Thursday 6 March 2014

More Die Cuts - With a Diifference

No posts for ages then two in as many days - and more tomorrow - but you'll have to wait for that.
Little story behind this. I belong to a local craft group and each week try to expand our crafting knowledge by each member "teaching" their particular skill to the others. To be honest - there are some weeks when we all make a lot of noise and very little crafting is done - but we have fun!!!! What to do on "MY" week?
Some thing I've only dabbled in but it's fun and each project grows until the eye says "Stop!"
A mixed media canvas using diecuts, bits of broken jewellery, scraps of lace, the netting from some oranges, some scrunched up foil from a Christmas chocolate santa (I keep the weirdest things), coiled wire and a charm. All of this was applied to a canvas board 18x13cm using heavy gel medium and painted with white gesso.
 Looks a bit uninteresting without colour?

Using panpastels and luminarte radiant rains paints the transformation is complete.

Then I had to make a frame, didn't I?
None available in my stash of the right size. So I made one from a very sturdy cardboard box.
The back - I forgot to take a pick before applying the black gesso. (Just to prove)
lots of black gesso allowed to dry before decorating.
 The cog mask is from Creative Expressions
The cogs and flourish stamps are from Indigo Blu
 The flowers are made with more of the corrugated card. Thin strips wound up into a tight spiral and painted with luminarte radiant rains with a pearl centre. 

 Butterfly from stash
Metal corners from stash

and the final picture fully framed

I'd like to enter this into the challenges at
Left Of Centre - Use die Cuts
Craft My Life - Anything goes but no Cards
Frilly and Funky - Stencils and Texture
Pan Pastel / Premium Art Brands - Frame It


  1. What a gorgeous project. Thank you for joining our Challenge at Craft my life this month.

    Hugs Erin DT x

  2. This is so clever! I love the way you brought your mixed media background to life with the colour and then to create a custom frame - fantastic! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Jenny x

  3. WOW, love your custom made frame and panel, just proves never to throw anything away. The outcome of your work is awesome :-) xxx

  4. GORGEOUS ... and well done on making the Pan Pastels top 3 with this piece too


  5. Fantastic project! I am certainly going to give this a try. Congratulations on being in the top 3 at pan pastels.

  6. Oh wow Helen!!! This is amazing! I'm really going to have to try it! thanks for sharing at LOC! Mo xxx

  7. Wow, this is fantastic and just loaded with texture. You are obviously a recycling master. Thanks for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie and giving us a peek into how the main piece and frame were constructed.