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Do i regret buying April's treat early?

Answer? Hell no! I used all the stuff I bought the other day on a piece and I absolutely love it.

I started off by using clear crackle texture paste with some stencils on a canvas. I then found some pieces (wooden pieces, metal cogs, clock faces, a bow and arrow, keyhole, a wooden word, a clock key, some grungeboard numbers and stars and a believe tag)I then painted it all with white gesso. Once it was dry, I used a combination of distress spray, tattered angel glimmer mist, mica powders(gold), distress paint splatters, and a bit of distress ink pad to highlight the cracks. Once done I used white embossing powder with a script stamp and holograph embossing powder with a crackle stamp. I also used some distress embossing powder on the clock key. I then die cut a moon and stars, painted them with white gesso, sprayed with distress spray and used some stickles. I heat set it purely because it gets some cool bubbling effect on the stickles. I then stamped and cut a phrase, inking the edges, and cut out a couple of children from the found relatives pack, colouring the bows with distress markers.

Here's a close up of the mixed media piece on the left. I am loving how different white gesso makes it work compared to my usual black.

Here's a close up of the crackle texture paste. As you can see a little bit of vintage photo distress ink highlights the flowers.

You can just see what I mean about the bubble effect on the moon. I kind of wanted to give it a crater like appearance.

Here you can see the crackle stamp in holographic powder

You can see the gold mica powder on the keyhole. I wanted to give it a Van Gogh starry night appearance, but brighter

I'm so pleased with this piece - in fact it's hanging up on my living room wall right now.
Finally, here is the update on the cross stitch so far this month. For some reason it seems to be going really slowly.

Happy crafting


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