in the distance as well as some puffy clouds in the distance by applying white Liquid Applique, by Marvy.  It was then heated with a heat gun.  Liquid Applique is a long time favorite product of mine.  
The bird on the upper right is a Beads Landing charm.  I added some TH Pen Nibs as part of the castle.  They just belonged in there. 
The waterfall is actually a Jolee sticker.  By hand I extended the flow of the waterfall using my copic pens.  It was finished off with a generous amount of Glossy Accent.  The mountains were created with white acrylic paint and various colors of TH's Stains.  I used a fan brush technique to create far away trees.  When it dried, I went over it with copic pens to again, bring out the highlights/shading and details.  The trees are from TH's Edge die, Trees that I cut apart and colored with my Distress inks.  The darker trees in the foreground are from Martha Stewart's Pine Tree punch.  The deer by the waterfall was also a MS punch.  The two miniature trees, (one on top of the waterfall and the other on the bottom) were purchased from Retro Cafe Art.  The rocks below and above the waterfall were created out of TH's Kraft Glassine Paper that I tore into pieces, then I rolled them on the ink pad, then clued down onto the canvas.  The smiling half a moon I believe is from Beads Landing.
 Here's a close up of the lower right corner of the canvas.  I added moss into the broken terra cotta mini pot that I had leftover from a previous project.  The burgundy stems coming out of the pot I made with wire, glue and flower soft.  If you don't know flower soft, I suggest you look it up.  It's amazing!  I'm actually surprised that I don't see it used often.  To finish off the right side of the canvas,  I decided to use TH's ball beads and this cute little lady in red bug. 
 You can see the puffy clouds and the rocks better in this photo.
 Hope you enjoyed the ride into my imagination and more importantly,  I hope you were inspired!  If you'd like to view more of my work, check out my blog named, "Escaping Understanding" at by going to:
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  1. Wow, what a project!! So beautiful with all those embellis!! //Kate

  2. Wow!! Love it. Wonderful mix media project. I must pin it! Judy

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous Ivette!! You really put a lot of work into this and it really shows.


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