Sunday, 28 August 2011

Last train ...

The theme for this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show was travel.  

Sometimes for me the journey is just if not more exciting than the actual destination, seeing new sights and sounds on the way and I adore train travel especially the architecture of old Victorian stations and the views from the window as you trundle by.  We had a fantastic trip last year for a rugby weekend in Edinburgh on a chartered train from Northampton - it was just like the Hogwarts Express, 1970's carriages, old BR logos everywhere especially in the loo!. The train also reminded me of my childhood when my Mum used to take all three of us (me and my two brothers) down to London and we'd have to travel in the Guards van as we were in a old fashioned side by side double pushchair - happy days!

So you can see travel and especially train travel is a big thing for me. I really wanted to use some of my photographs that I took on the Swanage Steam Railway a couple of years ago on a holiday to Dorset. We got on at Corfe Castle (very Enid Blyton Famous Five / Kirrin Castle) and went all the way to Swanage (the train station is slap bang in the middle of the town and you can walk down to the sea for a paddle - bliss!).  Along the way at the various stops were little vignettes of days gone by in terms of signs and in this case luggage.

I covered a 10x8 canvas board in old paper (ripped and torn into various strips), gessoed over the top and then lightly washed some cream and brown acrylic over the top and added Victorian Velvet distress ink over that.  Stamped loads of travel type stamps in pumice and slate and then stamped those again in sepia archival. Some of the Tim postcard stamps were added in vintage photo distress embossing powder.
I printed out two of my photo's one of the luggage and one of the train going round a corner in sepia.  I then put antique linen distress stain over the top. Sanded the top lightly to remove some of the ink, distressed the edges and added some walnut stain.  I  used an old credit card to add some white lines as well.

The postcard was inked in antique linen distress stain. The postcard stamp was stamped in sepia archival and then the text and postage stamp in black. Walnut stain added round the edges and in the middle to give that aged look.

Various Tim travel related ticket and location stamps were used to create the rest of the layers all using antique linen, walnut distress inks and stains to make the backgrounds and coffee, black or sepia archival ink to stamp.

Finally glued everything down with trusty glue gun and misted some latte glimmer mist over the top for some additional spotting and ageing.

Really like this one and it goes rather well with my Ration Book piece colour wise and theme so I think I'll try and find somewhere in the house to put these together. So hopefully I've the challenge done in time hence the title - last train ...

Well it's August Bank Holiday weekend here in England so of course it's rained, I put some washing out first thing , bought it back in half an hour later  as it looked like it was going to rain (it did) and now it's back out on the line! Plus we are supposed to be going for a BBQ this afternoon - waterproofs at the ready!




  1. Hello. I love your travel piece you submitted to our Challenge this week. My goodness...lots of technique involved here. The canvas board is wonderful. Love all the layering and stamped images you used. Then all the layering of the photos and how you distressed them...very cool. Love the added white lines with the credit card! I also love the Tim stamped images that you so perfectly distressed! Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  2. Hiya thank you for joining the challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your wonderfull project, lots of techniques and colors. The canvas is just fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxx

  3. Absolutely LOVE this and your story behind it too... now you know me and trains, can't stay away from them lol Hope you having a goodly weekend hun X

  4. Ooh wow-o!! I like the ephemera pieces and the photo of the stacked suitcases!! Neat memories as well : )

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

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  5. I love this and think all the layers, colours and and elements work together wonderfully - a genuine vintage feel and great creation!
    Thanks for sharing with Simon says Stamp & Show!

  6. wow, again, what a great combination! those photos are awesome and work perfectly with all the stamps! loooooooove it!


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