What a Mesh Challenge at Frilly & Funkie: Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Clipboard
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Pamellia is our hostess this round, and she has chosen the theme What a Mesh! To answer the challenge, I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clip board using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Make Today Your Very Best Day stamp. Before we dig into the project details, let’s see what Pamellia has in mind for this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: What a Mesh!
The challenge this time is to use any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc) in your vintage or shabby chic project.
Burlap is one of my favorite textiles because it adds so much texture to a project. I’ve used it on the background of this Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clipboard and to make the flowers on this girly grunge piece.
I painted the edges of the mini clipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink, then tapped with Prima Copper Crackle Paste. To tone down the shine of the copper paste, I spritzed with Ranger Espresso Color Wash then tapped with Ranger Verdigris Patina. While I had it out, I used it on the rusted metal house, the wooden key (Prima) the Idea-Ology stopwatch charm and even on the burlap.
Make Today Your Very Best Day: the Stamp
My thought for this clipboard was to create a little visual encouragement for my studio. So this sentiment from Tammy Tutterow was both the perfect size and the perfect message. I stamped it onto the grid paper from “Dapper” in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored it with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.
After coloring, I blended in some Mustard Seed Distress ink to add a pop of vibrant color. Then I spattered the background with the leftover ink on my craft sheet and some watered down white acrylic paint.
Finally, I stenciled on some mesh lines using the Linen Stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink.
I wanted the edges uneven and torn, so I brushed around the image with my water brush and let it set for a few seconds. This is the easiest way I know of to tear paper. Of course, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Did you know that the clip on this mini clipboard is removable? That makes it soooo easy to alter! I colorized the clip with alcohol inks, then just screwed it back onto the base. Easy peasy!
Building the Layers
Once the burlap base was in place, I added some vertical lines with the Dapper Ticking paper. This was stitched onto kraft cardstock. Threads were left long, then wrapped around the side for some extra texture. I glued the sentiment onto this panel, and then onto the burlap base.
Frayed Posies (another of Tammy’s fabulous dies) cut from white burlap and inked with a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon inks add a lovely pop of color. I shaped the petals a little with my fingers while they were still damp from the ink, then I layered them together using my hot glue gun. Finishing them off with this wooden button gives them a great vintage vibe.
I fussy cut flowers from another pattern in Dapper and added them into the flower cluster along with Petaloo Teal Mini Botanica Flowers. Then I custom dyed seam binding ribbon with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Vintage Photo Inks to create the shabby bow .
Thrift Shop Ephemera bits and bobs found a home on the right hand side of the clipboard. The pocket watch charm was tapped with Antique Linen Distress Paint and the Verdigris Patina ink. I fussy cut the image of the boy and his dog and layered it over the ephemera background. The mini plaquette and tickets really draw the eye to this smaller element, and I like that a lot!
The Flip Side
On the flip side of the clipboard, I created a double pocket using more papers from the Dapper collection. I’m always looking for a spot to keep my “to do” lists so they don’t get lost. This will work perfectly for that purpose.
And it I ever feel like it, I can add another stamped sentiment to the upper portion (more of the Dapper grid/ruler paper here).
This sentiment makes my heart happy. It was tapped with Alcohol Ink then filled with the Patina Verdigris ink. I had just enough of my seam binding ribbon to tie onto the ends.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
And that’s it for me, folks! Now it’s YOUR turn!
Create your own What a Mesh project in shabby chic or vintage style and link it up on the Frilly & Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 15th. The F&F design team will be taking a tour of your lovely projects during that time.
Our favorite design in this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!
Thanks for joining me here today!