I didn't take step by step photos, as I was quite anxious to get it finished in time, but the basic procedure is as follows.....
- Cut some greyboard to fit the chosen frame - I knew that I would be using a mount to allow room for the crystals, so I cut the board to 10 x 8", and marked out the visible area of 8 x 6". Cover both sides with gesso - the back won't be seen, of course, but it does seem to stop the piece warping if both sides are primed.
- Die-cut your chosen shapes in white card.
- Gather the 'background' items together - masks and stamps.
- Work out placement of die-cuts, then stamp/emboss where required. I used brown embossing powder as I wasn't sure how it would take everything that was going over it - if it acted as a resist, brown would look OK (though I did end up putting Treasure Gold over it anyway!).
- Adhere die cuts.
- Use texture paste through the masks in required areas. Leave to dry.
- Cover everything with gesso, leave to dry. I did speed this up with a heat gun!
- Apply colours .... I have used mists and alcohol inks, using water from a mister to help everything flow around the piece nicely. Dry thoroughly with a heat gun between each colour so the colours don't muddy together.
- When happy with the result, make sure everything is completely dry and apply Treasure Gold to various raised areas. I have used Classic Gold on the clock dial, the embossed script and a little over the texture squares in the corners, Onyxite on the die-cut corners, the clock hands and the butterfly. The gears and clock centres have the misleadingly-named Sapphire, it is not really blue, much more of a teal!
- Place crystals here and there :-)
- Leave for at least a couple of hours to let the solvents from the TG evaporate off before placing behind the glass in the frame.
I took the photo without the glass, to avoid reflections. My friend is very happy with it and will let me know if her daughter likes it ...... fingers crossed :-)