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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wonderland Box (image heavy) on: April 11, 2010 04:18:48 PM
I made this box for my partner in the Alice in Wonderland Swap.  

I'm including photos for the process of getting this damaged diamond look.  I started with a pine box from Michaels.  I taped the area where the top and bottom meet when closed and then I painted a layer of white gesso.

Next I rubbed the outside of the box with black acrylic paint and a cotton ball.  After that dries I then use a flat craft stick to smear gold acrylic paint.  My paint is very old and clumpy but it works really well when used like this.

Next I used gold pearl ex powder

Then I found spots that looked grey not black or gold so I painted (using a brush this time red paint and after this layered was dry.  I mixed black and red together to make a crimson color.  I put down my diamond stencil and covered the stencil with crimson.

After removing the stencil I take a rubber stamp covered lightly with gold paint and lay it gently on top.  if there isn't a clean image that's okay.  After this has dried I sand the whole thing very gently.

Lastly I use a layer of brown watercolor paint to add an antique look where paint is removed down to the first layer of gesso.  

Before adding the letters with tacky tape and the sticker of the key hole I let the box set overnight and dust the top with a clean cloth.

Completed project:

To see the inside visit the paper craft thread:

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Red Poof on: March 23, 2010 06:36:07 AM
I found directions for these...I don't know what to call them, poofs online and tried them out last night.  I think I will be making a ton of them for an AIDS task force fundraiser in May.  Do you like them hanging or as a table decoration?

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / First ATCs on: February 11, 2010 07:32:28 AM
It took me nearly 2 years to finish this set.  I thought ATC's would be easy because I'm always making cards and altered paper projects but I couldn't finish the last two cards!  It was driving me crazy.  I was going with a Queen theme and had a ton of Christmas stamps (think Mary as the Queen of Heaven) but no matter what I couldn't get my victorian lady and right.  Finally I'm happy with them and I've learned a lesson - just because you are working small doesn't mean it's going to be easy.

Now I guess it's time to try inchies.
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Encaustic on: February 10, 2010 08:42:45 AM
I finished the painting of this little encaustic but then I ran out of the clarified wax I need to give it a finished, protective coat.  But until I get more of the wax this is the pretty much the final work.  It's from a picture I took of the Sacre Coeur in Paris.  Sorry about the glare.

It's pretty small

15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Encaustic on: August 03, 2009 06:37:36 AM
This is my first encaustic.  It's 8 x 8 and I mixed the "paint" myself with beeswax and oil paint.  I just hope I haven't been breathing in all sorts of toxic fumes as I've been working.

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Antoinette Paper Doll on: July 23, 2009 01:38:10 PM
I made this pictures for a Swap I did last month and since my partner received I think it's okay to share it with the paper gang.

I made the paper doll from a dover design (costume clip art) collection and then mounted it on a canvas I coved with gel medium and stamped into.  I found the cake stickers in a wedding scrapbooking collection and colored them with markers.  The finished picture is 9 X 12 inches.  I'm really happy with it. 
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Marie Antoinette Swap Gallery on: July 05, 2009 03:15:38 PM
I'm anxiously awaiting pictures!

18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Marie Antoinette Swap (SIGNUPS 5/28/09 6/5/09 SEND BY 6/30/09) on: May 27, 2009 09:32:55 AM

Swap name: Marie Antoinette Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: parisgirl
Sign-up date range: 5/28/09 6/5/09
Partners announced: 6/8/09
Date to send item by: 6/30/09

Limited to a certain number of people: 10

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement?  Must be 13 years old

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap: Marie Antoinette lived at a time of great decadence and artistic achievement.  Look to her lifestyle to craft items that she would have loved in her home, or on her body, or items that have a Marie Antoinette likeness.  For this swap - everyone eats cake!  

1 large craft item and 2 small craft items

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

What types of crafts do you do?
What types of crafts do you like to receive?
Are there any items you do not wish to receive?

Do you have any allergies to pets? Other?
Do you speak/read french?Did you like the Coppola movie about Marie Antoinette?  (many people dont like the movie so partners should know that as they are crafting and no intended offense to those who do like the movie)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. Proxima  -- ScotSkipper 402
2. parisgirl  -- midnight
3. midnight  --  parisgirl
4. Sorbetsunrise  --  Solarwen
5. NiinaMaria  --  Poppyache
6. Solarwen  --  Sorbetsunrise
7. Poppyache  --  NiinaMaria
8. gogosummer  --  BhamBaby
9. ScotSkipper402 --  Proxima
10.  BhamBaby  --  gogosummer
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Marie Antoinette Swap? on: April 26, 2009 03:27:26 AM

I just got the Sommerset Studio Marie Antoinette magazine last week and would love to do some "let them eat cake" swapping.  Is anyone interested? 

This image is from the a sommerset studio article published last year and the artwork is done by Amy Hanna
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Set of Chunky Houses on: April 24, 2009 02:21:13 PM
Here are some circus inspired houses I did from the Chunky Houses Round 3 swap.  The last one arrived at its destination today!  They are made with foam board, wood dowel rods and push pins for the tops. 

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