1 First, prep your surface. I used the Pebeo paint. Put a little Linen and Turquoise paint onto a heat resistant craft mat. Using a 1in flat brush, pick up some of each paint, half on one part of the brush, half on the other. With the Linen on the inside, start to paint the suitcase. Blend the paint so you get a smooth finish, with the Turquoise on the outside and the Linen on the inside. When we layer the rice paper onto the suitcase, we’ll be able to see the images clearly. Paint the whole of the suitcase in the same way.
2 Add a little of the crackle paint. Put the primer down first, and allow to dry, and then the crackle paste. I concentrated on the top of the case, but didn’t cover it. You’re aiming for the texture. Dry.
3 Now, apply the rice paper. I use a water brush, or a fine paint brush and water to help me tear the rice paper easily. I tore the large Blue Stars paper quite randomly, but was more specific with the black and white Rose and Butterfly paper. I used scissors to cut out the fairy, the words and the stars.
4 Start layering your rice paper. Put a little on the découpage medium on the back of the rice paper and a fine layer onto the suitcase. You don’t need much. Place paper in place and add a fine layer of adhesive over the top. Keep layering. I love the transparency of the rice papers, they really create sensational depth to your work! I didn’t completely cover the case, I left most of the edges clear.
5 When you are happy with the rice paper, add the fairy. You need to paint the back of the fairy with the Linen paint, allow to dry, and glue the fairy in place. This will make the image pop from the background.
6 Add the stars and words. Brush the gold paint onto your craft mat. Use the crackle stamp to pick up some of the paint, and stamp onto the suitcase. Repeat, working on the edges of the case, on the top and around the sides.
7 To add a little shade, and emphasise your crackle, mix the Tobacco paint with Linen and dry brush the paint over the edges of the case, and over the crackle paint. I used a fine brush to add some Tobacco around the fairy, softening the edges by brushing the paint out to add depth and make the fairy stand out. To finish, go around the edges with a little Snow paint.