Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Happily Ever After Off-The-Page Project {Altered Tray}
Prima Product Pick April 2015

Hello friends :)  Today I am here to share with you my take on the 
Prima Product Pick HERE. I shared my take on the BAP yesterday
so if you missed it please go back a post - I only have several hours
between these posts because time is of the essence for me to get
my Prima Design Team application in & this year they are allowing
a dedicated blog post to it - which is coming up next!

Who wouldn't like to be a Prima girl?!?

A quick snap of what I began with!  

A little tray I bought locally a while ago at Mr. Price Home & didn't use.
  The base was too rustic & not entirely flat, which drove me  crazy, but 
it was too pretty to throw out  so I thought it would make a great, 
commemorative wall decor piece for my daughter's recent graduation.

Well as you can see the PPP was pretty WOW this month.
AWESOME colours & how fortuitous for me that my daughter was 
wearing magenta & that her room is turquoise!!  Thank you GOD!!!

I began by collaging the bottom of the tray using various papers from the
Prima School Memories Collection then whitewashing over them with gesso.

Next I painted the rest of the tray with Broken China Ranger paint, 
followed by a layer of crackle glaze, then a layer of white gesso
dry-brushed on top.  Rather a lengthly process but very relaxing.

I printed off my 3 favourite prints of my daughter's graduation day,
using my very handy little Canon Selphy printer.  I just can't recommend
this printer enough.  It is ultra-convenient & the quality of the prints is fantastic!

I raised the photos up slightly using 3D foam tape then framed the centre photo
 with the Ingvild Bolme shutters after first painting them with color bloom sprays.

Next I added the other resin pieces, also water-colour painted using Color Bloom Sprays
in a diluted form.  Next I added micro-beads to the fountains to look like water spilling over.

I printed off the quote, found on Google Images, then cut it into pieces 
& glued them on.  I used my glue gun for the bulk of my sticking here.

My daughter's nickname is Squirrel so I have been squirrelling this resin embellishment
away for the perfect day!  I painted it with color bloom spray again then coloured the 
tail & eye in with a marker.  The Coffee Break books were also perfectly appropriate.

I forgot to mention that before attaching my resins I added a couple of pieces of ribbon
underneath each photo - in yellow & lime - just to make sure that all of the colours of
the PPP got a place on my creation.  Next I adhered my blooms & tucked in some
colourful rafia & added suitable embellishments including a broken binder clip.

I used a Tim Holtz Key as to me a key always indicates a new start {now that she 
is free from her studies} but I the EXPLORE metal is a Prima one, as is the 
Happily Ever Ticket from the Ann Marie Collection & probably intended 
for wedding layouts but I love to use things in different ways to that
for which they were intended - such is Prima's versatility!

Just to show the 3D nature of the tray.

And lots of yummy details that would have made the post far too long 
had I shared them all individually!  Thanks for swinging by today!!


Valia Katzaki said...

Amazing work Helen! I am sure your daughter will love it!

Lizzy Hill said...

This looks great! I adore the way you've used more than one photo.... & fortuitous indeedy that colours were so perfect!!! Good luck with the Prima Call..... I can be perfectly honest & say I'd NEVER go for it. So not my thing....but I admire your scrappy style heaps and I reckon you'd make a perfect Prima Gal :):)

Lizzyc said...

This looks amazing, perfectly altered tray full of fabulous embellishments and special photos.. looks beautiful..

Val-Belle said...

Such a pretty tray and such a cool idea. I am sure you will nail it. Good luck :D

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You know I LOVE altered projects and this one is just AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely LOVE it!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

dstandard said...

This is just gorgeous! What a treasure for her!

Kathy Bradley said...

Your tray is truly gorgeous. All the details, papers, colors and the most adorable squirrel you saved for the right occasion! The pictures are beautiful and the entire piece is amazing!

Mitralee said...

the attention to detail on this is amazing! I really love the color on the shutters! SO PRETTY! and the squirrel makes me happy!

Denise van Deventer said...

This is so pretty! Your tray came out lovely and the design so pretty indeed! ;-)