It is a bit nippy over here in the East of England but I know many of you more central and west are having some well earned sunshine and Spring like weather this week so enjoy.
Over at A Vintage Journey they have a new way of doing things which is really exciting. For a while now every month the wonderful design team have been given a travel bag of goodies to use and have shown us some brilliant inspiration using just a few items. Now everyone can join in with the AVJ March Challenge, so I thought I would give it a go. The items we have in our travel bags are Board, Rust effects, Metal and Pale Purple or Lilac colours. Inspired by a film I remember watching many years ago, I have created a secret door which reveals a little Secret Garden for you.
I started by cutting mount board with the cabinet die, I cut 5 solid and 3 with an aperture
Next I glued the three apertures onto a solid diecut for the garden, and glued the other 4 solid ones together for the door. I cut the door in half.
Next was to paint the mount board, first I painted the mount board with gesso and let it dry. I wanted a wood grain look so I used light strokes of Shaded Lilac Paint, then repeated once dried with Dusty Concorde.
Although the Challenge needed primarily Lilac colours, I felt I needed to Grunge it up a little so I used Vintage Photo distress ink to do this.
I used an old Tim Holtz die 'Hardware Findings' to cut a couple of hinges, plus some real metal hinges, lock and key brads and ring pulls. I rusted them all up with Vintage Photo distress embossing powder
This is the point where things were not quite going to plan! as you can see from the photo, when I put the hinges into place they were far to big.
So I used some shrink plastic to cut 4 new hinges, shrunk them down, and rusted them up. I was much happier with this result, but felt the wooden door needed to be a bit more realistic.
I used my pokey tool to drag down the doors to make wood panels.
And then rubbed some Walnut stain paint into the grooves
I used the Spring Greenery decorative strip to cut some foliage and a small flower punch. Painted the foliage with Forest Moss and Peeled Paint, Shaped them and decorated with seed beads.
Enjoy the close ups, I love the rust effects.
Did you spot the key to the door hiding in the foliage at the bottom?
The photo in the centre which gave us the main view was taken by myself at Trentham Gardens, near Stoke on Trent a few years ago. I like the way the path takes you down the garden to the stone Statue.
The little Butterflies were fussy cut from some left over Graphic 45 papers and my trusty new typewriter came in handy again here too,
The Challenge runs until the end of the month so there is still plenty of time to join in and have a chance of winning a fabulous package of Andy Skinner products. There are also three pinworthies selected by the creative guides who are invited to rejoin them as guest creative guides for a future challenge.
For all the challenge details Click Here.
Thank you for your visit today.