Sunday, 1 September 2013

Paperartsy 10th Birthday celebrations #3UP

Paperartsy was 10 years old this August and as part of their celebrations they invited their Twitter followers to take part by making projects from the 'ingredients' in a mystery parcel - now they have done this before and the loyal 'PAtwits' that time received 3 items (hence #3UP!) to make a Paperartsy project with.

THIS time the packages were a little bigger and this is what was in mine ...

Actually in my excitement I forgot to take a picture before I had started so missing from above is the substrate, white 'Smoothy' card and a bunch of blue tinged paper roses - more details below ...

This is what I made ... 

My colour swatch was Mermaid, Beach Hut and Claret (3 Fresco paints I already have) and I added a bit of Pumkin Soup also from my own stash. My pack included a substrate - hanging Icon (26751/1) that measures 20cm x 10cm x 1.3 cm; stamp set IDE5EZ, a bunch of small blue tinged paper roses, 3 plain wooden scalloped circles, white 'Smoothy' card and a silver coloured bird charm. My challenge to myself was to use all these items.

The Icon was covered with a Seven Gypsies patterned paper using matt medium and painted first with a coat of watered down Vintage Lace Fresco Paint. I used my own stencil and Snowflake paint for the next layer and then, once it was dry, added Mermaid, Beach Hut, Claret and Pumpkin Soup paints sparingly with a baby wipe. A coat of matt medium then protected this layer. When it was dry Grunge Paste was added through another stencil in just 2 places. Once dry more paint was added, a little at a time using all 4 colours, and then I stencilled through some sequin waste with Claret and Beach Hut to add more interest. Once dry Aquamarine Treasure Gold was added on top of the Grunge paste and around the edges of the Icon. I also used a Paperartsy Mini 61 and Versafine black ink to stamp a little text randomly over the piece. This piece is heavily influenced by a recent class I took with Lin Brown.

The house was stamped with Versafine Black onto Smoothy stamping card and cut out. I layered it twice more with card to give a solid chipboard feel. The house was stamped again onto patterned papers that matched the colour scheme and was paper pieced as shown. I used Glossy Accents to fill in the top central ‘square’ and when dry added Black Diamond Stickles to the ‘spade’ symbol. The Mystery section was re-stamped, cut out 3 times and layered up and then covered in Glossy Accents I used my own brads each end and then glued it on the top to give further depth and dimension.

The ticket from the stamp set was stamped and cut out 3 times, layered onto another layer of card and glued along the bottom of the icon. I added the house and then painted the silver bird charm with beach hut and added Aquamarine Treasure Gold over it with a few tiny touches of Claret and Pumpkin Soup paint. Two of the wooden ‘flowers’ were painted with the paints to match the background and stamped with another stamp from the set as shown. These were placed at the top right of the piece (I had smudged a bit of the text stamping and needed to cover it up!). The blue flowers were tinged with Treasure Gold and then glued in place along with three claret coloured smaller flowers from my own stash.

A couple of close ups ...

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  1. This is a beautiful project, well done on using your 3up box so well!

  2. Yummy scrummy layers and colours. Beautiful finished piece. Also congrats on being part of the design team your other post. Your talents recognised :-)

  3. Just love this. Its gorgeous! I love the colours.


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