Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A little altered something

Whilst we were shopping in Shanghai one of the clothing stores was giving away free diaries with every purchase.  It had a plain white plastic cover with their logo in the middle.  The diary itself was really useful as it appears it covers half of those year and the whole of next with a few extras.  It was duly packed in my things to go in the craft room boxes (of which there were many).  I was playing around last week and decided to have a go at altering that diary.  Having just got back from a trip to The Artistic Stamper and seen some of the beautiful samples that Jenny has up on the wall I was a tad inspired!!

Thankfully the cover came off the main diary which made it so much easier.  Firstly I covered it in a layer of fresco finish Bora Bora paint.  Not quite sure why just seemed a good idea at the time!!

Then once that was dry I added some stencilling with grunge paste

So far so good I thought, and that's were I left it, I made some die cuts and found some Tim Holtz letters and stuck them all on with multi medium.  Then I couldn't decide whether to carry on with paints or get the distress inks out. So I left it alone to dry.  Today I decided to carry on with it.  I am so glad that I had left it as it gave me a chance to think about what else I could do with it. I decided to put a layer of gesso over it mostly on the die cuts as I had just cut them out of Kraft card I had some clay flowers on my desk that I had made last week and again after sticking covered with gesso. 

Then I got the sprays out!!!  

Opened out

With the diary back inside 

I used Dylusions lemon zest and London blue to start with and the colours mixed themselves up really nicely without adding any water to them.  Spritzed a bit of Dylusions melted chocolate on.  Then topped it all off with a bit of treasure gold, using classic, sapphire and onyxite.  It has taken a while to dry as obviously being plastic I couldn't put the heat gun on it for too long.

All I am hoping now is that nothing falls off ;-)

Thanks for popping over to have a look and as usual do let me know what you think good or bad!

Happy crafting