suck it up, buttercup...

This saying has always cracked me up. I don't know quite why, it just does.
When I got my first glimpse at this stamp from Tammy Tutterow I immediately knew what I was going to make.
First thing I needed was a good background. These flat canvas boards make awesome bases. Paint is smeared on with fingers, dabbed at with baby wipes, splattered on... with a final wash of gesso covering all. I often think of gesso as the 'miracle worker' for collage- it softens and blends and mellows everything. Every time.
To create an all-over background I needed a stamp. This script stamp is great because not only is it the perfect size to make a card with just a single stamp, but it works well to create a larger size by simply stamping multiple times. I am completely in love with it's name- Dear Ruby.
I couldn't find my largest acrylic block (OK, in reality I was just too lazy to go look) BUT I had my Spellbinders die cut machine sitting right next to me so.... I used one of the clear plates from it to stamp with. It worked great!
With a combination of flowers fussy-cut from some paper, a few butterflies and a very pouty Little Miss I was on a roll.
This was probably one of the quickest collage pieces I've put together in a long time and the 'suck it up, buttercup' stamp was just the cherry on top! Stamped with archival ink onto a piece of tissue paper, matte medium brushed over the canvas perfectly blends the image with the background.
 Suck it up, Buttercup!



Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Everything you do is magic! I adore this bright, colorful, whimsical collage! The stamped sentiment is the perfect finishing touch. You inspire me!

Catherine said...

This is amazing, Terri! I LOVE your background and the beautiful fussy cut flowers. The added shimmer finishes the piece off perfectly. Love it!

Cathie ♥

ellens papercraft said...

I love this, canvas, fuzzy cutting, glitter, etc. all in one.

suzyb said...

Love everything about this piece, and I mean everything. It is screaming to me to try and make one similar to this. I love the wee girl and of course the phrase is perfect for some of us on some days! Really like this, great job!

essay pro said...

That is totally something new to see on this website and this tells a lot about the level of your creativity. I would be really interested to know more about the projects that you have been doing.

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