Friday, March 22, 2013

Home Sweet Home Step by Steps

A customer, Carolyn D,  was over here the other day, and mention how much she loves my Key Card I made some time back, one that I didn't want to give away to my Uncle for his house warming, but they loved it so much they had it framed, so at least I know it was appreciated from the recipient as well.

  Anyhow, this gave me the idea of finally getting a set of photos I have in my MASSIVE pile, scrapped! and using the Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home

So lets start...

Grab a  Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home  and glue down a Antique Bronze Door and Key Charm just to the right of your little house on the chipboard frame.  Now completely paint the frame with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matt (including the charm).  Put aside to dry.

Cut out a piece of scrap chipboard the exact size of your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home, and pop over to your charm collection and get all your keys charms you have.  (Need more key charms, we have a section especially for them here).  Also get your selection of "House and Home" charms and find a silver house charm and to add to the bottom.

Check our how I store mine,  that I picked up from KMart for $15.00 each then labelled them in categories with my Dymo.  (Looking at this photo they look a bit dull, might have to "fancy" them up ... STOP Tracy and concentrate on what you are doing at this moment!!!)

Now gently place your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home over top of the cut chipboard and place your key charms around the words.  When happy with placement put your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home aside to continue drying, and adhere your charms to the chipboard backing. 

To "stick" your charms down  I just moved the charms up or down slightly drop some dimensional magic down and slide the charm back into place.   Now I might add at this point this layout is for my son's album so the gluing doesn't have to be neat because this is going to be no "pretty" layout .  And there is a reason for all this fiddling around and finishing the chipboard pieces off separately.

When your key charms have adhered, cover the complete piece of chipboard and charms with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matt and put aside to dry.

Now back to your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home. There are many options to colourise your frame.

You could lightly tape it down to some scrap paper, taping it down so the words don't rip from the frame.  Then either multi ink it, paint it, add stickles or liquid pearls, distress stain or emboss it but I am going to spray it with my favourite blue, Jack Frost Glimmer Mist

I am only using the one colour as I want it to stand out from the busy background of the key & chipboard backing, PLUS it will bring in the blue from the sky on the photos.  After spraying dab it with a tissue and give it another spray.

I always spray over acetate or in this case an empty packet from my Twiddleybitz alphas, so you can swirl your chipboard over the excess Glimmer Mist on the plastic, giving you extra coverage and colour depth in areas.

When you key chipboard are dry, spray with lighter colour of Glimmer Mist, I used Olive Vine to work with the green in my photos.  Charms and metal often need a direct hit and a second coat of Glimmer Mist.  Leave to dry before spraying it in random areas with a darker colour, and in this case I used Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist

and adhere your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home to the centre,
then ta da one card finish

OR you could use it on a layout

While the chipboard and glimmer misting is drying,  carefully get your photos and "wet" backing chipboard and line them up on your pattern paper.  I have used Carta Bella Alphabet Junction Strawberry Ice/Bonnie Blue (THESE ARE GREAT PAPERS TO ADD A LITTLE TEXTURE AND PATTERN FOR YOUR BACKGROUNDS INSTEAD OF CARDSTOCK,which I find too bland at times) .  

Get your Twiddleybitz Bricks template and place it where you want the bricks to show, then cover ares of template with texture magic (I use my fingers smudging and swirl the paste as I go), and then scrapping over the top with scrap chipboard, credit card or something that will smooth it out OR you could just leave it which I did as I liked the raised texture.  Continue this process in other areas until you are happy.  Make sure you clean the texture paste off the template as you go (I use baby wipes), so you don't transfer any excess paste in areas.

When paste is dry spray with Glimmer Mist, I used Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist


Stamp randomly with a brick stamp and Faded Jeans Distress Ink, over your pasted "bricks"

Next adhere your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home to the top left of your cardstock.  And then your two photos mounted with brown cardstock down your cardstock.  Heat emboss Stampendous Aqua Aged Embossing Enamel to a Twiddleybitz cast Iron Gates (cut to make 2) and tuck in behind your two photos.

Added handcut clouds and a sun charm

I finished mine off with the address of our house (add flowers if you want but as it is for DS album obviously no flowers allowed) and was very handy dandy that we lived in unit 40 - so I used our Number 40 charm, which I lightly painted with Satchel Glimmer Glaze.  

Our large Silver Key Charm also got a light paint of Satchel Glimmer Glaze.

While I had my glimmer glazes out I also painted our sofa charm with Midnight Rendezvous Glimmer Glaze.  Added it to the bottom of my Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home

Looking back at this layout I reckon I have broken all records of the amount of charms on one layout! LOL

And finished!!! One layout for my son to look back on, at a house he spent and majority of his childhood in.

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