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Friday, 10 March 2017

A couple of projects (posted by Claire)

Good morning, Claire here with a couple of mixed media projects made for Lesley's recent shows on Hochanda. The first features the beautifully detailed bird stamp from Spring Bird Crocus and the second uses one of the smaller stamps from Breath of Spring.

For this first project I began by applying texture paste through a woodgrain stencil onto a little MDF bird house blank. Once that was dry I added some colour with acrylic paint, shimmer spray and distress ink

I stamped the bird and coloured the image with pencils before cutting out and layering the image up over some scraps of hessian, lace and ribbon from my stash. I topped the birdhouse with some raffia and a little wooden button. Here's a closer pic of the image:

My second project today is this little charm made using the beautiful butterfly swirl stamp from Breath of Spring. I took a couple of microscope slides and gently rubbed a versamark ink pad over one of them before applying PanPastel in shades of Magenta ( I used Magenta, Shade and Extra Dark). I glued the other slide to the back with glossy accents and then stamped the image onto the front with versamark before embossing with Silver embossing powder. It really pays to use an antistatic bag when embossing on glass as lots of the powder sticks to the surface.

I stamped the butterfly on acetate and again embossed with silver, applying versamark and more PanPastel to the back. I cut the butterfly out and stuck it to the image with more glossy accents. I attached a glue on bail to the top of the slide and a little filigree corner to the front, bending the corners around the glass very gently. Once everything was dry I added beads from my stash and a scrap of ribbon.

Thanks for visiting today, happy crafting. 
Claire xx


  1. Fascinating projects, great use of the microscope slides too.

  2. Fabulous projects. As a die-hard card maker I'm really trying to get more into mixed media this year so its great to see unusual projects like these. The butterfly stamp is gorgeous and what a great use of microscope slides.

  3. OMG both projects are wonderful, I absolutely love the bird house, so beautifully designed Claire, and your little charm is gorgeous, and microscope slides...who'd have thought! Kate x

  4. Adorable projects, love the bird on his house, so beautiful, and the gorgous charm!

  5. Two fabulous creations Claire. The birdhouse with the beautiful bird and nest over the top is extremely pretty and the bird image has been meticulously cut out. The charm from the microscope slide is just so beautifully done and the silver and red is gorgeous and the beads on the bottom finish it so exquisitely. x

  6. Love them both Claire, gorgeous

  7. I love this beautiful birdhouse with the beautiful Spring Birds from CB , you really made them pup-up!! So beautiful!!
    Have fun!!


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