Thursday, 3 June 2010

First Bubbly Scrumptious DT post :D

Well this is my first project for Bubbly Scrumptious design team and I really enjoyed playing :D
I received this fab riff raff chipboard bird which might say its a dove but I see peacock LOL :D
I started by coating the birdie in pearl acrylic paint - I always thought these dabbers were a waste of money, but I'm converted now :D
When dry I spritzed it with home made mists - I used broken china distress ink and a liquid acrylic I found in my local craft shop with water, and the acrylic just with water.
I spritzed, then let it dry thoroughly .
Next I got out my distress ink pads in broken china, shabby shutters and dusty concord.
I found that dabbing worked better than swirling the inks as its a shiny surface and one ink removes the other.

Then I coated it in versamark and coated it with clear utee - don't go too mad with the utee as it will just blow off when you put the heat gun on - less is more to start with :D
I go over it with my heat gun and sprinkle in more utee while its hot to layer it up. I started sprinkling in other colours to highlight areas and create texture - a cosmic shimmer embossing powder and TH distress powder. As you heat it you can add more colours until you are happy with the result

Ink a stamp with versamark, or you could use a coloured ink if you prefer and put to one side.
Go over the utee again with the heat gun until it softens then press your stamp in to it- it needs to be on a mount so that you can press it in.If your not happy with the result heat it again until its smooth then start again :D

Next brush on some perfect pearls with a nice soft brush, don't put too much on or you will lose the original colour.
It really highlights the textured surface and gives a lovely shimmery finish.
I added feathers and bling to finish off my pretty birdie:DI already had the blank birdhouse waiting for a project so I cut pieces of paper to the sizes of the panels, then stamped them with TH acrylic stamps with distress inks to give a nice muted look.
I stuck them all on and added lace to the roof to create a tiled but pretty effect.
My white prima flower was coloured by sponging on victorian velvet distress ink with a makeup sponge and added some rock candy distress stickles - I love rock candy, when dry the glue totally disappears and leaves a subtle clear glitter that looks like broken glass twinkling.
I got my misters back out to finish off and add a bit more shimmer.

I hope you like my first project and look forward to seeing your creations and hearing your opinions.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

I love playing with utee because its so versatile, you just have to remember not to add too much or you will end up with it everywhere - just enough to stick to the ink!!! ( I learned that the hard way LOL)
Come and visit the Bubbly Scrumptiuos blog for lots of amazing projects with chipboard :D
Hugs'n'bubbly snogs,
Julie xx


  1. Stunning. I crave making projects like this, but always end up clueless!

  2. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous, and definite inspiration for my chipboard stash. I knew I'd end up buying more stash for altering purposes!

  3. Beautiful Julie...and I agree, it is a peacock.

    Toni :o)

  4. I want to alter something NOW! This looks so good.

  5. Your first DT piece is gorgeous Julie, I love everything about this piece, congratulations and look forward to seeing more projects in the future. XOX

  6. This is what you meant? well the work and the how too is awesome.. I love it and well done :)

    ( I am in the peacock camp too)

  7. OO and thanks for entering it for alter it monthly too :) x

  8. Stunning, great artwork!

  9. Gorgeous! I love the peacock. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one.

  10. Well is all very Yummy and I love it all

    love Dawn xx

  11. That is amazing, it is just so fabulous! OK, so now I have to buy rock candy and victorian velvet!!!

  12. This is so cool! I love the lace on the roof; so pretty!

  13. I thought I had already commented on this, it must have been on the Bubbly scrumptious blog.
    This is awsome Julie and thanks for joining in with the challenge this month it's worthy entry

  14. Great job Julie and congrats on the design team slot! x


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