Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to the Clearsnap and Trinity Paper Arts Blog Hop!!
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Distressed Circus Boards: Ollie's Storybook Circus
Distressed Circus Boards were something I created for the Clearsnaps Design Team, a project designed with products found within the Clearsnap Product Line and some snippets of fabulous papers from Trinity Paper Arts, plus its apart of the Clearsnaps and Trinity Papers Blog Hop!

This project was inspired by elements of the circus, vintage game boards and my book, Altered Art Circus which is filled with circus and storybook themed projects, stories and recycled pieces. Since I love to recycle as much as I can, I used sturdy cardboard from a shipping box as my base, measured to 12 by 12 inches, then layered with vintage images, papers from Trinity Paper Arts, vintage circus supplies, embellishments from my embellishments line and distressed with fabulous inks and mixed media inks from clearsnap, along with my new all time fave product, Magic Stamp Moldable Foam, which allows you to make re-useable molds or impressions, with just a heat gun and a moldable piece.

Instead of a circus board try a memory board, a candyland board, wedding board, inspirational board, baby board, girl scout, steampunk or fairy board, so many possibilities to try.  IMG_4926

-Scrapbook paper, Trinity Paper Arts
-Vintage Images, circus follies collage cd, Lisa Kettell Designs
-Cardboard, chipboard or wood, cut to 12 by 12 inches
-Piccolo's, Globecraft Memories
-Air dry clay, Makins
-Various clay parts:XL cherry cupie head, bailey heads, lil chick, lil kewpie Lisa Kettell Designs
-Tools: scissors, paint brush, hot glue gun
-Glues: hot glue sticks, decaupage medium
-Other: ribbons, chipboard lettering, circus tickets, hardware, ephemera, mini light bulbs,       
 paper umbrella, clown cupcake topper, bakery twine, mini circus animals, coin wrappers,  chipboard, paper towel, etc.

 1. Print a variety or circus images, posters and ephemera from the collage cd, in a variety of small sizes, no bigger then 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Once you pick a good amount of circus images, arrange to taste onto a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardboard, glue in place with decaupage medium.

2. Spray smooch spritz in tea party red onto a paper towel and swipe over some of the images and embellishments. I added color to the paper umbrella by lightly spraying smooch spritz in tea party red over it, then let dry.

3.  With a edge swipe technique, swipe the edges of your collage circus board with a school house mixed media paint, rub into the board using paper towel, add more dimension using archival ink in pinkolicious and mudslide, let dry.

4. Age your collage images using honey color mixed media ink and a paper towel, rubbing into a circular motion. 

5. Cut out some favorite circus images, glue to chipboard w/decaupage medium, cut out, place around parts of the board. Next cut out several small squares of chipboard glue together with hot glue til you have a 1/2 inch thickness, set aside.

6. Take several 1/2 thickness glue chipboard squares and hot glue behind each cut chipboard circus image, glue to your circus board. This gives your images dimension when gluing to your circus board.

7. Begin adding additional embellishments all around the board, creating mini vignettes around it. On the clay embellishments I added extra color using pigment inks, mixed media inks and fluid chalk ink pad. On the piccolo's and metal hardware I used smooch accent ink in frosted aqua to give more highlights to the hardware.

8. For the tags I used red toned scrapbook paper from trinity paper arts, cut into a tag shape, and aged the corners using vintage mixed media ink, the result resembled an old circus pullman cart.

9. No circus is complete without a clown, after some experimenting I pressed a clown cupcake topper into the moldable foam stamp block. The key to getting a deeper mold instead of a texture is to heat the moldable foam stamp block and extra 2 minutes, making sure you rotate the heat around the moldable foam stamp block sides and top to insure a perfect heat and no burn, then quickly press the clown cupcake topper into it and hold pressed for 20 seconds, voila, a re-useable mold. Now press w/makins air dry clay in white, let dry, paint and then glue to your circus board.

10. Finally add extra embellishments and glitter.
Tips and Tricks
-You can use a glue stick to adhere images to chipboard

-In place of vintage images, use various scraps of scrapbook paper then stamp circus scenes all 

-Try lining your whole board with circus tickets instead of images, age with a variety of              colorbox inks. 

-Alter a discarded or used game board using a variety of inks and embellish with all your fave pieces and found objects.
I hope this project inspires you to create a circus board of your own! Thanks so much for coming to mine!



Dorina D said...

Amazing! Unique! Creative! On my, I'm speechless. This is so cool! What a great board and I loved the tutorial and all the tips that you gave to create a board of any style. Thanks so very much for sharing such a fun idea!8

Bethany Becker said...

Great project. Thanks for sharing!

Cultivate Life in Joy said...

Wow, I love this piece..all the trinkets and elements are eye candy..frameable..loveeeee it

Summer Hills-Painter said...

So fun.

Carol said...

OMG Lisa - amazing. I love love love love love this. Did I say I love it? Awesome job!

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks so much for visiting everyone! I hope you all get inspired to create a circus or storyboard of your own! Love to see what you come up with!
have a beautiful Saturday! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Great project.

Dawn Mercedes said...

more fun than under a real life big top--amazing eye for design

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks so much everyone! xo :-)

Megan Aaron said...

what a fun project!

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks so much, I'm going to upload another version this week! :-)

Karen L said...

Oh my gosh, I could look at this all day!! So unique and creative, I love it!

SHartl said...

Wow is this amazing! I also saw your Mermaid project and my mouth is literally hanging open in awe! Your project is so creative and fun to see.

faerie enchantment said...

Thanks soooo much! I'll be posting more soon! Sending magic and joy to all of you!