Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Upcycled again ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I have to say upfront I had no idea what to call this post. I started out with a piece of packaging and the end result is so much more than I ever dreamed to hope for and here it is …

An A5 home decor piece
It has lots of lovely depth!
All the yummy details
I love the depth I achieve with this beautiful mould
One of the beautiful chipboard hummingbirds
I really adore this one too!
I have to say a big thank you to my hubby too!
Because he gifted me a bigger die cutting machine I purchased this really beautiful huge die, which I'm also going to use on my fabric projects too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn

Altered Art: I used old product backing for the base layer

I was inspired by the multiple layers of paint and the numbers so I stamped and stencilled them onto my canvas once painted
I used two of your beautiful hummingbirds to embellish my canvas.

Creative Inspirations Challenge #280 Seasonal: Autumn
To Everything There is a Season Challenge

 MMW#29 Anything Goes

If you don’t want to know all the ins and outs of how I created this one please just move on. I’m trying to make my posts easier to read for some followers and labelling and laying it out like this works better for them and me lol!

So here is a rough idea of the steps I took to create this:

1. The piece of packaging backboard I decided to recycle was not very firm so I added a couple of layers of white gesso first and left to dry between each coat and before the next step.

2. I attached the flourish stencil and applied Ranger Texture Paste and left to dry.

3. I watered down my DecoArt Primary Magenta mixed media fluid and coloured the background. It was a little too pale so I grabbed some silver acrylic paint to add some metallic highlights and left to dry.

4. I attached the number stencil with and used Primary Magenta with an ink blending tool and foam and stencilled the numbers over the whole thing.

5. Once dry I re-attached the flourish stencil and used a blend of silver acrylic paint and Titan Buff to colour the texture paste (I’m trying to create my own metallic paints as I’m awaiting an order of them but I really wanted to play).

6. I stamped the dogwood rose four times onto white snippets and coloured the roses with watered down Primary Magenta and the leaves with Brusho Leaf Green. I love that deep rich red colour of the roses. Once dry I fussy cut two of the roses with leaves and two of the roses only. I applied a layer of Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents to the roses without leaves and once dry I decoupaged the crackled roses using silicon glue gel so that they have depth.

7. On another project I altered a piece of white card by attaching a stencil with Washi tape and applying a layer of black Dreamweaver embossing paste. I removed the stencil then randomly sprinkled three different colours of UTEE onto the black paste and left it to dry overnight. The next day I used my heat tool to melt the UTEE.

8. I coloured this snippet with Blue-Black Pebeo Dyna Interference acrylic paint to darken it and I adhered it onto the board. Once the glue was dry I coloured the torn edge of it with watered down MM fluid.

9. I adhered the decoupaged dogwood roses with the stems tucked under the UTEE card.

10. I retrieved two beautiful chipboard hummingbirds (thank you so much Creative Embellishments). Normally I would add a layer of gesso to the birds but I knew I wanted to use the Pebeo Dyna interference and I know that worlds better on dark surfaces. So I coloured the chipboard birds with Pebeo Dyna interference.

11. I retrieved one of my air dry clay hummingbirds and coloured him with my Luminarte H2O watercolour paints. Once dry I randomly splodged Pebeo Dyna iridescent with my fingers, yep I’m finally loving the acrylics, so I used my fingers to colour my air dry clay bird lol!

12. I used my huge tattered florals die to cut six layers of patterned paper to create the beautiful blousy rose and used snippets of green patterned paper for the leaves.

13. I sprayed the huge die cut flowers and leaves with water and scrunched them up in my hand and left them to dry overnight.

14. The next day I prepared my Twinkling H2O watercolours and flattened the two die cut flowers that were going to be at the very top of the flower stack and I coloured the reverse of them with H2O’s because they were white. Once the paint had dried I used a bone folder and an embossing tool to heavily curl the two petals.

15. I flattened the rest of the flowers and leaves then lightly curled the ends of both of them. I put the flowers in the order that I was going to use at the end and made a large hole with my pokey tool.

16. I threaded several strands of pearl stamens through all the layers of flowers and added a splodge of glue to the back. I also added another piece of paper over the top of the stamen threads and left it to dry.

17. I figured out the rest of the layout then attached everything and this canvas was finished!

I hope you all like it as much as we do. Hubby was very, very complimentary and he loves that flower too lol! I have to say I have a good one as he indulges and encourages me and my arts and crafts obsessions. I hope you are all enjoying yourself and creating art no matter what form that takes. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

La Blanche Dogwood Rose
THS032 Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil
Pronty Stencils: 15cm square Numbers; 30cm square Characters
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Silicone mould; palette knife; spray bottle filled with water; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Card Paper:
Packaging backboard
Various patterned papers from my stash
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna Interference: Blue-Black; Blue Green Violet-Blue
Pebeo Acrylics
Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s watercolour paints
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: Primary Magenta; Titan Buff
Brusho Watercolour Crystals Leaf Green
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel: red; gold; brass
Creative Embellishments: Chipboard Hummingbirds
Fimo light air dry clay
Wild Orchid Crafts white pearl stamens
Pebeo white gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents
Dreamweaver matt black embossing paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape


brenda said...

So much dimension, interest and warm Autumnal colours Karen, just perfect for your Allsorts this this week, many thanks for joining in.

B x

Marci Bensing said...

Beautiful! Love all the dimension and richness to this project! Thanks for joining us at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS!

susiestacey said...

Great card, lovely colours.
Thanks for sharing at Allsorts 'Autumn' challenge and good luck x Susan x

Astrid Maclean said...

A wonderful piece and very creative! Those different birds look super and really create depth! Great colours too, not too bright but just really harmonious! Thank you so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey

Mimi said...

This is beautiful-- I live the different hummingbirds! I also love the unexpected letter-texture at the bottom!

Helene E said...

Fantastic details! Thank you for joining in our challenge at Allsorts this week, hope to see you again.

Sue said...

This is fabulous, such wonderful colours! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

Laura Gilhuly said...

Fabulous flower! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Embellishments!

Cara said...

Fab project, how lovely of hubby to buy you a larger die cutting machine too x

Barbara Schiassi said...

Fantastic project, love your sparkling additions! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a wonderful hubby you have helping you to expand on your die collection with a bigger die cutting machine. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation and joining the That's Crafty Fly Away Challenge.
Best Wishes Tracey.

Maggi said...

Hurray for hubbies that buy us nice scrappy toys that lead us to create beautiful projects like this! Thanks for joining in our Creative Embellishments challenge.

France Ringuette said...

Now that's a big flower, I love it ! Cute how you altered the hummingbirds. Thanks for joining our Creative Embellishments challenge.

Team Clark said...

I can hardly believe this beautiful transformation! I love the mold and the repetition of the birds, so pretty! Your colors are always so bright and cheery (I must take note!) and make me smile. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous design with us at A Vintage Journey and Frilly and Funkie. Big hugs, Autumn

Krystle said...

I love the huge flower! Great project. Thank you for joining us at Creative Embellishments.

Cec said...

Love the big flower and the hummingbird flitting about. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

Doris Widder said...

Very cool! Love the flower, textures, and dimension! Thanks for playing along with the Creative Embellishments September Challenge!

Evelyn Walter said...

Beautiful creation! Thank you for joining in with our September challenge at Country View Challenges!

rachel said...

This is lovely Karen - a really pretty make and I love the birds. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils and good luck! Hugs rachel x

butterfly said...

I love your blowsy cabbage rose - this is so pretty. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

Инна Бронникова said...

Beautiful! A wonderful piece and very creative! Thank you very much for your participation in the challenge of MMW!