I have an absolutely stunning project to share with you today, created by Craftie-Charlie customer Victoria Davis. What I really love about it, is the little personalised details to make it a really special gift for the lucky recipient. But I’ll let Victoria tell you about it
“For the fragments I love to find things relevant to the recipient of the finished box, in this case my mother-in-law for her 70th birthday, so I used her date of birth, name and some old knitting patterns and crossword puzzles. The salvaged papers I inked and stamped for a little extra depth and also collaged some bits and pieces for the larger fragments.
The very first thing I did was to make sure I had enough fragments to cover the entire lid of my A4 box with a few spares in case of mishaps. I also had to level out the lid as there was a dip in the middle which would have made it difficult to glue the finished tiles to. I used water colour board for this step as I had some to hand.
I chose Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper to cover the lid and base of the box; I use an old credit card to ensure no bubbles or wrinkles when using PVA to glue the paper on. With a mix of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress ink pads applied with a blending tool I gave the edges a worn look and brought out some of the resist print.
I apply Glossy Accents directly to the fragment from the bottle, using the tip to move it around. When they’re totally dry I trim off the excess paper from around the edges. Getting just the right amount of glossy accents to adhere the fragments can take a little practice as I’ve found too much will cause the paper to peel off when it comes time to trim them, too little and you end up with bubbles. When using some photographs and inks only apply Glossy accents around the edge of the fragment or you’ll end up with blurry images.
I always lay all the finished fragments out on the lid so I can swap them about (usually for a good half hour) when I’m satisfied each one is in the right position, and only then, will I use a dab more Glossy Accents to attach them securely to the box.”
A4 mache box. Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments. Ranger Glossy Accents. Distress ink pads and Ink Blending Tool. Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist and snippets from Retro Grunge and Lost & Found.
Inspiration from Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities.