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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Altered Cigar Box- Memory Maze DT

Hello again everyone today I am sharing with you all an altered cigar box. Hope you all enjoy the tutorial that goes with this. I was given some wooden cigar boxes from a friend of ours and I thought I would decorate one for his daughter, as a thank you gift. 


I started with the cigar box and pulled the paper from the inside and out. Some of it was hard to get off so I left it on there for some added texture.
 I then painted the inside and outside of the box with white gesso. You may have to give a couple of coats to cover the paper.
I have used a chipboard heart panel for a mask. I have been thinking of different ways to use these.
I used some Liquidtex light modelling paste and put the hearts all over the top and sides of the box. This went on really thick so I left to dry overnight.



Using some metal pieces from my stash, large flowers, leaves and a butterfly also a cute little fairy. And a couple of swirls around the flowers and leaves.  I glued these onto the top of the box with strong glue, I use Helmar 450. 


When these have all dried I painted gesso over the top and also all over the box. Then when that was dry I used Lindy's sprays Bonjour butter, Callifornia poppy gold, Plumeria pink, Rusty lantern lime, tea pot purple and T- bird turquoise. Spray these over the top and a little around the sides also I sprayed Plumeria pink inside the box. I went around the edges of the box with metalic grape gelato, wet my finger and blended in. Then I applied some gold crackle texture over some of the flowers, leaves and hearts. You have to let this air dry as it crackles better that way. When it was dried I went over the top with white gesso to tone it down a bit.





I have added some glass glitter (green), victorian velvet distress glitter, light pink art sugar and distress clear rock candy dry glitter around and on the flowers and leaves and some white opal liuid pearls on the swirls. 



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Thank you for visiting 

Candy Chelepy 
Memory Maze
2016 Design Team 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Memory Maze DT - February

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I know I did a very quiet one for me this year. 
Today I have been wanting to decorate the outside of my Mixed Media Art Journal, so here goes. Ready to get your hands dirty, very very dirty.


I am using a A4 art journal and I had an old art canvas that I didn't need anymore. So I cut the canvas from it and then laid the journal out flat, cut around the edge leaving about 2 inches around the edges. I used matt medium to glue this together. You will need a good strong  glue to keep this from coming off. 

I left this to dry overnight. Open  your journal up and place face down, this makes it easier to work with. I then used my Memory Maze spotty mask and texture paste and covered all over the back and front of the journal. Let this dry then from my stash I used a script mask  and did the same thing. This is giving you texture. Make sure this is dry.
I gathered my Memory Maze chipboard pieces, some metal bits and pieces and a couple of resin flowers. I cut the word Art from some scraps of chipboard I had on hand.
 I then placed all my pieces on the front of my journal where I wanted them. I then took a photo with my phone so I new where to place them back.


Once this was all very dry. I had some Golden crackle paste and spread it around and over the chipboard and my cover. Let that dry well before you start to add colour. I did this on the back as well as the spine, you want it to come together as one. I let this dry naturally as it will crackle better.
 Cover everything with gesso so it is all white. This is so the coulor will show up nicely. These are the colours I have used Lindy's sprays - Califronia poppy gold, Time travel teal, T - bird turquoise and Red hot poka orange. I used a water spray bottle to blend them all together, but dry in between the colours or you will have mud.
After this is all dry I added some bling I used Gold gilding chips, Velvet and stirling glass glitter I have used matt medium to glue these on I then heat set them and the gliding melted a looked really lovely. I glued it around the flowers and the middle section.
 I had some gold Rub n buff and went over the textures and the outer edge of the journal.
 Everything seemed to get a bit lost so I went over with some white gesso, just the flowers etc and the raised bits with a dry brush method.
I then used a black gel pen and doodles around and over all the raised pieces. This helped everything to stand out. 


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fancy frame 2  200 x 200   8x8   min buy 3

Vintage lace frame 10 inch or 200mm


Hearts geometric  100 x 180 min buy 3  Memory Maze

Thank you for visiting
Candy Chelepy
2016 Dt Member
Memory Maze