Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hello Gelli !

Gelli printing was the first new technique I learnt this year, and I am excited to share my first project with you. I had heard about gelli printing in the past, but never had a chance to explore it, until January when I attended a workshop on "The Magic of Gelli Printing" hosted by Shereen.  It was a great experience and we learnt lots of fun techniques. I finally got around to playing with my Gelli Plate last week and below are the two prints I pulled.

I decided to move forward with the ghost print, and cut out five circles from it.

To be honest, I was planning to make flowers out of these prints, but the die cut circles looked so pretty that I dropped the idea.
To add some dimension, I went ahead and inked the edges. Don't they look like planets!
 To add some more depth I faux stitched each, in black. The whole idea behind sharing these 3 steps, is to highlight the difference each detail makes. It adds so much interest to the project.
Next I took a black square card, and arranged the circles on it, to get an idea of the arrangement. Then I went ahead and added some texture to it with paste, and pigment ink.
Next, I stamped some swirls in the background, and on the die cuts. Adhered the die cuts to the base, and cut out a heart to be placed in the center. Heat embossed 'Gratitude'.
Added some micro beads, and it was complete!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Altered: Beautiful Tins

All of us have used lots of moisturizes this winter, and surely there are some empty tins, and bottles lying around waiting to meet the bin. I wanted to use the empty Nivea Creme tins to store some teeny tiny craft elements and so I decided to give them a new look.

I started off by washing the tins thoroughly, leaving them squeaky clean and ready for the makeover. Once dry, I spray painted them Coca Brown and let the paint dry.

TIP: Spray paint the base and lid separately, this will ensure complete coverage. Do not touch the box until it is completely dry; If you do, the paint will just wipe off.

Next I chose some of my favorite stencils, and placed them on the box, in a manner that the design would cover the raised text.
Stampers Anonymous Stencil Floral 2017 release
I am using the Floral stencil from Tim Holtz's layering stencils collection - 2017. Once happy with the position, I stenciled modeling paste onto the box.

Since this is tin, and the base isn't flat, the stencil slips when applying the paste. You can tape it down if you like, but I just held it down with my hand as I wasn't looking for a perfect print.

While the paste was drying, I activated Bashful Blue, Chiffon Pink and Sea Glass Twinkling H2O's for coloring the stenciled design.

Colored parts of the design, and left it to dry.

I altered three tins, using three different designs, and each looks beautiful.

You can layer the inside of the base with felt -- if you like.

Linking it to Altered Eclectics monthly challenge. 

Happy Crafting!
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