Shabby Chic Easter

Good Morning! Finally, we’re marching into March – February seems to have dragged on and I’m ready for a change of tempo! Over at the Gecko Galz we have a new challenge “Shabby Chic Easter.” There are tons of gorgeous Easter products in their Etsy shop  and if you enter the challenge you could win yourself a little shopping spree. In the run up to Easter I will be showcasing some of the lovely designs, both old and new, that are available. Today I have a little crate of shabby chic eggs to share:

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These are just the easiest things in the world to create and a great way to showcase your favourite stamps. However, not the easiest thing in the world to photograph. Take a close-up look at the eggs first.

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The eggs themselves are papier mache and I began by giving them a coat of gesso. I wasn’t too careful in the application as I wanted a shabby chic look so having the base show through in places helped to achieve this. Next, I printed out some of my favourite digital stamp images from the Gecko Galz. I used cheap copier paper as this is less obvious when stuck to the eggs. I tore around the images and then applied them to the egg. Once dry I added a wash of gesso over the images and some white crackle paint around some of the edges of the images.P1110628

Then it was then just a question of using scraps and bits and bobs from my stash to decorate:

The crate is from Fernli Designs and was the hardest part of this project as it comes without instructions. Once you have worked out the purpose of the 8 small strips of wood (I suggest you study the photograph on the website carefully) it was actually quite easy to figure out. Once assembled, I gave it a coat of gesso and then a coat of off-white paint to maintain the shabby chic look.

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The sign is a chalkboard image from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade digital kit. I created the frame from chipboard using the Rectangles Alterations dies and then painted with gesso and crackle paint. I’m not sure where the shabby chic roses are from, but I wish I knew as I would love some more!!!

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Thanks for buzzing by.


Comments

Shabby Chic Easter — 8 Comments

  1. Outstanding work Mrs Beez, this project is so gorgeous I am struggling to find the right words. I am sure it will form the center piece of your Easter decorations.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s sitting on the side as I type – thinking I need to buy a special table to pop it on!!! xx

  2. these are so cute. i have some digital stamps but currently can’t manage to control them. what program do you use to arrange and print them? thanks for your help.

    • Hi Christi and thanks for your comments 🙂 I always use Microsoft Word to edit and manipulate my digital stamps. I know there are lots of other programs that are more sophisticated but Word suits my needs. I copy and paste them from my picture library and then always use the “Wrap Text” function (you can usually access this by right-clicking the image when it is highlighted) and choosing the “tight” option. This makes it easy to move and resize the image. The tricky bit can be removing the background if the image is on a white background and I’m not always successful with this. There is an option on the “Format” menu (which should appear when the image is highlighted) to remove background. I hope this helps but please do get back to me if you want to know more and I will happily do you some screen shots 🙂

I really appreciate it when people take time to leave a comment, thank you so much for doing so :)