March 7, 2015

Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party

I can't even tell you how many "things" I have, found "treasures" to turn into something.... one day... when the purpose hits me. Way too many. But at least I got to one of them, right? I have had this clock for years, up in a closet with other things to alter. I knew I wanted to make a clock with this months "Marie in Wonderland" kit from Alpha Stamps, but this was just too easy of a find.

 First, I am going to show you pictures of my clock. Then, I am going to show you how I made it! 

There are several images of Marie on the collage sheet, Marie Takes Tea, which fit perfectly onto the new  Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress.

These tiny Ceramic Cupcake Beads (above) are too precious! The nice thing is that if the color doesn't match what you are using them with, a tad of acrylic paint will do the trick.

Always look "outside the box" when you have something to use in your artwork. These Flower Stamen are precious and come in so many colors.  After gluing a few together in the middle, I was able to cut them in half to use as decorations for both my cupcake (above) and for Marie's hair (below) and waist.

The Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments are also easy to match with a touch of acrylic paint.

After using the Tiny Paper Mache Box Set as the interior of Marie's dress, I still had the lids left over. I cut each lid in half (that had already been painted) and than added different colors of 1mm Micro Beads (which come in several colors) and details using the Acrylic Flower & Leaf Mix.

Here is the grey blue clock that sat in my closet for years. I put a coat of Gesso on first, then after painting it cream, butter, golden orange yellow and pink, I finally decided yes to pink. One of my favorite color combinations is pink, brown and cream. I should have just gone with pink to begin with but I had to explore my options.

I love these new Lace Triangular Pennant Banner Flags from Alpha Stamps. They remind me of a vintage, European treat, perfect for a tea party. Also perfect for a Coo Coo type clock made into a yummy chocolate. I use Tim Holtz Distress Stains quite a bit as well as his paints. Easy to use, easy clean up and nice, rich color. Then I used a brush with some good ole Elmer's glue to make sure every last bit was attached. I also like the protection the glue gives the paper as well.

After placing on my chocolate delicacies, I used White Opal Liquid Pearl Paint on a paper clock-face to give it a porcelain look.  Then added a hole so I would know where to adhere it to the clock.You can purchase clock mechanisms that run with a battery that come with clock hands at most craft shops. Alpha Stamps also has a great selection of clock faces, hands and more.

A little more Elmer's and DONE! 

In both above and below photos, you can see how I made all of my Metallic Dresden pieces match, I am a bit of an "aged paper" fan, so I am used to making things look older then they are. Same is true with Dresden. Rubbing a brown ink pad over the Dresden gives it a nice, aged, matte appearance. How many brown ink pads do I currently own? The world may never know, lol! 

More Liquid Pearl to make my clock look like it had icing. Yummy! 

This next part was super fun and easy! Using some FIMO and this yummy 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold, I was able to make my own tea party treats. I stuffed FIMO into each spot (trying to be neat and perfect but then realized I didn't need to be), let it dry for just a little bit and then popped them out. Then, taking an exacto blade, I trimmed all of the messy excess off so easily, like a hot knife going through butter. I used simple acrylic paints to add some color, a little drop of Elmer's and a shove of some bead mix and stamens, and I have the cutest cupcakes and treats EVER!

Die-Cut Chipboard Pannier Dress, I first painted the dress with some similar colored acrylic paint. Then, covered with some glue and sprinkled on these neat 1mm micro beads. They remind me of candy sprinkles!

Thanks for visiting and I hope I have inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Now, does anyone have a cupcake? I've got a craving!

 To see a complete list of Alpha Stamps products used, click here - Supply List


Caroline Ouzts Hay said...

Genius use of the banner pieces! Absolutely love your clock!

Linda Knox said...

Love your creation. I'm definitely ordering the mold 'cause I really like making my own embellishments and these are so very fun! Thanks for the tutorial.

Rhondamum said...

Thank you so much Caroline and Linda! I always love getting comments and so happy my clock put a smile on your faces! Come visit again soon! xoxo Rhonda...

cindy said...

I am so glad i found your blog thru alpha stamps. You are an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing.

Rhondamum said...

I am so glad you came by Cindy and am honored that you think I'm a good artist. Thank you! xoxo