Saturday, 23 May 2020

Handmade for Grandma

 I have created a vintage inspired layout of my Grandma. She was a dressmaker and taught me to sew. I was lucky enough to spend some time with my own Mum in lock down around Mothers Day & I wanted to do something for her because when she comes to visit she trolls through my boxes of projects and takes them home to adorn her walls. Next time she visits she has a big surprise coming... 

I used some metallic paint to colour the Layered Vintage Frame. 
I went with a dull gold for a vintage feel.

Being careful to keep the chipboard looking aged I used a dabbing technique with my brush to create raised areas. I used Opal Magics in Blue Gold. It gives a great variation in colour depending on the thickness of the application. Two for one!!

Using some deep brown paint I covered the two edge pieces and highlighted them with the distress Oxide. I used the oxide because I love the way it keeps its vibrancy. Then I stuck them together back to back, off center. On the paper there was an image of the tied string I wanted to bring into the foreground and used the off center border edges to give it something to grip to.

I added some subtle texture to the background. I was running the risk of having the layout become too matte, so with some modelling paste and shimmery embossing powder, again in a Blue Gold, I added some crackle stenciling.

Check out this 'happy accident' I inked my edges of the layout with Vintage Photo Oxide and the embossing powder absorbed the colour. I love the way it bronzed the the embossing powder too. Just to check I tried using a wipe to remove it.. no go! This is a permanent hack. I will be trying this one again.
I didn't want to over do the dressmakers mannequins. I kept it simple and used some clear crackle and a little bit of walnut stain spray. it just seems to make those cracks pop.

Here are some close ups of the finer details. 
I fussy cut some pieces from the Stamperia Atelier range to use for ephemera and inked them in vintage photo too. I added some flowers and art stones.

When I was putting together my final collage I came across this Barometer. I remember that this was the feature piece in my grandparents lounge room. Of course I had to find somewhere to put it in the layout...

This is what my mum will find in the box next time she visits... These frames a re super cool and can be found at KMart for about $15. So next time you look at one of these layouts and go... 
but it doesn't fit in my album... 
I hope you find somewhere special for it to be appreciated.  

Thanks for looking and don't forget to check out whats happening in our facebook group Dusty FANattics. and show us what you have been creating. Id love to see your layouts on your wall. Let me know if you find the frames!

Abela Artistry

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Friday, 15 May 2020

Dusty Attic - Moodboard Inspiration May - Be WHO you want to be

Welcome to May... This layout sends a special message to me... I am surrounded by teenagers in my life, this image... Its no-one I know but its a story I am hearing time again.. Our teens have so many choices these days, Who am I? Where do I fit in, Why aren't I like the others... I feel that it was much simpler when we didn't have so many genders and sexualities to choose from. I feel that by somehow their over awareness of the labels attached to what are now social norms make them feel like they have to "identify". Confusing times. So my message is in this layout... By being who you are you will figure out what you are. No rush!

 I used two shades of pink to create a fade on the flowers. I love the way that these sets come in odd numbers. its one of the design techniques commonly used to create layouts and Jen has taken all the thinking out of using the chippies for you in these awesome set.

I used the same technique to colour the flourishes. 

I used a neutral paint for the Tiara, with a hint of sparkle... 
I believe we all have crowns (Wink). 
I then went on to use Clear embossing powder to seal in the Lindys. Symbolic again of the shields we use to protect ourselves... 

This paper wasn't the first choice... but I dug a little deeper in my stash and found some from the Bee Arty - Spread Your Wings collection from back in my Colour Blast DT days. 
It suited my message perfectly. 

To brighten up my flowers I added some Envy Colour Paste also from Bee Arty to some glass Cabochons. I just love Coral and Teal..

I found the title to suit but wanted to change it a touch. I love the Alphabet Jumble as it gave me the freedom to alter the title. Sometimes you can have all the best Chippie on hand but it just doesn't quite suit, so we make it fit. This time I made my own! Winning!!

Thanks for looking as always.. and remember to check out whats happening in our Facebook group Dusty FANattics and stay up to date with new inspirations and creations.

Abela Artistry

Chipboard Used