Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mermaid 4 square

Is anyone thinking about handcrafting Christmas gifts this year?
Well, I'm here today to bring you an idea that any little girl will love!


Starting with an Off the Page 4 square project I decided that I wanted to create something that not only would I love but hopefully a little someone will enjoy it too.

I didn't want to use a heap of colouring or medium products, however it didn't quite turn out that way. Please refer to the bottom photo. 
I did want to make sure that the colouring techniques of the chipboard were all pretty much easy and the same though so you can create this at home yourself or a little crafter can do it themselves maybe.

The frame has been coated with White Gesso and sprinkled with "rock candy" glitter.
The Mermaid too was covered with gesso, but then I sprayed here with a couple of pink mists and edged her lightly with a pink Gelato.

The multi colour fish background paper is perfect to give the illusion of an Under the Sea backdrop.

All of the other chipboard pieces have been coloured using Alcohol inks.
*I actually pulled out my nice new Distress Crayons, then panicked and put them away. I shall have to learn more about them first before I share that adventure with you.
Many of these colours I have never used before. Of course you have seen the Silver quite a bit and few dashes of Gold in my projects, but the rest were just opened for the first time although I've owned them for many years. Oops!

The finishing touches were lots of fun to attach. Using just a hot glue gun, I placed the Seashells just so and even managed to get the right effect with the Flower Soft and Fluff products to look like coral or seaweed.

Memory Maze products used;

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Card Bag in a Box made with scraps

Welcome back crafters, I'm here today with an age old question that has been asked between crafters of all kinds. 
What do you do with your scraps? 

I personaly keep EVERYTHING! Yes, it's pretty ridiculous, but I just can't make myself throw it in the bin. 
My first project today is made up of the leftover pieces from one of my favourite collections this year. With only a handful of scraps and a couple of larger 12" pieces left, I decided to create this Bag In A Box with 2 small cards and 2 tags, featuring beatufil Memory Maze chipboard of course. 

Bag In A Box with Cards

I have showcased a great range of basic application techniques for this project. 
First is the large piece on the front window. It has been coloured white with Crackle Paint. Honestly, my crackle paint is quite a few years old and is very thick and glugy now. It was much too thick in some parts, but the bubble bits made a great guide for where is glue on some glitter. 

The smaller piece on the card was coloured by using a Misting Spray. 
The small flowers on top are painted black with distress Rocky Candy glitter to make it shine. 

The flowers that are connected are actually cut from a 12" boarder strip piece. It was painted white and then heat embossed with a "puff" white embossing powder.

My second project that I will share quickly is a very simple card with the leftover Flag shaped chipboard that I had cut off a 12" strip used on an eariler project..  

Coloured by daubing some Distress Ink on to the chipboard pieces and edging them with a Pinecone mini inkpad..

Memory Maze products used; 

Flower pieces