Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vintage Inspired Layout, and a Christmas Card - Imaginarium Designs

Hi everyone, this month I have created two projects using Imaginarium Designs chipboard.   My first project is a vintage inspired layout, using one of my favourite chipboard pieces, the Clock Face without Centre or Hands.

The photograph is of my Mother and I at Sovereign Hill, in Victoria some years ago now.  I can remember how much fun it was dressing up in those fancy clothes, though I really wanted to wear a dress like my Mother did!  Love those memories! 
  I adore the appearance of the crackled look, and it melds in beautifully with the vintage era.  Crackling chipboard pieces is a simple process, and when using a heat gun, the process is quite quick too. The base coat can be any colour, though if you apply a light base, be sure to use a darker paint or ink to bring out the cracked detail!

 A close up of the cracked surface of the chipboard clock, just to show all the fine detail.  For this particular piece, I used a mixture of Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo distress ink to seep into the cracks and form that old world look.
The title almost has the appearance of beaten metal, which comes with the light pouncing of the Adirondack Gold paint dauber - a fantastic product for chipboard pieces with many achievable variations of texture - you can even stamp onto it while still wet for impression work.
I followed through with the gold paint on the Tulip Corners, beneath the flowers.  All flowers were glimmer misted, so all colours blended in beautifully together. If you are going to use gypsofila be very gentle, it breaks so easily.  I fiddled too much, and lost many of the tiny buds! :-(
The flower arrangement I created myself - not as difficult as it may appear.  Just need a bit of patience, lots of wire, favourite flowers, and florist tape!  When I completed my flower arrangement, I added in a little touch of gesso here and there, across the wired piece to add a little texture and aged the gesso slightly with distress inks.
 I have seen similar pieces available on Etsy (thanks for the idea Etsy) for quite a price, so saved myself considerably with making my own.
Supplies List:
Imaginarium Designs:
Timepiece Clockwork Die Cut by BoBunny
Suede, Old Lace, and Black Cherry Glimmer Mist byTattered Angels
Brown, Continuous Bling by Kaisercraft
Star Dust Stickles
Gold and Sandal Acrylic Paint Dauber by Adirondack
Crackle Medium, Adhesives by Helmar
Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks by Ranger
Flowers, Leaves, Buds by I am Roses and Prima Marketing
Misc: Butterflies, Wire, Flowers, Stamens, Gipsofila, and Florist Tape

Clock Face Without Centre and Hands IDS0017
Tulip Corner IDC0005
Lifetime of Memories IDP0020

.....and a card, because Christmas is just around the corner!
Again, my 'Christmas' title was painted and then crackle medium applied, and Walnut Stain ink wiped into the cracks.
The Leaves and Christmas trees were each painted, and then highlighted here and there with basic acrylic paints.  The areas of interest were highlighted with a pigma pen, to bring out the finer detail engraved into the chipboard, and a little bling added here and there to decorate. 
Thanks for visiting today,  and for taking the time to comment - don't forget to leave a comment on the Imaginarium Designs Blog to be in the running to win a fantastic chipboard prize!
Till next month

Supplies List:

Christmas Emporium Collection Papers by Graphic 45
Red, Green, and Gold Acrylic Paint
Walnut Stain, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger
Magic Mount
Crackle Medium and Adhesives by Helmar
Red Ribbon by Kaisercraft
Misc: Pleated Velvet Ribbon, Bling, Pigma Pen
Leaves and Circles IDT0029
4 Christmas Trees IDT0009
Capital Letters IDAUC0001A


Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!!!!! Stunning creations Sandie. I love every single detail!! The photo is wonderful and the frame with those gorgeous embellishments is beautiful.

Hugs Sue

Christina C. said...

OMG, girl, you are a master at creating vintage .....adore this gorgeous work of art!!!!! Such stunning elements on this beautiful layout!
Your Christmas card is your stunning Christmas trees. Very festive and elegant! I really love the "Christmas" title as well. You put a lot of work into that card and it is a treasure for some very lucky recipient!

Margyz Paper Games said...

Sandie, I am in awe. Your LO is stunning - really, really beautiful. I love the Christmas card as well. Such a lot of work you put in to these pieces. You are an amazing talent. xx Margy

Lean de Ruiter said...

Wauw stunning work girl so cool all of it!

Astrid Maclean said...

OMG, Sandie this is amazing!! That vintage clock piece must be one of my all time favourite creations of yours, STUNNING!!! (Love that photo too)I totally adore everything about it, that flower embellishment you created from scratch is incredible, you could sell those yourself lol. Every detail on both of these projects is incredible!!

downrightcrafty said...

stunning layout so much to look at and all so gorgeous, and what a great Xmas card
Hugs Kate xx

Donna said...

Oh Sandie you have really outdone yourself with this piece, it's truly gorgeous, love the wording, the clock piece, all those flowers and pearls, you've put together. Wowzers.
Donna xx

Kathy Sheely said...

I've looked at this amazing creation, and will be looking at it several more times Sandie. It is simply stunning! What a masterpiece this is and I hope you display it where you can see it everyday. Amazing....

Keren Tamir said...

wow sandie this layout is gorgeous! I love the crackle effect!! it turned out perfect!! wow and I love the cards, you are almost set for x-mas!!

crazyQstitcher said...

I have never doubted your ability to create beautiful things, in any medium, Sandie. The Vintage layout is stunning and your floral display so beautiful.
It's always a joy to see what comes next.

Sandy Hulsart said...

Sandie, these projects are just amazing. I love the beauty of the chipboard; thanks for all the tips on using it!

Linda R said...

These look amazing my friend. I LOVE the crackled finish. Really does give it that vintage feeling.

I do hope you are enjoying your weekend.


Adriana B said...

fabulous sandie, love all the crackled textures and mediums on the chipboards, everything looks fabulous :)

joyce said...

Oh Sandie, that clock work is gorgeous and so many pretty details to admire.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Wow! What a fabulous layout, full of beautiful details. I especially like the way you crackled that chipboard clock.

reneabouquets said...

Both projects are just gorgeous, and I love that distress crackled clock-so has the WOW factor!

Carole said...

Sooo beautiful Sandie. I love the Christmas trees, and the wonderful flower arrangement. The gold paint really stands out. Superb my friend!
Carole xox

carlies said...

such wowzers girl this is soooo stunning in everyway !!!

hugs carla

Nicecrane Designs said...

Soooo stunning creations,,my fav is your first one,,,,OMG , love each detail,,,,,,,,,,,vert well done Sandie

Helen Tilbury said...

WOW Sandie this piece really is amazing!! Such a stunning layout - you really need to shadow box that for permanent display!!