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Another Texture

Sheelagh is behind the Fun Weeks Challenge over on Cardmaking Paradise and is encouraging many of us to experiment with and explore different textures in our crafting. For the next piece metal foil or duct tape is being used; I opted for aluminium tape which can be bought from Pound shops, DIY shops or similar. This tape is on a roll and has a paper backing under which is an adhesive.

Starting with a house shaped piece of greyboard various items were glued to the greyboard – in my first piece I used card shaped ยฃ sign, wooden shapes, charms, piece of chain and twine. Once everything is adhered into place then the aluminium tape is carefully ‘massaged’ over the shapes; to define the various shapes I used cotton buds. After covering the whole piece with tape I used an embossing stylus to make indentations around the edge of the piece, then used a blunt pencil to draw other shapes.ย  Then I covered the whole piece with black acrylic paint, let it sit for a minute and wipe it off with kitchen towel. This gives the effect of Pewter; other colours can be added even alcohol inks can be used. To highlight particular areas a small sanding block can be gently employed.

metal tape used to cover items

metal tape used to cover items

The flower was made from a tomato puree tube; once opened out and cleanedย  to expose the lovely golden sheen of the inside of the tube a flower stamp was stamped using Stazon black ink and cut out with small scissors. I dabbed over the shapes with alcohol ink, glued two flowers shapes together and curled the petals. A button was added for decoration.

Not being satisfied with making one house shape I went on to create another one!

Home Sweet Home Plaque

Home Sweet Home Plaque

For the shapes and texture I used an open weave taper such as used by plasterers to cover joins when putting up plasterboard and readily available from any DIY or hardware store. It is slightly sticky so can be just pressed into place, I used this plasterers tape to texturise the roof and represent a window. Small wood discs were adhered along the roof line; a wooden bird on a branch was adhered to the greyboard with other charms added. The row of ‘flowers’ are made from flower shaped wooden buttons with thick yarn as stems. On the oblong plaque is a metal button, shrink plastic cat, metal key charm and wood heart. The letters are greyboard/chipboard. All covered with aluminium tape and the shapes emphasised by using cotton buds to press around the shapes. The whole was coated with black acrylic paint as for the top house shape only this time I added other colours of acrylic paint and wiped them off . The house shape had blue and red paint added but the oblong plaque had yellow and orange.

Thank you for looking x


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9 thoughts on “Another Texture

  1. Lynn. .. oh how absolutely fantabulous these are! So many delightful details. .. they are a feast for the creative eye! Love, love, LOVE! Thanks for sharing and getting my creative juices going.


  2. Fabulous result. So looking forward to getting into these challenges Kxx

  3. Okay, you’ve done it. I’m totally “gob-smacked”! I love your “house”! The details you have scribed into the metal tape are scrumptious! The found items placed beneath the metal tape and teased out the details, such as the clock on the roof top, had me staring for many minutes and admiring your genius! Your British Pound item buried beneath the metal tape is, dare I say it (?), exquisite ๐Ÿ˜€

    What a fun challenge to participate in.

    Love you my friend,

  4. Loving this creation too Lynn, fantastic work ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  5. Absolutely fantastic – just love your metal makes – gorgeous

  6. Scrapmate on said:

    Sheelagh is such a talented lady and she has inspired you to make a fab piece of artwork.

  7. billiescraftroom on said:

    Lovely texture, superb projects. Try adding a little interference colour acrylic paint ๐Ÿ˜‰ to the stage you are at now ๐Ÿ™‚ It will really grab the dark areas and reflect out the colour ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Sheelagh on said:

    What feast for the eye Lynn! Lots of lovely textures. I especially love the chimney on your house
    Sheelagh xx

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