Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Little Altered Vanity Case:

I seem to be going through a citrus phase.... We just had a thunder storm here, with icy hail and right after it, brilliant sunshine. I dont know if you notice the change in colours just before and after a storm. the light seems to make the fresh greens of spring and summer, just pop out at you. while I was watching the storm, I decided to make something and weirdly, without thinking about it, I seem to have strayed into those colours. so this little case is a permanent "pre thunderstorm" green.

Here is what the paint effect looks like before adding embellishments and texture etc. I started with a coat of light green, and added a few touches of bright yellow. when it had dried i put a coat of PVA glue over it then gave it a white wash with more deco art paint. I dried it vigorously with a heat gun, making it bubble and blister. when it had cooled and hardened I gave it a light sand with sand paper to remove the blister bubbles and showing the green and yellow paint underneath. then I took some very VERY watery green (it was really green water) and spread it over with a brush. I took the heatgun again and chased the puddles of green water around with it till they dried. leaving a tide mark effect. the last step before I started building up the collage embellishing was to use sequin waste and versamagic chalk inks to create the dots and honeycomb effect randomly all over the little case. Time to decorate the lid...

For the lid I used a lot of PVA glue, a vellum bird from the K&Co flora and fauna ephemera pack, some music paper from a large vintage collage sheet (and they mean LARGE... its going to last me forever lol) , more versamagic chalk ink through sequin waste and some gold polish. the pompom trim was a gift from a crafting friend. I simply glued the paper and bird on to the lid then used paints and more glue to build up texture (aided by the heatgun blistering the paint and glue).

Supplies used from Calico Crafts:
Mini case Larger of the two: HERE
Deco art paint Green, yellow and white HERE
Large vintage collage sheet HERE
Vellum bird from the ephemera pack HERE
versamagic chalk inks HERE
little paper watch face, number and flower also from the K&Co ephemera packs.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Step by step

I had a few emails saying that people didnt have facebook so were missing out on the step by step on how i make my fusible film / fantasy film boxes and canvases. so here it is on blogger.
One thing about blogger that stands out when you are loading a fair few images is, its irrational way of loading them, regardless to the order you upload them, it displays them in any order it likes. so I hope i managed to shuffle them around in to the right order.... so here it is ..

1/ Here is the stuff. it has a lot of names, it depends on the make really. 'fusible film'. 'fantasy film' 'glitter film' angelina or angel fibres... you will have to work out where you can get stock from easily and go with that, but they are all pretty much the same and it comes in lots of lovely colours. ( I get mine at the craft barn at the moment and its by Cosmic Shimmers)

2/ paint your canvas or box a base colour that reflects the over all look/ theme you are going with. I have a bit of a thing with either autumn forest colours, or deep see colours so todays example is going to be ocean related.. I painted my box with Deco-Art paint in a nice aqua blue. it doesnt have to be perfect as the over all 'end feel' is somewhat aged looking.

3/ I have chosen a film in aqua tones. bear in mind that these films have more than one colour going on in them. although this one is predominantly aqua, it has a lot of pink in it when tilted to the light.

4/ I smeared acrylic gel medium over my box. this is what your film will stick to. in this instance I have used golden (brand name) and smooth gloss, but regular and matt are fine too. stick with what you have. its possible that good quality PVA glue would do as a substitute but do a test piece on card or something first to be sure.
5/ now tear off a bit of your film and scrunch it up...

6/ place it on your surface.

7/ Cover the areas you want the film on.. in this instance i am covering the whole lid of a box.... allow the film to overlap in places as it adds interest and texture in the following steps.... once you have your surface covered its time to take out the heat gun.

8/ start heating up the film. you can have the heatgun on at full blast for this because you actually want it to melt the film. as it gets warm it will shrink and tighten up, sticking to your surface...

9/ don't be timid with it... as my mentor, Linda Baldock, always told me when she was telling me about this technique ... "heat the holy crap out of it".... concentrate on specific areas and let the heat melt holes in the film... you can also use the heat to shrink the film back from the edges. dont worry about the Gel Medium bubbling up, it will turn clear when it dries and its only adding more interesting texture to your item.

10/ here is my melted film lid... see the holes and also ridges etc where the film overlapped itself. so this is the basic first step... you can leave this as it is and just add embellishments or use it as a basic background... but if you know me, you know i like to keep adding layer upon layer so I'm far from done.

11/ I want to highlight the ridges and bumps to just make it richer and more obviously textured. so for this I am using "treasure gold, gilt wax polish". the colour I use is whitefire gold. if you dont have this you can use rub'n'buff, or gleams etc. any cream based metallic polish will probably work. if you have none then try a krylon pen.. press the nib on to a cloth and use the gold from that. but as every step on this is optional, dont worry if you dont have anything. just move on to the next step. i simply used my finger to apply the polish to the ridges and raised bits of the film at my discretion.

12/ you can see where i have added the gold polish as it hits the light.

13/ its not as "in your face" as that when the light isnt reflecting from it... here is another angle.
again you can stop now and leave it as it is.. but I am not done yet......

14/ I want to add even more texture. I am using some of the fusible fibres (angel fibres) and i attach it in the same way as I attached the film. I use the gel medium. but the fibres require a fraction of the heating. be warned that as this is not the manufacturers intended use, then i am heating it in a way that its not expecting. the majority of the "twinkle" will be melted out. i am going for a more organic look. if you want the twinkle to stay in then gently iron some pieces as per the manufacturers instructions and simply glue them into place. But i am heating mine with a heatgun and letting them melt. they become a bit plant and moss like....

15/ here it is with the fibres melted on.... you can leave it like that... but I am not done yet.

16/ Remember you melted little holes into the film? well now I want to make a feature of them. because this is an ocean themed piece I am imagining the holes as rock-pools. fill some of the holes with glossy accents (you can use gel medium or PVA glue but the accents dry nice and clear and smooth like water)... once you have filled them, sprinkle in little seed beads etc.... let them dry... you can leave that step till last if you like but i like to get some of my other layers going over the beads.. so I am doing it now.

17/ I wanted a bit more variation in colour added to my surface and for this, i like to use alcohol inks... you can apply in the usual way but i like to wet the surface with blending solution (or use the cheaper version of "rubbing alcohol" which is fine as long as its not on glass as it seems to have a slight cloudy residue on glass. ) when the surface is wet I drip on my chosen alcohol inks... this time I used "stream". i tilt the surface and let the inks run across the surface. I also gave this one a slight misting with a mica based mist ( i used a gold one).

18/ so its looking pretty cool now. shiny and textured with some subtle colour variations . again, you can leave it like this. I just cant help myself, so I have more to add.

19/ I want to add some embossing powders. you can adhere the powders any way you like. i like to sprinkle them on right after the ink and mica spray, while its still wet (maybe give it another wee spray to be sure its wet enough) I used cosmic shimmers powders for this... a gold one (forget its name.. might just be "gold" lol.... and i used "Lapis jade". More heatgun and melting. concentrate the heat on the powders as you want them to melt down in to pools of lava like colour..... then let it cool.

20/ as a final touch, i sued a few dabs of "stickles" glitter. I think i used one called "ice crystal" or something. (I'm not very informative am I lol). you can see the effect of the stickles a little better in the next photo as it catches the light... I am actually contented to leave that as it is now and simply glue on my embellishments. I have just added a selection of metal "ocean" related charms etc. you can change your theme depending on colours and available embellishments.

there now. after fighting with google, the images seem to be in the right order and there is my step by step guide as to how i do my film covered canvases and boxes. its still up on facebook too for those who prefer to go through it that way.

thanks for all the interest you guys have shown and I hope this proves of some use.


Monday, 16 April 2012

Got some lace today.....

So I got some lace in the post. Helen (from Calico Crafts) had been swithering about whether to get this lace or not (along with some others) due to them being "not cheap"... but she loved them, so just went for it. to help people out, shes selling it by the HALF meter... but OOOo its lovely. I HAD to get some. no idea what i was going to use it for but knew I wanted it.

I cut a wee bitty off to make a tag. dusky pink and chocolate brown (nice colour combo...) I am still thinking about what to do with the rest.
Its self explanatory probably but here is a wee run down on its construction. 
Paint a piece of stiff card in a dusky pink. I used Deco Art acrylics.... let it dry then paint on a coat of PVA glue (White craft glue). let it go tacky dry (not completely dry) then paint on the next colour... In this instance I put on a coat of cream paint. Now dont wait on it drying, you need to heat it with the heat gun quite vigorously so that it blisters.
When this has cooled and dry, gently sand off the blisters and give the whole of the top coat a gentle sanding with sand paper.
tear out a basic tag shape...
and now age the edges with brown ink. I used Versamagic chalk inks (gingerbread) but you can use your favourite. Vintage photo distress ink would do well here too.

I stamped a nice Katzelkraft text stamp over it (also using the gingerbread ink) in a nice distressed manner (patchy in other words) .... and then I stamped out a Crafty Individuals butterfly stamp on to tissue paper and cut it out.

 I decided this left too much of the cream and pink showing so i decided to mat and layer....

now comes my lace (Yay).. i glued a bit on to the bottom of the tag. I did dab a few bits of the brown ink on to it too, just to give it more of an aged shabby chic look.

Awww pretty lace..... anyway; next step.... I added a piece of cream lace as a second layer.

next i stamped out more butterflies on to cream scrapbook paper and cut them out. I stuck them on leaving the wings free. As butterflies DO NOT fly upsides down ever, I didnt stick the top one on facing inwards. They look wrong upsides down; bit of an obsession of mine.. lol.

and last of all I added some metal and resin embellishments and punched out a hole to thread in the lace at the top....

Supplies list:

Deco Art Acrylic paints HERE
lace (pink)  HERE
lace (cream) HERE
thin lace at top of tag HERE
music collage paper HERE
inks HERE
text stamp HERE
butterfly stamp HERE

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Knickers to you.... yes it was once a box for boxers

My son handed me two empty "Calvin Klein" boxer shorts boxes. What cool boxes, magnet closure and a protective page inside and everything. very "alterable" ... I have altered one in a Victorian country lady style. floral, nature, lace etc... and the second will be more "Zuzu'ish" (clearly thats not a word).
One of the design team themes at Calico Crafts for April/May is "floral blooms" so I am hoping this fits in. Almost everything used on the box so far, is supplied by calico crafts.

After covering the box with paper, i decorated the front using lots of vellum out of the K&Co flora and fauna cardstock and Vellum pack... Its hard to show it up properly in the photos... but it you look at the lable and flowers, you can see they are almost see-through. the bee and butterfly are also lovely vellum embellishments.... due to the amount of vellum on this, I am making this a second entry into the "Stamp Man" Challenge. (the theme being 'vellum', how appropriate)
Supplies used (other than the underpants box):

7Gypsies Conservatory papers
Cream lace
K&Co flora and fauna ephemera pack (with vellum)
Dresden scrap border
versamagic chalk ink. (gingerbread)

I also used my favourite gold gilt wax polish "treasure wax" and this can be found online or in some art shops.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

As predicted, another matchbox...

An altered matchbox (this was the long, cooks matches sort of box, so its nice and big). Matchboxes come in quite a few shapes and sites (ok; mostly rectangle but different dimensions of rectangle) and fear not if you dont have matches (so no matchbox)... Calico crafts sell nice clean white new matchboxes on their website. they even have triangular pie shaped ones! (details will be listed at the bottom of the post in the supplies list.)

I covered my matchbox in 7 gypsies papers (inside and out) then decorated it. I firstly used chalk inks (gingerbread) all around the edges to age the paper just a little. then i glued on my embellishments to build up a little mini diorama. I used K&Co Ephemera, wooden shapes, lace and some metal bits i had in my personal stash.I coloured my wooden tree using 'chalk inks' in 'gingerbread' and 'turquoise gem'.

The two birds were cut from one embellishment collage piece... I have to say, these K&Co packs of ephemera are jam packed with bits.. some really big bits too, I also cut all the fern decoration from one piece of fern collage image; AND everything, in this pack, was double sided ( a bonus if you are suspending anything or attaching to glass or acetate etc. )

Because I use the vellum butterfly from the K&Co flora and fauna vellum and card-stock ephemera, I would like to add this to the challenge over at the stamp man....

Supplies used from Calico Crafts:

Matchbox HERE

7 gypsies papers (conservatory)HERE

K&Co Ephemera HERE (I used the flora and fauna cardstock and vellum pack)

wooden tree HERE

lace HERE

Versamagic chalk inks HERE

Monday, 9 April 2012

Matchbox Swap : designed for Katzelkraft.

Over on my facebook page, we are just in the last few days of our domino book swap and getting ready to start on an "altered matchbox" swap... (sign up is until the 16th April). So I will be bombarding my blog with my attempts at altering matchboxes until I deicide on one I like for the swap. I made this one today, using my Katzelkraft Egypt stamps HERE... Also available in the UK from "The Craft Barn".

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