Wednesday, 17 September 2014

GD: Liz Borer Project #3 Yultide Greetings Wall Hanging

"Hello, Liz here again with my final project for this month. This wall hanging definitely has a feel of Christmas about it. I apologise if this is too early in the year for you but I became inspired by all the beautiful new stamps. I found a circular piece of MDF in my pile of "things to decorate" and a circular piece of heavy card that was exactly the same size. I was then able to use the card as a frame over the MDF base".

Firstly paint the MDF with Guacamole which has also been mixed with some Snowflake to lighten it. Paint both the back and the front as the paint seals the wood. I painted the circular frame with a mix of colours, so in the picture it looks mottled. In fact I have realised that this was unnecessary as the frame only needs painting with a dark green, for example Hyde Park because I decided next to crackle on top, so the mix of colours isn't really noticeable. Dry the paint thoroughly.

I wanted to create some texture on the frame and decided to use Crackle Glaze so the dark colour, Hyde Park is underneath, then a layer of crackle glaze, and then I would build up layers of paint on top. Instead of painting the glaze on with a brush I applied it randomly using a slightly damp sponge. The effect this creates is a very random crackle with no direction to it. The Crackle Glaze can just be seen in this photo.

When the Crackle Glaze is dry apply your top coat of paint with a slightly damp sponge over the whole frame allowing some of the underlying green to show through. I used Guacamole and Bora Bora with some of each colour at each end of the sponge. This allowed me to apply one coat of colour at once and to get a random effect at the same time.It's a bit of a balancing act, as the paint need to be thick enough to react with the glaze underneath - the paint drying on top of the glaze start the chemical reaction of cracks starting to appear, so if you dab you paint on with the sponge too lightly, you won't get the top coats cracking at all.

I wanted to create a background on the MDF inside the frame. I decided to stamp onto tissue paper so that I could get the placement of the images correct (I am not always good at getting correct placements of stamps and this allowed me to make a mistake without it being permanent). The easiest way to do this is to draw inside the frame with a pencil onto one piece of tissue paper and then place a second piece on top so that the pencil marks will not be on the final piece. I then stamped and embossed with gold powder as seen using the mistletoe and the holly from EEB02.

The center of the holly stamp is quite narrow so it can be bent slightly to create a curved image. When everything was stamped I adhered the tissue to the MDF using Matte Medium. Paint the medium over the base and carefully lower the tissue over the top. Another layer of Matte Medium can then be painted over the tissue to seal it. If you are careful you will be able to smooth out any wrinkles at the same time.

On the frame I stamped and embossed (with green powder) the fir branch from Lin Browns ELB10 and then used the ivy fromEEB01 to add to the design (this time using gold powder). The frame can then be stuck onto the MDF.


I stamped Yuletide Greetings onto some cream coloured card and embossed using black powder. I then rubbed Treasure Gold around the edge of the card and mounted it onto green card. More Gold Treasure Gold can be rubbed around the edges of this. This was stuck in place first so that the baubles can be lined up correctly. To create the baubles I stamped and embossed with gold powder onto some patterned paper so that there was a little design on the baubles. Any paper will do and the colours could be quite different. I cut out the baubles and stuck them in place using silicone or pinflair glue.

I had a chain of tiny plastic pearls and coloured it gold before sticking in place to create the strings of the baubles. Some large flat backed pearls completed the baubles.

Well that’s all for this month. I have really enjoyed being back to show you some of my projects. I will be back again in November, so see you then .


A huge thanks from all at PaperArtsy HQ Liz for a wonderful week of projects. The whole composition/transformation of the MDF shape is beautiful, again application of colour and depths of texture achieved is visually striking.

We would love you to join in with our monthly challenge. If you are inspired by any of this month's guests who have blogged between Sept 1st 2014 and Sept  30th 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You will go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 19:00 (London time)  Sept 30th 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

GD:Liz Borer Project #2 Two Pretty Boxes

"Hello everyone, Liz here with a different project. I have used autumnal colours this time to show the versatility of these stamps. I have actually decorated two boxes so that I could show that the same colours would create different effects".

I started with two little wooden boxes and painted them both with Vanilla. I painted them inside and outside before sanding lightly to get a nice smooth surface. I then painted the outside again. The insides of the boxes can be left painted or another option I like is to line them with pretty paper. 

I then added some colour by applying it with wet wipes. Dab a little colour on randomly and bounce the wet wipe over the surface of the paint to spread it out and make it look mottled. To start with this looks messy and horrible but after using more colours it starts to look almost like marble. On the smaller box I started with Cinnamon but I omitted this colour on the larger box because I wanted a slightly lighter finish. I find that it is best to dry the paint between layers but don’t add the next layer of paint until the surface is cool or the paint dries before it can be spread around.The next colour is Pumpkin Soup (this was the first colour for the larger box). Again apply randomly. This picture shows the smaller box up to this stage.

The next colour is Brown Shed and finally I used a little Eggplant in places to deepen the overall colour. I often find that I need to go back and repeat at least some of the colours again to get the right effect and for the smaller box I added quite a bit more colour to achieve a darker overall effect. Here you can see the two boxes which are different in the depth of colour.


I mixed a deep plum colour to paint the edges of the smaller box – a mix of Brown Shed and Eggplant. When all the paint is dry I applied a coat of Satin Glaze just because I wanted a slightly shiny look, but you could omit this if you prefer. A glaze with a slight shine like satin can add real depth to the colour, rather than a matte finish which is much flatter.

I then stamped and embossed the trailing ivy from EEB01 onto the larger box. This was quite random and I also stamped over the sides of the box. I used a plum coloured embossing powder. The smaller box was stamped and embossed using black embossing powder. I used the ivy from EEB02 on the top and the holly also from EEB02 around the sides.

Next I stamped two fairies from the EEB01 and EEB02 stamp sets and coloured them with various paints. I find that if I mix the paints with Matt Medium they are more transparent and tend not to obscure the lines of the stamped images. I then stuck the faces onto circles of thick card. Finally I rolled the edges of the discs over perfect medium before rolling them in embossing powder and heating to give an embossed edge. 

To finish the boxes I stuck lace over the boxes; for the larger box I stuck the lace right down over the sides and when the glue was dry I cut the lace between the lid and the base. The fairy images were then adhered to the box lids as shown and a few final floral embellishments were added.

That’s all for tonight folks. I shall be back again tomorrow with a final project for this month . 


A huge thanks from all at PaperArtsy HQ Liz for another fantastic project ... the warm rich tones work beautifully with your new designs, the combination of embossing and lace add such an elegant touch to these boxes.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Welcome GD: Liz Borer Project #1 Fairy Wall Hanging

Tonight we have a somewhat unusual situation. We have 2 past Guest Designers doing a job share for a position this semester, Liz Borer will feature for 2 of the 4 months, and Clare Lloyd will job-share with her for the other 2 months. We thought this was a perfect opportunity for them both to show you their ideas with their very recently recently released stamps. So tonight, it's welcome back to Liz!

"Hi there everyone, Liz here again. I’m delighted to be back as a Guest Designer this month. I’m so glad that the lovely folks at PaperArtsy have asked me to do this so that I can share with you some projects that I have made using my two new stamp sets. Although there is a wintery feel to the designs I have tried to show that they can be used in other ways and not just for winter".

So, today I have made a sparkly plaque to hang on the wall.

This started out as a wooden plaque that I found in my stash (but you could use a piece of heavy card as the base layer). I used a piece of fabric larger than the plaque to create the swag. The fabric doesn't have to be cut to size as it is trimmed after it has dried, however it does need to be large enough to create the folds that can be seen in the picture.

I painted plenty of Jo Sonja Sealer onto the fabric so that it could be moulded into pleats (you could also use PVA glue slightly thinned with water). The medium (or glue) when dry will make the fabric stiff and adhere it to the wood. Just pleat and shape the fabric into place until it looks pleasing and then allow it to dry. Once dry you can trim around the edges to neaten and shape the fabric.


Next I used Grunge Paste through PS003 (Lin Brown) Stencil to create some texture on the flat side of the plaque. By moving the stencil around you can create a spray of leaves coming down from the top of the design. Once this was dry I stuck some flat backed pearls in position in the folds of the fabric. I’ve used coloured ones here so they show up but any colour will do as everything will be painted. Finally I stuck some lace around the edges of the fabric  and allowed it to dry .

When everything was dry I painted over it all with Stone Fresco Finish Paint. I used two coats of paint to get really good coverage. This also makes the fabric much stiffer.

To add colour to the whole piece I mixed paint in a small spray bottle with some water. I started with Plum and sprayed the piece randomly allowing some of the paint to run down from the top. When I liked the effect I dried everything.

I added some more colour in the same way. Firstly Beach Hut and then Smoked Paprika. To get a deeper colour I mixed some Peacoat and Eggplant together and sprayed this near the top and bottom of the piece.

Finally I dry brushed some Chalk over any raised areas such as the folds of the fabric, the stencilled leaves and the pearls. I also dry brushed this over the lace to make it stand out.  Once the paint is dry I stamped over the raised leaves using a stamp with little lines on it from ESN10 this adds some texture to the background.


Using the star flower from EDY09 

I used some glitter embossing powder to stamp some glittery flowers on the flat side of the plaque and I also added some of this to the pearls. This is quite subtle but adds some sparkle to the whole piece.

I choose these bottle cap frames (from Prima but unfortunately) and painted them with  Lin's new paint Plum. When dry I dabbed perfect medium randomly over the edges and used the same glitter embossing powder to add some sparkle to them. 

I then stamped the faces from both EEB01 and EEB02 stamp plates and coloured them with colours from the background palette before cutting them out to fit inside the frames.

You may have noticed a large flower in some of the pictures. This was made from a strip of the fabric painted with glue as before and wound and pleated into a flower shape (much the same a making a paper flower. If you don’t want to do this, use a pre-made fabric flower). When dry the flower was painted and sprayed in the same way as the plaque.

Here is the finished plaque and a close up photo to show some detail.

I do hope that you have enjoyed this project and I will be back tomorrow with something different .


A huge thanks from all of us at PaperArtsy HQ ... Welcome back Liz, your first debut project is stunning from the pleated fabric you have added, to the extra dimension through the GP leaves. The colour palette is exquisite and creates a real aged metal/patina effect. Beautiful finishing touches from the lace detail.

We would love you to join in with our monthly challenge. If you are inspired by any of this month's guests who have blogged between Sept 1st 2014 and Sept  30th 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You will go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 19:00 (London time)  Sept 30th 2014

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