Monday, 20 August 2018

Diver's Deep Sea Surprise - by Claudia

Hi, servus and welcome back to another "Claudia Monday" over here on the Calico Craft Parts Blog!
I have much enjoyed my holidays at the lake but am also happy to be back in my studio (even though I still need to sit in front of a fan due to the extreme temperatures)...aaand I have already learned my first lesson after the summer break: do NOT reorganise your craft space shortly before you leave on holidays for several weeks. You won't find anything after you have returned. lol

So I had to put on my diving helmet to go searching for a lot of stuff I thought had been put in much better places than before. Nah! Just kidding....this is a detail shot of today's project of course. ;)
The idea for this project suddenly evolved when I looked at some of the stuff on my crammed desk that was waiting to be stored away and suddenly my mind started combining bits 'n pieces from the different piles...and as often happens when I find an awesome surprise craft part in my design team package, I changed my mind and put the already chosen pieces from my stash box to the side, because I just HAD to use this fab piece as my focal point and I had to use it NOW!

Honestly  my last order for future Calico Craft Parts design team projects mainly consisted of a collection of my beloved mixed media greyboard blanks (ATC blanks, smaller tiles and mixed media boards in various sizes), but lovely Helen also included some extra surprise goodies (like she always does) and one of them was a really cool (and I mean REALLY cool!) Deep Sea Octopus Diver with a divers helmet which I immediately fell in love with!

The other bits I picked from my desk were ...

...the newly bought Tim Holtz die and 3D embossing folder to create planks with, some gift wrap paper and paper embellishments with some beautiful script print on them. Oh, and some pieces of (fake) drift wood from the sales section of a home decor shop (which I forgot to add to this picture).

And this is what I have made from them:

Calico Craft Parts used:

- Deep Sea Diver Octopus - MDF Wood Shape
- Rounded Rectangle Greyboard Mixed Media Board - Style 18
- Coral - MDF Wood Shape - Style 3
- Coral - MDF Wood Shape - Style 6

Of course I had to play with my new dies and embossing folders!!! The Tim Holtz "Planks" die and the "Lumber" 3D embossing folder were must-haves of course.

I first die cut the planks and then ran them through my Big Shot using the embossing folder. The result was absolutely stunning! I followed Tim's advice to mist the cardstock with water from both sides before embossing them and to run them through three times  (Tim says: "3D means 3 times").

Then I painted the plank I was going to use with DecoArt media Titan Buff fluid acrylic on both sides.

Once that was dry I dry brushed the front side with several layers of different mixes of Titan Buff and Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylics.

Next I added a wash of DecoArt media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to my plank.

I added two more layers of the Antiquing Cream, then heat dried the plank and blended the edges with dark brown archival stamping ink (using a cosmetic sponge with a tip).

I used matte DecoArt Decou-Page to glue the greyboard mixed media board to the backside of the gift wrap paper.

Once dry I sanded off the excess.

The octopus got primed with a layer of white DecoArt media Gesso that I applied using the dry brushing technique to not lose any beautiful detail.

Once that had dried, I started with washes of DecoArt media Prussian Blue Hue and Quinacridone Gold, adding them loosely for a first layer to start from.

Then I used a fine detail brush to add some shading and detail with more paint. I only used Titan Buff, Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold and mixes of the three tones to add shades and highlight details. The final touches were added with a white gel pen.

To make all the pieces match in colour, I added washes of Prussian Blue Hue to the plank and the background panel.

Then it was time to add some interest to the background! I glued on some script circles, added some doodling with a white gel pen and a black watersoluble pencil and a wet brush...

..and before I applied a layer of thinned Titanium White DecoArt media Antiquing Cream, I sealed the background with some matte spray sealant! 

The paper had crumpled a bit, but that added to the driftwood look beautifully - a happy accident! Yay!

So these were my components once all the parts were done - the painted octopus diver, the background, two painted Calico Craft Parts corals (with a quick coat of Quinacridone Gold on one and a mix of Titan Buff and Quinacridone Gold on the other), a piece of fake driftwood that would make a perfect stand for the panel, my self made paper plank and a stamped and cut out quote.

I used matte Decou-Page and sticky foam pads to assemble the pieces.

Et voilá! 

I hope you like it as much as I do! Here come some detail shots as well: 


Thanks for stopping by today - and for reading this far! I hope you have enjoyed your visit! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Little Curiosity Box by Lesley

Hey people.
Seeing as our glorious summer has taken a down’s got me thinking of Autumn (my most favourite season) I love the colours and how everything changes.....and it also gives me an excuse to go rusty with my work!!

This week I decided to alter a little trinket box.

I started off by painting it with gesso and then gluing it together. I used rust and mustard coloured paint. And then embossed it with rust embossing powder. Giving it fantastic texture.

Along the sides of the boxes, I use a couple of the strung baubles. I know they’re meant for Christmas.......but I just love them!

The front of the box, I used a stencil and crackle paint and then highlighted the the raised areas with gold wax. A few bits from my stash was used to finish off.

For the middle of the box, I meted some wax to and gave it a coat, letting it clump together in places.
Very hard to get a decent photo!

An old book page, screwed up, inked and waxed was added to the back. And then I added a few randoms I had lying on my desk, including a piece of the honeycomb.

As an afterthought, I added a hinge, so the little box will close.

Thanks for reading.

Ingredients used

Strung baubles and holly
MDF trinket box kit, style 2
Sheet of MDF bees and honeycomb

Monday, 13 August 2018

Bloom on a Driftwood Island - Mini Tall House by Julie Ann.

Hello, it's great to be back at Calico Craft Parts blog. I hope you've been finding somewhere cool to create if the weather has been hot where you are! I seem to have spent  some time seeking out shady nooks when I've been out and about! Earlier in the Summer I took a workshop with Stephanie Rubiano, where I learned how to create miniature shrink plastic characters using vintage photos and my own art work. Having created a collection of tiny folk, I needed somewhere to house them and Calico Craft Parts provide some brilliant little houses and shrines. In this project I created a shady retreat for Fifi, the feline pierrot to relax after entertaining holiday makers on the pier.

The project began with me discovering that Fifi was exactly the right size to fit into the smallest Calico MDF Tall House shrine kit.

I set about creating a little mural for inside her shady retreat, using acrylic craft paints on the inside of the shrine.

I wanted to create a weathered look for the exterior of the shelter and I chose bright summery colours.

By using a crackle glaze with a fuchsia pink first coat and a turquoise top coat, I was able to create a home for my little pierrot that looked both bright and vintage.

I love the texture and shape of driftwood sculpted by the sea and the sun, and this piece was the perfect shape and size to accommodate Fifi and her shelter. I created a base for the house with some PaperClay, shaped and moulded to fit the driftwood. This takes about 24 hours to dry fully. As you can see I added a little branch of dogwood while the clay was still moist.

It's a good idea to seal the PaperClay with Gesso once it's completely dry. I then added a layer of Heavy Matte Gel Medium as an adhesive for the moss. The crown decoration is made from an 'off-cut' of shrink plastic with 2 tiny Calico oak leaves either side. I used a wooden tile to fix Fifi to the back of the house so as to bring her forward out of the shadows.

These tiny calico seagulls are perfect for adding atmosphere.

Now, between shows, Fifi can bloom rather than wilt in the afternoon sunshine. I hope you manage to find some cool and shady spots yourself as this heatwave summer so many of us have been experiencing reaches its peak!
Calico Craft Parts used in this project.
Plain MDF Tall House/Shrine Kit (small)
Sheet of Mini MDF Acorns and Oak Leaves
Sheet of Mini Wood Birds - Seagulls

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Sea View by Kerstin

Hello crafty friends!

I'm back with a new inspiration with some products from Calico Craft Parts.
It's an upcycling project; a wooden bookend, on which I used the beautiful

Window MDF Wood Shape - Style 7

together with a sea photo behind it as central element.

 that's how I started

some details

 The window in weathered wood style
 using some DecoArt Media products 
(White Crackle paste, White Gesso, Fluid acrylics, Texture Sand paste)

 a little seahorse from the

Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs Style 1

Word Elements - Summer & Seaside

 Beach & Seashell Collage - MDF Wood Shape

I have removed a shell so that it doesn't cover up the quote from the word band.

Can you see the awesome  accentuations and shades on this seashell collage?

They're absolutely striking! I love it !

Anchor & Banner - MDF Wood Shape

and a very small diver from 

Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs Style 1

I hope you will like my window with a sea view.
Summer greetings from