I hope you all had a wonderful week and to all my friends in the USA, I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!
Today, we start a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the challenge is inspired by my talented teamie, Cheiron and the theme is ~ A Gentleman Caller! Will you be inspired by the elegant gentleman stamps by Tim Holtz or do you have any other ideas! Maybe a gift for a modern gentleman or a greeting card featuring a gentleman from ye olde days! Whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create!
For my project, I chose to alter a frame and make a piece of home decor inspired by a Festive Gent, rushing through the snow on his way home for Christmas!
...and here's how this project started life, as a boring old black frame that I picked up for £1.00 and which has been sitting in a box ever since, just waiting for the right project!
So to begin with, I removed the backing and the glass from the frame and gave the front and back, a good coat of gesso! Once dry, I then painted the frame with a coat of London Night Fresco Finish Chalk Paint and let this layer dry thoroughly. I added a layer of Crackle Glaze over the top, again let it dry before adding a thick coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint over the top and watched the crackles appear.
After sanding back some of the paint around the edges, I then added small amounts of Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to create a worn, vintage look and my frame is now complete!
To protect the frame, I applied a coat of Multi Medium over the top of the paintwork.
Deco stamp set or maybe the Prancing Deer or the Angelic dies ~ these would work just as well with the techniques I've used.
I die cut three pieces of thick chipboard, which I layered over the top of each other to create a dimensional figure that would be substantial enough to stand by itself. I then painted the figure with a coat of Gesso, let it dry and then painted over the top with Black Soot Distress Paint.
For the snow, I added a small amount of Texture Paste on the inside base of the frame and whilst it's still wet, sprinkled over some Shaved Ice, pressing down gently to make sure that it had all adhered to the paste.
For the foliage that I attached to the frame, I used Metallic Kraft Core Card Stock, which I am LOVING at the moment. I wanted to create a perfectly symmetrical archway and to create this, you will need to die cut the first section of foliage for the right hand side, by placing the dies, cutting side uppermost, onto the plate, then place a piece of the card with the metallic side face down. Die cut your foliage and then, place the dies back onto the plate, cutting side uppermost and place the card with the kraft side facing down to create the foliage for the left hand side of the frame. This will create two sets of foliage which will mirror each other and form the perfect arch when attached to your frame.
...and that completes my Festive Gent frame and I really hope you've loved the process behind this piece and the transformation from that black frame to what it finally became!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
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Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead