Friday, October 24, 2014

Introducing ... Charming Frame Kits

This week, my2angels is introducing a new "Charming ..." range AND a new DT ...

So to start the week - we have Susan and "Rustic Spring".

Introducing our Newest Design Team Member

Susan Martin

Hi, I am Susan,
and I have been interested in all types of arts and crafts since I was a small child. I progressed from making potato and lino-cut prints at primary school to water colours, acrylics and jewellery making, before settling on paper crafts. I have taught folk art and jewellery making and presently teach card making, off-the-page and mixed media projects.



Charming Frame Kits

Introducing "Rustic Spring" - the first in our range of "Charming Frame Kits". Each Frame Kit comes with an acrylic block, Transparency and 2 chipboard frames (so you can have a photo on both sides); as well as an assortment of charms and chipboard shapes.  Each kit costs only $3.50.

In "Rustic Spring," you have an assortment of chipboard flowers and branchlets, as well as some stunning charms. You can glam it up, keep it simple or go shabby chic - whatever suits your own d├ęcor.

In "Grunge Time," your frame is a stunning chipboard clock face, which you can adorn with a selection of metal and chipboard cogs. Although 'getting your grunge on' would make for a great frame, the clock/cog elements also lend themselves to a vintage look or even shabby chic (check out the heart shapes in those cogs).

"Picture Perfect" contains a stunning chipboard window fame, as well as a selection of metal and chipboard floral elements. A rustic look or even shabby chic would be a great approach to using this Kit.

We gave Susan "Rustic Spring" to play with and don't you just love what she has done with it?

Here is my first project for the my2angels Design Team.  Below is an example of how you can transform the new my2angels Charming Frame Kit (Rustic Spring) into a finished project.  


Here are a few tips to assist you in customising the colour of your Kit items so that they better suit your needs:

Colour Acrylic Frame Base
·           You can colour the acrylic frame base any colour you wish, however, for glue or paint to adhere, you MUST lightly sand it first.
·            You can paint the base with a couple of light coats of spray paint or a couple of coats of gesso and then finish off with acrylic paint.  You could also use textured paints or other mediums.  Alternatively, you could cover with patterned paper or cardstock.

Colour Frame and Leaves
·             The frames and leaves are raw chipboard; therefore you can paint or ink any colour you wish.

Colour Paper Flowers
·             The flowers in the kit are white, so you can easily change them to a colour that suits your project.  You can use Tim Holtz Distress Inks as I have, or you can colour with dyes, Perfect Pearls/Glimmer Mists; or make your own medium using Perfect Pearls Powders and water.
·             To colour using Tim Holtz Distress Inks:

Swipe the ink pad onto an acrylic stamp block.

Add a couple of drops of water.  The more water, the more subtle the colour.

Using an Aqua Brush or small paint brush (wet with water), paint the watery ink onto the flower.

Colour Felt Hearts
·         The felt hearts are pink, but don’t worry if they are not the correct shade or colour for your project – you can change it.  I made the colour more subtle by using Perfect Pearls Powder to change one heart and by adhering embossed pale pink cardstock to the other.
·               You can totally change the colour by painting the felt heart with acrylic paint or by applying any of a wide range of mediums.  Just remember that because the felt is very absorbent, you will need to repeat several times, allowing that heart to fully dry between each application.
·               To change the shade by using Perfect Pearls Powder:

Push the felt hearts into the VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad OR cover with Ranger Clear Perfect Pen.

Using a DRY paint brush, generously dust on Perfect Pearls Powder – Perfect Pearl.

Colour Silver Flower Wrap Filigree
·         You can change the look of filigree pieces by painting them.  I spray painted this one.  You can, however, also lightly sand and then paint with gesso and acrylic paint as well.

I really had a wonderful time playing with this Kit - I can just see them making a great present for Christmas or a Christmas holiday project with one of the kids. You might want to get in quick though, as Tracy only has a limited number of each of them.

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