Hello everyone, welcome to my blog.
I’m very excited to be part of the very first Ikesworld Challenge blog hop. If you’re working through the hop in order you should have arrived here from I don't do Straight's blog. If not, you can start the hop with Blackdragon and work your way through in order.
I’ve chosen to use Bite Me for my project. This is one of the new releases from Ike – isn’t it lovely?
Here's what I did with it!
I watched a video of Wendy Vecchi at the CHA and was inspired to follow her example – although, not having most of the materials she used I had to improvise a bit. I used a small (10 cm) MDF heart shape and gave it a rough coat of copper-coloured texture paste, not worrying too much about covering the whole of the surface. Once that was dry I spread a coat of Kroma crackle medium roughly on top. And then I left it to dry. Kroma takes a long time to dry (it goes on clear and dries white)– up to three days. (Hint – do not leave the project where someone can carelessly throw a shirt onto it, to the detriment of both the project and the shirt.) Once dry, it keeps on cracking and if you don’t seal it, the crackle can fall off the substrate, so once it was dry I blended Distress inks over the surface and then covered the whole thing with Mod Podge and some printed tissue (this was a scrap left over from something else).
While it was drying, I started work on the digi. I’m still on my printing-onto-tissue- paper kick (stick the tissue to a piece of ordinary paper along the edge that feeds into the printer before you print). I coloured the image with Promarkers. Because I wanted the features of the face to stand out I painted white acrylic paint over the reverse, then I cut it out close to the outline of the face. I brushed more Mod Podge (matte) over the whole thing, stuck the digi down and sealed it with – guess what – more Mod Podge. Once it was dry I gave it a coat of Klear (now known as Pledge Multi-surface wax polish); I like the satiny sheen it adds.
What else? I made the flower by sticking three layers of paper flower shapes together (I’ve had them for ages – I think they may be from Prima but I’m not sure). The metal leaves are by Creative Expressions and I dipped them into some UTEE, coloured with red and green UTEE dye in my Melt Pot.
And that's it! Now to continue the hop, please continue to back to Ikesworld to check in- but don't forget to leave a comment first! Thanks for calling!