Christmas Tag

Lorna here with my first christmas mixed media project for this year
firstly i gessoed my MDF tag with white gesso and when dry, I used the tree stencil and clear 3D gel with glitter through the stencil to create my back ground. I quickly gave that a dry and then played with the oxide ink sprays by spraying water and moving the ink around to add the colour to my back ground and again I dried it .
From the Mintay Papers pad, Home for Christmas I did some fussy cutting from the element sheet. I used 3d foam pads and  the 3D gel medium to add my cut pieces with some height .
I added my chipboard title from Tim Holtz again using the 3d foam pads and 3D gel medium to fix in place.
lastly i covered my titles and using the white gesso mixed with water, I splattered a little.
I finished the tag with a pretty ribbon.
Here are some close ups.

Behind Closed Doors

Hi it’s Louise here and today I have for you an altered Woodouts window

In preparation, I thickly applied crackle paste to the window and left overnight to dry naturally so as to produce the best cracks. I wanted to go with this paste to create an aged look.

The next day I began by addings some watered down Finnabair sparks paint in Raven over the cracks. This helped to darken and age the piece and add some shimmer.

To continue wth this aging process, I added Finnabair impasto paint in colour burlap

This is also a contrast to the first paint as is a matte, flat colour rather than the sparkle, shiny first paint.

For a little finishing touch to the surface, with my finger I added some Finnabair wax in old denim. I applied it very lightly and buffed onto the wood to make it shine more.

I chose a door paper from AB Studio’s Behind Closed Doors range. I drew roughly around the window and cut it out and added to the back of my frame using Fabrika Decoru 3D Gel

From the same AB Studio range and a few other or their sheets, I fussy cut lots of elements. I stuck these to the frame in a diagonal shape.  I added some chipboard to the back of some to create some dimension and layers. I also added a Tim Holtz baseboard doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight again, I prepared some moulded pieces using Prima Marketing moulds and modeling material. Leave these to dry about 24 hrs. About 1hr into the drying you may wish to press the pieces down flat again as they slight shrink and curve as they dry

These were then coated with Prima Marketing black gesso and dried. Sparks paint in night shadow was lightly added. Then wax in heather hills to give a subtle shimmer to the moulded pieces.

I had some wonderful metal handles I picked up at a car boot sale. These looked great on the window so I added one to it using Prima heavy body gel

I added my moulded pieces along with a few metal piece. I glued these on with the Fabrika 3d gel.I also added the ‘behind closed door’ phrases from the AB Studio paper onto some foam dots. I went over the wording with  black liquid pen to help it stand out  a bit more.

I added as a finishing touch, some micro beads in copper using a soft gel medium.

I really love the finished look of this and this window just has so many possibility as do all the Woodouts pieces. I really recommend checking them out.

Here are some close ups

Christmas Cards

Hello everybody Kasia here… This is the time of the year when I realise I need to make few Christmas cards for my friends and family. This year’s AB studio Secret Wood Christmas papers were just perfect for this.

Firstly I fussy cut all the elements.

I prepared my layers – black and gold and silver mirri card. I used my sewing machine to create the stitch border.

I distressed the edges using oxides  faded jeans and vintage photo.

I layered up my fussy cut elements and added some sisal, gauze and lace to add more texture. You can find some great items like this for adding texture in the trimmings bags

Some of the background were stamped with musical notes stamps by Kaisercraft.

I added chipboard sentiments.

I still wanted those cards to be flat and ready for posting. I used 7inch square blanks and matching envelopes. I enjoyed making those cards but I need more. I will be back soon with some more Christmas cards ideas.

Hugs Kasia

Sunday, cuttin n stickin

Sunday, cuttin n stickin
well what a fab Day i had with Louise and Kasia
plotting and planning, cuttin n stickin!!
we were planning a 2020 retreat, making samples of some of the fab new papers in the shop Thompsonscraftsupplies
spending time with fab friends and eating a gorgeous lunch, what more could you ask for…..oh to do it all again soon please!!
these are AB Studio Breeze of the Forest papers, absolutely gorgeous and the quality of these papers is amazing, just loved all the fussy cutting, and layering, one of my fave ways to craft.
started off on the book and i covered the front cover with one of the 12×12 sheets, sanded, inked and sanded again the edges and all over, then i coloured a heavy paste and stenciled some flowers which matched the papers perfectly.
i then went over with a clear gesso.
next was a lot of fussy cutting and picked where my design was going, top left corner and bottom right corner.
i decided on my layering, and then using something to give height to the elements, either folded card, lefteover mdf pieces, those that are left in the sheets or 3d foam pads, i layered up and stuck my pieces in place using 3d gel.
tucking bits behind, lots of overlapping.
then the splattering with watered down white gesso.
when it was all dry i coated it all with a layer of clear gesso to help protect in when in use.
The Gift box
it was the same principles for my box i cut my pieces to fit the tops and sides on my box, using some open scissors i distressed the edges, stuck them down , inked the edges and then covered with some clear gesso which dragged some of the ink into the main paper which gave a lovely effect.
i layered up with some cheesecloth first then the fussy cut elements.
Thanks for reading
Lorna