Sunday, 17 March 2013

Introducing The Cavalieri Brothers by Lynne Moncrieff


This week’s project I wanted to create a masculine project, I give to you …. The Cavalieri Brothers.  

Gesso (I used Golden)
Gel Medium (I used Golden)
Daler Rowney – Interior Art Havana Brown
EcoGreen Crafts – Green Patina, Aged Gold
Tim Holtz Texture Hammer
Tim Holtz Mini Stapler
Grungeboard Bracket Book (one page)
Baby Wipes (used to apply paints)
Walnut Crystals (substitute – dilute Distress Ink Walnut Stain Ink Re-inker)
Scrap of Cotton fabric


·        Firstly I applied Gesso to one page from a Grungeboard Bracket Book. Note that I heat set after each layer of paint applied. Daler Rowney Havana Brown was applied before using the Tim Holtz Texture Hammer. Eco Green Crafts Green Patina and Aged Gold were applied before sandpapering the Grungeboard.

·        Next I used the TCW Mini Ledger stencil and Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

·         Now for stamping. Using StazOn Timber Brown, I inked up the hand-written section of the Passporto stamp (Oxford Impressions’ Times Past) covering the panel.  Dissolved walnut ink crystals were then dripped onto the panel, heat set before randomly stamping the ink blot (Oxford Impressions’ Times Past).

·        PaperArtsy Crunchy Tissue Paper was stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals heat setting before stamping Passporto stamp (Oxford Impressions’ Times Past) with StazOn. I then heat set before tearing into two pieces. Lay aside for the moment.

·        A piece of white cardstock was stained with Distress Stain Antique Linen, heat set before randomly applying dissolved walnut ink crystals and heat setting once again. Two shipping tags were stained in the same manner. The handwritten tag (Oxford Impressions’ April In Paris) was stamped twice with VersaFine Vintage Sepia onto the cardstock and the circular label (Times Past) with StazOn Timber Brown. I cut out and distressed one of the stamped tags. For the other, only a piece of the text was cut out and distressed.

·        Onto one prepared shipping tag, stamp Cavalieri Brothers with Versafine Vintage Sepia. Re-ink Cavalieri text with border only with StazOn Timber Brown. Using the remainder of the shipping tag stamp the very top of the handwritten tag (Oxford Impressions’ April In Paris). I cut out all stamped images, stapling Cavalieri Brothers text with border over the main Cavalieri Brothers image.

·        A scrap of fabric (at this point I also stained lace, string and seam binding) was stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals, left to dry before stamping numbers (Times Past) with StazOn Timber Brown. The fabric scrap and circular label were adhered to the corner of the image.

·        Now to assemble the panel. Firstly I layered the stamped Crunch Tissue Paper to the Grungeboard. Stained seam binding was stapled to the handwritten tag adding stained lace to the bottom edge. Stained string was added to the other two tag holes. To the Cavalieri Brothers I added the piece of stamped torn text embellishing with a vintage pen nib. Below the main image I tucked the stamped handwritten tag. 

·        Finally string was added to form the hanging.




  1. Really cool manly project, Lynne!! Great stamps and fab composition.

  2. Fabulous masculine make Lynne :-). Love the aged look you have created using various techniques. Brilliant stamping with wonderful image of the brothers.

    This is right up my street....I love it.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

  3. Such amazing ageing and texture - it really does look as if it was made with old papers and photos found in a dusty attic. Fantastic piece!

  4. Magnificent Lynne!!! Love the way you have treated the grunge board backing and the layers (especially on the tissue paper) are superb and so antique-looking. Love it to bits. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. Hi Lynn, this is an amazing creation, love how you made up the grungy background (not heard of ink crystals before), the stamping and colouring are wonderful. Love this!

  6. Got to agree with Jenny - magnificent is exactly the word that sprang to my mind too! Fabulous grungy patina - great to see all those layers building up the texture, and the wax paper looks brilliant with the Passport stamp. Perfect collaged layering of the elements for a truly wonderful piece - completely love it!
    Alison xx

  7. An amazing vintage piece Lynne! Wonderful elements from that lovely stamp set, & your painty background is gorgeous!
    Alison xxx

  8. A stunner Lynne. The vintage colour tones are so gorgeously rich and the stamped panel looks fabulous against that beautiful background.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  9. I echo all above Lynne - superb crafting here! It must have taken ages. The rich leather effect is marvellous. Stunning piece. Nicola x

  10. Oh wow! this is fabulous... love the gorgeous background. TFS
    Suzi B xx

  11. Wow Lynne. This is one gorgeous piece! The sepia tones with the black are fantastic and all of the layering, stamping, etc. really gives such a vintage feeling! Love your design. <3 Candy

  12. Lovely creation Lynne...The background looks amazing and so weathered. Wonderfully creative stamping Lynne!!!
    Dot x

  13. Fabulous make with beautiful stamping and a gorgeous background!! A truly wonderful creation!

  14. Fabulous creation Lynne, The background is amazing... Loved the tutorial..Hugs May x x x

    Sorry I think I left a comment on post before.. I hope this is the correct one for your piece!!

  15. Absolutely fabulous Lynne, the image is great and I love the background.
    xxx Hazel.

  16. What a stunning wall hanging! I love all the detail work Lynne included.

  17. such a lovely masculine project, fabbie as always

  18. An amazing piece of vintage art Lynne! How wonderful to read how you made this too. Inspiring post Lynne.

  19. Wow, this is fantastic Lynne! The vintage background looks fabulous and a great tutorial!

    Maria xxxxx


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