Friday 20 February 2009

Princess Carriage

What do you think? I am absolutely loving how this little pretty turned out and I bet my niece who I made it for will love it too!!
Requirements –

Twidleybits pre-cut wood Carriage kit
Basic grey Patterned papers or assorted patterned papers to suit
Various paints and embellishments

To create –
Using the wooden pieces as templates trace each onto the back of patterned paper and cut out.
Adhere the patterned pieces to each of the sections. I also chose to cut pieces to fit each of the large floral shapes on either side of the carriage.
Use a piece of sandpaper or an emery board to smooth out fit of the patterned paper to the edges of your shapes. This will also help the patterned paper to blend into the shape as if it was always meant to be there.
Ink all your edges to hide any imperfections and to add greater contrast.
To complete my frame I painted each surface with the appropriate colour (eg green for the swirls and leaves and pink for the flowers). Once dry I dry brushed a pearlescent paint over the surface of the green to provide a means of tricking the eye into believing there was numerous layers of shading. Finally I added blended shades of pink to the flowers and the word princess before coating with a light glitter paint.
To decorate my frame I chose to add some large Tim Holtz chipboard hinges to the front section then painted them with a gold leaf paint. The inside pages I have only added a few embellishments so that I have plenty of room to add my photo’s.

Monday 16 February 2009

Striped Background

I went through my bookmarked "ideas" links and can't find the person's blog where I first saw this background. I'm soooo sorry! I know the technique isn't new, but I liked the way she used it.

Anyway, here's mine:

I used Palette L'Amore Red ink, a sponge, white cardstock, a piece of scrap paper (I grabbed a piece of vellum I had left over), and I also used graph paper although you don't have to.

If you don't have graph paper, just measure and mark light pencil lines at each end of your cardstock so you know where to lay the scrap paper. Sponge ink over the edge of the scrap paper, then move the scrap paper down to the next line you want to ink and sponge again.

Here's a close-up view of how I used the graph paper as a guide.

Here's how I used my striped background on a Valentine's Day card. The stamp set is "Forever" by The Angel Company. I also used a Martha Stewart lace border punch.

Check out my Angel Stamper 2 blog sometime, Tootles!

How To Quill A Simple Flower

Spring is just around the corner! Here's a simple quilled flower to embellish any card, scrapbook or craft project.
On the Scribd box click on the top right for a full size view. You can now email or print the tutorial for yourself or your friends!

How to Quill Flowers
Take a peek at my blog here for more quilling tutorials. Thanks!

How To Quill Teardrop Hearts!

I know Valentine's Day has come and gone but I thought you might enjoy these hearts for any project!
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How to Quill Double Hearts