Tuesday 27 July 2021

2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling with I&D {by Helen Chilton}

 2021 Topic 9: Baubles & Bling

It might not be cool Christmas weather and Helen has brought 'heat' to the topic with warm fiery colours. She's definitely added the 'bling' but it still retains a beautifully restrained artsy style. I love how she's used the Relief Foil Paste on so many different elements and look out for the diamante leaves!
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'm here to share with you my Baubles and Bling project - yes, Christmas in June (that's when I made it!) I've not used my usual Christmas colours but bright orange and red, which are quite hot and summery, and teamed them up with icy white and silver. And boy, have I added bling! I figured if it was going to be sparkly I might as well go all out. I've used a lot of Grunge Paste stencilling, some of it foiled, some of it stamped over, some of it outlined and all of it creating great texture.

I started with an 8x8 canvas board and the Grunge Paste.

I'm actually using the reverse of the board and both text and image stencils.

Both stencils are by Sara Naumann - I like her designs. I don't know what it is, they just appeal to me, maybe because they contain different shapes and elements so you can use them whole or just in sections.


I wanted to get some colour on so have stamped right over the stencilling.

I don't bother with a block for this, just dip in the paint and go for it.

The stamps used here are Ink and the Dog. Love how the paint colours work so well together.

The baubles were stamped in coordinating inks and then painted with the same colours, using a stamping platform. Leave the stamps on there. To add some shimmer and shine I thought I'd overstamp with foiling gel. I used Rich Hobby 3D Relief Foil Paste. You could also use a sticky embossing powder.


Dab on lightly, let dry slightly...

...and then rub on the foil:

I was really pleased with the detail it picked up. 
I love the way these baubles have got dimension - you can see the curve.

You can add foiling to the Grunge Paste in the same way. Reapply the stencil and sponge on the foiling medium.

Don't expect perfect coverage - you're going for a textured effect.

Add definition with a Posca pen.

I wasn't sure if I liked that after I'd done it, so smudged it out a little.

I made a larger bauble using the same techniques.

And went to town blinging it up!

Bling the three smaller ones and wire them up.

You can really pick out the foiling here.

I decided to make the big bauble because it fits well into the circular stencilling...

..and you can get more bling on!

Finishing touches.

I have to admit when I thought of baubles and bling in June, my heart sank just a teeny bit. However it proved to be a really fun project, in part I suspect, because of all the bling and also because I used colours that were different for me. 
I also discovered that you can stamp and stencil with the foiling gel and get a good image, a technique I'm definitely going to use again. It also works really well with embellishments - see the foiled metal name plate. 
Believe it or not, the silk ties on the side go back to a project I made last year - the typography art doll with the torn silk skirt. Knew the scraps would come in useful!
Hope this has inspired you to get out your Ink and the Dog stamps (some wonderful images there) and your bling!


A Pink said...

A wonderful project for the topic , Helen . Tfs your process - some cool ideas and techniques . x

Mary in Oregon said...

Nice use of the foiling technique on those large ornaments. That product is in my fugture, Helen! Thanks.

craftytrog said...

A gorgeous project Helen!

Miriam said...

Amazing project Helen. I love how you've used the older stamps.