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Saturday, 5 February 2011

How was your day...

...mine was fab!!!

I've had a wonderful time - 6 hours of playing in a Tim Holtz style.

This was the result...
A shadow box with a clock image demonstrating a number of different techniques. The box should have been crackled but mine decided it didn't want to crack...except in the middle where the clock face went...typical **rollseyes**. However, PVA glue has formed ridges in the metallic top coat of paint that makes the box look more wooden. I'm really quite pleased with the finished effect.

Would you believe that this started out life as a cardboard box that had been the packaging for craft supplies...a cut out panel to create the frame, a coat of Ranger acrylic paint in Espresso, a layer of PVA glue covered in bronze metallic paint - attacked with a heat gun to speed-up the cracking and that was the shadow box.
The flowers were created from petals cut on the Cricut (can't remember the name of the cart - think it was 'Mother's love' or something similar). They were cut out of glossy paper and then inked with Adirondak alcohol inks in Mushroom & Espresso. The leaves were cut from green bazzill using the Sizzix "Tattered Leaves" and inked with a Distressed Ink pad in Frayed Burlap. All the elements were given dimension by curving them over the edge of the table and then assembled in place using Pinflair glue. The centre of the flowers were finished with some flatbacked gems.
The clock-face was cut from a sheet of 12x12 colour core card from one of the new Core-dinations stacks. These are lovely as they are already embossed (all over or just in specific areas) and can be sanded to give even more interest to the surface. My sheet had family members scattered all over it...Mother, Father, Aunt, Grandmother etc. After sanding I inked the edge of the circle with more of the Frayed Burlap and also brushed the ink over some of the words to make them stand out more. The numbers were wooden shapes that I inked with a Hazelnut Adirondak ink pad - then to give them an aged look Zig glue (the blue stuff that goes clear) was applied randomly and gold leaf flakes applied to this. The numbers were attached to the clock face using Glossy Accents. The clock hands were cut on the Cricut from miri card and then leafed in the same manner but using a tape runner to apply the 'sticky'. The completed face was mounted in the box using Pinflair glue to raise it slightly from the background.

I really enjoyed this project - there were 7 of us in Andy's class and every box came out completely different because of the colours folk chose to work with.

The only problem I have now is where do I put it as it is quite big.................

14 comments:

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

Wow looks amazing Toni!!!
Julie xxx

Handmade Hannah said...

Wow that is amazing! I am so jealous that you have great classes available to you -nothing like that for me. 6 hours of crafting-what bliss! :)

fatmonica said...

That's gorgeous!

Jules said...

Wow Toni, that's fantastic! Looks like you had a brilliant day, glad you enjoyed it :D

Dezinaworld said...

Ohh wow Toni, it was worth all the hard work, this is fabulous !!! beautiful piece my friend
hugs June x

Sandra said...

oh this is stunning, so much hard work has been put into it, and it shows ... oohhh just lovely :)

Scrappy~Sarah said...

WOW that is gorgeous :) Lucky you

elenigratsia said...

I know where it should go, on the wall over my dining room table! LOL Amazing Toni ... brilliant ... :)

Winnie said...

Wow, that's amazing! Looks like so much work went into it. Glad you enjoyed the class.

Leanie said...

Gorgeous Toni!
Love the tip about using the PVA for false woodgrain too, I've been looking to get an effect like that x

gwyneth said...

Wow Toni this is amazing, so much work and the finished product is just fab, love it :)

Alix said...

oh i love that its sooooo pretty and interesting! :)

Louise said...

wow a fantastic project.It should have pride of place :)

Glen said...

This is FAB Toni. It looks so effective. What a lovely class it was. TFS. ~Glen~