Monday, 27 January 2014

Parisienne Blue Calendar


Nicky Hayden recently made this gorgeous calendar using Papermania's Parisienne Blue collection.

1 Piece of Mount Board 6" x 6"
2 Pattern Papers 8" x 8"
1 Piece Pattern Paper 4" x 3"
1 Piece Pattern Paper 1.25 x 6"
1 Piece Kraft Card 1.5" x 6"
1 length of Self Adhesive Lace 4"
1 Button
1 12" Length of Ribbon
Die Cut Paper Lace Strip
1 Flower
Self Adhesive Pearls
Cover the Mount Board in one of the 8 x 8 papers.
Cut the other 8 x 8 paper to 5 x 5" and set the remainder aside for later decoration.
Secure the long piece of ribbon to the back of the board and stick the 5 x 5 paper over the back covering the ribbon ends.

Cut the paper off cut from above to 5x3 and ink the edges. Secure it to the front of the calendar as above.
Next stick the piece of 4 x 3 in place, slightly overlapping the first piece. Attach the self adhesive lace along the top and finish with self adhesive pearls.

Stick the long strip of paper in the centre of the card strip and attach to the front of your calendar. Attach the die cut lace strip and decorate with pearls and a ribbon bow.

Attach the calendar to the calendar and finish with a paper flower and button.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Sparkle Scrapbook Page

This page recently featured on one of our scrapbook workshops. I was desperate to use the new canvas hearts and Kaisercraft stamps in stock, and I wanted to prove a point that you can use pretty floral papers for boys!

 Tim Holtz distress inks are another big favourite at the moment and I have used the Corduroy ink pad to edge all my papers...I love the aged effect, and it really blends all the papers together.
Floral papers are great for creating a patchwork effect and the panels on this Kaisercraft True Romance paper make it really easy!

I stamped one of my favourite sentiments onto a canvas heart and applied Tim Holtz ink to give it a distressed look, I think it works really well with the twine.

Ribbons and lace add interest to the page...
...and of course buttons!
Check out our facebook page to see how a different photograph on the page can really change the layout!
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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Decorated Pencil Pot

This stunning pencil pot was Decorated by Sue Tedeschi using Jo Sonja Paints, Mediums and Napkins. It's surprisingly easy to achieve, and I think you'll agree that the results are stunning!
Materials required:
Sponges/ soft brush
Start by preparing the background colour for the pencil pot. You can buy the background colours ready mixed or you can make your own colour using the white as your base and adding small amounts of the artist colours to achieve the desired effect.
Mix the paint with APS ratio 2:1 and apply to the wood. The APS helps give a better cover to the wood without soaking too far into it. You can apply the paint with either a sponge or a brush. Leave to dry.

Once dry apply a coat of Décor Crackle to the area that you would like cracked. Load your brush well with the medium and let it flow off of the brush. DO NOT WORK THE CRACKLE MEDIUM TOO MUCH. It must flow off of the brush and leave a good layer where required. You get bigger and better cracks if the medium is a thicker layer but if you work the medium too much it with not activate. You can accelerate the drying time with a hairdryer.
Once the medium is dry you can apply a contrasting top coat of paint, do not over work the paint, as if you over work it you may hamper the cracking process.
When choosing your top coat colour, please be aware that the crackle will not work if a metallic paint is used (ie Gold) or a iridescent/pearl paint.
You will get a different crackle effect according to how you apply the top paint. A sponge will give you a random crackle, a brush will give you a bark effect.
This will give you a fine crackle effect. If you would like the effect to be more drastic apply a layer of Crackle Medium and allow to dry.

Next separate the tissues into the fine layers. Tear the tissue to give you the patterns that you wish to use. A torn edge makes it easier to blend the pieces together.
Apply the torn tissue to the pencil pot using the All Purpose Medium. Lay the tissue flat where you would like it to be. Load the brush well with the medium and, with soft strokes, apply the medium to the tissue - working from the centre of the piece outwards. Ensure that plenty of medium is applied. If the tissue seems to be tearing it usually means that not enough medium is being used.

If you want to varnish your piece, make sure you leave it for at least a couple of weeks in case you re activate the crackle medium and it cracks your varnish.

It's that easy! Please do not hesitate to pop in and see us or give us a call if you would like further advise or information. Sue runs regular workshops if you would like to join us for some painting fun!
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