Sunday, 17 April 2011

Bright Idea! by Nicky Cresswell

Hello to all you creative peeps out there, I'm back again, this time with a little wall hanging.
It's made from cardboard, I like to do my bit with the old recycling you know!
I started by cutting a square of card from an old box and ripping the top layer off in places, I then gave it a coat or 2 of paint.
I cut a section from the top of the card and glued old christmas lights that i'd coloured with permanent markers in top and bottom.
I stamped the cog inspiration light bulb onto some mica in brown stazon ink first, I then used the clear bulb and over stamped in black stazon to define the shape.
I used the mini scrabble tiles from the Scrabble and Tags plate to write bright & to make them pop I added a bit of colour using a yellow permanent marker and then glossy accented over the top.
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To fill behind the fairy lights I stamped the cogs background onto parchment in brown ink, and then dry embossed around the cogs making the parchment turn white.
I randomly stamped the small cogs cluster all over the piece in vintage photo distress ink and heat embossed with distress embossing powder.
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 As I had already used stamped mini scrabble tiles I thought it would be cool to incorporate actual old scrabble tiles into the piece, I sunk them into the cardboard by gently slicing all the way round each one then just pushed them in place, that way they didn't go all the way through the card.
 The piece was looking distinctly flat so to 'build it up' in keeping with this months challenge I cut out a bunch of cogs using my Vagabond and the gadget gears die {again using up more recycled cardboard}.
I distress embossed them all and then layered them using foam tape, and finished the middles by gluing old screws and bolts that I coloured again with permanent markers, I also coloured a little on the cogs to make it look like oil and grease.
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Well thats your lot from me today, I hope you enjoyed my project and it inspires you to dig out some cardboard and get creating!
Until then Stay Inky

5 comments:

shirley said...

Clever ideas!
Love how you colored the old Christmas lights.
The cogs look fab...like the look of grease/oil with just a black marker.
Thanks for sharing how you created this project.

Julie Forest said...

Brilliant wall hanging!! Thanks for sharing! :)

craftytrog said...

Awesome piece hun! Love the fairy lightbulbs & rusty cogs! xxx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Wow, stunning creation. Such a great idea.

1CardCreator said...

Bright idea indeed, love it!