So I was casually scrolling through my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago and I spotted a few mysterious references to '#3UP'. There were no clues to what it was all about, but it seemed that by using the hashtag myself I might be taking part in something or playing along with something or volunteering for something - but having no idea what that something was...
I was brave. I attached said hashtag to one of my tweets, and waited to see if anything happened.
And you know what?
Something DID happen! Something exciting, and crafty, and fun :) Something that involved secrecy and creativity and three surprise goodies in the post :) Something cooked up by the lovely PaperArtsy!
The DM (Direct Message) I received asked me for my address, gave me a crafting deadline, and swore me to secrecy. PaperArtsy freebies, crafting time and subterfuge? I was so up for this project :)
The goodies arrived the very next day - which was a Saturday, so I had time available to craft immediately, result! In fact, I was so excited to get started that I completely failed to photograph the three items, oops... But I can at least tell you that they were a box canvas, a little wooden branch and a pack of three wooden butterflies (sorry, no link - think they might have been an end of line?) The butterflies reminded me of a favourite stamp, which decided the theme of my piece, and I was away...
For the background, I added and blended Mermaid and Sky Fresco Paints using a baby wipe, then stenciled on some Inky Pool through sequin waste and stamped more Inky Pool with corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap:
Butterfly paper tape was perfect for edging the canvas, and then I got a rough idea of where I wanted to place my background stamps (I'd already decided more or less where the wooden pieces would go). These stamped beautifully onto the canvas, it gives a lovely smooth and sturdy surface!
A generous spattering of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist added some shimmer, and I also brushed some Old Gold Fresco paint round the edge. To help my two 'focal stamps' - the clock from this set, and the sentiment stamp (origin unknown, sadly) to stand out better, I also sponged on a bit of Nougat paint:
In between times, while waiting for layers to dry (pesky drying times!!) I worked on the wooden branch and butterflies. The branch got a coat of Guacamole Fresco with Hey Pesto sponged onto the ends, while the butterflies were undercoated in Rose before having a layer of Crackle Glaze added with Claret on top. I also edged all the pieces in Old Gold:
I used Matte Multi-Medium to secure the embellishments to the canvas - love this super-strength adhesive! :)
I gave the little clock some hands by adding Tim Holtz spinners - it was easy enough to pierce a hole for the brad with my pokey tool! Then I realised that the green of the branch needed a bit of balance, so I painted and edged some little chipboard scraps and added them to the opposite corner.
All done! :)
Many, many thanks to PaperArtsy for inviting me to play along - and for making it so much more fun by being so mysterious about it!!
You can see the projects other '#3uppers' have made over on the PaperArtsy blog, they've been appearing there all week - mine is there tonight, which is why I'm allowed to break my silence at last... ;)