Thursday, 1 March 2012

Best foot forward for Happy Daze

As the new month has arrived so has a new challenge over on the HAPPY DAZE BLOG.
The title is MARCH to your own tune so the challenge is to make anything music related, and I really wanted to use these gorgeous Artistic Outpost Songbird stamps.

I decided the best way to March to your own tune was in a pretty pair of shoes, so my old scuffed dancing shoes got a cute vintage makeover instead of heading to the bin :D
This is how they started - poor things :-(I started by randomly covering the sections with TH tissue tape with the music notes on until the areas I wanted were covered. I trimmed away any excess and tucked some sections over the edge.
Once I was happy with them I gave them a few coats of Claudines multi matte medium making sure that all the edges were sealed and smoothed down.
The really fab thing is once dry the tape is now waterproof.

I glued on lace and trim and then smeared on distress stickles in faded denim - I love doing this as any unwanted gluey bits are hidden as well as adding a pretty shimmer and touch of colour :D

Next I made my little frames from Pardo clay using my own mould. Once baked it was a little darker than I wanted so I coloured them with Heirloom gold perfect pearls.

I wanted to use Claudines canvas but couldn't get my image to stamp clearly as it was very detailed, so I stamped on to white tissue paper, coloured with watered down distress ink and then glued it on to the canvas with the matte medium.
I made sure it was really well burnished so that you could see the canvas texture and again this si now waterproof.

Because I used the tissue paper I was also able to reverse my image simply by using the reverse side of the stamped image, once glued you can't see any difference as the paper becomes virtually transparent.

I stuck it on to a piece of grungepaper then glued them on to my frames, then attached them to my shoes with jump rings (I made holes in my shoes with a cropadile)
I added gems and ribbon to finish them off.

I love them, they really suit my vintage style and if I scuff them again I can just add more tape :D

Julie xx


  1. These are fabulous Julie, clever you for coming up with the idea. I love your clay frames x

  2. Wow, these are now sassy

    Sam xxx

  3. These are stunning! Such a fabulous idea, I love them.

    Maria x

  4. Very cool indeed, Now all you need is the perfect party to show them off.

  5. What a genius you are - and you can still wear them too - perfect


  6. Very creative Julie. Love 'em. TFS. ~Glen~


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