Wednesday 17 May 2017

Miniature Paris Couture by Jennie

Hello fellow crafters and welcome to a miniature project here on the blog today!

This Gothic Arch ATC is a super cute arch and great for incorporating some of the mini craft shapes.

This is really a Christmas ATC Arch with a Mistletoe embellishment but I thought I would show how versatile all these wonderful wood blanks are at any time of the year. It is very easy to snip out the embellishment for using elsewhere on the project.

I recently coloured some old text book paper with chalk paints, vintage inks and some texture paste. This was a small book I picked up in Rome on a market stall - well it was in a box under the stall as it had pages torn and missing. I couldn't tell the stall holder why I was so pleased it was in this state - my Italian is pretty non existent! - and I think he thought I was rather odd wanting to purchase it for 2 euros!

I had to fiddle around a bit before I could find a place for the arch to get as much of the textured words as possible. It was easier to glue this down with multi medium glue as the text paper was very thin.

I then added some watery vintage inks. I prefer to do this after I have stuck the paper down as the mdf gives the paper a bit of strength and allows the inks to settle instead of buckling the paper.

The outside frame was painted with chalk acrylic paint and then overstamped with a linen style stamp.

I then stuck the two pieces together and added some washi tape around the edges - I did this with one piece of tape cutting into the corners and snipping around the curved pieces. Washi tape is very maleable and just perfect for this type of project.

The  mistletoe embellishment was painted first with a chalky white acrylic and then the leaves with  DecoArt Raw Sienna Acylic Paint.  You can also just about spy a mini key there in the background dabbed with gold paint.

I finished the top of the arch with another mini and this hides where the mistletoe had been snipped off!

A fun little piece to make and despite being "miniature" not too fiddly for arthritic fingers!

As always thank you for joining me again and happy crafting!

Jennie x

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  1. Absolutely love this, Jennie - gorgeous stencilling over the book text and a perfect vintage look. Lovely collaging and stunning flower and garland.
    Alison x

  2. Such a lovely, miniature piece, Jennie. I love the theme and the vintage look. xx

  3. I echo what others have said already, - beautifully put together with great embellishing and perfect collage work, stunning Jennie, love it!!

  4. Stunning piece Jennie. Beautifully spooned too. Hugs Rita xxxx

  5. Jennie, this is such a beautiful and wonderfully vintage looking piece .... love it! xxx

  6. So pretty, the book pages look so good with the stenciled design and the splatters.

  7. It's truly splendid Jennie! I just love this wee make! <3

  8. Beautiful - -love all the embellishments and yummy layers Have a lovely weekend x

  9. This is lovely Jennie. A lovely delicacy too it. Tracy x

  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Jennie!
    And there's so much to discover and admire in your miniature beauty! Adorable!

    Claudia x

  11. Thank you all for your lovely comments - so glad you loved it ! Jennie x