Here are a couple of nice little projects I have been working on ready for my autumn classes at the WEA in Leicester – a concertina flag card and a concertina card in a matchbox.
For the flag card I used some mint green card which I stencilled over with a snowflake stencil and Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. I decorated the front with a stamped sentiment (stamp by Stampendous) and the flags inside with some die cut words and snowflakes. I used seam binding for the ribbon tie which I coloured using Dylusions White Linen spray and more of the pistachio ink.
I used a large matchbox for my second card, one that had contained extra long matches, although you can use any size and they are fun to make and to receive! I started off by giving the ‘drawer’ a coat of acrylic paint then covered the sleeve with patterned paper. The concertina card inside was made with cream card that has been stamped with trees (Sheltering Tree by Stampin’ Up). The houses (stamp by Crafty Individuals) were stamped on separate card, coloured and cut out, then added to the card. I have also applied some Polar White Flowersoft below the houses and in the trees for snow. The final touch was to decorate the top of the box: I have added a stamped greeting, some die cut foliage and a little bell attached to linen thread.
I bought a small, round chipboard book at a local shop recently – it was reduced to half price and so how could I resist? I have been debating what to do with it and decided that I am going to decorate each page with something new … that is, a technique or product that I have never used before. I have completed four pages so far:
On the first page the new technique I’ve used is to create a tissue tape background. I cut a circle of card and blended inks over it to colour, then covered the entire piece with tissue tape. I added the stamped and coloured image of the 2 women and an adage ticket attached to a memo pin. The flower trim has been coloured with Dylusions spray.
My second page has a background using Winsor & Newton iridescent medium. I bought some of this last November at the NEC and have just got around to using it! I painted the background with Distress Stains mixed with a little of the iridescent medium and also stamped with the medium around the edges of the page.
On page 3 I have gone all metallic! I saw this technique using aluminium tape in Craft Stamper quite a while ago and have been trying to find some of this tape ever since. Then recently I managed to find some in a local pound shop! The strip across the middle of the page is a piece of card to which I glued some grungepaper numbers and shapes. I then covered this with the metal tape and coloured it with alcohol inks. The flowers were made in a similar way: stick some tape onto card and stamp flowers using StayzOn ink. Cut them out and emboss with a Cuttlebug folder, then colour with alcohol inks.
I’ve used canvas as a background on page 4, and a technique that the owner of one of my local craft shops told me about a couple of days ago: paint the canvas with white Picket Fence Distress Stain and allow to dry; then use one or more colours of Distress Stains over the surface. I’ve decorated this page with an image of a girl (by Paper Whimsy) behind an acetate overlay, and finally some laser-cut flowers which I sprayed with Glimmermist. The small accents at the bottom are square jump rings glued onto patterned paper and then filled with Glosssy Accents dimensional glue. I added these partly for balance, BUT mainly to cover up a couple of unwanted glue marks!!
This is a wooden configurations-type box in the shape of a house which is approximately A4 size. When I started on this project I didn’t have any particular theme in mind, other than the colour scheme – I painted the box with Moonlight Fresco Finish acrylic paint, so decided on light purple and turquoise with a few touches of pink. Then I decorated one of the ‘rooms’ and used a butterfly, so I thought why not incorporate at least one butterfly in each section to create a more cohesive overall theme. I’ve used a lot of stamped and coloured images along with a variety of other embellishments such as lace, flowers and some metal charms. At the top of the house, in the ‘attic’, I’ve used a die by Crafty Individuals and a gorgeous little metal lamp which I coloured with alcohol inks.
I bought some small, cheap canvases ages ago – it must be 2 or 3 years ago – intending to decorate them, but believe it or not I’ve only just got around to doing one!! I guess it must be because I haven’t got any cards to make at the moment and I can’t do without my almost daily fix of a bit of crafting. So here is my very first attempt at a canvas. The surface of the canvas was coloured using Dylusions spray inks, then I stamped the numbers at the bottom directly onto the canvas using black gesso (which I’ve also used to paint around the sides and edges). The other images were stamped onto tissue paper and then glued to the canvas using Mod Podge. I’ve used stamps by Paperbag Studios, Personal Impressions and Tim Holtz. The flower was made by cutting old book pages with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die, then sprayed with the Dylusions inks and light spritz of gold Glimmermist.
I finished the project and took the above photo of the canvas, then I suddenly decided to add a little black bead to the tiny watch cog on the heart balloon. This is soooo like me!
This is a little wooden bird house which I have had lying around for quite a while waiting to be decorated. So, as I had an unexpected day at home (due to the snow!!), I decided to make the most of this time and make a start. After giving the house a coat of Fresco Finish acrylic paint, I coloured the roof and around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stamped the sides and the back using Archival Ink, and decorated the front with some flowers and a little metal tree charm. The bird was die cut from Grungepaper and coloured with DIs. As a final touch I stamped and coloured some leaves, cut them out and added them to the roof. What an enjoyable way to spend a snowy day!