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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Thursday 18 June 2015

The Poetry of the Earth

Good Morning All and a very Happy Thursday!

When you read this, I shall be on my way to Cheltenham for a Ukulele Festival...yes, they really have festivals!  A whole weekend of playing, learning and listening to some of the best players in the world....bliss!

Anyway, enough of that!  Let's get on with the important stuff like this weeks project!  As always, everything used is from Creative Expressions.

Paint a Creative Expressions MDF Bunting Shape with Cosmic Shimmer White Gesso then dry thoroughly.  Using Gesso acts as a sealant and stops the paint and glue from soaking into the MDF.

Tear an eighth of a sheet of Marine World and Climbing Rose Decoupage Papers into small pieces.

Glue the pieces of paper onto the bunting with Cosmic Shimmer Glossy Glue, Seal and Glaze making sure to paint a layer of glue over the top as well as under the paper.
When all of the paper is in place, coat with one more layer then dry.

Use a Couture Creations Sanding Block at a 45 degree angle to remove the excess paper from around the edges.  Removing it this way, rather than with scissors or a knife helps to ensure a good seal around the edges.
Push the handle of a paintbrush through the holes in the Bunting Shape.

Die cut shapes from the Portugal Collection Lisbon Dies.
Stamp the sentiment from the A5 British Wild Flowers Stamp Set onto the smaller shape with Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear.
Edge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Matt and layer with 3d pads then glue onto the banner.

Use the Finishing Touches Classic Foldover Flowers Dies to cut strips from pink and white felt.  Fold in half and glue together.  Roll into a flower and glue to hold onto position.

I hope the picture explains what I mean!

While the glue is drying, paint around the edge of the banner with Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Midnight Paint.  Dry.  Use Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Golden Green Gilding Wax on the edges of the paper.

Die cur the Trailing Ivy from Coconut White Card, gently apply the same Gilding Wax.  I've also added some to the flowers to tone the colour down.

Shape the ivy and use 3d pads to glue it into position.  Add the felt flowers with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.

Add some Black Seam Binding to hang it and there you have it!

It sounds from this description that it takes a long time to make, but it really doesn't!  I know from reading your comments that you like a full description of how I've made something and I do try to make it as clear as possible without rambling!

I thought, as a thank you for reading this blog every week, I'd like to give this away (assuming anyone wants it)!

I need it until July 11th to show at a workshop, so on Sunday 12th, I'll have a random draw from all the names in the comments.  if you leave a comment every week from now, your name goes in 4 times.
Hope that makes sense!

Anyway, better get on.  That just leaves me to say an enormous thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Until next time, have a happy, crafty week!


ros hodgkins said...

Good Morning, I bet this shockers you, right day and hours early. I left the window open too much and the birds woke me.
I couldn't see where you were going when I first started to read your instructions, and as I revealed itself , it's beautiful. I have never dabbled with mdf but I should as it can look amazing. Have a great day, and enjoy your weekend which sounds good fun. X Ros

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello just thought I would pop in as had email showing this work of art . Thank you your description east to follow. I haven't used MDF or gesso so you have inspired me to try it. Thank you
Hope your weekend goes well
Lynda Brock xx

Littlelamb said...

Just found your blog after getting an email. Like this plaque. I like using decopatch so will give this project a try.

Jackie T said...

Hi Pam this is a gorgeous project. I love following how you make your projects. I was at a John Lockwood workshop yesterday it was fab though tow of my projects went wrong. Enjoy the festival and I hope the weather is kind. Hugs Jackie

DebbieLeigh said...

Hi Pam this project is lovely and I love those flowers. I am convinced I may have to purchase them and after yesterdays workshop using the decopatch papers and mdf shapes I am now hooked on doing more of these type of projects myselfxxx