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Saturday, 17 January 2015

The First Class...

...of 2015 - gilding.

At 9.15am this morning I had braved the frost & ice to meet up with my friend Hilary at the café over at the Barleylands Craft Village. We met for breakfast and to have a catch up chat before heading over to Pinnacle Crafts for Andy's first workshop of 2015.

The class was a chance to play with some construction and the new Creative Expressions gilding wax colours.

To start with we cut our CS to size for the project that we were going to construct and before proceeding with any embossing, I toned down the smooth white CS with some Memento ink...
 ...I used "London Fog" as it has a blue/green tint to it.
The panels for the back & front of the project were embossed with a Spellbinders 3D Em-bossing Folder - Labels 34 Medallion...
...then a little more "London Fog" was applied before I started with the gilding wax. The first colour I used was Graceful Peach and then I added Graceful Mint...
 ...one of the great things about these embossing folders is the fact that there are matching dies...
 ...which come in very handy.

The project for today was to create a box that looks like a book...
...something that we have done before but on this occasion we used slightly different techniques for the construction...
 ...I also decided that I wanted to be able to keep the book closed...
 ...so I added some ribbon between the embossed panels and the greyboard used to construct the box.

When I got home, I added some pearls near the spine...
...because I had also added some ribbon...
...to create a bit of interest on the spine.
I love the finished effect...
 ...and gilding wax gives the 'book' a lovely soft sheen.

What will I be using my book for...
...my secret crafting stash...
 ...of chocolate.
After all, seeing the book sitting on my desk...
...would you know that it contained lots of yummy chocolate?

Today's class was to make more than one book...
...and to play around with different "looks". This peek shows the same two gilding wax colours used on textured black CS. I'll show you what I made another time.

Hilary's book was completed in a lovely blue/lavender shade and yet, she too started off with smooth white CS.

We had a lovely day - watched the snow falling from the comfort of the classroom through the skylights (thankfully it turned to rain) - had a lovely lunch at the café (with more chat) - and enjoyed a messy but productive crafting day.

Thank you Andy - 2015 crafting has begun with a great start.........................................................





11 comments:

sue jones said...

Fabulous !! Looks such fun too.

Redanne said...

It really does sound like you had a lovely day - how decadent to have breakfast out too, I love that idea! The book box is beautiful and I really like the ribbon you added - as for the chocolate....I wish I wasn't on a diet! Look forward to seeing more of the second box. Anne xx

Stef H said...

you make it look soooooooo easy! this is absolutely gorgeous!

i need to take a break from the challenges - LOL. it's too hard to keep up every day LOL.

hugs :)

Sandra said...

I was super impressed when I saw how gorgeous the project was and then it just doubled in my opinion when I saw what it was going to be used for.

Wendy said...

That is so lovely :-)

Virginia said...

Jealous - absolutely - a craft class so close to the new year sounds fantastic and I love what you've created!

Claire said...

That is beautiful Toni, sounds like you had a lovely day too.
Claire xx

Lori said...

Wow! What a cool technique and what a beautiful book box! Such a fun project!

MiniOwner said...

Wow! That is beautiful!
Sue x

voodoo vixen said...

I wish I could go to his classes, you are lucky being so close and what a fabby book/box it turned out with the gilding on it! I like its use too... never have too much secret chocolate on a craft desk!!

Michelle G said...

That's beautiful, a really lovely project.