{Powertex} – Christmas Wreath – Colouring the Bow (Pt8)

Having added the bow and having let it dry for several days, I wanted to add colour, well actually I wanted to add depth and I did this by adding colour. Here is what the flat blue looks like:

PT_CR2016_0802I started with the light blue and kept adding white (I love the powertex white pigment!) and sadly the camera cannot bit up the difference as there is too much blue on blue. However. This is what the paper towel I dried my brush on looked like. I think there are 6 shades on here.

PT_CR2016_0803 I went from the darkest shade in the middle to the lightest around the edges. By the time I had also added the pearlised white, I had achieved the depth I wanted to.

PT_CR2016_0804PT_CW_extra_03I think it probably looks more “Christmassy” with a bow! and I like the way you can pick out the details in the fabric with the pigments. But most of all I like the fact that powertex is perfect for building 3D structures out of flat material.

PT_CW_extra_04Now the bow is coloured, I can cover it with cling film before moving on to add the final layer of stars.

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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{Powertex} – Christmas Wreath – Big Bows (Pt7)

If you remember from earlier photos, I have attached the solar-power sensor to the bottom of the wreath with a mixture of Powertex Easy Structure. Its moved on some what from this picture and is now well and truly stuck in place. And I have picked off the loose powertex.

PT_CW_extra_01I really wanted to come up with some way of incorporating it in the design and the solution was quite simple when it came to me – I need to add a bow!

PT_CW16_0701I realised the sleeves of a T-Shirt were the right width (and length) for the bow I wanted, so I hacked them both off and added a thinner strip for the centre.

PT_CR2016_0801I shaped them with a pair of rubber gloves stuffed with kitchen roll to give the bow the height I needed and I let it dry for a couple of days before removing them. The whole bow is rock solid.

PT_CW_extra_02The tails are balanced on a stamping block covered in clingfilm and in turn clingfilmed to the sensor (viva la clingfilm!). This kept the tails straight and allowed me to let them hang slightly longer than the sensor without dropping. It also made sure I didn’t damage the sensor.

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BMB

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2016 (4)

So after a couple of evenings of making all the elements of for the cards, I need to start to put them together. and I started with making the windows. Fitting a back to a front with the help of 3D foam. It does help them look more like windows with vistas.

CC_2016_04_04As I am using an embossed piece of Centural Pearl, I knew that my trusted dry herma would not be sticky enough to hold the window topper so I opted to go with a wet glue. If you follow my blog regularly you will know that when I can’t use herma, I tend to go with double-sided tape but that would have taken far too long.

CC_2016_04_01I could be converted with this glue, its slightly thicker than acrylic glue I am use to but it dries very quickly but with still enough time to move the elements around until you are happy with the position.

CC_2016_04_03With the first stage of construction out-of-the-way, I have now completed:

  1. Die Cut Window Frames
  2. Cut out Acetate for windows
  3. Stamp snowflakes on acetate (with white Stazon) and stick to windows
  4. Ink background cards and mask out snow and moon
  5. Stamp silhouette designs on to background cards (all different)
  6. Cut out the trims for the windows
  7. Cut out the word Merry for each card
  8. Emboss Snow on the background card
  9. Stamp the word Christmas
  10. Die cut the Christmas Banner
  11. Construct the windows
  12. Fix the background to the card
  13. Fix the window to the background

CC_2016_04_02Stash Used

  • Bazzill Cardstock – Light blue for window frames
  • Hunkydory – Purple Adorable Scoreable and Silver Mirricard
  • Crafters Companion – Centural Pearl – Hint of Silver
  • Oyster Card – White Background card
  • WH Smiths – Acetate
  • Stampin Up – Window Frame Die and “Merry” Die
  • Stampin Up – Falling Snow Embossing Folder
  • Tattered Lace – Christmas Trim Dies (Stars, Lanterns and Fairy Lights)
  • Stampin Up – Snowflake corner stamp and Time of Year Stamp Sets
  • Card-Io – Silhouette Stamps
  • Tsukineko – Stazon White Ink
  • Tsukineko – VersaMagic Purple and Blue Ink
  • Ranger- Archival Black Ink
  • Stampin Up – Rich Raspberry Ink Pad
  • Cosmic Shimmer – Acrylic Glue
  • 3D Foam

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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{Powertex} – Christmas Wreath – Seeing Stars (Pt6)

So I left the base for a couple of days, looking at my frozen-style wreath and decided it needed to be “grunged” up a little bit as I didn’t want a fluffy wreath… Have you ever googled “grunge Christmas”? Its’s not a trend that has caught on.

PT_CW_06_01As I was going to need about 80 stars of different sizes to form the basis of the wreath, I decided the easiest thing to do would be to cut them with a Bigz die for a Sizzix machine.  You can cut three or four layers at the same time and I had them all cut in a couple of minutes.

PT_CW16_0602I split the pile into three as I want a mixture of blue, slate and ivory powertex stars, layered one upon the other from dark to light.

PT_CW16_0603Can you see the star to the right, it looks like it’s fainter than the others? That is because I didn’t covering it with enough Powertex. I touch these bits up with a paint brush as I spot them! As powertex changes colour slightly as it dries, this is easier earlier rather than later.

PT_CW16_0604The blue is a very vibrant colour but as I said it does darken as is it dries. You can change the shade by mixing it with some of the ivory powertex if you want a softer colour. This is true for all the shades of powertex – have a play, mix and match!

PT_CW16_0606I decided to let the blue layer dry completely before I added the slate stars, “filling” some of the gaps. You can see close you that some of the powertex has bleed (or more likely I have left a dirty finger print!) – this is OK as you can cover it with more of the base colour with a thin brush.

PT_CW16_0605Although you can’t see it in this picture, the solar sensor is hanging off the end and that led me to my next problem – how could I incorporate it into the design?

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BMB

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{Powertex} – Christmas Wreath – Painting the Base (Pt5)

Having covered the base and allowed it to dry (completely), I left a week between adding easy structure and coming on to this stage. I wanted to colour the wreath, Powertex Easy Varnish is also waterproof and therefore I hoped by adding a thick layer of colour, I would “seal” all the waterproofing in stage. I decided to colour the base a soft pearlised blue (and used a lot of pigments and varnish in the process)

PT_CW_05_03Out of all the pigments Powertex produce, my personal favourite is the Pearlised White (called Powerpearl) and for this project I ordered two additional pots, one to use and one to make sure I never run out again!

PT_CW_05_02I covered both sides in a very pale blue (think frozen). In fact this association with that Disney film has influenced how I developed the next bit of design… which I will share soon!

PT_CW_05_01Thanks for Reading

BMB

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{Powertex} – Christmas Wreath – Covering the Wires (Pt4)

By profession, I am an electrical engineer, not that I have ever worked as one, but the basics have stayed with me! And one such basic is that water and electricity doesn’t mix. And this has left me wondering about how I can be completely sure I have sealed in the light bulbs.

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Then the answer came to me, Powertex have a product called “Easy Structure” which is completely waterproof and reminds me of Polyfiller… the only problem was how to apply it to tricky places?

PT_CW_04_01For that I decided to draw on another set of skills – cake decorating and “ice” the easy structure into place, not only is this quick but it’s a very effective way of getting into hard to reach areas.

PT_CW_04_02Once I had piped some of the paste into place, I took a small palette knife and smoothed it into the cracks, leaving me with a complete (and waterproof!) seal around all of the lights

PT_CW_04_03It took me about 30 minutes to seal all of the lights into place and I left it for about 48hrs to dry completely before adding the first coat of paint.

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BMB

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2016 (3)

One of my first and one of my favourite stamp firms, is Stampin Up. I have a brilliant local consultant, Kerry Timms. One of the bonuses she offers is that you can sign up for her on-line hostess club each month by entering a code.

CC_2016_03_01If you do this she will send you a thank you present and last month I received the “Time of Year” stamp set which I immediate decided to put to use. This set matches the Beautiful Banners die set which makes them very versatile.

CC_2016_03_02With the die cutting and embossing I have now completed:

  1. Die Cut Window Frames
  2. Cut out Acetate for windows
  3. Stamp snowflakes on acetate (with white Stazon) and stick to windows
  4. Ink background cards and mask out snow and moon
  5. Stamp silhouette designs on to background cards (all different)
  6. Cut out the trims for the windows
  7. Cut out the word Merry for each card
  8. Emboss Snow on the background card
  9. Stamp the word Christmas
  10. Die cut the Christmas Banner.

CC_2016_03_03Stash Used

  • Bazzill Cardstock – Light blue for window frames
  • Hunkydory – Purple Adorable Scoreable and Silver Mirricard
  • Crafters Companion – Centural Pearl – Hint of Silver
  • Oyster Card – White Background card
  • WH Smiths – Acetate
  • Stampin Up – Window Frame Die and “Merry” Die
  • Stampin Up – Falling Snow Embossing Folder
  • Tattered Lace – Christmas Trim Dies (Stars, Lanterns and Fairy Lights)
  • Stampin Up – Snowflake corner stamp and Time of Year Stamp Sets
  • Card-Io – Silhouette Stamps
  • Tsukineko – Stazon White Ink
  • Tsukineko – VersaMagic Purple and Blue Ink
  • Ranger- Archival Black Ink
  • Stampin Up – Rich Raspberry Ink Pad

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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