Saturday 5 May 2012

Show Us Your Bling at Let's Ink It Up

Hi, I hope you've all had a great week and are now enjoying your weekend.  A new challenge over at Let's Ink It Up has just been launched:
Show Us Your Bling 

You can use anything you consider to be your bling, such as rhinestones, jewels, pearls, glittery paint, etc, I decided to decorate and embellish an oval mdf plaque:

The plaque itself has been undercoated with 2 coats of Gesso, then I've painted it with chalky emulsion in Parlour Cream (I love this colour) three times, lightly sanding between each coat to give it a nice smooth finish.  I've used a crackle stamp (CI-116) here and there inked up with Antique Linen DI, and rolled for a very subtle effect (technique courtesy of Julia - thank you):
Close Up
The Lost Coast Labels have been stamped in black Archival Ink and coloured with Inktense Blocks, picking the ink up from the blocks with a small paintbrush for the details, and for the larger areas of the labels, I've tried to use the colour as a sort of wash, just to tint the area.

The top and bottom trims are from Dunelm Mill (the top one is metallic) and are attached with a glue gun - now, the last time I used a glue gun I spent £20 quid at the chemist on stuff for burns, so I only use this when absolutely necessary, lol - I'm very accident prone, having cracked my head open 3 times as a child, and nearly chopping my thumb off whilst trying to shell a coconut with a very long, sharp knife (again, as a child), but that's another story completely.  I've added a solid flower on each side, where the trims meet, and added a little stickles to them for a soft sparkle.  Some sheer gold ribbon has been threaded through, from which to hang.
We have a fabulous sponsor for our challenge this month:

The winner of the challenge will be drawn at random, so for one lucky person there will be a great prize of:
For inspiration, please check out the fantastic creations by the rest of the Design Team and remember, no digi images are permitted at LIIU.

I would like to enter my wall hanging into the following challenges:

The Stampman - "Show Us Your Favourite Technique" - one of my favourite techniques is to add
                           colour to my stamped images using water-based products, such as Inktense Blocks or
                           Distress Inks, and a fine paint brush.

The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - "Use Paints".

Have fun, enjoy your weekend, and I look forward to seeing your bling creations.
Maria x


Mervi said...

Hi Maria,
oh wow fabulous hanging again;-))m

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, this absolutely fabulous. I love, love it, love it. My Dunelm still sells these beaded trims luckily. I hope you don't own a guillotine, or you would be definitely off to A & E LOL!! Have a great weekend. xx

Anonymous said...

Maria what can I say .... you are a nutter !!!!!Don't buy the melt pot for goodness sake that's all I can say !! I love, love, love your hanging so much work went into this haven't heard of half of the techniques or products. That lady looks a bit skinny if you ask me could do with a good plate of scouse !!! Gorgeous effects, design and the little crystals make this a masterpiece.


anna christensen crafts said...

Ooh! Maria, this is absolutely gorgeous, I love the lady and the trim finishes it off perfectly xx

anna christensen crafts said...

Ooh! Maria, this is absolutely gorgeous, I love the lady and the trim finishes it off perfectly xx

mags said...

Gorgeous creation Maria. Love the image and the gorgeous trim.

Jean said...

Another gorgeous hanging Maria. I love the images and the lovely trims. Jean x

Unknown said...

Love the vintage theme (a favourite) and the bling, Just gorgeous Maria. Hugz Suzanne x

Debi said...

so pretty, and love that blingy trim :-) Debi x

Vicky Hayes said...

What a beautiful piece of work Maria - I love the trims especially that amazing bead trim. I've been staring at the corset lady - can you believe ladies actually wore those? Great if you're going for the squeezed tube of toothpaste look! And after your accident stories it's a bit worrying to think of you in a craft room with guillotines and heat tools...! Take care, Vicky x

Paula J Atkinson said...

This is a fantastic plaque. I love all the elements.

Susan Hogan said...

You obviously didn't burn yourself this time! A fabulous project Maria.

Becky said...

Wow, beautiful! I also want to thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Bx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really stunning, love those gorgeous trims
Lindsay xx

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous vintage piece Maria, I love the beaded trim and those gorgeous images. Thanks for linking to the Stamp Man's favourite technique challenge.
hugs {brenda} xox

Shelly said...

What a lovely wall hanging! I adore that beaded trim.