Hello everyone!!!! i am so excited to share with you my submission to the blog hop we, the Artist Trading Block team and the Altered Pages team are having this month using the collage sheets from Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)!!
and so now on to my piece. We were given a choice of collage sheets to play with and the one i decided to showcase was the Paris collage sheet. so let’s get to it!
first i had cut out from my black matboard (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/656490/sizzix-little-sizzles-6-x-13-mat-board-pack-6-black-sheets) one of Eileen Hull’s XL Block (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/658983/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-block-cube-bank-3-d) die along with one each of the other (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/658984/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-blocks-cubes-3-d) three sizes, which i set aside to play with later. i then dug out my melt craft iron (http://shop NULL.purplecows NULL.net/melt-craft-iron-5050) and wax. i wanted to be able to merge my collage pictures right into the mat board and add a warmth to the whole piece.
my first step was to drip some black and white encaustic wax onto the matboard and spread it out with the iron.
i then laid my paper onto the mat board and dripped clear wax on top and then heat set until completely sealed.
i loved the sheen of the wax on the papers
i then attached some May Arts (http://www NULL.mayarts NULL.com/) ribbon onto the edges of the four sides of my cube and attached using the clear wax. (you will see this in my final photo’s)
now it was time to take on the inside of my Artist Trading Block.
so to start i glued my tiniest cube (1 1/2 squared) to the 2 1/2 cube using TomBow glue. i then added some of the same May Arts ribbon used on the outside to the inside flaps of the 2 1/2 square pieces and then dripped a bit of white wax which i set by using my Heat it (http://rangerink NULL.com/?product=heat-it%e2%84%a2-craft-tool) by Ranger.
i love how it spread out through the details in the ribbon!
i repeated it on the largest cube as well! isn’t the inside dreamy!!
i had wanted to find a small Eiffel Tower to put in the center but was unable to locate one.. i then thought of putting a little bucket to symbolize a bucket list item….but couldn’t find one of those either. so the next best thing of course is words. i chose ‘dreams do come true’ and placed then inside the smallest of the boxes but as you can see it didn’t show up that well.. so my wheels were turning…
but of course!! use Ranger’s metal foil tape sheets (http://rangerink NULL.com/?product=inkssentials%e2%84%a2-surfaces-metal-foil-tape-sheets)
what a big difference it made! now it can be read clearly
now it was time to add some finishing touches to my ATB.
so to start i dug out a couple of hitch fasteners (http://timholtz NULL.com/fasteners-products/) and a piece of jute string (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/trimmings/) and created a closure for the box.
and then it was time to create a stand to showcase my ATB!!
so out came my cupcake stand (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/659246/sizzix-bigz-die-mini-cupcake-stand) which i created by cutting out of a piece of cardboard. i then glued the whole thing together using glossy accents. now seeing as this is a cupcake stand it need to be treated with some yummy goodness.. so out came my Viridian Sorbet (http://artanthologyinc NULL.com/products NULL.html) by Art Anthology and my pallet knife. i covered the whole stand in a thick coating and allowed it to dry. LOVE the sparkle and shine of my stand
if you are still with me here is my ATB for this month in all its glory!
well there you have it. i will be gifting this to a dear person who had dreamed most of her life of making it to Paris (said of course with a french accent) someday…. and she did along with two of her dearest friends. i hope that she fills the inside with special pictures of the special trip.
so ‘dreams do come true’
You can find even more Artist Trading Block Inspiration over at Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2014/05/junk-in-trunk-atb NULL.html) and of course at Team ATB’s (http://theartistsontheblock NULL.com) site as part of our month long “Block Hop” with Altered Pages (http://alteredpages-artsociates NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)!
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Also be sure and stop by the Art with Heart Challenge (http://wp NULL.me/p4e2zP-Eu) for more Inspiration! Link up one of your creations for a chance to win a Sizzix prize pack!