For my take this month, I made a mother's day gift set for my mom. I took from the challenge photo the flowers. I thought the roses in the paper were beautiful. I used the Botanical Tea Collection from Graphic 45 and cut it using a Silhouette cut file. The twist this month was to use some form of crackle. I used a little platinum crackle on the Flourish Corner and then used a Verdigris ink pad to stamp with the Distress Crackle Stamp on it. How cute would this look in baby papers with the baby themed wood veneers from the shop? I think it would make an awesome shower present.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I am up today on the Creative Embellishments blog with an altered Tim Holtz configuration book box. I wanted to make the box as a gift to store metal goodies. Yum. On the outside I wanted to give the appearance of metal but ended up using mostly chippie goodness.
I started off the box layering medical tape and covering with gesso and using a Tim Holtz diamond stencil with modeling paste for texture. I stamped into the wet paste for texture. I used the steampunk gear frame as the main piece for the top of the box. I layered with an assortment of gears, loose parts, and propellers. These pieces work really well together and you get so many pieces in the package that I can usually stretch it for several projects. I painted with different shades of grey by varying amounts of a black and white acrylic mixture. I highlighted parts of the box with silver rub and buff and patina Guilder's paste. I finished off with some metal bits.
In the center of the frame I added drywall mesh, punchinella. modeling paste, a metal heart, and chipboard letters. I covered them all with torn pieces of metal that I burnished down and added over alcohol inks. I went over the letters with silver rub-n-buff to make them stand out.
For the inside of the box, I used Marion Smith's Nirvana collection. I kept it pretty simple as I wanted it to be practical. I finished the edges of the inner boxes with black washi tape brushed with a little of the silver rub-n-buff.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hi All. I am up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with Steampunk Dressforms. These were so fun to make. I am going to incorporate them into a larger project so the stand that are sitting on for now is just so that you can see how the skirts hang. I used paper mache dress forms from the Michael's bins that I have had in my stash for a while waiting to be loved. For the dress forms I added lots of acrylic paints, texture mediums, Gilder's paste, and drywall mesh. To create designs on the dressforms such as the shape of the corset and all the piping, I used small border stickers. I added trims, lace, metal and chain to finish them off.
However, the most important embellishment on them all that makes them stand out are the wings. I cannot believe how fabulously detailed these wings are. What I am most impressed with is that they withstood 7 layers of product and kept their shape and didn't fall apart or get soggy. I used the fairy wings and the Wing Set 2.
You don't think I would actually do a dressform and forget a gear? I had to include a few small gears.