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Sort of mixed media!

First stage

First stage

Sheelagh came up with another challenge on Cardmaking Paradise for our house shaped books and it was to use mixed media and “junk” ; you know all those bits and pieces we collect and stuff into a box, drawer or container thinking it will come in handy one day?  For this first stage I used a piece of grey board and various stencils, for some of the stencils I use moulding paste (white) by Farrell and Gold, for other stencils I used Imagination Craft’s Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal – although it matters not what colour is used as it will be coated with gesso later on and other colours applied. It was the texture I wanted. Also added at this stage were some die cut corners that were languishing in a container and some lace.

Second stage

Second stage

A few more die cuts, buttons, embossed paper, bits of a paper doily and a paper rose.

Third stage

Third stage

Amazing what can be found when all those corners are checked out! A metal bee badge, more flowers and lace, shrink plastic birds, a metal charm, strips of pearl beads and a rather garish owl pendant. All these items were adhered with Collall general glue. Once everything was stuck in place and dried then out came the gesso and brushed over, this piece needed two coats (my gesso was rather thin) and all the nooks and crannies were covered in gesso.

Final stage

Final stage

The best bit! All the shimmery paints and sprays can be used! Dry between the different coats/layers. I only had one shimmery spray, a home made one in a jade colour with mica powder added, the rest of the colours were shimmery acrylic paints. I have had these paints for years and they are in small flip top containers with no name on them, wish I could remember where I bought them as some of the colours are running out!

This piece will be mounted on another piece of greyboard and then onto a larger piece of mountboard.

Thank you for looking xx

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This old house!

We have all seen those beautifully crafted shadow boxes/printers trays available from many craft stores and a certain auction site; well I have looked at many of them and thought how much I would like one or six of them! With Christmas approaching I decided I would do something similar for my sister who loves this type of thing and she also appreciates hand made, I love my sister!

During one of my can’t -get-to sleep periods, which happen all too frequently these days, I mulled over the idea of constructing one of these printers tray type thingies from scratch. I didn’t have enough strong chipboard or grey board but remembered I did have some pieces of mount board that I bought from a picture framer’s shop several years ago and had not done anything with it.

This is a work in progress and here it is so far:

A work in progress, half completed house box!

A work in progress, half completed house box!

As a change this has not seen a coat of paint at all, I set myself the added challenge of using scraps of paper instead. As I rarely use paper for card making I don’t buy it very often but I do have a wallet of scraps from other projects; there are so many gorgeous papers on sale and I love paper but my eyes are always averted from the paper pads when shopping for other craft items! Much of the paper here comes from free papers, some digital, scraps saved from envelopes and the scrap copier paper that gets covered in ink and stamping when card or ATC making and I have finally found a use for it!

I roughly sketched out the house shape and sections on the mount board – pencil marks can be seen in the bottom half

pencil marks galore

pencil marks galore

Another piece of mount board was used for the outside edge pieces and any glue residue hidden behind the paper coverings.

 

 

close up of papers

close up of papers

Paper was then adhered to each back wall section before adhering the uprights – again covered with paper. The tree section is from copier paper when testing out different inks for a Mail Art Swap!

papers used for the back of the house

papers used for the back of the house

There wasn’t quite enough of one design to entirely cover the back and side pieces so two designer sheets were used with the roof part being covered with a piece of printer paper sprayed with blue and gold inks. So far so okay, fingers crossed this project gets completed without too much more swearing because my measurements weren’t accurate enough or I had forgotten to take additions of other pieces of uprights into the equation!! Surprising how a millimetre or two can make all the difference!

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