Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CC3C - Challenge 15

Hi All,

Challenge 15 - Cabinet Cards.  I didn't have any of these so I hastily ordered some and now I'm wondering why I didn't spot them earlier.  I had great fun with this challenge as I dug out the bag of old photos that I got from my Mum.  I photocopied the original onto photo paper to use in this project so that I still have the original, just in case!

Now I have a confession to make, my husband said that Caitlin, my daughter, would like this as she doesn't have any photos of herself at age 2.  This still won't help as this is Me!  He didn't realise that this was not his daughter, although at that age we are quite similar,  made me laugh anyway.

To make my cabinet card I inked round the aperture and the edges with walnut stain distress ink. I then stencilled some multi sized dots, using gold embossing paste, onto the sides of the card and covered with glitter and set aside to dry.   When the paste was dry I drew a little loop on each circle  to make them into baubles.  

 As the photo was a little small for the card I cuts some patterned paper to size and cut an oval, smaller than the one in the cabinet card, inked with walnut stain distress ink, and placed the photo behind it.  On the back of this I put some plain card which I will write a message to my daughter on.

For embellishments I cut some of the Festive Greens in various shades of green and also added some pine needles distress ink to give some shading.  I also inked through the holly die to get the veins in the leaves.  I also added a little snow using DecoArt snow-tex to the edges of the branches.

The stocking and present at the bottom are metal charms that I painted using Pebeo Vitrail paint to give a stained glass effect then added some of the Ranger Mixatives in metallic silver and gold to highlight the details.  The bells in the top corner are from Tims Christmas adornments.  I painted this with various alcohol inks and the gold mixative.  A messy bow made with vintage red organza ribbon was mounted on the foliage then the bells added on top.

The large bauble was cut from textured gold card and mounted onto some red card that I had sealed with matt glue and seal.  I then filled in the red parts with the Pebeo Vitrail paint to give a glassy look to the bauble, before the paint dried I sprinkled a few red micro beads into the gaps for some extra texture and finished with a small bow.

As this was taken the Christmas I was 2, I still remember the teddy, I decided to title it Christmas Past.  I used the Holiday words dies to cut the word Christmas from the same textured gold card as the bauble and the letters for "Past" from green card and stuck them on the bottom.

As always thanks to Linda for organising the challenges, check out the inspiration here from the Curiosity Crew, and a big thank you to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - November

Hi All

First of all Thanks to all those people who visited my blog and especially to those who commented.  Having just about got over the shock of being chosen last month, (my husband scraped me off the ceiling!)  its time to do the next tag for November.  This is an autumnal tag using those lovely rich fiery colours.

I smooshed spiced marmalade, barn door, crushed olive and rusty hinge distress paints onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water and then dragged my tag through the paint, as I got a bit carried away with the amount of paint I had enough for three tags so some for another project.  Once the paint was dry I used the speckles stencil to put some versa mark ink onto the tag then used the sticky clear embossing powder to get some sticky patches on the tag and then rubbed the gold transfer foil onto the sticky patches.

The tag was then embossed with the embossing folder from the layered leaf, with a little vintage photo ink on the folder before embossing to give a bit of shadow.

Having just had a delivery yesterday I happened to have a cardboard box that I could grab to alter, usually my husband is the recycling ogre and nothing is allowed to stay in the house if its not to be used immediately.  I have hidden the rest of the box just incase I need some more cardboard, shh! don't tell him!  I stripped off some of the surface of the cardboard and then inked with walnut stain distress ink.  I then splattered with both the walnut stain and tarnished brass distress sprays.  I love these sprays but I don't half make a mess!  I then cut the tattered leaf from the cardboard.

Having gone round the aperture with walnut stain distress ink I glued cardboard, centering  the aperture over the embossed leaf on the tag and cut the cardboard to match the tag.  I then went round the edges and some of the exposed ridges with some Pebeo empire gold gilding wax for a subtle sheen.

I then looked at the leaf that had been cut from the cardboard and couldn't bear not to use it, so I inked with a little spiced marmalade and barn door distress stain to give a hint of colour.  I wanted it to look like a leaf that had been lying on the ground for a few days.  I then put it in the embossing folder,   having swiped with burnished brass distress stain first, and embossed it.  The stain gave the type of sheen you get from some woodland moulds.  I then attached it to the bottom of my tag as if it had just fallen there.

To finish the tag I added some twine to the hole at the top and some remnant rubs, then wound some glitter twine round the tag with a philosophy tag attached.  A little bit of picket fence distress stain on the tag made the word a little easier to read and some gold bead string was added.

I love the colours of Autumn but hate the fact that the wet and windy weather is not far away.  I think I'll just stay indoors and craft, seems good to me.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

CC3C - Challenge 14

Hi All,

This challenge is coloured crackle, see page 53 of Tims Compendium of Curiosities.  At a recent craft fair I purchased some Christmas 'Words'  These are made of MDF and have a small stand so they can be used as table decorations, this seemed the perfect technique to alter them so here we go...

So, I first painted the word and the base with white gesso then, using a combination of dusty concord, salty ocean and broken china distress paint I crackled and coloured using the coloured crackle technique.  Once the crackle was dry I fixed the word to the base.  I seem to have got quite a nice crackle this time, I think it depends on the thickness of the product.

Using some of Tims woodland trees I coloured them using the evergreen bough distress spray, turning my fingers green at the same time, and left them to dry.  When the ink was dry I used a sort of dry brushing effect to put some snow on the trees, I also added a little glitter before the snow was dry.

Once all the pieces were dry I added the trees and a snowman, that I had on the Christmas cake last year, and a small robin to the piece.  Then I added more snow round the base of the pieces, trees and snowman and alone the tops of the word as though it had been in a snow storm.

I painted some chipboard snowflakes with broken china distress paint and sprinkled some glitter into the paint before it dried just for a little festive sparkle.  These were then added to the word here and there.

This is the first of my Christmas preparations done but I now know what I'm going to do with the other two word plaques that I purchased, Noel and Santa.

As usual there are some stunning examples from the Curiosity Crew, Thanks Linda for the chance to see such fabulous work.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.

Right where did I put the  distress crackle paint....