Christ­mas suit­case

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Get Crafty With Leonie -

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.

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