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Friday, 12 June 2020

The Old Boiler Room



Hello, welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing a piece of Steampunk home decor today, which in my opinion is a marriage made in heaven lol!  My love of Steampunk and Industrial genres never fail to inspire me and I love creating pieces of artwork in those genres.
For this project I have used an MDF substrate, a shadow box with a border of cogs; I have also used light air dry clay and moulds, Steampunk printed paper, black Gesso, acrylic paints, metalic paste, coloured crackle paste, printed 3D card figures and printed Steampunk die cut pieces, MDF cogs of various sizes, greyboard die cuts, Glossy Accents, Liquid Acrylic Wax, greyboard embellishments and black texture paste.  

 

I assembled the shadow box and added the base frame, then I painted it all with black Gesso.  I also painted the MDF cogs with Gesso.
  


I took some Steampunk themed printed paper and cut it to size to fit inside the frame, then  I distressed the edges of the paper with scissors.  I blended brown ink to enhance the distressed edges.  I used a small cog stencil in one of the top corners and applied some black texture paste.  I then did the same using a stencil of Industrial Lighting.  When the paste was dry I painted the light bulbs with a yellow neon acrylic paint and added some copper paint to the fillaments and also to the cogs.  I applied a coat of wax to the paper before attaching it inside the shadow box.




I created some pipes, cogs, screw heads and 'metal' sheets using air dry clay in moulds.  When dry I painted the clay embellishments with metalic paste.  This gave them a 'pitted' metalic texture and look. 




The next step was to age and distress the 'metal' pieces.  I applied some metalic copper paint by 'splodging' it on with a brush randomly.  I then added a mixture of black sand texture paste and turquoise paint, which gives the effect of Verdigris.  





For the next step I took the frame and applied copper crackle paste then left it to dry naturally, that way it gives better, natural looking crackles.    




It was now time to place all the pieces into position before attaching them with multi purpose media gel.  



I decided to add a couple of inventors.



After attaching all the embellishments inside the the shadow box it was time to attach the ones around the frame.  I had painted and aged the MDF cogs that came with the shadow box so I arranged them around the frame and attached them with the multi purpose media gel.  I also added a few printed die cut embellishments.







This is a project that I have wanted to do for a while, and I'm really pleased with the result.  I am especially happy with the way my hand crafted boiler turned out!  It was a lot of work - definitely not a quick project - but so worth it and I enjoyed every minute of it.  
Thank you for popping in today, I hope that you have enjoyed this post.  Feel free to browse further on my blog or drop in again soon  :)  

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Solitary Tree



Hello - welcome to my blog  :)  I have another of my CB samples to share with you from last month's shows.  I have used stamps from the Trees A Crowd set; acrylic paints, Gelli Plate, black Versafine ink, black fineliner pen, Distress Oxide inks.



For the background I chose one that I made some time ago with acrylic paints and a Gelli Plate.  I stamped the large bare tree image in black Versafine ink and embossed it with clear EP.  I then trimmed the panel a little and blended ink around the edges.  I used a black fineliner pen to draw a border around the painted area.     






I took a Kraft base card and stamped a smaller tree image along the two sides to create a border, then attached the FP to the base card.I also blended ink around the edges of the card to complete the design.   



This is a lovely quick card, good for those last minute makes!  I think it's suitable for many occasions and any recipient. 
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River King




Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing one of my Chocolate Baroque samples today, from last month's shows on tv.  I have used stamps from the Kingfisher Song and Sticks and Stones sets; water colour paints, Distress Oxides, sepia Versafine ink, clear EP.



On a piece of Drawing Cartridge I stamped the Kingfisher, branch and bridge scene images in sepia Versafine ink, then embossed them with clear EP.  I made some masks out of masking tissue and masked the images.  I then created the background, painting with watercolours.  I created a dawn (or dusk) sky and a calm, tranquil riverside scene.  When the background was dry I removed the masks and painted the images. 



I matted the focal panel onto dark card, then on a spare piece of white card I stamped and embossed the Flag Iris image twice before painting them with the water colours.  I used a white acrylic paint pen to add highlights to the Kingfisher.  I cut out the flowers and attached them to the focal panel with 3D glue.



I took a white base card and stamped several worker images around the edges using Distress Oxide inks.  I then attached the FP to the base card.





This is a lovely card that would suit any occasion and any recipient, a lovely Spring scene.  I am especially pleased with the background and the way the colours have blended.  
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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Kraft Poppies

 


Hi there welcome to my blog  :)  I have a quick and easy card to share with you, another of my DT samples.  I have used stamps from the Poppy Ledger and Make your Mark sets; Distress Oxide inks, black Versafine ink, sepia Versafine ink, clear EP and a black pen from my stash.



I took a piece of Kraft card and stamped the Poppy Ledger image in black ink then embossed it with clear EP.  I used DO inks to paint the colour on the poppies.  I then stamped the cracked image in sepia ink around the edges of the Kraft card, using first and second generation ink.  I did the same with the small circle image.   




On a spare piece of Kraft card I stamped and embossed a sentiment then used a black pen around the edges of the panel  and did the same with the focal panel.  



I attached the focal panel to a white base card and added the sentiment panel.



I love this stamp!  I think it really suits being used with Kraft card, and of course the flowers can be any colour.  It's a lovely design that I think could be used for any occasion and recipient.
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Glorious Circles



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing one of my Chocolate Baroque samples today, a bright and cheery card.  I used stamps from the Glorious and Make your Mark sets; Distress Oxide inks, acrylic paints, CB Strip Stencil, black Versafine ink, clear EP, and a black pen from my stash.



I have several backgrounds in my stash from the second CB Craftalong and I chose one for this project.  It was made on a gelli plate using acrylic paints and a couple of stencils.  I used another stencil to add white gesso discs randomly over the background.  



 I stamped both circle images in black ink off the edges of the background and embossed them with clear EP.  I then stamped and embossed the floral sprig image in the center of the large circle and over one of the white discs, which will enable me to get a true colour when painting the flowers, which I did with DOs. 



On a white base card I stamped the 'dotty' image around the edges in first and second generation ink, then in another colour I did the same with the smaller circle image.  I trimmed the background panel, blended ink around the edges then added a free-hand line frame with a black pen.  




I stamped and embossed a sentiment in black onto a spare piece of white card.  I then trimmed the card to size, added ink around the edges and attached it to the card.




As I said this is a cheery little card that would suit a lot of occasions.  I had such a lovely time creating it and I think the colours really pop!
Thank you for dropping in  today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe I've inspired you a little.  I hope to see you here again soon  :)  
   



Saturday, 28 March 2020

Secret Garden



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a piece of home decor/mixed media to share with you today.  A friend of mine gave me a couple of MDF watering cans that she had got from Dreamees   https://www.dreamees.org.uk/  and I immediately thought 'Vintage' and 'Secret Garden' theme.  I have recently aquired some new silicone moulds which I use with air dry clay that I knew would be great for this project.    
So, I have used acrylic paint and mat arylic paint from my stash, air dry clay, moulds from Prima and La Blanche, Little Birdie paper flowers, La Blanche paper ephemera,die cuts from my stash, That's Crafty crackle gel, La Blanche antiqueing laquer, 13 Arts grit, Distress Inks, a little garden twine and gold gilding wax.




I  began by painting all surfaces with a terracotta acrylic, letting it dry then painted on a coat of crackle gel.  When that was dry I painted all the surfaces with a mat acrylic paint and watched the cracks appear, giving the effect of old, cracked paint.  




I added antiqueing laquer using a dry brush to age everything a bit more.  I wanted to include a brick wall in my design and some texture.  I have a brick wall stencil in my stash but it's too big for this project so I made one myself.  I took some clear packaging, which is usually very strong, and I used a die from my stash of a small brick wall.  I then mixed some sand texture paste and terracotta paint, and stencilled it onto the body of the watering can.  When that was dry I took the air dry clay pieces that I had prepared earlier; a bird bath, a figureen head, a bird house on a post and some tiny birds.  I painted the birds and the bird house but left the other pieces white so they looked like marble.  I attached them all to the watering can with multi purpose gel medium.  I added some die cut Ivy leaves, which I had edged with white gesso, to replicate creeping Ivy growing on the wall.  I then attached some white paper flowers, a couple of painted clay flowers, some die cut trellis and added some garden twine on the handle.  




I took some La Blanche paper ephemera sheets and cut out a dragonfly, a small photo and a tag.  I tore the edges of the photo and added some DI to them.  I then added ink to the edges of the tag and the Dragonfly before attaching all the pieces to the spout of the watering can.  
    

Next it was time to decorate the other side, I wanted to create a secret entrance to the garden.  I took another of my clay pieces, this time an old wooden door, and I painted it with mat acrylic paint.  I used gold gilding wax on the hinges and door handle, then added antiqueing laquer to knock them back a bit.  I dry brushed a light colour over the door to accentuate the grain then decorated the doorstep in the same way.   



I wanted to create the effect that the door to the secret garden was a bit hidden by lots of overgrown foliage, so I added various die cuts from my stash in different shades of green card.  I then added DIs to the edges of the leaves.






The next stage was to add the old brick wall, using the same products and techniqes as before.  When the 'bricks' were dry I attached the door and doorstep with multi-purpose gel.  




I then attached all the die cut foliage including the creeping Ivy across the top of the door.  I wanted to create some scruffy grounding for the piece so I took some fine grit and attached it on both sides, at the bottom of the watering can and over the base.  I then painted the grit with a mat acrylic in a tonal colour.   I attached a small white flower as a little tease of what might be behind the door.  






I added gold gilding wax to all the edges of the watering can and base, then cut out a butterfly and attached it to the spout to complete the design.
I had so much fun creating this piece!  I used around 8 different techniques and lots of products, in other words I had a wonderful playtime lol!  I am so pleased with the results too, it looks just as it did in my head when I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate my MDF watering can.
Thanks so much for dropping into my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post.  Feel free to browse further and I hope to see you here again soon!  :)

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Inspirational Garden



 Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing another of my samples for Chocolate Baroque today, featuring more of their lovely stamps.  For this card I have used stamps from the Doodle Birds, Doodle Butterfly and Edgy Edges sets; Versafine Clair inks, Distress Oxide inks, Versamark ink, white EP and a gold pen.  



On a piece of Kraft card I stamped and embossed three floral images and a butterfly in white EP.  I then watercoloured the images with DO inks.



I took another piece of Kraft card and stamped a couple of images randomly in Versafine Clair inks.  I used a gold pen to edge the panel.  



On a spare piece of Kraft card I stamped the border image, painted the leaves then added gold pen around the edges, and around the edges of the focal panel.  



I then took an ivory base card and stamped a couple of worker images around the edges to create a border in first and second generation ink.  



I attached the focal panel to the background panel, then wrapped the border around both panels and attached all of them to the base card.  I took a strip of Kraft card and stamped and embossed a sentiment in white on it.  I then used the gold pen to edge it and attached it to the border with 3D gel. 



I'm really pleased with the result, this is a quick and easy design but it makes a really pretty card.  Another 'worker' card - suitable for a variety of occasions and recipients.
Thank you for visiting my blog - I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe take a little inspiration.  Feel free to browse some of my other work, leave a comment, and I hope you'll pop in again soon  :)