Friday 1 November 2013

Letters for Country View Crafts

 Country View Crafts has a new challenge starting today with the theme of ‘Letters’, chosen by yours truly. I have taken the slant of using the meaning of stationery as well as using letters themselves in my project.


I am using this wooden letter holder for my project and as you can see it’s been stuffed with tags and has been sitting next to my workspace ready for me to grab a new one or a mop-up when I need one. Now it looks like …….


    ….. this.


  • Paint wooden rack with gesso or white acrylic paint to give a key and to prime the wood.


  • roughly paint with Decoart quinacridone violet and black acrylic paint to give a coloured crackled effect.


  • Use modelling paste through a mask

  • scrape Decoart weathered wood crackle medium over using a palette knife

  • when dry paint over using distress paints and watch the crackle appear


  • make the word letters from foil card, running it through an embossing folder and layering it with distress paints.


  • Add alcohol inks and blending solution over the top to create colour interest and edge with black DP. Die-cut the letters.


  • Use the same method on the pediment.


  • Gather other die-cuts together, paint, crackle and add wax gilt


  • stamp with lack archival, use gold TG on the textured letters and add the die-cut embellishments


  • I added a small letter B on the pediment.


Now I can use this letter holder for what it was intended for.



Ranger foil card

Alcohol inks – copper. gold. cranberry, snowcap, espresso

Distress Paints – walnut stain, black soot, antique linen, weathered wood

Distress Ink Re-Inkers – vintage photo, walnut stain, antique linen

Dies – Movers and Shapers -  mini feather and inkwell, mini typewriter, Bigz – writing desk,  pediments

Stamps – TH – mini classics, purely random, shabby french and one that Tim gave us when he did the retail day in Coventry.

TH embossing folder – note book

TH mask – cargo

Treasure gold, TG wildfire, TG pewter

Decoart weathered wood crackle medium and Quinacridone Violet paint.

It would be lovely if you could join in with us this month, if so pop over to the challenge blog to read the rules and see the amazing inspiration from the rest of the lovely team. If you would like any of the supplies I have used you will find most of them on the Country View Crafts shop site.

I am taking the opportunity to enter this into the Simon Monday Challenge which is anything Goes.

I hope you had a great Halloween, it’s the run-up to Christmas and now the fun really begins.

Enjoy your weekend, I am doing a workshop this morning and looking forward to seeing my great group of ladies. Today we are making a Christmas tag card..

hugs {brenda} x0x


Jane said...

What an amazing letter box you have created Brenda....I love the way you have personalised it with a B. A real work of art and practical. I so agree with you that now that Halloween is over it's heads down to our favourite time of the year...woop woop ;0) Have a great weekend we are driving down to see our girlie after work...39 weeks near. Hugs xxx

Paula Whittaker said...

Great project - have to say, I loved the inbetween look when it was just pink and black.

Deborah said...

A humble wooden letter rack makes a great surface for art and yours looks amazing, Brenda. I'd never have known bright pink was in the mix if you hadn't photographed step by step/

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is such a fabulous makeover Brenda - I have a rack like that too! Such an amazing bright pink! I will definately have to think about using brighter colours. Have a lovely weekend x

Gram's Treasures said...

Wonderful project, Brenda! Such lovely detail. Now, where are your tags going to go? lol
Joyce xx

Suzi B said...

fabulous make over... I love the side with the feather!
Suzi B x

Jenny Marples said...

That's beautiful Brenda. The base colours looked really scary but worked brilliantly through the crackle. Love the addition of the die cuts, stencilling and stamping. Jenny x

Karin said...

Wow this is beautiful!
Have a great weekend!
Groetjes karin

Rita said...

Fantastic creation Brenda. I love what you have done and the colouring is wonderful. Hugs Rita xxx

Glennis F said...

I love your 'letter box' Brenda - just amazing result. Thanks for the 'how to'

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Brenda, this is so, so cool!!! I absolutely LOVE it!! The crackle and colouring is fantastic and I love the way you used those die-cuts, including the pediment! Also really like the idea of the stand to keep those spare tags and things we all collect. Totally fab from beginning to end!!

Dagmar said...

wow wow wow - your letterbox is fantastic!!! I love it so!

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda. Wow!!! A total transformation!!! I love the idea of using a letter box to put tags in too...but what you have done to it is stunning!
Dot x

Cocofolies said...

Love your letter box with this beautiful addition of the pediment. Great project !!! Have a good week-end, Coco xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous transformation and such a perfect storage unit for your tags.
All my tags and nestled into a rather boring plastic container - this should be a note to self to do much better!
The crackle is wonderful!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that rocks, a gorgeous piece of art.

Meggymay said...

Fantastic alteration, a great idea to store the tags and have them handy.

Netty said...

Terrific alteration Brenda and congratulations on being published in CS.
I thoroughly enjoyed the vintage fair today and came away wishing I was a needlewoman, so many beautiful fabrics and ideas, still got some christmas prese's so a good days work. hugs Annette x

Anonymous said...

What an amazing makeover, love the blow by blow photo's and the end result AMAZING ! will be a shame to put stuff in it now its gorgeous empty !


Juls said...

Wow this is just amazing!! Hugs Juls

Laura said...

By the first colour covering I would never of thought it would become so beautifully muted by the end! Great make and tutorial.

Martina said...

What a gorgeous project, dear Brenda!
Your art inspires me so much. Beautifully created!
Have a wonderful sunday:-)
Hugs MARTINA oxo

Words and Pictures said...

Great transformation - just love all those painty, crackly layers of texture, and the lettering looks amazing. Fab!
Hope you're having a lovely Sunday!
Alison x

trisha too said...

Well that's just gorgeous--what a transformation, drab to fab for sure, Brenda!


Michelle said...

Brenda, this is so cool! I love the way you up cycled this into an awesome artistic piece. It's fabulous! Thank you for sharing it with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

Jools Robertson said...

This is gorgeous, love all the colours and textures
The layers of detail are brilliant, where did you get the main letter font, would love to know


Jools x

Candy C said...

Brenda...I love your letters holder. Such a great idea and you've pulled it off beautifully! I love your used of the stencils and the die cuts to give this piece so much personality. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. I messed up and scheduled the vintage ink card to post a week I had to delete that post. Oops! :) But, thank you for your kind comment on it and the patchwork card! <3 Candy

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Brenda,

I love this altered piece! I enjoy seeing the process in which you made it.

Thank you for sharing!


Maggie said...

Gorgeous makeover great textures thanks for sharing all the photos


catherine said...

This looks so fantastic Brenda. Such a great idea
x catherine

Gio said...

Wow, much better, Brenda!! I love all those violet hidden behind the cracle' and the beatiful shining details. I think that in real life is a truly outstanding piece!

Terry said...

Brenda, I love how you tied in all the "Letter" elements together! What a creative process and such a useful one at that! Gorgeous! Hugs!

Rossella said...

This is a fab project, beautiful and useful
Rosie x

hazel said...

A fabulous transformation, I love the colours and all the great details.
xxx Hazel.

nefertiti said...

Great and fantastic work!!!! bravo!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh wow, that is amazing! Wonderful paint effects and texture and composition. This is a real Brenda special. Perfect!

Lucy x

Shirley said...

How lucky was I to see this in the flesh Brenda because it doesn't matter how we take the pics they never do the projects justice.

Crafty hugs from me x x x