The tips are as follows:1. Use 2 opaque colours2. You only need a thin layer of crackle glaze, if you sponge it on you will get round cracks, if you use a brush you will get linear cracks. Let it dry before proceeding.3. The thickness of the top coat determines the crack size, so be generous.4. Apply the top coat fast and with one stroke, do not go back over areas that are painted, or you will fill in cracks without realising it.
On the reverse of the frame where the glass would normally fit there is an indent. I cut some strips of mountboard 1½" wide and then trimmed them to fit. I then scored a 1/4" to allow the strip to sit in the indent.
I could now start thinking about how I would fill my Shadow Box Shrine. I like to collect bits and pieces together to see how well they co-ordinate as well as trying stamped elements directly onto the fabric and those which will need to be stamped on cardstock.
My main focus is the fabulous dream girl from VID02 - she is a favourite of mine and crops up in many projects! I decided to dress her up a bit with some of the dyed ribbon.
This is my favourite part of the project! With the main elements in the frame I enjoyed trying out my gathered embellishments and working out what works together.
Muslin can be used for great effect - filling in the gaps and helping to hold things in place. These little rolls of paper didn't really have anything to adhere to, so they are held in by the muslin.
I knew some elements would be on the outside of the frame and the little pin cushion worked perfectly as the base for this little cluster. The flower and ribbon are hiding a very dodgy bit of sewing as I was stuffing the pin cushion as I was sewing it on the machine!
The finished shrine which sits nicely on a wooden easel.