I'm very glad I'm not outside at the moment as we've just had a torrential rain "shower" - the sort when you'd have got soaked running for the kitchen door if you'd only been at the other end of the garden. Now the sun is out again, but you get the feeling the weather is playing a game of "cat and mouse" with you
Anyway, on to matters crafty and at the end of last week I got the chance to actually do something with the goodies in my first Craft Box which is just as well as the new one arrived yesterday :o
I decided to use the 7x5" canvas from the June box and have some mixed media fun with this view of the June LO from The Sketch File
To begin with I used several shades of Fresco Finish Acrylic paints to make a bluey-beigey-browny background. I added in a few inky shades too. Next I used a VersaMagic inkpad to add the stencilled design. The stencil is called "Mini Spinning Tops" (Crafters Workshop), and I placed it an angle over the canvas rather than using it "square". I'd not used this stencil before, but I really LOVE the effect, and will surely be using it a lot from now!
Next came some pieces of torn paper, cotton lace and velvet ribbon
I cut the Eiffel Tower from one of the postcards in the box, glued some thick chipboard scraps to the reverse for dimension and matted it on to a mini air-mail envelope and rectangle of patterned paper, adding a large paper clip tied with a piece of ribbon, a small art stone and a couple of "stamp-style" stickers. This whole element was then adhered to a piece of chipboard before it was glued onto the canvas
The flowers are a mix of those found in the box and some I made up myself from my (large) stash of Primas. I added some glass beads to the curly wire onto the brown flower from the box (a nod to one of the metro station entrances which caught my attention when we were in Paris last year)
The upper right corner looked a bit dull so I cut the corner element using a die from an old Spellbinders set
I rubbed gold Alchemy Wax (Craft Imaginations) and a few specks of Blue Stickles over the Tower image, and a little of the gold wax onto some of the flower petals too.
The little tower charm was attached to thin wire, the ends of which were threaded under the velvet ribbon and secured under the final flower
Even though I used a lot of things from it, I've hardly made a dent in the Craft Box contents! I still have my memory album of our Paris holiday on my desk - I've not done a lot lately, so I'll be using more of the gorgeous Parisian=themed elements in there - maybe they will encourage me to get on with it!
Right, that's enough waffling for one day.
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