Sunday, 24 May 2015

That Craft Place DT Project...Mixed Media

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited to be showing you my first design team project for 

The challenge theme this time is

'Shabby Chic'.

I have been chosen to be part of the Mixed Media team. I love to get all painty, inky and very messy! 

For my 'Shabby Chic' Mixed Media project, I wanted to show you a tutorial too. I thought it would be nice for you to see how I created my lovely box to store

'Pretty Lace and Pins'

I started with this MDF box, which I already had in my crafty stash.

The lovely items I used to create this are as follows...

Hearts Stencil, Greyboard ornate panel, MDF butterflies, Greyboard Keys, Betty Boots Clear Stamp Set, Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.

Items which I already had in my crafty stash...

Gesso, Texture Paste, Sea sponges, 6 Spatulas, Scrap lace panel, Sequin waste, Fork, Skewer, Shotcup, Spoon,
Acrylic Paints in shades - Mint Green, Victorian Rose, Baby Blue, Light Blue, Purple Lilac, Jamaican Sea, Sunflower, Ballet Pink, Spring Rose, Skintone, Titanium White, 
Ranger Crackle Accents, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Distress Inks Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Victorian Velvet, Tim Holtz Grunge paper, Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies Elegant Flourishes, Tattered Floral, Tattered Leaves, Ornate buttons, Heart Charm, Blue Ribbon, Letter Brads, 'Gather' metal charm, lock & 2 brads, Clock hands & 1 brad, Pins, Trinket Finding, Metal Flowers, Lace, Linen, K & Company Metal Art Keys. 

Step by Steps...

Paint the box inside and out with Gesso. I gave it two coats.

Paint the spatulas with Gesso.

Paint the outside of the box Mint Green. Edges and inside the lid with Victorian Rose. Inside base with Baby Blue. Leave to dry.

Apply Texture paste by painting over the materials. Use the fork, spoon, skewer and shotcup to create patterns in the paste. Leave to dry.

Paint the greyboard pieces and mdf butteflies with Gesso, Leave to dry.

Paint the spatulas with Mint Green, Victorian Rose and Baby Blue. Leave to dry.

Paint the stencilled hearts, greyboard pieces and mdf butterflies using Light Blue & Purple Lilac paints.

Use seasponges and brushes to dab and brush the paints over the box. This is a very random technique. Work until you've acheived the result you like. Leave to dry.

Paint the Crackle Glaze over the front of the box. While wet, sprinkle the Glamour Dust in random areas. Leave to dry. This could take between 1 - 4 hours. 

Use the seasponges and brushes to paint the spatulas, greyboard and mdf as before. Use the distress inks around the edges. 

Stamp over the greyboard, mdf and spatulas using the Betty Boots stamp set and Distress Inks.

Die cut the flowers, leaves and flourishes from the grunge paper. Paint some of them in two tone colours, and some of them plain colours with a sprinkling of Glamour Dust while they are wet. Leave to dry.

When dry ink the edges with Distress Inks.

Shape the flowers and glue together. Add the ornate buttons to the center of six flowers, and the heart charm and ribbon to one flower center.

Add the brads to the decorative greyboard to spell out
'Pretty Lace And Pins'. Glue this to the base. Add the heart over lapping the stamped watch face. Secure the gather word to the opposite corner.

Glue a piece of linen onto the inside of the box, for the pins. Fill with pretty lace.

Glue the decorated spatulas around the sides of the box.

Finally, embellish the front with the flowers, lace, locks and keys and other findings.

I absolutely loved decorating this box. I love the Shabby Chic colours. It's amazing what household items you can use in Mixed Media work to create texture. 

Don't forget to hop over to 

to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team.

We would love to see your entries for this challenge.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. Thanks for visiting.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love


  1. Stunning project and love all the soft colours

  2. Wow it's gorgeous Nicola - and thanks for the step by step tut too - just wish I had time to play.

  3. Fabulous project and love the colour. Great step by step xxSAMxx

  4. The box is so pretty... Those pastel colors are yummy. :)
    Great project!