16 August 2011

Being thankful for wrinkles!

I had lofty ambitions for my first Creative Expressions DT piece! I took my inspiration from those old french porcelain plaques that I see in small antique shops that are always just out of my price range! These plaques are very 'clean' so that the sentiment really stands out. I 
had seen a blog post from Shelly Hickox and I knew that I could make my own plaque that was definitely in budget! I cut a plaque from grungeboard with my trusty Vagabond and covered it in Picket Fence Crackle Paint although any colour would work brilliantly! 
It is really important that you try and get an even coat so that your cracks are of an even appearance - I'm not brilliant at this, but then I'm hopeless at icing a cake! Then, when it was all crazed, which took no time at all, I used Jet Black Archival Ink for the sentiment which was 
from the 'Wrinkles Don't Hurt' stamp set and Black Soot Distress Ink on the edges. I then covered it clear embossing ink and a coat of clear UTEE (repeat for a super shiny finish!) I then added some embellishments, eyelets and a chain just like some of the plaques I had seen! I hope when visitors come and see this piece they'll have a chuckle that something so 'old' has such a funny message! I hope you have a go at this technique - it was such a lot of fun! Gabrielle x


10 comments:

Helen said...

These sentiments are just great! Love how you've incorporated it onto your plaque which the crackle!

Kaz said...

Lovely piece Gabrielle..... Love the cackle paint gives it a great look fabby xx

Kazxx.

Alison said...

Absolutely brilliant! I love the crackle! xx

StampDancer said...

This is fabulously brilliant! I love the details of how you did it and the humor of that stamp is perfect!
Deb M

Shelly Hickox said...

You did a fantastic job with this technique!! Those plaques were exactly what I tried to base the technique on. I haven't tried making anything on a larger scale, but now I'm totally inspired to do so. Thanks for sharing!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the crackle, great technique. This will look great in your craft room. Tracy x

Gillian .... said...

Fantastic job with the faux porcelan look Gabrielle, loving these quotes:) x

sasa said...

Hi Gabrielle,

Hope you are savouring every moment of your DT dream! Love the plaque qnd vintage effect - wonderful piece. Also letting you know...YOU WON MY GIVEAWAY!!! Can you get in touch to give me your home address? Thanks and well done.
Sarah

hazel said...

What a brilliant idea - I love the crackle.
xxx Hazel.

Sara said...

Hi l like the crackle paint and how it subtly fits in with the wrinkly theme :0)