Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paper Artsy theme #7 Niches

Look at me actually playing along with Paper Artsy's theme this time instead of just stalking!  Woo!  I have been wanting to do a canvas shadowbox for some time, just never got the lightning bolt of inspiration (yes, that is a real me...).  AND I have had this idea about using the round containers from retired SU! buttons as shadowboxes so this theme of niches was the just the lightning bolt (see, I told you it was a real thing) I needed to go off and be creative.  As an added bonus, I was able to use the one non-Christmassy Paper Artsy set that I own!  Oh- don't worry, I have a few more sets on the way (and I can't WAIT to get my hands on them!!!)  I even remembered to take a few along-the-way-photos!  So here we go! 
 Nope, didn't take a pic of the stamped insert in progress...oh well.  First up, painted the inside of the frame with Seedless Preserves Distress Paint just because I could.  Then stamped and colored the insert piece.  Stamped with black Archival and colored with Dyan Reavely's sprays in water brushes.  And yes, there were masks stamped and cut out even for the sprangly flowers!!  Glued the insert into place with matte Multi-Medium.  Then Glue-n-Seal to adhere the paper pieces onto the frame.  Next up we have Ranger's Texture Paste (which really looks like frosting as you are applying it...don't use it when you are hungry...heh. heh. heh.) applied in varying thickness and stamped with the leaves and the egg looking thingys from Darcy's set 14. Let it dry and then washed a mix of Gathered Twigs Distress Paint and Perfect Pearl water over it.  The Pearlyness didn't really show, so once dry
out came my only pot of Treasure Gold- White Fire.  I am now officially addicted to this stuff.  And yes, two more pots are on the way.  :)  The round containers started out plain clear plastic, but I got a little carried away with the regular old craft paint.  I have a dabber top on this particular bottle and it left the fine bubbly texture- especially since I have NO patience and heat gunned it.  Yep.  Just a little, didn't 
want to melt the plastic or anything..  It does tend to flake off, but it's not going to be handled so it is fine.  Plus, it adds some more cool texture.  I then add a dash of Potting Soil Archival and more White Fire.  (soooo addicted...)

Cut some pretty paper for the inside and proceeded to try not to cover it up with the embellies.  All pulled from my stash, I KNEW hoarding was okay...  

 We've got some Tim Holtz gears and a lightbulb.

Not sure if that is a TH bottle or a random one I picked up somewhere.  It's filled with some micro bead shinys.  the butterfly is a woodcut covered in embossing powder with wire for the body and antenna.

Used some Wendy Vecchi embossing powder on my letters and of course got speckles on the wood block part on one.  Well, we can't have speckles on only one, but do you know how hard it is to make random speckles of embossing powder on purpose?!?  Solution?  More Treasure Gold!!  Then of course I got some on the letters- and sadly didn't like that so back to the embossing powder!  By now there are at least 5 coats of that stuff on those letters...and the green one actually started out red!
Added some paint to a word band, tied it on with ribbon, stuck the cups in place and thought, "that corner needs something, but what?"  Look through the stash, find a thin chipboard gear butterfly (that I had forgotten was in there!!) spray it with Perfect Pearl water and cover with Distress Paints.  Dry with heat tool (NO patience, remember?) and get sad because it's not shiny anymore.  :(  Wink of Stella!!  Yay!  Still not shiny enough...Glossy Accents!!

YES!!  But that was a LOT of squeezing.  My hands hurt.  But look at that shine!  Totally worth it!  Painted the outside edges with Seedless Preserves.  Hope you enjoyed looking at my creation as much as I enjoyed making it!  Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think!  :)


Darcy UK said...

How fabulous, I adore that butterfly, the colours and shine are gorgeous.

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What a wonderful project! Fab your Darcy's image on the background and gorgeous decorated in the frame. Especially the butterfly is so beautiful. xx

jgindy2015 said...

This is a great piece! Especially like what you did for your niches with the plastic containers. Butterfly is beautiful! Julie G

Hazel Agnew said...

Love this, what a great idea to add the 3dimension! Your colours are superb!

Helen said...

I love this, and reading about all your efforts made me smile.. so worth it though!

Wanda Hentges said...

The whole piece is wonderful but I especially love that large colorful butterfly... so glad you kept with it because it is worth it!!!