You know what it’s like…..you hoard items that you think will come in handy for years……and finally inspiration strikes! I bought a couple of miniature wire cages (Christmas decorations) years ago in a sale and kept them in a box, not really sure what I would do with them. Well, finally I found a use for one of them….well half of one actually…
My original inspiration came from the current challenge at Haunted Design House – Get in the Naughty Corner. I had a rectangular wood block that I wanted to decorate – as it had corners!
I painted the block with black gesso and once dry nailed on some fancy metal corner brackets. I tore a page of foreign book text and used Deco Mache glue to attach it to the centre front. Then, once dry I added a bit more black gesso over the edges to blend them in.
I took some EcoGreen Crafts cardboard washers and glued them onto the front with the Deco Mache glue. While they were drying I cut a piece of foamboard for my word stamp and painted it with black gesso. Thankfully gesso dries pretty quickly so I could glue the foamboard in place ready for the next stage.
I used Copper Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint to paint the foamboard and washers, and added a light touch to the wood around the edges and sides. Once dry I used Deco Art Media Patina Cream in Patina Green to go over the copper areas. This dries really quickly too, but can be wiped off with a damp cloth to reveal the paint below, causing an aged effect. I then repeated this with Carbon Black Patina Cream to add a bit of depth in between the washers and at the edges of the foamboard.
I used my Andy Skinner stamps to stamp the words onto the foamboard (I pressed a little hard using StazOn ink and lifted a bit of the paint, but it all adds to the distressed effect!!) I then stamped the winged key from the same set onto the book page.
The heart is made from Silk Clay and was given the same paint treatment as before. I used some wire cutters to cut the cage in half and brushed a little of the green Patina Cream onto it to tie in the colour. I glued the heart in place with Pinflair glue gel then positioned the cage where I wanted it. I used a pokey tool to make little holes where the wire ends touched the wood and then gently tapped the cage with a hammer to embed the wire into the wood.
I am really pleased with how this turned out and have thoroughly enjoyed using the Patina Creams for the first time. I will find plenty of uses for them in future projects.
I am entering the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics – ATG
Haunted Design House – The Naughty Corner
Rhedds Creative Spirit – ATG
Crafting From The Heart – ATG
Simon Says Stamp – Monday Challenge: B is for…. (birdcage)
The Corrosive Challenge – Follow Your Heart
Crafts 4 Eternity – Anything But a Card
Craft Stamper – Take It, Make It (March)