Hi everyone and many apologies for the lack of commenting over the past couple of days. This project has kept me busy/frustrated, as has life (you know, too many tasks too little time, and a migraine to boot). Anyway, I HAD to get this done for Hels' challenge before it closes tonight! For those who popped by on Wednesday do you remember the MDF birdhouse and leaves?
It started life a blank birdhouse shape from the MDFman (bought at the NEC) and when I posted on Wednesday I had got as far as stencilling on some moulding paste, painting on gesso and then covering the whole thing in Gingerbread VersaMagic (see HERE).
Having blended over Distress Inks (Stormy Sky/Dusty Concord/Walnut Stain/Pine Needles) I needed to make the surface durable. Cue a layer of Ranger Glue n Seal. Hmmm, as I patted it on gently the whole thing started to go mottely (technical term) and pale! ARRRRGGHH!!
So, I walked away (OK, got on with umpteen chores) and thought about it. Then I decided to add alcohol inks - same colours - over the top. This worked, but made the whole thing too dark. So finally I rubbed over the surface gently with some alcohol blending solution and hey presto!
Next I added the plywood bird and key (Crafty-emblies) colouring both with alcohol inks. The key was sealed but I left the bird 'naked' as it looked wrong shiny.
The bird and birdhouse charms came courtesy of my crafty friend Anne - she sent them to me ages ago and I have been saving them for something special. They were distressed slightly with alcohol inks. The chain came off one end of a charity shop necklace. Get me - I came over all handyman and nailed it on with a hammer! No shifting that now:)
Next job the leaves. They were a combination of kraft glassine, brown paper, inks (alcohol and distress) and embossing powders, followed by a few hours of cutting out as I didn't know how many I would need and had to make too many. There was more freedom with colours this time so I could go even more lifelike with the maple leaves and add in some ivy.
I trailled them over the roof edge and then over the key.
Final job, adding some 'berries', well seed beads and Distress Stickles aplenty. Seems easy? Trouble is hindsight is a wonderful thing, and you can start with an idea of what to do (unless you are copying your own or someone else's project). Still, I got there in the end, and the boys' bus fares will now be housed somewhere nicer than a plastic bag!
Right, this is being entered into the following challenges;
I will be getting round to visit everyone over the next few days and catch up with the wonderful projects out there. In the meantime thankyou for dropping by and leaving your comments. They mean so much.
Keep crafting! Hugs, Buttons xxx