It's time to kick of the challenges over at Frilly and Funkie for 2013 and I have the honour of hosting the first one of the New Year ! So, now that the festive season is over and we're all getting back to normality, it's the perfect time to let your 'muse' wander free and see where it takes you. This could lead you down the route of journalling, altered art or trying something you've never done before. Just make sure to let us know in your post where your 'muse' has led you ! Most of all, have fun !
I decided to let my 'muse' wander down the path of doing the things I love the most (stamping, using metal and paint) while also making something that I will use. I am always desperate for stamp storage and so I decided to make a home for some of my Artistic Outpost stamps. I started by cutting 2 pieces of mountboard and then I ripped up some 7Gypsies Paris collage tissue paper and stuck it down with Multi Matt Medium. I stamped images from the Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition stamp set onto tissue paper and stuck them down in the gaps of the 7Gypsies tissue paper. When it was dry I gave the boards a coat of watered down Fresco Finish paint so that the stamped images were knocked back a little. I also stencilled over the top using more Fresco Finish paint and I dry brushed some more paint around the edge and then stamped over the top using the Tim Holtz Fabulous Flourish stamp set.
You can see more of the stencilling and stamping on the back cover.
The hinges, key and lock are all cut from metal using the Tim Holtz Hardware die. I've then added detail using the teflon tip metal tool, covered them with Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint and then with black acrylic paint. The Brown Shed shows through the black and gives it a really great antiqued effect. I've used the same technique on the filigree metal embellishments too. The word 'create' was made using a Ten Seconds Studio mould and I've also given it the same treatment as the rest of the metal.
The roses were made for a previous project but I didn't need them so they'd been hanging around my craft desk looking for a home. They weren't the right colour so I painted them with gold Fresco Finish paint which has given them a slight sheen but they fit in perfectly with the metal. The lace is the gorgeous May Arts crocheted lace from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, which has now re-opened and there is 10% off everything through January 15th.
I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.