Monday, April 28, 2008

A BETTER LOOK AT THE QUEEN (AKA Make a crown and you too can be "The Queen"!)

I found this photo of the original crown that I submitted to Stampington's Stamper's Sampler magazine which was published in the February/March 2008 issue (see earlier post). I had several requests for detailed instructions, so here they are...

The template for the crown was from the Stamper's Sampler "Tempting Templates" section. I cut out the template from a piece of heavy poster board. I gessoed both sides of the poster board and allowed it to dry (with a little help from my handy-dandy heat gun!). I then used Golden's Soft Gel Medium to adhere torn pieces of dictionary pages over all to give it strength and flexibility. Again, I allowed it to dry completely. When dry, I added a thin layer of Golden Modeling Paste. While the Modeling Paste was still wet I stamped into it with stamps from Invoke Arts Mosaic Elements Sheet and a Stampotique Original – Josie Cirincione stamp that looks like Punchinella. After Modeling Paste was dry I painted it with Sophisticated Finishes Copper Metallic Surfacer. When the paint was dry I used Patina Green to make it look like verdigris. I stamped onto the Chipboard letters (K&Company) with a small flourish stamp (company unknown) and painted the same as the crown. I embellished with metal found objects that I also painted to match the other elements.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Had fun today....

This morning I attended the monthly meeting of the Collage Sisthars Collaborative (the first meeting that I have attended in a really long time). The project demonstrated for this month was Shrine making (inspired by Michael DeMeng style). I need to look at it for a while and do some tweaking, but for all intents and purposes, it is complete, finished, a wrap---a "miracle"!!! It is a miracle, for those of you who don't know me too well, because I never, ever, ever start a project and finish it the same day!!