Friday, 19 May 2017

For a Special Friend

Morning all
Today I'd like to share a "little box" that I have decorated for a birthday pressie. It's one of those boxes that you can get to alter from a lot of the chain stores that have a craft section. The box is made to look like a little suitcase/handbag. All paints/mediums are Decoart and the stamps are all from Andy Skinner's range by Stampendous. The inside is painted with white americana.
the base coat, after priming the bare wood is Americana Orchid. A thin layer of weathered wood after applying a resist then light avocado. When all was dry, the whole thing wiped down to remove the resist and therefore any loose paint. All sealed with matt medium before stamping in sepia archival ink. Then a coat of satin varnish to finish it off. 
 Some cream cotton lace trim on the box with some cream and silver flat back pearls
then re-attach the metal hinges and clasp and add some gilding wax to the rim of the lid and main box. This ensures the two halves are not going to stick together as well as providing a decorative finish.
 Finally a few flowers and die cut butterflies to finish off the top.
Not your traditional "Shabby Chic" colours but then my friend is not a lover of that colour.

Thank you for looking

I'd like to enter this little project into the challenges at
Country View Challenges - Flower Power
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenges - May Anything Goes, Take it, Make  it

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Gone Rusty

OMGoodness! So long since I visited this little corner of my life!!! Let's see if I can remember how to work this platform.

I have been making the odd bit here and there for friends but forgetting to take photos before hurrying them out of the door. Seems there have been more demands on my time outside my little cubbyhole since we moved house and adopted a gorgeous little Staffie - Nala.

All that is, hopefully, going to change slightly and I'll be back in my inner sanctum playing with the stamps, inks, paints etc more often.
Today's offering was inspired by the challenge over at Country View Challenges - Rust. I love the different ways that the illusion of rust can be created with paints and powders and have used two ways here on my little Tando mini printer tray.
The kit pieces were all sealed with Decoart tinting base after gluing the aperture pieces together. Then the cover was edge painted with Decoart Quin gold.

The front cover
Paper from Prima, Epiphany pad, stamped with a Stampendous bird gears stamp in sepia archival.
Then using Stampendous' gorgeous aged ochre embossing enamel, heat set this to frame the image.
The words were computer generated and wild honey distress ink added, edged with black pencil before being stuck down with matte medium (decoart again)

Inside Left

 More Prima paper from the same pad. I have acquired so many papers that I really ought to use some up! The remaining words from the computer adhered after distressing the edges of the paper with both scissors and ink. Two Tando hearts, One coloured gold with ink the other, paint.

Inside right
More Prima paper and more distress ink on the base.
The frame, after the gluing and priming was given a coat of Decoart Yellow oxide mixed with a touch of gold. Then given a coat of Decoart Patina antiquing cream, wiped back slightly before stamping with an Andy Skinner crackle stamp using sepia archival. Then sealed with satin varnish.
The birdcage and hearts are also from Tando.
The painted rust effect here was created by mixing burnt umber paint with texturizing medium before painting with red oxide, yellow oxide and quin gold paints.

My head says this needs more but I can't quite put my finger on what that is just yet. Oh well! I'll just keep looking at it until inspiration strikes.

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
Country View - Rust