Saturday 28 June 2014

Today is 'Magpie day' with Gabrielle!

Today we're introducing a MAGPIE DAY!  -  "What is that?" we hear you ask. 

From July we will be posting every other day with posts appearing on our sister/project blog on the other days. With all our DT Members and guest posts we will be bringing you as much variation (and inspiration, we hope) that you can take. Occasionally we will have a spare slot and on those days we will be holding a MAGPIE DAY - there will be an eclectic collection of things as it can be anything at all (hence the name 'magpie'), a step by step from a DTM, a special guest highlight, a collection of projects from the team, who knows, you'll have to wait and see! >;o)

Our lovely and talented DTM, Gabrielle of crafty thoughts, has volunteered to be our first Magpie today, so over to her....


I am currently having lots of fun playing with paint and experimenting with different effects. Today I'm sharing a tag made with Fresco paints by PaperArtsy, Grunge Paste and a stencil. I covered a tag in thin layers of Yellow Submarine, Hey Pesto, London Bus and Beach Hut paints and, when dry, a layer of French Roast that I wiped off with a baby wipe - this leaves a cool aged look! I then measured a card from the Found Relatives pack and cut an aperture that's a little smaller!

Then I mixed paint into Grunge Paste and through a stencil to create the leaves. When this is dry you can do the same for the petals (using Claret paint) and the centre, masking off sections of the stencil to make sure you don't have extra, unwanted petals or leaves! I added a little more green paint directly to the leaves and stems so that they stand out and drew round the stencilled flowers and leaves with a charcoal pencil so that they become even more 3D!

I then masked off the stencil again and stamped a text stamp through the stencil so it appeared only on the petals. I added a Remnant Rub under the photo but left the top free so the lovely background could be seen. I hope you have a go at mixing paint into Grunge Paste - I'd love to see what you make!

This is gorgeous Gabrielle and great tips and techniques here, thank you!!

Okay folks, this is our last post, you have until 11.45pm on Monday to get your projects finished and linked to have a chance of winning our fab £20 shop voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts.

Enjoy the rest of the month and GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

Chris and the CVC team. xxx