Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Garden plaque

Sometimes it nice to step outside the 'box' so to speak and into the garden here's something different I tried out today , a way of using up scrap glitters and creating something nice for your home

Items used 
Stampdenous embossing enamel powders (aqua, ivory and rose)
Stampdendous crushed glass glitter ( steel blue and fresh green)
Gold embossing powder
cream, green and black card
kanban clock toppers

I found if you mix your Stampendous embossing enamels Stampdendous crushed glass glitter and Stampdendous mica fragments with some thick embossing powder , you can reproduce something that resembles stone/concrete. don't be frightened to get in a mess and experiment , if you're doing it right you should end up with a gruesome looking mixture but when its melted onto a frame it looks the business. I added some gold embossing powder to the finished frame to get it a little sparkle. this is a good way of using up old bits of glitter and embossing powders 

First take a cheap pine frame this is one from ikea comes in a set of 3 for 99p,     give it a generous coat of 'stick and spray' and then dip in your 'mix'. melt with your heat gun and leave to rest , repeat a few times till you feel you have a thick and believable look. I added some Stampdendous mica fragments to the mix they do one which looks like fish scales and it works tremulously well in this case. Then tint with some gold embossing powder. hopefully before you know it, you will have the whole frame covered in 'mock stone '. Don't forget to do the sides as well as if you don't, that will give the game away that it's actually made of wood!!!!!

Take some cream card and emboss this through your cuttle bug, using the M-bossibililies folder 'Regal'. Ink all over with Tim holts 'peeled paint' green ink pad and a gold ink pad on the high spots and cover with clear embossing powder .  Heat till powder is totally melted and then add a light dusting of gold embossing powder,  heat again. mount this onto black card and glue onto frame . you will need to coat everything paper totally with an embossing powder if you plan to put this in the garden at any time as it will not be waterproof otherwise and may turn to papermach'e in the next rain shower, mine will go on a wall inside by my patio doors, better to be safe than sorry !!

Build your clock now, I used a Kanban clock face from a set I had and used a small picot edged spellbinders shape to cut out the middle section of the clock face  then using another kanban clock face for the centre I put the three pieces together. The hands of the clock were cut from the sizzix clock and the brad in the centre was from some paper candy dots I had in my crafty stash.

Once you have constructed your clock, mount it onto a a spellbinders large oval die-cut shape cut from grey pearlised card stock and place to one side on your plaque.

I printed off a Sentiment from the
pc which matched the feel of the project it isn't a famous quote to my knowledge just my opinion of how to spend time... This was then mounted onto black card and added to the plaque

The butterflies were cut out using a  marianne butterfly die its quiet a old one and but comes out a lot as it is so versatile, there are many butterfly dies that would do the same as this one. I cut out four in a light green card and then embossed them and inked through the die with the 'peeled paint' green ink pad before releasing the card . this gives it that  two tone green look.
When this was done, I covered them in embossing powder, melted them and glued two together to create a 3d butterfly, then I added a few beads of white liquid pearl down the middle of their backs to create their bodies when that was dry they could then be mounted in the corners of the plaque as extra embellishments to finish it off .
This is my first ever wall plaque and though it isn't weather proof enough to go outside I still think it turned out ok , and if that conservatory hubbie's promised me ever gets built, it will make a nice addition to it, till then it will take pride of place by my back door in my dining room
hope you like it ,

Tracey xx


  1. I love it. So original and creative. Brilliant.

  2. Thanks Sue xx Paul likes it too, says it looks like real paving lol x

  3. A VERY nice tutorial! Thanks so much for playing along with our Citrus Challenge! Hope we see you again next month!


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