Friday 4 December 2015

2015 #22 Counting Down to Christmas {By Bracken Sparkes}

2015 Topic 22: Masterboards

Hi guys, Bracken here again. This time showing you what I can do using masterboards. I really enjoy using masterboards in my work because there's so much you can do with them...and it's fun to play about intertwining stamps. December is my favourite month as Christmas makes me spin round the ceiling with excitement and it's my birthday sooo...yeah!..This gave me more drive to making this project full of fun and FOOD!

Print all required stamps around the page using no specific order what so ever. stamp in Jet Black Archial ink in first and second generation stamping.

The main stamps I used were those from EDY 16 but did use some of JOFY's (JM 07, an ivy leaf from JM 28, stars fromJOFY 18, and the little flurry of stars and dots from JOFY 19.)

Now for the fun part, and somewhat time consuming part...getting in a painty mess.

Paints used...Guacamole, Smoked Paprika (unfortunately discontinued), Cherry Red and Candy Floss (Limited editions out of stock), Sage, Hyde Park, Toffee, Chocolate Pudding, Pewter, Irish Cream (discontinued) , Blue Oyster, Toad Hall, Bora Bora, London Bus, Holly, and Brown Shed.) 

Also a cosmic shimmer paint in Gold.

To add a little bit of sparkle and interest I added some Stickles in Crystal, Holly, Frosted lace, Silver, Xmas Red, Starry Night. Dovecraft-Gold and Ranger liquid pearls- Silver Pearls. 

Once FULLY dried, it is time to get the main structure ready.

I painted the majority of the 'frame' in Slate first and once dry, went over the front in Chalk to add a little rustic feel.

I painted the sides of the inner frames in colours I had previously used. Those were, Bora Bora, Sage, Gold, Candy Floss, Blue Oyster, Pewter and a random red paint from The Range only because it was a little more opaque for what I wanted it for.

Then I cut the masterboard and other sheets of paper to the size of the frames and stuck them in with double sided red tape.

I then sprinkled the bases with 'snow' found in the Crimbo section of a local garden centre. I stuck it all on with Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue and let dry completely.

As the last stage of this advent callendar, I added small Christmassy bits and bobs to almost every box, including 7 decorated trees, a stocking and holly, Santa's hat, a MERRY CHRISTMAS, numbers on the backs of scrabble pieces and a cute vial filled with Reindeer food. Then stuck multiple cuts of the Sizzix On The Edge Snow Flurries Die with double sided red tape to the top and covered the joins with cotton wool. To finish the whole thing off, I, (with a little help from Grandad) screwed in 28 little screws (found at Tiptree Cheap shop) and wound a length of bakers twine (found at The Range) round them and attached small pegs to the twine. 

I really enjoyed making this for you all and if I were to do another one I'd paint the 'ground floors' of each box with Chalk before adding the snow so you don't see the natural wood showing through. I had to do SOOO much touching up of the snow it was painful!!lol I'd also change the way the sweets were going to be displayed. instead of having them suspended from the twine, I'd probably just have them in the box so they don't look so messy and I could use bigger sweets.

Anyways...I hope you like this and if you wanna see what else I've been up to just head on over to my blog or even follow me on Pinterest. I mainly just fangirl over products I love and Harry Potter but there's a lot of arty stuff too.

Blog- ArtymeB
Pinterest- Bracken Sparkes

I hope you have a safe, magical Christmas filled with FOOD (sprouts...ugh) and Crimbo jumpers and have a very happy new year.
See ya,
ArtymeB Xxx.

Wow Bracken, this turned out just wondereful, so bright and cheery, just as it should be. What a fantastic way to use your masterboard. All the little finishing tuches are wonderful and the snow is magical. Thankyou for all your hard work on this project and thanks to Grandad too! ~Darcy

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Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow I loved your Masterboard Bracken, fabulous stamping and the colours you chose worked so well. Seeing it mingled with the other papers blew me away ingenious idea! :)

Julie Lee said...

What a stunning advent calender! This is a real work of art! I've been thinking that I really must get round to making one and now I have to wait until next year because the time has run away with me! You were far better prepared! And - not only that - you created something fantastic! Love it! xx

Words and Pictures said...

What an great advent calendar - I love the patchwork effect of all those different snippets and the fun bright colours.
Alison x

Ruth said...

Totally cool Yule! Fab masterboard put to great use! Brilliant calendar! Ruth xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Fantastic idea Bracken! Love the colours, everything about it! Fabulous! Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is really striking and effective!

Lucy x

JoFY said...

A lovely fun project! x

Susan Battensby said...

Wow - this is sooo pretty!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Way to go Bracken. So many great details. It's a really lovely festive project. Lx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous master board Bracken and a great project x

Jane said...

What a brilliant project...I have so enjoyed seeing all these's a technique that is good to remember as you get so much from each board. Thanks for sharing x

craftytrog said...

A fabulous, colourful festive make Bracken! I love it!!!
Alison xxx

Kirsten said...

This is lovely! The masterboard looks great, must have taken ages to paint all the different elements.

Unknown said...

Great masterboard, but I just love what you have done with it, it's fantastic xx