Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Challenge With Creative Embellishments

Woot Woot it is time again for another Monthly Challenge with Creative Embellishments.  How exciting is that.

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.
Come check out the challenge and play with us.  They give out a generous monthly prize as well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Metal Love with Creative Embellishments

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.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Steampunk Dressforms for Creative Embellishments

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.

Supplies Used:

Gear Set 2 Small

Fairy Wing Set 3

Wing Set 2