Friday, 26 October 2012

Festive circle!

I reached for one of the simplest of the basic shapes for our "Back to Basics" theme this week - the circles grab bag. The realy sturdy board makes these perfect for stand alone items like this Christmas decoration.

I've added the year so this could be a little commemmorative gift for somebody celebrating a significant Christmas (first in a new home or as a married couple, for example). I cut the numbers in shrink plastic with an Alterations strip die but I must say I'm not sure I'd recommend doing this - the ejection foam doesn't work to pop the shapes out and they took quite a bit of removing from the die. I might stamp numbers on the plastic and then hand cut them if I wanted to do this in future.

I'm a cheapskate so I used lightweight filler (DIY type) with my sequin waste stencil rather than proper modelling paste. It worked fine and I used metal leaf to cover the textured circle once it was dry.

Tando products used: circles grab bag, leaves minis, sequin waste mask.

Thanks for stopping by!


Kaz said...

It's beautiful Joanne, I'm all for saving pennies and using other supplies too! xx

Carol Plume said...

what a lovely piece Joanne - I've got a picking tool for my dies!! it does help...x

butterfly said...

Oh, very good tip on the DIY filler, thank you... and a gorgeous ornament to show for it!
Alison x

Katherine said...

DIY filler...super idea I have seen a tutorial for making your own texture paste with talc and paint and probably some other ingredients too :) Love the decoration - gorgeous and Christmassy :)