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:
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Thanks for buzzing by.