Friday, 20 November 2015

Bella's 2nd Birthday Plaque

Hello crafty friends!!
Thanks for popping by our blog, today's inspiration comes from a special plaque I made for my daughter earlier this year for her 2nd birthday! She is my little Princess in a house full of boys so what better way to show her! I hope you like it as much as I do, and as always if you have any queries at all Antony and I would be only too happy to answer them!

MDF board with DREAM carved from the top, Paper air dry clay (Hearty)
Chalky paints, White gesso, Sugar Buttons moulds, Katy Sue moulds
Sheena Douglass die cuts, Sue Wilson die cuts, Tattered Lace die cuts
Pinflair Liquid Buff its - various colours, Pinflair Antique Silver Buff It
Brick wall mould, Spider webbing, Cosmic shimmer glue
Crafters Companion Stick n Stay

Top tip..... Leave the air dry clay out of the pack for a while before putting into the moulds or it will be too wet, and lightly dust the moulds with cornflour and tip out excess before using.

Step 1 Begin by rolling the clay over the brick mould with a rolling pin and pressing gently, then turn over and release the clay. Do this 4 times Then cut away odd bricks here and there for a random effect on one side of each of the 4 pieces. Next Spray a piece of spider webbing with stick n stay and attach it to the MDF board and trim the excess. Line the straight edges of the brick work up along the vertical sides of the plaque, 2 on each side, sticking them with Cosmic Shimmer glue and blend the centre joins! Next roll out more clay thinly onto a patterned Katy Sue texture mould, spread glue onto the letters. Only lay the clay over the letters and trim with a craft knife carefully around each of the letters.

Step 2 Make all the clay and die elements to glue to your plaque. Make 2 fairy Windows and 1 fairy door from the Sugar Buttons moulds, 1 Katy Sue plaque, 1 fairy castle, 1 Princess, 2 toadstools, 1 snail, 6 large roses, 2 bows, many ivy leaves, small flowers, no. 2, letters to spell BELLA, I blossom flower.....all from air dry Hearty clay. Die cut Tattered Lace grasses 3 or 4 times and glues layers together to make them as thick as chipboard. Die cut swirls from Sue Wilson, ivy from Tattered Lace and lots of Hedgerow die cuts from Sheena Douglass. Glue all these elements into place, putting the die cuts under or over the clay depending on preference and use Cosmic shimmer or Glue it- glue to adhere them in place. The hedgerow die cuts look beautiful trailing up over the brick work and over and under the plaque and Windows. Position the fairy castle at the very top of the plaque sitting on the word and glue into place.

Step 3 Next once the glue is dry, paint the whole piece with a white gesso or cream emulsion, and allow to dry. I then began the painting on the wall background and brickwork with a grey chalky paint and used a brown in the recesses of the bricks and beneath the windows, and flesh colour on the princess. After the chalky paint the fun begins with the gorgeous Liquid
Buff-its! I didn't have a green colour to work with, so another top tip is to try mixing the colours you have to make entirely new colours! I found that the Caribbean Blue and Gold mix beautifully to make a lovely moss green. Proving that you don't need to spend a fortune buying everything in the range when just a select few will create so much variety. I used this new green to paint all the foliage, over the brickwork, the hedgerow die cuts, vines, ivy etc. The sparkle is amazing and so intense so a little really goes a long way, and it's best you use a dry brush with this technique to get a beautiful blend between colours. Paint the door and window frames with the Pinflairs Liquid Buff-it Antique Gold and the gold through the windows to give the effect of warm light.

Step 4 The word dream has been painted with Pinflair Liquid Buff-it ice blue at the bottom, blended into Caribbean blue, into Lavender, Amethyst and finally Hot Magenta, but not worked into the recesses of the clay pattern. The letters of the name were glued in place on the plaque and also painted just as the Dream word. The plaque itself I kept white except for using the antique silver Buff-it across the edges, and attached the 2 bows to the sides and paint with lavender. Small flowers were glued randomly around the vines and foliage and painted with Hot Magenta, as have the 6 large roses and glued to the Dream word randomly. The number on the door I painted red as well as the tops of the toadstools being careful to avoid the white spots. The snails shell was painted with the Pinflair Liquid Buff-it Antique gold. The castle I used a very light touch just on the raised areas with Liquid Buff-it Amethyst. The Princess I gave a die cut tiara from a Tattered Lace crown die and added extra clay flowers to her dress, then painted in a graduated blended fashion as with the lettering, using Liquid Buff-it Regal Purple, Hot Magenta and Amethyst, and Antique gold for her Hair and tiara and shoes. A die cut butterfly from Tattered Lace was added to the D and also painted in graduating colours.

The final stage was to use the Antique Silver Buff-it on a sponge applicator and gently brush over the wall in a random way and over every raised area except the Princess and the name to give a muted ethereal, shimmer!! The swirls behind the D and the edges of the large lettering I have coated with Liquid Buff-it Caribbean Blue for a shadow and contrast.
Hope this is clear to one and all but as always please don't hesitate to contact us with your queries or further explanations. Feel free to try it yourselves and ......
Happy Crafting!!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Samantha and Antony