Getting Messy

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Hopefully, by the time you read this, Mr Beez and I will be strolling round sunny (fingers crossed) Valencia. Today’s project is my Design Team piece for the current Anything But A Card challenge which is to “get messy.” I am a self-confessed messy crafter and quite frankly I could get messy doing embroidery! Here’s what I came up with:

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If it was messy, I used it – texture paste, acrylic paint, distress inks, gilding waxes, glue gun – I certainly had mucky paws every step of the way! I used lots of the techniques I learned from my workshop with Hels Sheridan

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The base of my new piece is a fab new find from PaperArtsy. It’s a chunky papier mache board, complete with hanger, perfect for altering and a snip at 72p or 84p for a larger one. I started off by giving it a coat of gesso before using a flowery stencil and some white texture paste to cover the base completely. I wish I’d taken a picture of this as it came out perfectly. I left it to dry overnight but as I had chosen a hot day to complete this part of the operation it was dry a lot quicker.

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Once dry, I gave it all a coat of pale lilac acrylic paint and then added smidges of white and sage using a dry brush. However, I then spotted some paint called guava and decided that I wanted to use this instead so went over the whole lot with this and a touch of buttermilk.

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Next, I used a pencil and ruler to mark out equal blocks all the way around the edge then filled these in with the paints and black Promarker.

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To add the stamped honeycomb and script detail I first stamped on to a piece of tissue – a single sheet separated from a 3 ply, with black archival ink, tore out small pieces and then applied with Modpodge brushing it both under and over the tissue pieces. Hels uses Glue ‘n’ seal for this but I don’t have any of this … yet!! However, the Modpodge worked just as well and I used the same technique to apply a bee. The tissue is almost transparent once you’ve added the glue so you end up really only being able to see the stamping. It’s a great way to stamp onto an uneven surface.

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I stamped out flowers, using my fave Sheena Douglass stamps, and coloured them with Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon distress inks.

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I used the same colour inks to dye some seam binding to tie around the base of the string hanger, adding a touch of leaf ribbon trim and a little star brad.

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I rubbed on some gilding waxes – bronze and gold – to highlight areas of the design.

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The finishing touches were the word tiles and to add dimension to the bee by adding a second stamped image over the first.

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Do buzz over to the Anything But A Card challenge blog, the DT have come up with some fabulous projects and there are also some superb entries. Hope you’re having a perfect day 🙂


Comments

Getting Messy — 3 Comments

  1. As a card carrying member of the ‘I don’t do messy’ club does not mean that I cannot appreciate something special when I see it. This must have taken you ages to do.

    Dionne xx

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