Monday, 21 August 2017

Maritime ATC Duo - by Claudia

On my last Calico Craft Parts project from two weeks ago (over HERE) I used designer papers from a paper pad that I had almost forgotten about...but I fell in love with it again - so I had to use more of it with another project: a set of ocean themed ATCs this time!

I also had to use some of the wonderful new Coral Wood Shapes and Word Elements on them! The latter are really the perfect little add to finish off any projects, aren't they?

Calico Craft Parts used:

- ATC Mixed Media Dutch Greyboard Blanks - pack of 5
- Word Elements - Apothecary
- Word Elements - Summer & Seaside
- Coral MDF Wood Shape - Style 16
- Seahorse MDF Wood Shape - Style 4

First I glued the two greyboard ATC blanks to the backs of my chosen designer papers using matte Decou-Page (short hint: if you want to have a specific area of the designer paper's front on your ATC simply hold the paper against the light for a bit of transparency and then place your ATC blanks behind the chosen area).

While the two ATCs were set aside to dry I painted the seahorse and the coral with DecoArt Coral Blush and Alizarin Crimson Americana acrylic paints. 

I dry brushed a bit of each the other colour onto the dry pieces - so the coral got slightly darkened edges and the seahorse a brighter belly, nose and tail. I hope a bit of it shows on the pictures below (we had another thunderstorm approaching while I was crafting and taking pictures so they became quite dark which I only noticed afterwards when I had finished everything off). 

I trimmed off the excess designer paper and sealed the fronts of my ATCs with a thin coat of matte Decou-Page. 

Then I blended the edges of the ATCs with dark brown archival stamping ink and a piece of blending foam. I also scraped on some white DecoArt media Crackle Paint here and there with a palette knife. 

The Word Elements were dry brushed with white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso and then given washes of Alizarin Crimson Americana paint and DecoArt media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide fluid acrylic. 

Once all had dried I added a coat of diluted DecoArt media Burnt Umber Antiquing Cream. Once that had dried I wiped off most of it with a soft damp cloth until I was content with the look. 

The Word Elements, seahorse and coral were glued to the ATCs with matte Decou-Page and some rough cord was attached to the Word Elements' openings and wrapped around the ATCs. 

I added a generous coat of DecoArt Triple Thick to the seahorse and coral and let that air dry. 

To finish off my ATCs I added some self adhesive half pearls. 


I hope you like my ATC duo!

See you in two weeks!
Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Candle Birthday Cards

Hey everyone. Lesley here with a couple of birthday cards for you.
Now.......i don't make cards. Can't remember the last time i made one.......but we are talking a good few years!

I attacked these in the same way i attack my journal pages.
Armed with stencils, paint and stamps.......i got creating!

I used Kraft coloured card blanks. Using my fingers i smeared paint straight over the card blank.
And then i built up the layers using stencils, more paint and stamps.

I snipped the candle parts of the candelabra, painted them white with a yellow flame and then heat embossed the white part.
I added white fabric tape and a sticker to finish.

I had another another card had to be made!

Paints and stencils were used. And a couple of stamps.

I painted the candles in the same way as the previous card........but rather than heat embossing them........i added two coats of liquid wax. Really tricky to photograph......but they do look like actual candles with the wax on top!

More tape was added and a sentiment stamp to finish.

So, if you need a quick and easy birthday card......make sure you have these little candelabras in your stash!

Thanks for reading.

Ingredients used.
Candelabra Style 11

Monday, 14 August 2017

Not all those who wander are lost - Artist's Trading Block Cube Kit by Julie Ann

Hello Everyone! It's good to be back at Calico Craft Parts Blog. I hope you've been enjoying a really creative summer. I'm still playing with the tiny canvases I have accumulated over the past few years! They were so miniature (8.5 cm x 5.00 cm) I hadn't been quite sure what I would do with them. For this nautical project, I decided to use one of them as a focal point on a medium size Calico Artist's Trading Block Cube Kit.

I started by creating a miniature mixed media reversed canvas with a nautical feel.

Even though this was a minuscule canvas, I went to town with layers of gesso, muslin, heavy gel medium, bead gel, some pewter coloured grains and different shades of blue and green acrylic paints.

I wrapped the muslin right around - back and front - fixing it down with fluid gel medium. On this side of the canvas, which would normally be the front, I layered some fragments of tea-bag papers and used a touch of pearly glaze to create the impression of stormy seas.

Flipping the canvas back onto its reverse side, I added this wonderful Calico ship in a bottle and some tiny shells.

A little grey-board heart with a face created from my own art work and a golden crown provided the finishing touches.

Once my elements were all stuck down, I put the tiny canvas to one side and started to assemble my cube kit. I like to have a 'dry run', sticking down my papers and assembling the cube without glue to start with, so that I get an idea of how it will look. These papers are copies of old maps from the British Library scanned into my computer and printed onto good quality copy paper. They are stamped and aged with inks and diluted acrylic paint.

I can then take it apart and play around with different Calico Craft Part embellishments until I'm satisfied with the arrangement before sticking everything in place. As you might have noticed, I started with the word element, 'Adventure Awaits' and then went with the slightly more mysterious, 'Not all those who wander are lost'.

This map paper so intrigues me I feel sad that I will have to cover it up. However, because I have scanned the images I know I can use them again on other projects and also tiny pieces appearing here and there can be even more intriguing!

Such a fine galleon I didn't want to cover it up too much! I decided to use a smaller embellishment so that she was mostly visible in all her glory!

I kept the natural wood effect of this shell and simply added a piece of broken jewellery for colour and 'bling'. The block has little wooden beads to serve as feet. As I was creating this piece I could almost hear the sound of the wind whipping at the canvas sails and the cries of the sailors! I wonder who the princess with the heart-shape face might be and where she is bound on these choppy seas?

Although we can no longer venture into uncharted waters to explore new worlds; tropical seas teeming with Queen Angelfish or sandy beaches where no human foot has trodden, every day can still be a magical voyage into the unknown. We just have to navigate by the stars of our imagination and use the compass of creativity.

There are treasures beyond price out there, if we keep our eyes open and steer our course right.

Thank You so much for stopping by today. Whether your summer has involved a sea journey of many miles or simply blissful hours spent dreaming in your own back yard, I sincerely hope it's been a happy time for you. Until we meet again in 2 weeks' time, have fun!
Calico Craft Parts Used
Artist Trading Block Cube Kit, medium size
Wooden Word Elements - Travel and Explorer
Ship in a Bottle MDF Wood Shape, Style 2
Hearts, mini greyboard shapes
Sheet of mini MDF Crowns, Style 3
Sheet of mini nautical shapes, Style 6
Seahorse Style 3 MDF Wood shape
Queen Angel Fish MDF Wood Shape

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Through the Porthole by Jennie

Hello and welcome to a "through the porthole" post!

By the time you read this I should be coming to the end of my cruising holiday on the west coast of Scotland in our yacht Mrs Muir. And hopefully there have been some fabulous views through the portholes .... blue skies, hot sunshine, calm seas ....... But just in case I thought I would make my own porthole using some fabulous Calico Craft Parts and some amazing DecoArt rusting techniques.

I should add here in case my husband reads this that NONE of our portholes are rusty ......... !

So here was the start of my porthole - covered first in DecoArt Texture Sand Paste and then painted with a mix of DecoArt Paynes Grey. I added Tinting Base for the inner to get a lighter colour and on its own for the outer.

Next came a splodging of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold - I say splodging as you need to allow some of the under grey coat to show through.  The little hinge at the side I painted in gold paint and then added a little Turquoise Hue paint to look like a Verdigris stain.

I spent a very lovely evening watching Andy Skinner's rusting videos and I do recommend having a look at them as they are extremely good in getting you started on rusting techniques. They are short - 5 minutes or so - so hold your attention! well mine anyway! I will post a link to the series of videos at the bottom of the post.

I used a different technique on the wheels, anchor and cog wheels, this time trying to get a more Verdigris hue. The eagle eyed of you will notice that the smaller wheel has been painted on the underside. Although it didn't really matter, I did turn it over and paint it again!

And then I layered my embellishments onto the porthole, using some metal stars and a great vintage photograph.

Even this little plaque got a rusty make-over!

I really love this rusting technique it looks so authentic!

It is the skipper's (aka my husband's) birthday while we are at sea and birthday cards are not that easy to keep or hang on board. But I think this would look good hanging from one of the inside portholes. Or for a masculine card the porthole would fit perfectly on a 6" x 6" card.

Safe travels wherever you may be heading and thank you for joining me.

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Live the Dream

Calico Craft Parts Used:

Andy Skinner Rusting Videos:

Monday, 7 August 2017

Nautical Treasures - by Claudia

I can't get enough of ocean themed projects at the moment! This time I am sharing one of Calico Craft Parts' lovely "Trinket Boxes" in nautical style.

I was mainly inspired by the designer paper I found in my stash and the beautiful Galleon Boat - the first was a find from rummaging through my stash (in search for something else of course) and the latter had been sitting on my table for the last when I saw them both on my desk side by side they suddenly formed the idea for this trinket box to keep my treasures in.

Calico Craft Parts used:

- MDF Trinket Box Kit - Style 2
- Galleon Boat MDF Wood Shape - Style 7
- Word Elements - Summer & Seaside
- Ships Wheel MDF Wood Shape - Style 1
- Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs - Style 6

The designer paper's colours were my lead, so I aimed for browns, yellowed whites and coral pink mainly.

I measured the bottom and top panels of the trinket box so I could cut two sheets of designer paper to size and glue them to the box lid and inner bottom. 

I used matte Decou-Page (as always) and once that was dry I grabbed a sanding block to sand the excess off. I sealed the designer paper with a layer of matte Decou-Page. 

The box was assembled and set aside to dry. 

The Trinket Box Kit comes with shapes for feet and handles, but I had this lovely ships wheel in my Calico Craft Parts "treasure chest" that I wanted to use, so I combined parts of the box kit with that to form the handle. 

I also glued four little feet to the bottom of the dry box after I had painted the outside with DecoArt Americana Coral Blush acrylic paint (I forgot to take a picture of that I'm afraid).  

The little shell shapes had been sealed with matte Decou-Page too before I applied a thin layer of white DecoArt media Crackle Paint to them with a palette knife. I also scraped some onto the box lid here and there. 

While the shells and box lid were set aside to dry I dry brushed some white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso to the Word Element and the Galleon Boat. 

Once the crackling process was finished I added washes of DecoArt media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the shells, the box lid and the dry brushed Craft Parts. 

I used DecoArt media Liquid Glass as a glue to add a rough cord border to the box lid. 

The back of the Galleon Boat got a coat of Coral Blush paint as well. The insides of the box were left untreated. 

I also partially scraped on some white Gesso to the glued on cord and toned that down with another wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. A little glued on half pearl was added to finish everything off. My Galleon Boat was ready to set sail! Yay! 

Some detail shots:

and once more the finished trinket box:

Hm......I think I might keep this one ;) 

Hugs and happy crafting!