Friday, February 3, 2012

My First Post for 2 Crafty


This is my first Design Team blog post for 2 Crafty and let me start by telling you all how excited I am to be part of this great team!

I first started Scrapbooking when I had my first daughter who is now 8 years old (how time flies huh!), though I have always been "crafty" and pursued a number of different crafts in my time, from cardmaking to the padded lacey photo frames ... remember those? When I started scrapping though it all fell in to place for me - I had found something I could really take any direction I wanted to. Since then I have very much become passionate about mixed media art and whilst I still do scrapbook there is no more enjoyment for me then getting my hands messy with paint, gesso, inks and various mediums. I love to work with chipboard as a starting point for much of my work which is one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity to work with 2 Crafty. It is my hope that during my time with this wonderful little company I will inspire you to get creative too, get your hands messy and perhaps learn a few techniques to transform your plain chipboard pieces into something really special.

So a few weeks ago Vanessa sent me a pack of all sorts of 2 Crafty goodness and I sort of didn't know where to start. I have now ended up with a number of projects on the go, but the first to be finished is this layout using a number of products released just a week or so ago.

That's my daughter Alyssa - now 8 years old and just started Year 3. This photo was taken when she was about 4 and I just can't understand what happened to the last 4 years. Hence the title for my page "Where Has the Time Gone" which was inspired by 2 Crafty's new Vintage Clock Hands (aren't they gorgeous?).

I don't like to just give the chipboard a solid coat of paint and leave it at that. There is SO much more that can be done with it. To give my clock hands some texture I have stippled Gesso (you'll soon realise how much I use this stuff) all over and heated with a heat gun straight away. The heat causes the gesso to bubble slightly, so it stays raised in some areas creating an uneven surface. Because the gesso is white and I wanted a slightly more aged appearance, I simply went straight over the top with my Antique Linen Distress Stain. These are such a great product for very quickly colouring chipboard - though the Antique Linen doesn't look so good if it is applied just straight to the raw chipboard.

The piece pictured above with the word "time" on it is also a new product - Sybil's Name Plates. You get two in a pack in two different sizes. I started by giving this piece a solid coat of cream paint, applying it a bit thicker on the flourish parts using a stippling brush. Drying this with a heat gun will create a subtle texture in the thicker areas of paint. I then put a little dark brown paint (such as Raw Umber) on my finger and lightly dab it around the very out edge of the flourish parts, giving it a sort of shadow look. Once dry I also went over the whole thing with my Antique Linen Distress Stain. The letters forming the word "time" are actually by Tim Holtz and come already black. I just lightly dabbed a little gesso over them with my finger to give them a little depth. You could do this just as easily with chipboard alphas, first painting them a dark colour and then lightly dabbing over the top with a second colour.

That's it for my first project! I hope you like it and are feeling inspired to grab yourself some yummy new 2 Crafty goodies and get those paints out!

Here's a sneak peak of an almost-finished project I have to share with you in my next post.

More about that one next time. Till then, happy creating!
Natalie xx


Marcy Smith said...

LOVE THAT VINTAGE chic!!! Gorgeous girl and layout!!! :)

KerrynF said...

Beautiful page!

Di Garling said...

Love everything here. Looks gorgeous.
Totally devine. Cheers Di xoxo