Wednesday 27 July 2016

Fortune Teller Travel Collection Folio


This Travel Album was designed using the beautiful Papers, Ephemera & Chipboard Shapes from 7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Collection.
The foundation of the Album is the Large Collection Folio from Tim Holtz.

The Mixed Media Cover was created in layers & is quite textured & dimensional.

I am entering this project in the Monday Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog
"Add Some Texture" as it really covers the Challenge Topic both inside & out.

 Here are the steps of my creative process for the cover of the Folio:-

 I firstly applied the desired papers from the collection to the front & insides of the kraft Folio
with wide double sided tape. 

I applied Tim Holtz Tissue Tape randomly to the edges of the Folio before shading
with Ground Espresso Distress Paint & Deco Art Antiquing Cream in Patina Green.

The edges of the Folio were roughened with the Prima Distress Tool, swiped with the 
Embossing Dabber & heat embossed with a mixture of Clear & Platinum UTEE. 

This same UTEE mixture was heat embossed on the Turquoise Cover using the Ranger Embossing Dabber & the matching Fortune Teller Stamp Set.

A Tim Holtz word band was coloured with Distress Crayons in blue & white highlighting the words.

All of the rest of the layers were designed around the cluster under the lovely Gypsy Image.
This included torn and cut papers from the collection, Tim Holtz Sizzix die cuts 
(writing desk feather, mini labels, pediments), Chipboard Trellis & Swirls from 7 dots Studio, 
Prima Art Stones & Mini Art Stones, a badge from the Collection, & sequin buttons from my stash.

The Chipboard Trellis was coloured with Lumiere Pewter Paint, the Swirls with 
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Paint Steampunk Copper.  
Extra Texture added to the layers with text stamping with Black Archival Ink. 
Fine splatters of these paints & Goosebumps spray finish off the cover.

The inside of the Folio was decorated to be a Travel Album of time spent in New Zealand.
 I have made a video that gives peeks of the many Album pages and pockets formed within the Folio.

Not sure if my video will work or not so I have included some photos of the inside pages of the Folio.

Turquoise & Steampunk Copper Art Alchemy Metallique Paint was also used to highlight the Chipboard, Frames & Die Cuts used within the Album.

Acetate Windows & lots of Tabs & Tickets create extra interest.

Stamping & Stencilling add interest to the Kraft pages.

Same colours & Vintage feel throughout.


The Album actually looks really cool displayed on the side table at home 
& so has become a piece of Home Decor.

Thanks for taking the time to read through this long blog post.
Happy Creating
Deb xx

Monday 25 July 2016


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Iron Orchid Designs - Paper Clay & Vintage Art Decor Molds

Paper Clay is a modelling material which can be used
 to create gorgeous vintage style Home Decor Projects.

I thought I would start with something small, repurposing some plain glass candle stick holders.
This technique could be applied to any surface that you desire to alter 
eg.  boxes, wood furniture, frames, glass jars or vases just to name a few.

 I recommend watching a few You Tube Videos to get some handy hints before you start.
I will share a few of the hints I discovered here for you.

For this Project I gave each glass holder a light coat of Prima Chalk Board Paint (Egg Shell) 
& let dry while I pressed the Paper Clay into the Vintage Art Decor Mold (Baroque 3).

Hint: Keep the spare clay in an airtight container so it doesn't dry out.
I recommend planning a few projects to use it up quickly & avoid it being unusable if it dries out.

Hint: Press the clay into the mold with your fingers.  
Ease it away at the edges of the moulded shape & Peel the rubber mold away 
while the clay is still moist. (within 5 to 10 minutes)
The molded piece of clay can then be immediatedly applied to the desired surface using glue.
I used 3D Matte Gel from Prima Art Basics & Finnabair.

Applying the paper clay while still moist allows the piece to shape & bend 
to suit the surface it is being applied to. 
Even if the piece of paper clay has cracks or breaks in it, just glue it together.  
It all adds to the Vintage feel!

Hint:  On my first attempt I let the clay dry in the IOD Molds, but found that the shapes were brittle & hard to remove from the moulds.  The ones I did manage to get out of the molds would not conform to suit any surface either.

So after molding each shape, I glued them onto the three holders before leaving for a while to dry.
I also applied some Prima Art Stones & Mini Art Stones with Soft Matte Gel 
from Prima Art Basics to add more texture.

I was impatient, so I gently patted on a medium layer of Clear Crackle Texture Paste 
from Prima Art Extravagance over the whole surface of the holder around the Clay shapes.
I then left them to dry overnight.

The next day I dry brushed over the whole surface with Prima Chalk Board Paint (Charcoal).
I also lightly dry brushed with Prima Art Alchemy Paints 
in Metallique Rice Turquoise & Steampunk Copper.
I finished each piece with a coat of Distress Collage Medium (Crazing) to give a final texture layer.

The Textured Surface has been beautifully highlighted by the dry brushing.

I think they look quite unique, especially displayed All in a Row.
For this reason I am entering this project in the Frilly & Funkie Boutique Blog Challenge

I hope this inspires some Home Decor Creativity.   
I am looking forward to trying some larger projects soon. Cheers  Deb xx

All products used in this project are available from Hobby Sew Echuca