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Friday, 23 March 2012

"Sing" chunky ATC for Happy Daze

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This is my first attempt at a chunky ATC so I hope you like it LOL

I used Artistic Outpoost Serenity stamp set as this months Happy Daze challenge is Music themed items.

I started by colouring the short sides with distress stain and then glued on some lace with multi matte medium.
When dry I added some distress stickles to the lace to give a more vintage aged feel to it.

I drilled tiny holes in the bottom and glued on my feet - I used beads and bead caps on a head pin.

I coloured my Pink Paislee chipboard letters with distress stain and glued them on to a piece of acetate.
When dry I cut the acetate around the letters and added a long piece with DST to make a dangler - no idea what the techy term is sorry LOL :D
I glued it on to the back of my block which was then covered with patterned paper.

I stamped my Artistic Outpost image with coffee archival ink on to a piece of Tim Holtz patterned paper, distressed the edges and glued on to the front of my block.

I coloured my ribbon with the distress stain so that it matched my piece and tied around the edge of the block.

I then bent a metal filigree corner to the shape of my block and glued it down with the matte medium.

I have a feeling these fabby chunky ATC's may become an addiction LOL :D

Hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx

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

Hugs'n'snogs,
Julie xx