Monday, 20 January 2014

Napkin Decoupage

Afternoon lovely peeps :)

Kinda been missing on blogger for a while - have been busy with new projects & not blogging about them - until now!  Here is one of the new projects I have tried - and I must say, although it's not a quick project, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it all together. 

 It's a plain memory type box with window in which I have sanded back and then painted with Gesso (sp?) - it took three coats until I was happy with it.  I then painted the inside with green acrylic paint - I didn't want it looking too perfect, so used my paint dabber to sponge the paint over and leaving some of the underneath white paint to come through - kinda distressed but not quite, if you know what I mean! Once dry I then took my chosen napkin & cut out the flowers that I wanted & then arranged it over the front & side of the box until I was happy with the design.  Then came the messy/tricky/sticky bit...I painted slap-it-on over the box & placed  each one layer of napkin down & then brushed slap-it-on again.  Well, the result is below for  you to see...let me tell you, I wasn't totally happy with the end result as when I varnished over the whole of the box (inside too) I noticed when dried that I'd got a few 'bumpy' bits of varnish.  I had to let it dry completely before sanding back again & re-varnishing. Whilst waiting for that to dry I then stamped out the letters to spell out Mum, painted them with the same acrylic  green paint (as used in the inside) & waited for them to dry before applying them to the dry varnished box.

So, What do you think, not bad for a first attempt? I can definitely see room for improvement and that will come with experience! I plan on making another one very soon for my Sister's birthday.

 I made some small cards for the inside of the box & then wrapped it all up for a gift for my Mother's birthday & I am so happy to say she was thrilled with her gift! She kept stroking her hand over the box & shaking her head, saying she couldn't believe I had made it!  She also loved all the cards inside.  I was so chuffed!!

So, that's all for now.  I'm glad to say I have got around to visiting blogs but seriously, you guys blog so much LOL I can't keep up with you all!

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges:
Brown sugar - #77 - Anything goes

Until next time,


Andree said...

This is beautiful Mandy and such a fabulous idea to use those gorgeous napkins. I can see why your mum was delighted with her gift x

Avril Ann said...

WOW, Mandy what a stunning box, love the red roses, superb project my friend xxx

mazza said...

Awwww this is so pretty I can totally see why your mum loved it

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Mandy, love the flowers and beautiful cards too! Not surprised you mum loved it!
Linda xxx

Sylvia Anderson said...

This is fantastic, a real labour of love, well worth the effort...
great result xxx

rachel taylor said...

what a lovely image and box card thanks for sharing with brown sugar this week Rachel DT