Thursday, 31 December 2015

Lots and lots of Coasters!

Now that these super cute and practical MDF coaster sets from That Craft Place have been received by their intended recipient, I can show them to you!

I simply decoupaged all the Coasters, and decorated the holders using a variety of techniques. The MDF is 4mm thick and cut amazingly cleanly! Also, raw MDF smells rather amazing, but that might just be me being weird.
 
MDF Coaster Sets by That Craft Place, decorated by The Crippled Crafter  
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I used the following materials:
  
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD
Set of 6 Octagonal Coasters, with holder
Set of 6 Square Coasters, with holder

MEDIUMS USED
Distress Inks (various colours)
Archival Ink (Tree Branch)
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics (Silver)
Pinflair Buff-It (Slate)
Mod Podge Matte

OTHER PRODUCTS USED
"Linen" Embossing Folder by Creative Expressions

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE
White tissue paper
Graph stamp by Tim Holtz
Blue cardstock by American Crafts
    
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Summary Process

COASTERS

Glue chosen paper to the top
(squeezing out excess glue or air bubbles)

Ink round edges (I used Archival Ink in Tree Branch)

Gave one coat of the Mod Podge Matte (or other medium of choice)

Stamped the grid pattern in Jet Black Archival Ink

2 more coats of Mod Podge Matte

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HOLDER (OCTAGONAL SETS)

Inked all the pieces well with Distress Inks that complement the papers

Glued crinkled white tissue paper over the top

Gave one coat of the Mod Podge Matte

Stamped the grid pattern in Jet Black Archival Ink

2 more coats of Mod Podge Matte

Glue the pieces together!

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HOLDER (SQUARE CRACKLED SET)

Painted with 2 coats of Pinflair Buff-It in Slate

Sponged on DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Silver

Glue the pieces together!

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HOLDER (SQUARE MAP SET)

Embossed a piece of cardstock and glued to the pieces

Inked the raised parts with Archival Ink in Tree Branch

Sealed with 3 coats of Mod Podge Matte

Glue pieces together!

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If I had to give any tips they would be to strictly avoid getting paint, glue or paper etc on the tabs or in the tab holes. This makes it easy peasy then when gluing the pieces together.

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Here are some more photos

Square Coasters by That Craft Place - "Vintage Map" paper by Craft Consortium
    
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Octagonal Coasters by That Craft Place - "World's Fair" papers by Graphic 45

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Square Coasters by That Craft Place - "White Crack Texture" paper by Craft Consortium

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Octagonal Coasters by That Craft Place - "World's Fair" papers by Graphic 45

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And finally, you can see more photos of the set below HERE where I originally blogged about it.

Octagonal Coasters by That Craft Place - "Artisan Style" papers by Graphic 45  
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Thank you as always for popping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as well as reading the thought process behind it.

Enjoy whatever you have planned for the new year!

xxSAMxx
   
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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Following in my footsteps?

After I made my niece Zahra her very own art journal, it wasn't long before my sister was asking me to make Zahra's 2 brothers their own as well!

It was so lovely on Christmas day seeing their faces when they opened theirs. I've got 3 budding artists right there!
     
DIY Art Journal
      
See my nieces journal, as well as a full product list and tutorial HERE

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Thank you as always for popping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as well as reading the thought process behind it.
   
xxSAMxx
   
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

MDF Advent Calendar - That Craft Place

Good morning!  It is time for a new challenge over at the
That Craft Place challenge blog

This fortnight the theme is

MIXED MEDIA ANYTHING GOES

I decided to showcase the fabulous MDF Advent Calendar which comes with the drawers and all the numbers! 

I was late in getting mine all finished, but have no fear because it's going to get plenty of use throughout the next year as desk storage for my charms, buttons and similar!!! The top "25" plaque is completely removable too, making it so versatile!

   
 
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I used the following materials:
  
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD
MDF Advent Calendar

MEDIUMS USED
Black Gesso
DecoArt Crafters Acrylic (Black)
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (Quinacridone Gold)
DecoArt Ultra-Matte Varnish
Mod Podge Matte
Archival Ink (Jet Black)

OTHER PRODUCTS USED
Craft Consortium D├ęcoupage Paper (oh my god, this is lush!)

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE
Cheap coarse glitter from my stash!
     Tim Holtz Graph stamp
     
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Summary Process:

All MDF pieces painted with black Gesso before constructing the advent calendar. (Be sure to avoid the "tabs" when adding any mediums or papers to the pieces otherwise you may encounter difficulty putting the advent calendar together).

Creased, folded and glued all of the drawers together. Mine came with 2 extra drawers which is very handy if you make a mistake along the way!

Inside of the drawers painted with a few coats of the Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylic before finishing with a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish, also by DecoArt.

I then painted the outside sides and back of the drawers with black Crafters Acrylic. This then left the front of the drawers, to which I glued the Craft Consortium paper, using a sanding block to remove the excess.

I finished off the outside of the drawers with a coat of Mod Podge Matte before inking round the top rim of the drawers as well as around the front.
 
The advent calendar comes with everything you need, including all the numbers for the drawer fronts! I painted them with the same Quinacridone Gold paint before stamping them all randomly with the Tim Holtz Graph stamp, using Archival Ink in Jet Black.

I also used cardstock, a snowflake die set by All Occasion Dies and some ribbon/twine for the little cards tucked into each drawer.  The cards had a mixture of romantic notes for my wife on some, and activities such as "Christmas Movie Night" and "Today is your day to relax" on the others!
 
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Here are some more photos:




 
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LINKS YOU NEED - THAT CRAFT PLACE
   
Website
Facebook Shop
Facebook Natter & Chatter Group
Facebook Lasercuts Page
Etsy Store (for their fabulous digi stamps)
Challenge blog

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Thank you as always for popping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as well as reading the thought process behind it.

Myself and the other That Craft Place DT very much look forward to seeing your creations!
     
xxSAMxx
   
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