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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 £ 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.  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 cleaned  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


Another item changed!

It appears I can’t leave anything alone these days! Something looks a little dull or plain and I am ready with paint, tissue paper and inks. This time it was a jewellery box that belonged to my late and much loved sister-in-law. It housed all those little buttons and badges I never quite knew what to do with and stood all forlorn and unremarked in its dull brown overcoat on a chest of drawers. The grandchildren love it because when the bottom drawer is opened it plays a tune – Brahms lullaby I understand; my DH is trying to educate me into recognizing classical music but, Philistine that I am, if it isn’t 60s or 70s pop it doesn’t stay in my head for long!  So he finds the “trying to educate me” very trying indeed – poor man.

The box’s drawers were emptied and the box was very roughly treated with coarse sandpaper to remove its varnish and give a bit of tooth for the acrylic paint to adhere to. To assist the sticking power of the paint I mixed in some Liquitex matte medium and covered the box and drawers with paint and left it to dry. Crumpled up white tissue paper was then glued on and plenty of diluted PVA glue slapped all over it.

jewellery box with sigA flourish stamp (manufacturer unknown) was used to stamp images in Jet Black Archival ink over the drawers fronts  with green gold Daler Rowney Goldfinger finish rubbed on here and there.

side view

side view

On PaperArtsy crackle tissue I stamped the bird image and a script with Archival ink and then painted the reverse of the tissue paper with gold acrylic paint over the centre and a mix of violet and white around the outside and adhered this panel of tissue to the prepared box. String beads were glued to the top and bottom edges of both sides as well as along the top edge with paper flowers added to each corner of the sides.



Out of greyboard a back was created, painted and covered with crumpled tissue paper then crackle tissue was stamped with a Crafty Individuals image and another flourish stamp in black Archival ink. Feathers, paper leaves, metal leaves and paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts were added. The little decoupaged bird was a small RAK from a UK Stampers forum friend who hosted the Twinchie swap – Catherine, thank you Catherine!

close up of top

close up of top

Does anyone recognise the image used on the side panels? I’d love to know who made that so I can credit the company!

Materials used:

Acrylic paints – gold, violet and white

Tissue paper – from stationers

Crackle Tissue Paper – PaperArtsy

Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Strings of beads – stash

Paper flowers & leaves – Wild Orchid Crafts

Stamps – Script (Creative Expressions)

– Birds (Crafty Individuals CI-193)

– Flourishes (Creative Expressions)

Thanks for looking x




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