Friday, September 23, 2016

Garden Shed Artist challenge blog hop

Hello and welcome to the blog hop. You should have come here from Club Scrap blog and saw what Karen created! This month he theme for September is Garden Shed. We thought it would be fun to incorporate wooden elements into your projects. So this month I created this  layout using the Garden Shed kit. I'll show you down below how I made the distress sticks, without distress paint!

Here is the right side of the layout. Some of the wood elements I added were the sticks and buttons from the kit. But I also found some awesome wood alphabets and butterfly in my stash.

On the right side I also incorporated the sticks and a button.

I cut some leaves from the 8 x 1/2 X 11 garden words paper and the pieces of burlap added a feel of garden to the layout.


 The sticks and alphabets I used a Q-tip and brushed on ink. I like using Q-tips for the simple fact is I don't have to clean them and if you take off some of the cotton, it gives you better control, at least for me it works well. I also did some fussy cutting of the garden tools and found some cute brads to add.

Have you ever wanted to make something looked distressed but don't have crackle. Here is a technique I used when I turned an old door into a corner bookshelf for my dining room. I wanted to hide those radiator pipes.  This worked so well I thought I would incorporate it into the wood elements this month.

1. Paint the wood sticks from the kit with a base coat. I used gray and added a smidegeon black. Allow to dry thoroughly.
2. Brush surface with Elmers white glue and brand wood glue, a thicker coat will result in larger cracks. For my project I used one part water and one part glue.
3. When glue is tacky, apply a thick coat of top coat. In this example the top one was not quite dry, but I put the paint on anyway and it worked the same, as the bottom one that was drier. 
4. Let dry and there you have it. Sad thing is it looks like my fence out back! Time for me to start painting! But I ended up not using them for a fence like I originally intented, as you saw in the layout.
Here is the kit from Club scrap!

Products Used:
Other products, wood alphabet and butterfly, ink, paint, glue, burlap, brads.

Thanks for stopping by.


Julie said...

Donna, love the little burlap pots and how you distressed the wood plant stakes! Such a fun layout. Great work.

Wendy Bellino said...

Wonderful clusters you have created Donna! Thanks for the crackle tutorial, how easy is that?! Super cute photos of your littles!

Karen Wyngaard said...

Omigosh, so many yummy details on your pages! The touches of burlap are so cute, and I think the crackle finish on the plant stakes is so cool...thanks for the quick tutorial!

Ink Stained Roni said...

What a fun lay-out! Everything looks great together and I love how you crackled the wood stakes!

jen t. said...

Lovin those potted plants and how you painted them!!!

Lisa D said...

Wow! Love the crackle wood stakes. Who knew it was so easy?!

Hetty said...

What a beautiful pages, Donna and your daughter is the perfect model!
Thanks for the technique on how to paint the wood, I have to try it.

debduzscrappin said...

Love the crackle on the wooden stakes - so many great details on here - and perfect photos for the kit!!

KnitterPam said...

Great tutorial and layout, Donna!

APeeling Papercrafts said...

Great page and LOVE all the details!

Tina Dornbaum said...

Gorgeous page! I love your pots and love the crackle used on the wooden stakes.