Saturday, 9 November 2013

Life is Good step x step

As I promised on Wednesday of this week I'm back today to share the step x step for my Frilly and Funkie DT project.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard down to slightly bigger than A5. Then, using my pokey tool to help, I peeled back the top layer in different areas around the cardboard.

I then used acrylic paint to age the cardboard, but I didn't bother about the centre as I knew it would be covered up.

I used a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found pack, tore the edges and then gave it a wash with some watered down, cream acrylic paint. I still wanted to see some of the detail from the paper, which is why it's best to water down the paint.

I then glued 2 pieces of cardboard together and used the Cabinet die to cut out the frame. To cut out the inner shape I used the mini Cabinet Die. I didn't discard the centre piece as I knew it would come in handy for later in the project.

I painted the frame with cream acrylic paint, added a coat of Crackle Glaze then a dark brown coat of acrylic paint. To distress it even further I used a sanding block and rubbed around the edges.

I painted the centre piece from the frame  with cream acrylic paint then used Watering Can Archival ink and stamped the pumpkin from the Artistic Outpost Gothic 31 set. I then masked it off and stamped a second pumpkin and some grasses. The pumpkins have then been painted with acrylic paint. I stamped a third pumpkin onto some watercolour paper, painted it and cut it out and stuck it to the frame (which you'll see in a later photo).

For the die cuts around the frame I painted some white card with the colours I wanted to use. I do this quite often if I don't have the exact colour of card I want.

I used the Autumn Gatherings strip die and cut out lots of different shapes using the painted card. To neaten the edges I rubbed some Distress Inks over the shapes.

I stamped the tractor onto the background paper using Potting Soil Archival ink and also stamped some script.The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set and I've stamped it using Potting Soil Archival ink.

I arranged the die cuts around the frame and also added the extra pumpkin. I found a small butterfly in my stash, so painted it with acrylic paint and added some liquid dots down the centre.

The gorgeous Filigree metal embellishment is one of the beautiful pieces that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The buttons are coconut shell buttons, again Linda sells these in her shop. The checkered piece you can see behind the Filigree embellishment is masking tape that I've stamped with one of the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamps.

This is what the finished piece looks like ! I hope you've enjoyed today's step x step and remember you still have time to join in with the current challenge of Thanksgiving


  1. Great step by step Sue and like I said before I love the finished piece!

  2. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing the process steps Sue.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Wonderful tutorial Sue. The finished piece is so stunning. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Fabulous project Sue thanks for sharing.


  5. Sue this is just stunning :-) I love the wonderful texture and layers. I adore autumn and this is so reminiscent of this time of year.

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

  6. A comprehensive, easy to follow tutorial Sue, on an absolutely fab project. Chris xxx

  7. Every single part of this is amazing, and put together the end result is gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial!

  8. Such a gorgeous piece, thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Completely scrumptious - amazing autumnal gatherings around the fabulous cabinet frame, and of course I love the corrugated cardboard! Fantastic make, Sue.
    Alison xx


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