We’re taking part in Altenew’s Crafty Friends Blog Hop! This venture celebrates Altenew‘s unique community of crafters that love to craft using their fabulous range of stamps and dies. Everyone involved will share a project from one of their favourite crafters, so we’ve chosen none other than your favourite Create & Craft presenter, Kristine McKay! So, what has she made for the Blog Hop — and how can you win prizes in Altenew‘s giveaway?
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“YOU ARE A BLESSING” — KRISTINE MCKAY
I was so excited to be asked to participate in this blog hop for Altenew. I absolutely adore their stamps and decided to use the Vintage Roses and Painted Encouragement stamps to bring a memory box frame to life. — Kristine McKay
I started by lightly flicking black ink onto the background cardstock and leaving this to dry.
To add texture and dimension, I transformed a plain white doily by covering it with gilding wax and putting this off-centre. (At this stage, I didn’t want to stick anything down to allow myself the opportunity to make sure I was completely happy with the final composition.)
I die-cut a tag from an old dictionary page and gave it a grungy effect by screwing it up and re-flattening, before rubbing it over with a light brown inkpad.
I had a black and white striped frame that was the perfect size for the image I wanted to use, so used the same inkpad on this to continue with the vintage, grungey theme.
Now for the really fun part! I used a selection of Altenew inks to layer up my Vintage Roses stamp onto a separate piece of stamping card (you can just use offcuts to make the most of your scraps – you’re going to cut it out anyway). It takes shape so quickly and is extremely effective, looking like a fancy printing technique. Nobody needs to know this has taken literally seconds!
At this point I had most of my primary elements, so arranged them into a composition I was happy with and added the ribbons, pearl, and clip.
Now I was able to see the perfect place for my final stamp — “you are a blessing” from the Painted Encouragement set. There are so many options in this set so it allows you to be really versatile with your makes.
Once the stamp had dried, I stuck all the elements down with silicone glue to add extra dimension and depth. I then layered my Altenew roses and leaves onto the bottom corner.
Once everything was in place, I finished the project with a few strategically placed sequins.
I put the whole thing back in the frame, et voila!
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed making it. You can be as radical or conservative as you like, as everything gets layered up and positioned right at the end. So if you want to add things and take them away, you can see what it all looks like before making your final decisions! — Kristine McKay
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