Had a busy day on Tuesday seeing my NVQ candidates and spent most of yesterday psyching myself up to get the write ups done, it was quite a difficult job as there were plenty of distractions, firstly there were two men out in my garden all day erecting a new fence, secondly I was still on a high about my win over on Tuesday Taggers, finally it is always hard to get going when I have two lengthy reports to write up and I want to do justice the the excellent work I have observed. However I finally got one completed yesterday and finished the other one this morning before I put my "posh suit" on to go to my daughter's prize giving at school this lunchtime.
So this afternoon with all my jobs done ( and changed back into play clothes) I decided I deserved a bit of playtime in my crafty shed.
This weeks challenge at Tuesday Taggers is "Texture", having done my altered box last week I decided to use inchies this week, but as is usually the case, my project ended up being quite different to what I anticipated.
2 inchies, a couple of charms, a few beads, distress inks, embossing powder, grunge paper, tissue paper and a stamp, a brad, gold leaf and some jewelery findings = one textured hand bag charm.
One inchie had opposing corners cut off to form a lozenge shape, then both inchies were inked with a mixture of broken china, mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress ink on both sides, one side of each was triple embossed and small glass beads embedded in the utee on one and gold leaf on the other, a small flower was punched out of grunge paper and coloured with the same inks, a metalic spacer was used in the centre of the flower and the whole lot held together with a turquoise brad. An image was stamped onto tissue paper and adhered to the unglazed side of the square inchie with diamond glaze, which was also used to adhere the grunge paper flower. Diamond glaze was used to adhere a small piece of a skeleton leaf to the unglazed side of the lozenge shape and also to adhere the metal flower charm. The bag charm was made up with textured heart shaped beads on header pins between the two "inchie" elements and a "made with love" charm suspended from the bottom.
The heat embossing changed the colour of the inks on that surface of the inchies making the ink dark and aged looking, whilst the diamond glazed sides look more vibrant.