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by Julie Brooks

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Truly Scrumptious

Hi everyone

I decided to have a play with one of the lovely designs from Craftwork Cards and I chose Scrumptious 8 x 8 papers and co-ordinating Candi and clear stamp set. The papers and Candi are in gorgeous shades of pink and blue with some naturals thrown in for good measure and feature floral and foliage/flourish designs along with some dotty ones. The patterns are fab! The stamp set comprises of lots of lovely sentiments in a pretty font, along with flowers and flourishes. I created a few projects but just want to talk about one for today as it's quite a lengthy post! I'll talk about the other projects tomorrow.

I've provided a list of products available in our shop at www.beebaab.co.uk at the bottom of this post.

I had one of these papier mache shadow box frames in my stash and decided to use it to make a pretty home decor piece.

I cut strips of paper from one sheet out of the Scrumptious paper pad and covered the front framework with them. At this stage you can see where the pieces overlap, but that doesn't matter because it will be disguised later. I also painted around the sides using DecoArt white acrylic paint - I gave it a couple of generous coats. I also painted just slightly into the centre aperture and lightly along parts of the paper covered frame to give it a weathered appearance. Then I chose another paper from the pad and cut this to size and glued it into the centre aperture to create my background. I used my trusty Pumice Stone Distress Ink to ink around all the edges and sides to add to the aged appearance.

For the next step I fussy cut some flowers and leaves to tie in with the background and then I painted them using distress inks and water mixed together on an acrylic block and applied with a narrow headed brush. This is a nice watercolour technique where you just take your ink pad, smoosh it down onto the acrylic block a few times to transfer some ink to the block, then spritz with as little or as much water as you want to get the shade you're after. Easy peasy, and it's always nice, I think, to know that a product can be used in lots of ways because that makes it better value for money! I then fixed the flowers and leaves in place using foam pads to add more dimension.

Goodness, my work mat is DISGUSTING! Note to self: CLEAN IT!!

Moving on! The next step was to disguise all those overlaps in the papers, so that's where the Scrumptious Candi came in, because I used it to create four dimensional corners on my frame, and I think it looks fab! Instead of fixing the pieces of Candi with foam pads, I used strong acrylic glue all over the corners, which dries clear, and I stuck the Candi onto each area in rows to form a square.

I have some chipboard butterflies, dragonflies and hearts in my stash and I decided to paint a few of them with the distress inks. I gave them a good coat of the DecoArt white acrylic paint and once that was dry I applied my ink colours straight from the ink pad using a brush. You may think you're not getting any ink into the bristles because the ink pads seem to be quite dry and obviously you can't apply much pressure with soft bristles, but trust me when I say there will be plenty of ink on there! I just painted it onto my chipboard butterflies and dragonfly, several coats, allowing each to dry before applying the next, until I was happy with the depth of colour. For the hearts I just pressed them into the ink pad a few times until I was happy with the coverage and colour. Once dry, distress inks appear much more faded than when wet, so if you want a stronger and more dense colour, you do need to go back and keep applying new layers of colour until you get the depth of colour you're after.

I added detail to the wings of the butterflies and dragonfly using one of the stamps from the set stamped with archival jet black ink. Because archival ink is oil-based, rather than water-based, when you apply it on top of acrylic paints or distress inks it doesn't soak into the surface so you get all of that colour with no fading, so the detail is crisp and well-defined.

So, once I was happy with my chipboard pieces I fixed them in place using foam pads again to add dimension. I decided to add a few more fussy cut leaves and flowers too.

Sequins added the finishing touch and here is the finished piece.

I hope you like this little project. I had a lot of fun making it.

For a list of products which can be purchased from our shop at www.beebaab.co.uk go to the bottom of this post.

See you all tomorrow!

Love Julie xx

The following can all be purchased at our shop at www.beebaab.co.uk:

DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Craftwork Cards Scrumptious Paper Pad, Candi and Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads
Ranger Mini Distress Ink Blending Tools
Dovecraft Foam Pads
Gold Taklon 10 Piece Brush Set