Thursday, April 29, 2010

2 Challenges--Pure Innocence Collage Shadow Box

I'm so lucky that You're so bloomin' wonderful!

(MFT Pure Innocence 4 leaf clover turned flower)

Hey, You lovely crafty people You! Thank You so much for your continued wonderfulness. I feel so stinkin' lucky! You're beyond amazing. I went for a fabulous walk on the trails near us the other day & have been getting things in order around here: taxes; cleaning; unpacking some more; enjoying Mouse's antics. It's great!

Caardvarks Core'dinations MFT Pure Innocence shadow box mel stampz

This project came complete with one of those "DUH, Why on earth did it take me so long to think of that" moments....

You guys know I love a collage texture look, and I've rambled on in the past about how it can make faces look splotchy when you stamp on it, and about how you can use paint to fix that...

Well for this, I just collaged the background & did the Pure Innocence figure normally on regular paper; then, cut her out and stuck her on.

Caardvarks Core'dinations MFT Pure Innocence shadow box DETAIL mel stampz

Et voila! No blotchy complexion! (DUH! Something that probably occurred to all
of y'all a million years ago, but I was excited. LOL)

Today's way to "work smarter not harder" is to try what some crafty gurus of mine seem to have mastered: combining challenges. Is it a major no-no? I'm not sure, but here it is anyhow... lol

So, this card & how-t0 is for both...

This is for the

Core-dinations Monochromatic
Challenge here.

Sponsored by

this is inspired by
the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot

Shadow Box Challenge #80 which you can see here.
There are some fabulous tutorials by Maggie here & Tammy here.

I didn't get my photo to Meda in time to join in on the Cuttlebug Blog (sorry Meda) but I did want to try and get back into the swing of the challenge thing by posting this tutorial even if it was late. Challenges add so much zeal to your crafty life, don't they?

fresco flowers cuttlbug paint copic sand mel stampz

...make this collage shadow box:

Step 1) Glue some torn bits of paper to a piece of cardstock (I used Mod Podge matte; I wish I had the acid free Mod Podge. Next time I get a Michael's coupon.) ;o)

(These papers are from an old book & that Nursery 12x12 paper from my way too sweet BFF Kim.)

Step 2) Allow the Mod Podge to dry & sand it a little.

Step 3) Paint on a thin layer of white acrylic paint (to reduce the contrast a little & let your image stand out.)

Here's a photo of the texture
(click to see it big in Blogger, if you like)

Yay for paint! :o)

Step 4) Stamp these images (with the one MFT stamp):

(I used the MFT Pure Innocence 4-leaf clover clear stamp set (but made a flower out of the clover instead & heat embossed these all in black ink with clear embossing powder.)
  • 1 whole image on the collage background (only as a reference, since it is TOO messy!)
  • 1 whole image on good colouring paper (thick cardstock makes it sturdy after you cut)
  • Two shamrocks (to make a flower.
  • 1 shirt/dress on cardstock with the arm raised
  • 1 shirt/dress paper pieced on book paper
Here are some closer shots of the dresses....
(The only slightly tricky cut was her arm)

In the photo above: the dress in white cardstock with the arm raised (one cut so it will sit over the paper pieced dress)

In the photo above: The shirt/dress paper pieced on book paper.

Step 5) Use the stamped body as a guide to position & stick on torn tissue paper (to make texture for the ground & clouds.)

Step 6) Shade the ground.

Little tip for colouring on paint/mod podge:
I used the chisel/broad tip of my copics, since that's the end I reserve for potentially messy colouring; the paint/mod podge might clog the tip. You could paint on refills or use a dedicated "messy" colourless blender to pick up Copic colours that you have scribbled on a block.

Or you could use markers other than Copics. Some other marker types (like SU/Tombow) may require embossing with clear embossing powder when they're added over paint/gesso/mod podge.)

Acrylic paints would work wonderfully.

Step 7) Glue full image onto the background & colour lightly

Step 8) Glue the white dress on (with the arm lifted) & then glue the book page dress over that.

Step 9) Glue one of the clovers on (coloured blue to make a flower instead of a shamrock)

Step 10) Glue on a second shamrock on to finish the flower (I also stitched on a teensy seed bead & added a wee leaf (doodled & cut out)

Step 11) Shade the clouds with pencil & add white details: The pencil is smudged using my finger tip & I added white raindrop & grass details with a white Souffle gel pen

Here's a close up of the pencil & Souffle pen details:
(click to see it big in Blogger, if you like)

(the Souffle pen is by Sakura. It goes on clear & dries white)

Step 12) Pressure emboss part of the image (I used a homemade grungeboard embossing plate (above). Details on how to make it here. It left a subtle impression since I didn't wet the cardstock...

Step 13) Sketch shapes around the image & the embossed texture and pierce: I sketched a cloud shape & a line for the ground & pierced holes along the sketched lines with a paper piercing tool.

Step 14) Stitch the scene with embroidery thread.

Step 15) Pierce holes along the hem of her dress & add knots.

Step 16) Make the Core-dinations cardstock piece for the back of the shadow box.

Cut some cardboard to fit a shadowbox frame & cut a piece of Core-dinations paper. Glue them to each other.

Step 17) Affix the Core-dinations piece to the shadow box (Beacon's 3 in 1 really holds.) Just be sure to use ventilation (as it says on the bottle.)

Step 18) Adhere the image & add some flowers...

(These were made using an embossing folder in the Cuttlebug, copic markers, punches, white paint, & sandpaper) There's a pictorial here, if you're curious:

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Alice said...

AMAZING!!! what a wonderful project! i love it!!

lilscrappers said...

I'm gonna havta find me a book like that that I can rip up and try. I am definately trying this project out! Thanks Mel! I posted a project that borrowed your gesso covered and embossed digi paper that gives the coolest texture! Killed my printer tho, lol :)

Sue from Oregon said...

such a wonderful project and love the muted colors!

Barb said...

Too dang cute! And I just love all of your techniques... fabulous!

Jessie/knightrone said...

WOW....just WOW. You rock girlie!!

Manasa said...

this is so cute :) Niceee...

Dawn said...

so totally adorable!! love it sweetie!!

take more walks....enjoy!!!



nice tutorial!

Scrapcat 1 said...

wow what a fabulous project

Take care

lilscrappers said...

MEL, HOW did you make the black background with the coordinations? Is it embossed?

Dotty Jo said...

Totally fabulous - you are amazing Mel! Jo x

Allison Rankin said... the PI girly here. What did I tell you about these crazy long posts? Bad girl. (Psst...have you ever polled your readers to see if they read all your info? I do when I want to know something but normally I just look at the pics!)

Danielle Daws said...

That's so gorgeous! I instantly went to buy that stamp... but I can't find it! Is it current??

Nina said...

this project is so cool and looked like a lot of fun to make as well! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and creativity! love it!

Danielle Daws said...

Hi Mel! This post made me just HAVE to get this stamp! I haven't used her yet, but I have had a go with My Umbrella here. I love your blog!!