Hi and servus everyone, it's Claudia Neubacher from VonPappe II with you today, and I'm happy to share with you my interpretation of the current "Specimen Jar" theme over here on the PaperArtsy Blog. Just in case you are wondering; I toned down the lights when taking pictures of the finished cabinet so you can see the effect of the luminescent specimen.
First I searched my shelves for the acetate package left overs from the Sizzix BigZ dies I buy at times. These make for perfect sturdy "glass" panes and if you know how, you can even do some kind of reverse glass painting on them! The opening of an old cigar box that I found, almost perfectly matched the size of the die packagings! Then I fetched a selection of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints, PaperArtsy Infusions, my Paper Artsy Scrapcosy stamp sets, a sheet of sturdy white cardboard, my water spray bottle, a bottle of matte spray sealant, some foam board, matte DecoArt Americana Decou-Page, my well used large bottle of Titanium White acrylic paint, some detail brushes and stamping inks.
As it is the most fun, I started with the "reverse glass/acetate painting"! All I needed to do was stamp the image to the back of the acetate using Tsukineko-StazOn (Jet Black). I immediately afterwards cleaned the stamp with a wet baby wipe! The ink dries almost instantly - this reduces the risk of smudging the image during stamping. Good for a mediocre stamper like me!
The trick to get the acrylic paints to stick to the acetate is to provide a layer that dries transparent but offers some "tooth" - for this I used matte(!) DecoArt-Americana-Decou-Page and a detail brush and simply added a layer on top of the stamped sea grass (still working on the back of the acetate) as if I were painting it in with some colour.
Time to add the lights and prepare everything for assembly! I still needed my top piece for the cabinet - so some more stamping, painting and a bit of fussy cutting was needed. I simply used up what I already had on my palette.
The cigar box got covered with adhesive Craft Sensations-Woodlook Sheets.