It is time for another monthly challenge over at Crafty-Emblies (CE) and the theme this month is
I decided to challenge myself and make a mobile ... not a phone either lol. Firstly I had never made one before and secondly I could not make up my mind theme and shape/form it would take lol.
I sat staring at my table and spotted two boxes I had prev bought from CE and then the bulb shone brightly in my brain. Hanging shadow boxes with lids in between. I did not envisage how long this project would take but hey I enjoyed it.
I did all the basic preps using gesso, paints etc on all. I stippled, crackled, used stone effect using different mediums etc. You will be able to see and recognise the techniques I have used.
The first lid from which it would all hand from I used a stone effect on both sides, one smooth and the other peaked using different shades of browns, creams and then sprayed with shimmer mists. I then adhered random words on both sides. That part was easy lol.
For the first box I decided to make it as male as poss. I stamped my Kanban Mannequin on the base of box and heat embossed in a spice colour. I then added colour using brush and distress ink from the pad. i then randomly stamped using a barbed wire stamp. For the trimming I used some stiff mesh, cut it randomly and wiped over with pumice stone DI to give the effect of wire mesh. I finished the edges with chain from an old necklace. I did the same with the other side after decoration inside. I stuck lots of cogs and chain on the background and then stuck a penny farthing and 2 cogs around the sides to make it more 3D. ever seen someone sitting there holding onto a piece of wood in place for ages lol. I used glossy accents and did not want it all leaning over lol. Round the outside edge I stamped cogs and then added more cogs. Phewwwwww! wipes my brow, all this typing is making me thirsty lol.
For the next part I used the second lid. On one side used letters from CE, You have captured my heart. So on the reverse it made sense to collage lots of hearts. I used different techniques on these also, triple embossing, distress inks and stamps and sprayed with water, glossy accents molding paste and crackle embossing paste using shimmer mist along the way. I used the triple embossed tall heart as the focal point. I then used copper coloured wire to encase and capture the hearts. I think in the end the wire took over in the focal point department. It took alot of my patience lol.
The final box was to be feminine so lots of flowers, lace and pearl trim was used. The female mannequin by Kanban got it's chance to see light of day lol. Again embossed and coloured. Back ground randomly stamped with a swirly stamp. the inside of the box I used many more Emblies, female themed of course. birds, birdcages, dress form, pram and buttons. I am running out of Emblies lol and I like to site and hold things in place to dry!
The best part of all was wiring them together. Voila finished at last! My word it is heavy however that in itself made it turn just nicely.
I hope you enjoyed sharing my project. It would be great if you could pop on over to Crafty-Emblies challenge blog here to join in the fun. We would to see your projects to give us inspiration and you never know you may just win the £10.00 prize to spend on Emblies. I think I need to win it now LOL.
Hugz Elaine xxx
This has been entered into the following challenges
Vickies challenge - anything goes 31m
2 sisters - flowers for spring 24m
One stop craft - anything goes 23m
Papercrafting journey - anything but a card 20m
Craft room challenge - make a gift 26m
Tuesday Alchemy - 25m
Craft my life anything but a card 6m
WOW Embossing - Anything goes - 31m
Challenges 4 everybody anything goes 30m
Hotshot crafts - anything but a card 6m
Catered crop - flower power 31m
Sentimental sunday - anything goes 24m
My heart pieces -not to be square 31m
Sarah Hurley - recycled 31m
TTCRD - anything goes 25m