Saturday, 5 November 2011

Week 3 - Embellishments

So, I hope that you're enjoying the classes and that you can now see your frame beginning to take shape.

This week we are going to make the embellishments for the centre piece and also the outer edge of the frame.

Requirements this week:-
Tando inchies
Tando cogs
Tando dragonflies
metal flower
metal cogs
Patterned paper
Text paper
Distress stains
Various rubber stamps
Glossy accents.

 Fragments - are a great way to customise your own pieces.  For this piece I have used various images from printed paper (keys and steampunk ladies head), created my own background papers using the methods described last week and then stamping onto it (bird cage and part of bingo stamp)  and stamping onto text paper (Spoon) also try adding typed words on top of patterned paper (dream fragment).  Its a great way to use up some of those "scraps" which we all keep thinking we'll use one day - I've created lots of alcohol inked backgrounds and not wanted to chuck out any left overs, this way you can use them up (blue square in top right hand corner)  When you have decided which  images you want to use stick your fragments onto the selected pattern using glossy accents, move the fragment around on the image ensuring a good coating of glossy accents and then leave to adhere.  When dry, cut out with sharp scissors.  For this piece I have used five square fragments measuring approximately 2cm, two circles and one rectangle pieces.

Paint the tando cog with brown acryllic - add crackle glaze when dry hi-light cracks with black acryllic paint.  If you don't have the crackle glaze, age the paint using black paint and distress by letting the paint dry to "tacky" point and then rub some off - the remainder will add a rustic feel to the cog..  When dry add the metal cogs to the centre.

Take two tando inchies.  Colour one with distress ink, tear a piece of text paper, ink the edges and stick in place.  Cut images from patterned paper and adhere to the top of the inchie.  Cut off all excess paper and ink the edges.  Cover the second inchie with patterned paper, add an image to a small circular fragment and adhere ontop of the inchie...I've used a steampunk image and adhered watch pieces around the outside using glossy accents as a base.  The edges were daubed with gold paint.

Taking the metal flower and leaves, colour using inka gold.

Now for the centre piece.  Take a strip of text paper and measure it against the background paper, ensuring than all edges will be encased in the frame.  Tear along both sides and edge with ink.

Stamp two flower heads and stem onto grungepaper.  I have used a Wendy Veechi stamp but any flower stamp will do and if you don't have any leaves or stem, draw them and colour all images using distress ink.  Cut out.  If you have Ranger Rock Candy stickles add to all sections.

From a contrasting paper (or colour your own using distress stains or distress inks) cut out a circle, or punch one, cut a spiral and then starting at one end roll tightly forming a "flower head" stick in place using pva glue - make three of these heads.  There are loads of instructions to do these rolled up flowers, but, here are some simplistic photos for the different stages

Take the Tando dragonfly and colour using distress inks.  Outline image using black pen and add a coating of glossy accents.  When dry add bling to the body.

Stamp a quote stamp using black ink onto text paper, mat onto darker cardstock and edge using inka gold.

Stamp two butterfly's onto grunge, colour with distress ink and cut out....mould into shape using the heat in your fingers.  Thread small beads onto a piece of wire, add a layer of glossy accents to the butterfly's body and carefully lay the beads on top, when tacky carefully remove the wire leaving a lovely beaded body.

Take some cream satin ribbon, colour using distress stains in a colour to fit your colour scheme.

These are the embellisments I've made for my frame.  You might not have the exact items to replicate all of these items, but, don't let that put you off.  Use Tando inchies instead of the fragments, they can have patterned paper adhered to them and can take all forms of colouring, paint, stains, distress inks etc... if you don't have distress inks or stains use other colouring mediums, Tando chipboard and grungeboard easily accept all forms of colouring.

So, how are you getting on? We'd love to see what your post and let us know how your getting on, and as always, if you have any questions please post below and I'll do my best to answer them.
Next week is our last week and its:-

The Finishing Touches

See you next week...xx

1 comment:

  1. Hi,just finished doing week 3 class & it's looking good.looking forward to saturday's blog.
    I hope to post the finished frame on my blog over the weekend.
    Janet x