Thursday 4 September 2014

Printers Tray Memories {with Hot Picks Stamps by Brenda Brown}

Hi everyone, it’s Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies) here with a small project but one that has a great deal of detail in the making of it. I started this with the intention of making it into a stamping project but as with many things that we make the muse took me off in a different direction and it became a different way to keep family photos together. I used a Tando mini printer tray that comes in separate pieces that you paint and put together yourself.

Paint the pieces of the tray with ‘chalk’ Fresco paint to seal them. Dry brush with ‘stone’, ‘chalk’ and ‘snowflake’ Fresco paint.  Apply ‘mermaid’, ‘inky pool’ and ‘chalk’ in separate places on craft mat and spray with water. Using the pointed end of a paintbrush, mix them up and then dip the pieces into the colours, dabbing and drying with a heat gun.  Using ‘hey pesto’ and ‘chalk’, lightly and randomly brayer colours over the top so that you can still see previous colours through.  I then mixed some ‘chutney’ and ‘taupe’ Fresco paints on my craft mat and used this to stamp the text (HP1304EZ) randomly over the backgrounds.


Split the frames, gluing two together and leaving one on its own. Using ‘cornflower blue’ archival ink stamp the background text (HP1304EZ) randomly over them. Add some crackle glaze and heat dry. Dab ‘inky pool’ and ‘hey pesto’ paint lightly over the crackle and rub back with a babywipe, add a layer of satin glaze and some treasure gold. Adhere the single frame to the front cover and stamp and cut out a sentiment or title (Ancestors Plate 3) and add a photo and metal embellishments.

Ancestors Plate 3

All the metal embellishments I have used started off as different types and colours so to unify them I dabbed/painted them with ‘taupe’paint and added some treasure gold to lift the raised areas and then dabbed them with distress stains and baked them on with a heat gun. This is a fabulous way to grunge the pieces and make them look old. I used ones I had in my supplies but PaperArtsy do fabulous Junkyard Findings and Vintage Trinkets on their website.

 Complete the inside frame with more photos and embellishments. For me the beauty in a finished piece is the attention to small details, for instance before I adhered the frame on the inside I added some shading on the frame edges with pumice stone distress ink to give the sections that little bit more impact.

 On the inside cover I used one last photo and designed a small collage to complete the trio.

I am sure this will become a treasured item in my family box as the photos are of my parents and two children many years ago. I love the way it turned out even if it isn’t exactly what I had in mind to start with

Thanks for looking; I hope you are inspired to create smaller projects to scrapbook some of those family photos. Have fun.


A huge thanks to Brenda from all at PaperArtsy, what a wonderful keepsake this is. Those subtle layers of paint and stamping are a perfect backdrop for the vintage trinkets. 

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


Helen said...

Wonderful photo montage, Brenda, it will be treasured I am sure.

Lin said...

Looks gorgeous!! excellent colour choices..

Claire said...

Stunning Brenda! Really beautiful and such a wonderful way to display those photos.

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous memories and so beautifully presented. Love the build up of textures and colours. Tremendous piece of work Brenda! X

Craftyfield said...

Fantastic keepsake, love the colours textures and embellishments!

massofhair said...

Beautiful printers tray Brenda, glorious layers and textures, a joy for the eye and the soul :-) xxx

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful.

Paper Profusion said...

This is absolutely beautiful Brenda. Exceptional painting & inking as always. It's really lovely to see your family photos - they all look so happy - a fabulous keepsake. Nicola x

craftimamma said...

This is really beautiful Brenda! Love all the layered colours and the perfect setting for your treasured family photos.

Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a lovely layered background you have created with your techniques Brenda. A charming way to present your photos as a gift,

Lucy x

Juliz Design Post said...

Love this Brenda, stunning keepsake box.
Julie x

Julie Lee said...

This is fabulous, Brenda. What a great way to display and keep treasured photos. I love the use of embellishments too: the perfect finishing touch! Julie Ann xxx

Words and Pictures said...

Stunning make from Brenda - so pretty!
Alison x

Kezzy said...

Wow truly stunning gorgeous creation, love the soft colours, amazing. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx