I had so much fun creating Ava's box and her ATCs, I created one for Ferdinand the Courtly Lion! Just as with Ava's box, I used a plain MDF ATC on the lid of the box, collage over a painted, brayered and stencilled background and spangled tissue fixed with fluid matte medium. Ferdinand's hat is from a sheet of Steampunk motifs and the three tiny oak leaves tumbling to the ground and reminding him of the transience of love are from a sheet of acorns. As you can see I used Crackle again, but I retained the little clasp that Calico provide this time.
Calico's MDF frames and craft parts have infinite possibilities and you can create such different effects depending on the techniques you choose for decorating them. On Ferdinand's 'Close-up' frame I sprayed with different shades of blue diluted acrylic paint to create a gentle spring-like mood - and one of the Doves of Venus seems to have stopped by to say Hello!
I think that's a thornless variety of rose between Ferdinand's teeth as he dreams of his Love!
Midnight at the masked ball and Ferdinand awaits his 'adored' lioness love in the garden. Here I'm back to using one of the plain MDF ATCs. I just snapped off the end of a Steampunk corner flourish to make the dial. I love what a great substrate these MDF ATCs are - so pleasing to hold! I have used one of my own painty backgrounds on card and stuck it onto the MDF, filing the edges to make them nice and neat.
And now it's time to see Ava's cards in more detail and learn a little more of her story.
Ava's room is in the tower of an ancient castle that has been in her family for generations. The Paint may be cracking, but she loves her home and the sweet-smelling jasmine that grows so abundantly outside her window. It smells sweetest as the sun goes down and Ava prepares to flutter down to the ball-room to meet her love.This little arched ATC originally had a snowflake at its centre, which I cut away. I sanded the arch down to smooth it and painted DecoArt crackle glaze over a turquoise acrylic. To enhance the cracks further, I used clear Americana staining medium with a little dark blue acrylic paint.
So who is Ava meeting at the ball? It's her childhood sweetheart, Theodore. They are truly kindred spirits. For as long as Ava can remember they have shared a love of adventure. They like nothing better still than to pore over maps of distant lands and dream of flying over unknown oceans together.
I loved creating these ATCs that tell a story, using the wonderfully inspiring Calico Craft Parts. I'm sure that these are just a beginning and that I shall be adding to them! Thank You so much for stopping by today. May your week be full of creative adventures.
Calico Craft Parts Used
MDF Plain Cover MDF Book Box Style 1 (small)
Plain MDF ATC
Gothic Arch with Snowflake frame ATC wood blank
ATC MDF Wood Blank with Engraved Floral Frame
Sheet of MDF mini Garden Birds
Sheet of mini Wood Crowns
Sheet of mini rabbits
Steampunk Snowflake Wood Corner Embellishment
Sheet of MDF Steampunk Motifs