Wednesday 21 December 2016

Sneak Peek

Hi Bloggers.

Today I have a sneak peek from the One Day Special that I'm launching tomorrow night at 8pm on Hochanda. The ODS is a great bundle with some really great products at a brilliant price. There's a lovely mix of items on the show - some are new to me so it's been a bit of a learning curve this week but great fun.

I used a Pronty MDF Photo Frame. I painted it with White Gesso. I spritzed the back panel with Phill Martin CS Decadent Teal Ink Spray Mist. While the ink was still wet, I used a brush to spread it evenly over the piece.

For the front panel, I spritzed some Decadent Teal Mister onto my Craft Sheet. I added some CS Warm White Chalk Paint and gave it a good mix. I painted the front panel. Once dry, I covered it with Clear Perfect Medium, added CS Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals and heat set using a Low Speed Heat Tool. I repeated the process to give a beautiful tiled effect (hard to capure on camera unfortunately).

I have the Efco Enamel Pot on the show and some lovely CS Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals. I lit the Tea Lights, popped a foil dish onto the metal plate, added some CS Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals and popped the lid over. Years ago, I learned that you can make your lovely coloured crystals go further if you start with clear first and then add colour to it. Once the Clear was melted, I added some Bright Gold, Lapis Pearl and Majestic Purple in clear lines across the dish.  I used this to create the hearts in the frame. I've had a set of heart cookie cutters for years - I used the largest in the set and starting with the heart in the top left, I popped it onto the Creative Expressions Vintage Tapestry A6 Background. I poured some of the melted crystals into the mould. After a few minutes, I removed the cutter and stamp. I rubbed a little Phill Martin Old Gold Gilding Wax over.

I repeated the process with the other 3 hearts, adding more crystals to the dish when necessary. For the top right-hand one, I used the Creative Expressions A6 Feather Swirl Background.

For the bottom left-hand one, I used the Creative Expressions A6 Silhouette Leaf Background.

For the bottom right-hand one, I used the Creative Expressions A6 Alpha Writing Background.

I cut some leaves out of Black Card using Sue Wilson's Curled Vines Die Set. I spritzed a piece of Coconut White Card with Decadent Teal Ink Spray Mist. I used it to create a couple of flowers with Sue's Exquisite Poppy Die Set, I drew the veins on the petals through the dies using a Pigma Micron Pen.

I have Melt Art Mold-n-Pour on the shows - this is great stuff. I'm looking forward to showing how to use this. Basically you can make a mould out of pretty much anything. I've made a mould from a cheap plastic button and I've used it loads. I've made 2 gold buttons out of Clear/Bright Gold Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals.

Job done! I'm really pleased with this, hope you like it too.

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of cards that I've made for the shows.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia, this is fabulous love it looking forward to your shows, I am more into mixed media than cards at the moment and I have the original melt pot I know it is discontinued now but I still use it occasionally, so looking forward to more inspiration from you.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Morning Julia.
    Lovely card Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  3. Morning Julia and crafters all.
    This looks like a very interesting project. Not into mixed media but will be watching the show, who knows I might get the inspiration to start.
    Love and crafty hugs to all
    Tina T xxxx

  4. Morning Julia
    WOW what a stunning piece of art.
    Jan x

  5. Hi Julia, what a fabulous piece of art to display, love the colours and the hearts are brilliant. Looking forward to the shows. Have a great day. Bx

  6. Good morning Julia, sounds like you have had great fun preparing for the shows. Looking forward to the shows and your techniques.

  7. This looks interesting Julia. I'm sure you loved experimenting!

  8. This is different It's lovely Reminds me of the Ranger Melt Pot days

  9. Hi Julia
    A great project, will be interesting to see the demos
    B xx

  10. The hearts look gorgeous. Not into mixed media but I'll record the shows and watch at my leisure.

  11. Morning Julia,
    Love the frame. Your shows sound like they are going to be very interesting, hope I got to see some of them.

  12. Love this card Julia the colour is beautiful look forward to your show xxxxx
    Love June horrocks xxxxx

  13. Good Morning Julia it looks as if youve been having great fun with the extra thick embossing powder, love the design of your frame and the little bits in it. hugs Shirleyxxx

  14. Morning Julia, Wow, this is different, I am loving the hearts, the enamelling is superb with the detailed stamps etc, truly gorgeous. I have the original Melt Pot which I haven't used for ages. I am really looking forward to these shows.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Love those hearts, Julia. I did some enamelling about 50 years ago (eek - can't believe it was that long ago!)and still have the pieces of jewellery I made. Will watch the shows with interest.

    Anne (Northampton)

  16. Morning Julia, this is fantastic, will be watching the show.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy hugs June Smith xxxx

  17. Good morning Julia this is a stunning card. I am looking forward to your shows it sounds like you have some amazing products. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  18. Good morning Julia

    This is so different and a gorgeous piece of artwork to hang in a recipient's own home. I love it!

    Looking forward to your ODS

    June x

  19. It's a cracker! Love the ultra thick embossing idea used for the hearts. Thanks.

    Susan x

  20. What an amazing idea with the hearts Julia, never thought of that, look forward to the show tomorrow night, if not to record it....a stunning project you have created here....luv Ursula xx

  21. Hello Julia.

    This is Lovely, so different. You can just catch the sheen of the front panel. I'm looking forward to seeing more on your shows. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  22. Wow , how superb is this? , you are so cl;ever Julia.

  23. Very unusual, Julia. Love the mirrored effect you have achieved.

  24. Hi Julia, beautiful card, I so wished I lived in England so I could watch you live, I can't even watch you, sue, John & Phill on Hochanda because I have a slower speed internet.

    Lori from Canada

  25. OH WOW Julia this is totally gorgeous. i love those gorgeous colours of those hearts.
    Absolutely amazing.

  26. Hello Julia,
    I love this! I too have the now discontinued Melt Pot ! Haven't used it for a few years! Looking forward to seeing your new ideas as I like doing mixed media projects and after Christmas it will make a nice change! Love the shine you have created on the MDF! Your hearts are beautiful and will watch the button idea with interest!
    Thanks Julia,
    Love Myra xx

  27. This is gorgeous Julia. Looking forward to your shows tomorrow and Friday.

  28. Love this Julia. I have the Melt Pot as well so will watch with interest. These hearts remind me of the ones I have made out of clay and glazed with crystal glazes. Thank you for sharing this and the sneak peek.


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