Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Small Birdcage with Filigree Stand

Hello everyone !!!

So today I have the pleasure to share with you this quick tutorial using ,

this gorgeous kit that will be for sale in the shop

A small Birdcage With Filigree Stand, Isn't it just the cutest and it was so much fun to make.

Ok here we go

( Now I will advise you that there will be a instructions sheet in the kit as well)

Step 1- Start with taking all your pieces out.

You will need some sticky glue and some paint and paintbrush.

I'm using Making Memories paint, it is much thicker and will cover the chipboard much easier then other brands. Also a small cup hook to hang the birdcage with.

STEP 2- Start with giving all your pieces 2 coasts of paint and set to dry.

STEP 4- Once the paint is dry its time to piece it all together.
Start by adding a smaller support piece to the larger Filigree stand. Repeat on both sides.

Make sure to glue the supporting ring for extra strength .

STEP 5- Add some glue to the smaller pedestal stand and slide it into the larger stand piece.

Let dry.

STEP 6- Turn stand upside down and glue the small circle into place, don't worry if it looks a bit messy with glue all over the place it will all dry clear and you can add some paint on top of it !!

Add the circle

STEP 7- Turn the stand upright again and run a glue line along the top of stand and slide the small CUT circle.

STEP 8- Add glue on the top of circle and side of arms, then slot the larger cut circle on top.

Let dry

STEP 9 - Now its time to piece the little birdcage together.

Add some glue along the side and slot the birdcage windows in, hold firmly for 10 sec.

Add them one by one, leaving one of them to the side if you wish to have an open door like mine, If you want to have a complete shut cage then add it to the rest right now.

STEP 10-Run some glue along the top end and add the top to it.

STEP 11 - Now for the last piece of Birdcage window, I cut the little tops of the top and glued it to the side of cage so it looks like an open door. Now this is just an example. If you want a closed cage then you just glue it with the rest like I did in previous post.

STEP 12- Now for the roof, Fold over the crease line,run some glue along the side and add some double side tape on the inside to keep it together.Wait for it to dry and add some more glue along the bottom and add to the top of birdcage.

Set to dry completely ! Add your little cup hook to the top of roof '

Your stand should now look like this

Now for the fun part .........decorating...

STEP 13- Take out your prima vine and turn that gorgeous backing over.

I traced the triangle off the roof very roughly to start with. You will trimm it to fit later on so don't worry if they look a bit out of shape right now.

STEP 14- You should now have 5 triangles for the roof , don't worry if they are a bit out of size as you can trim that after its been glued.
Add some glue to the roof and add the pieces.

STEP 15- Run some glue along the bottom end of roof and add the pearl strip, this is a bit fiddly so its important to have that sticky glue.

Cut 5 smaller pieces and add along the joints of roof. Also a bit fiddly but with some sticky glue it should work OK.

FINISHING TOUCHES- I cut the prima flower vine in smaller pieces and added them to the cage as I went along. Just have a play there is no right or wrong.

I added some ribbon to the cup hook to hide it.

I cut the beaded vines and added it as a bedding for the little birdie inside the cage.

Once again have a go and play around with it !

VOILA !!!!!!

Here she is !! A gorgeous little Birdcage with a Filigree Stand.

Have fun everyone !!

xx Tina

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Scrap with V Christmas Cyber Crop

Hi everyone

Well it's that time again, where has the year gone?? This will be our last Cyber Crop for 2010 so come on over and join us. This will be a first Cyber Crop using the blog and our new chat area.

More information will be coming soon with Challenge requirements prior to the Cyber Crop so keep watch.

So mark it on your Calendars!! bring your friends along too, the more the merrier!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Floating Frame Canvas with Ness

Hi everyone

I have a really simple floating frame canvas to share with you today. Created for A2Z Scraplets using the lovely heart frame and Girls title which are both available from our store.

You can make this from scraps you have at home including canvas’s you have bought and not done anything with.

All you will need is

2 x 8 inch canvas’s

1 x sheet of acrylic (from a Kaiser album I didn’t use all the pages, or it could even be a clear sheet of transparency).

2 x A2Z Scraplets Large Floral Heart Frame (1 for the front and 1 for the back.

A2Z Scraplets word “Girls”

Inks and/or Paints

Prima flowers or similar

Prima pearls or other bling

Packing tape (or clear contact if you are wanting a larger photo)

Burnishing tool


Strong wet glue (pritt or pva glue or similar)

Step 1.

Paint both canvas’s to desired colour. I have used 2 shades of pink to give a mottle effect. I have also painted the inside of the canvas ‘s too.

Allow the canvas’s to dry.

Step 2.

Once your canvas’s are dry, use your heart frame as a template and trace around the inside of the heart with pencil onto the canvas being careful not to draw onto the timber section. If you hold up to the light you will see where the timber is. Make sure you trace the right way for the canvas at the back.

Using a craft knife, cut out the heart from the canvas cut a little further in from your pencil line so you won’t have any overhang when adhering the frame.

Step 3.

From the heart frame you will use on the back, cut off the flowers as this won’t be seen.

Ink or paint your frames and title in desired colour. I have also used dimensional magic on both the frame and title for added gloss.

Set all of these aside to set and dry.

Step 4.

Place your back canvas on your craft mat, fit your acrylic sheet on top and adhere this to the canvas. Then adhere the top canvas to the acrylic sheet.

Allow to set. Once dry you could use binding tape or a wide ribbon to cover the join in the 2 canvas’s, I haven’t worried about this myself.

Step 5.

Adhere your heart frames to the canvas, the flowers on the front slightly overhang the sides of the canvas. Adhere your flowers over the top of a few of the chipboard flowers. Adhere your title and then bling it up with pearls or rhinestones.

I used a Prima vine and cut it apart to place inside the front and back of the acrylic inside the frame. Adhere with glue but be careful and make sure you have left enough room for your photo and these embellishments won’t cover the photo.

Step 6. – Photo Technique

This may be the easiest and most cost effective way to transfer images. All you need is a colour or black and white photocopy of an image (be sure to use a copier with toner not a inkjet printer – laser printer can be used as this uses toner), regular clear packing tape, a burnishing tool and water.

Using this technique you will end up with a transparent image which you can use either side, so no mirror imaging is required.

Firstly, make a colour photocopy of the item you wish to transfer. If using a photo of 4×6″ reduce the image to 2″ wide which is perfect for packing tape.

Cut out the image you wish to transfer.

Cover the image with the packing tape and burnish in both directions with a bone folder or other tool.

Then soak the image in a bowl of warm water for five minutes or more.

Under running water, start rubbing the white (non-tape) side to remove all the paper. You can rub with firm pressure but do not scrape the image as you may damage it.

After all the paper has been removed, blot the area dry with a towel. You will be left with a transparent image on the packing tape.

When image is totally dry, adhere to the acrylic sheet of your floating canvas as you would a transparency with clear glue, or other.

If you would like to use a larger photo or image, rather than use packing tape try using clear contact for a seamless finish.

Then Bob’s your Uncle, your canvas is complete!!

How easy was that??

Hope you enjoyed and give this a try yourself.