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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Von Pappe Wednesday #2 - X-mas Panel with Image Transfer Technique

Servus and welcome to the second round of "Von Pappe Wednesday"!

Claudia here and before I start with today's tutorial, I want to thank you all so much for all the lovely comments on my first tutorial.They really mean a lot to me and fuel my creativity! And I also want to remind you about our actual challenge! It is still open for some more days ;)
If you want to know who won the last challenge, click HERE

I always love working with Lisa's fab MDF laser cuts (as I love their bulkiness and lightness at the same time) and the media she sells at her store and hope I will be able to provide you with some inspiration for possible future X-mas projects today.

So consider this a technique tutorial rather than a whole project tutorial today, as I only concentrated on the image transfer and on achieving a really delicate and worn but yet festive look like this:




I chose one of these fab MDF panels (the ones in the bottom right corner)  and decided to prepare it for a X-mas project that hasn't yet formed completely in my mind...but I am almost sure I will be using it on a shabby chic altered box (which would make a lovely X-mas present, right?) But you can use this technique for customizing chipboard or other laser cuts of course. I am sure there are tons of projects to use them on ;)




For a start I covered the panel with two layers of DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint "lace" and let each dry thoroughly. Then I sanded the surface lightly (using a really fine grid) - this was to prepare the surface for the image transfer I will show you in the next steps...




Then I sealed the panel with a thin coat of Decou-page.
For my image transfer I had chosen a lovely mistletoe picture from a home decor magazine. You can see it to the right (roughly torn to size).



 The DecoArt Americana Transfer Medium was applied to both - the substrate (=painted panel) and the picture from the magazine - with a soft brush. While still wet, I placed my mistletoe picture face down on the panel and pressed and smoothed out any air bubbles or creases with my fingers.



I also tore some paper off the edges instead of aiming for a close fit with the edges.





Then it was left to dry for about two to three hours.

Instructions on the pot advise to let it sit for eight hours...which I would definitely recommend if you want a perfect and clean image transfer. But as I was aiming for something a bit worn and shabby I began removing the back layer of the magazine page a lot earlier.

I knew that some of the image would very likely come off by doing so - but that was exactly what I wanted for a shabby effect.

To remove the back of the glued on magazine page, I generously spread warm water with a soft brush over it and let it soak in. Then i started to gently rub the paper with my fingertip. As you can see the paper starts coming off in wet tiny crumpled pieces.




Watering and rubbing....watering and rubbing....it takes a bit of patience, but I love when the transferred image starts to show!




See? There they it is - my mistletoe image! Yay!  You can also see some white spots. That's where the image came off - due to the (too) short drying time of the Transfer Medium and/or my rubbing too hard. But as I had also torn the image off around the edges instead of trying to create an exact edge that followed the panel's shape, this was a perfect match!

I let the panel dry and sealed the surface with a thin layer of DecoArt matte Decou-page. You can use Mod Podge or any other sealant instead - but the matte Decou-Page is my personnal favourite as it dries incredibly fast!

After that had dried (incredibly fast), I applied some DecoArt media Crackle Glaze to the panel with a soft brush. As the Crackle Glaze is self-levelling, this is a very easy job to do. Then I had to be patient (Oh dear! Poor me!) and let it air dry!!!!




As you can't see much of the delicious crackle at that stage (even though it is there. Promise!) you have to "fill" the cracks with paint (which in my case was Raw Umber DecoArt Antiquing Cream) and wipe off the excess. This will make all the lovely creases visible.



The Antiquing Cream is great stuff as you can leave it to get fully dry and still wipe off as much of it as you wish. Don't start wiping off too early and don't use baby wipes as they tend to take colour from the creases as well as long as it is still wet...I used a slightly damp soft cloth instead.

This is the result: 





For a finish I painted the sides with DecoArt media metallic "Gold" and also sprinkled some diluted gold paint onto the panel using a loaded brush.







Well, that's it so far. The finished panel is ready to be used on a future project...maybe an altered box, maybe some tree ornament, maybe a X-mas card. I don't know yet.



I hope you like it and give this wonderful technique a try! It's definitely worth it!
I leave you with the materials list and hope you have enjoyed Von Pappe Wednesday! Hope to see you soon! And don't forget to join in our actual challenge! There's still some time left ;)
Have fun!
 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx



Materials used:

- MDF Laser Cut Panel (exclusive design from That Craft Place)
DecoArt stuff:
- Americana Decor Image Transfer Medium
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint "lace"
- Decou-Page (matte)
- media fluid acrylic "Gold"
- Antiquing Cream "Raw Umber"
- media Crackle Glaze

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Winner and Top 3 - Shabby Chic Challenge

For our current challenge click HERE

Hi all, it's time again for our winners post and
Wow we had some super gorgeous entries
for our Shabby Chic.
All the entries were brilliant and it was so
hard for our DT to choose.
But we can only have one winner.......

 Winner of the Shabby Chic Challenge ........


Congratulations, if you would like to email Lisa at
thatcraftplaceltd@gmail.com to
claim your prize :-)

And now for the top 3 in no particular order .............



Well done to you all, if you would like to 
grab your badges from the sidebar :-)
Don't forget our current challenge is
Girls but NO PINK
which finishes on the 
25th October 2014.
Happy Creating :-)
DT Hugs
Kezzy 
xxxxx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

New Challenge - Girls BUT NO Pink :-)

Hi all, hope your having a
crafty weekend :-).
Wow we had some amazing Shabby Chic entries 
for our last challenge, remember
to pop back next week 
to see who the winner
and top 3 are.
Don't forget to pop on over to our natter page to see lots more inspiration at
Link's you Need to Know

Now onto our new challenge
which is hosted by our DT member Erin
Girls BUT NO Pink

And now for some brilliant inspiration from our
design team.









We can't wait to see your creations for
Girl BUT NO Pink
Happy Crafting
Kezzy
xxxxx



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Winners & Top 3 - Sentimental Challenge

For our current challenge click HERE

Hi all, it's time again for our winners post and
Wow we had some super gorgeous entries
for our Sentimental.
All the entries were brilliant and it was so
hard for our DT to choose.
But we can only have one winner.......

 Winner of the Sentimental Challenge ........

Congratulations, if you would like to email Lisa at
thatcraftplaceltd@gmail.com to
claim your prize :-)

And now for the top 3 in no particular order .............



Well done to you all, if you would like to 
grab your badges from the sidebar :-)
Don't forget our current challenge is
Shabby Chic
which finishes on the 
11th October 2014.
Happy Creating :-)
DT Hugs
Kezzy 
xxxxx

Friday, 3 October 2014

For our current challenge please go here

If it's cake chat you are after then grab a cuppa and a cake and read on as it is cake Friday!!

So one thing I am asked is where I get my recipes from…. well I kinda use the same one every time… I use my basic vanilla sponge recipe and tweak it to each flavour… One thing I do is check out supermarkets and food Fayre's for flavour ideas… so if I want a lemon cake I use my basic vanilla recipe and instead of using vanilla essence I use the juice and zest of a lemon or two depending how strong I want the taste (I always try to use fresh rather than essence as it gives a nicer taste). 

Then I fill the cake with a good quality lemon curd and lemon buttercream or if I'm feeling adventurous a white chocolate buttercream mmmm….  Then I experiment using fruit… let me tell you lemon and blueberry is a winner in this house….mmmmm

 The only time my recipe changes is with chocolate cakes or a cake I want to have that taste.. instead of caster sugar I use fine light brown sugar. It gives such a richer taste and I use this for toffee,  chocolate or biscuit flavours…

So go ahead and try them out xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

New Challenge - Shabby Chic

Hi all, hope your having a
crafty weekend :-).
Wow we had some amazing Sentimental entries 
for our last challenge, remember
to pop back next week 
to see who the winner
and top 3 are.
Don't forget to pop on over to our natter page to see lots more inspiration at
Link's you Need to Know

Now onto our new challenge
which is hosted by our DT member Kay
Shabby Chic

And now for some brilliant inspiration from our
design team.












We can't wait to see your creations for
Shabby Chic
Happy Crafting
Kezzy
xxxxx


Friday, 26 September 2014

Cake time Friday

If you are after the current challenge please pop here…..

So who missed me???

I have been away on holiday and then my little Princess started nursery  but today I am back with Christmas on my mind…

So who makes there own Christmas cakes?

I make one for us and then several for customers who all pick different alcohol so from now until Christmas my house smells a little like a distillery lol…

So how soon do you start soaking for fruit or making your cake?

Have you already made them??

Me???…. Well I have set my fruit to soak…. I soak them in alcohol for a month to make sure it sucks in as much as it can… for us this year it's cherry brandy mmmm….. but I also have brandy, port, whisky and rum ones soaking!!

What recipe do you use?? I use one from a company called Quaint cakes…. although I use a lot more alcohol lol…

And here are a few I made last year…. 


So happy baking xxxx



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

"VonPappe Wednesday" 1

Woohoo! Servus, hi and welcome to the first edition of a new monthly feature!

Claudia here, bringing to you what I dare call "VonPappe Wednesday" (as "VonPappe" is my blog's name by which most people know me and because it will be on one Wednesday per month that I will try to provide That Craft Place readers, players and followers with an exclusive project tutorial - focussing on stuff from Lisa - my fab boss and store owner's shop of course ;).



I sometimes get asked if my first name is "Von" as it appears in "VonPappe" - but actually "von Pappe" is German and means "made from cardboard" (and when you say in German that something or someone "is not made from cardboard" you mean that  it or that person must not be underestimated).

But enough introductional blurb - let's directly head on to the tutorial I promised to share with you!

I focussed mainly on the fabulous new MDF and chipboard laser cuts that are an exclusive design by Lisa and real cool stuff. I love that they are so sturdy as it gives lovely dimension and you can also add heavier or bulkier objects to them without any warping!

I started with one of her awesome ATC Shapes - Tickets and one little house shape from a grab bag with arrows and house shapes.



Additional materials I used with my project:

- DecoArt media white Crackle Paint
- DecoArt media fluid acrylic "Cobalt Teal Hue", "Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide"
- DecoArt matte Decou-Page
- DecoArt media black Gesso
- soft brush, scissors, palette knife, black and brown markers
- a vintage button
- old dictionary page
- washi tapes
- designer papers
- chit chat or other word stickers


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Most of this stuff can be bought with either the That Craft Place Online Shop or the That Craft Place facebook group!


To create this...




...use the ATC laser cut as a mask and cut out its exact shape from an old dictionary or book page:





Cover the MDF ATC with the cut to size dictionary scrap. Diluting the Decou-page with a little water helps smoothing out rather thin papers when glueing them onto a surface. Always use a soft brush for this and spread from center to edge!




Cover the house shape and the edges of the ATC with black Gesso. For the ATC's edges I used my fingertip and tried to work rather "messy". For the house I used a small brush.



 While you set both aside to dry, mix a very small amount of white Crackle Paint and four to five drops of the Cobalt Teal Hue fluid acrylic with a palette knife.




Apply to the ATC by scraping it on with the palette knife. That way you get awesomely looking random shapes! For applying the tinted crackle paint to the house you can either use the palette knife or a small soft brush.




Make a light wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and sprinkle onto the ATC with a loaded brush. Let dry.






While the crackle paint needs a bit of time to do its magic, browse your designer papers for patterns that match a hill (for the house to stand on) and a roof. Cut out and glue in place with the matte Decou-page. Add some washi tape and doodling if you wish to do so.




I used a yellow-ish vintage button as my sun. The Decou-page is perfect for glueing it to the ATC! Just use plenty and give it time to dry thoroughly.




Finish off with some doodling with a black permanent marker.




I also added a small vintage portrait before I glued the house in place. Then I added some chit chat stickers and blended them in with Distress markers.




Done!





See the lovely crackles?




Don't be afraid of unevenly painted edges or visible fingerprints - all of this adds to that distressed and worn feel of the ATC and helps grunge up your creation!




I hope you like my little ATC and leave That Craft Place inspired! Don't miss the actual challenge - Sentimental - that is still open for another week! The DT have created loads of awesome inspiration for you! Go have a look HERE!

Hope to see you stop by That Craft Place again soon!
Hugs and happy crafting,

Claudia x

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