Monday, 12 September 2016

Masterboard Monday. (a lttle bit at least!)

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Time for another Shrine and a little Masterboard!

How to decorate this shrines?
They are such works of art in themselves so I am always eager to do justice to them. I have to say this project just kind of evolved as I worked on it.
None the less after much stopping and starting!!! this is where I ended up.

I have to warn you this is photo heavy but there was a lot went into it.

Although I knew what I wanted to do with this piece it has taken me some time to complete it but it's here at last.
Some of you will be pleased as I know you have been waiting for this shrine. It's a bit Alice meets Steampunk/Gothic.

So here are the stages in making and this is the shrine I chose to use.
They arrive flat like this but no worry because they fit together really well.

I got this from That Craft Place and you can find them here and here.

And these: just happened to be hanging around.

 Oh! and this: more left over Masterboard! Which may give you a clue as to where this is going. I used a small section of this inside the shrine.

 So I started here.

Then attached the buttons.

Glue first.

Then add the buttons and more glue.

Paint next, Gesso first to seal the plastic buttons and when it's dry start to add the colour. I like to put a fairly thin coat of Gesso on first and then add a second coat if needed but it really depends on what type of paint you are adding over the top.



I also drilled some small holes at the top and sides.

And so to the paint. I used Prima rusting paint by Finnabair.

Gradually build this up and finished it off with various colours of Treasure Gold.

The jar of buttons became the bark texture for the rabbit hole surrounded by leaves which I made with paper clay and moulds.
The playing cards were made with Shrink plastic which had been stamped with Woodware playing card stamps.

 Cut the masterboard to size and die cut.

From here I added the embellishments.
These are the stamped playing cards all shrunk to size ready to be wired and Alice's arms painted and ready to go. You can just see in the top right corner the little metal pieces I used.

 When I look at it now I wonder why it took so long to make as everything fits together really well and seems so obvious but at the time of making I just wasn't sure how I would make the images I wanted so rather than rush it I did a bit and then left it for a while allowing time to work out the next stages.

And here it is, hope you like it.
Obviously Alice is trying to get out of the hole but you can only see her arms!
I threaded some of the playing cards onto thin wire and attached them using the holes I had drilled earlier and the rest were attached using my glue gun.




So that's it all finished.
I would love to hear your comments.
 Many thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Angela x

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
1.Rhedd's Creative Spirit: September Challenge.
2.The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 28 - Rustic.
I think my shrine looks pretty rusty! but what do you think?
3. SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges: September Anything Goes: Steampunk/Industrial

Was it a dream or did it really happen? Only the white rabbit knows Lol!
5. Craft Stamper Magazine: September Challenge: 'Take a Stamp'-Anything goes


  1. Really unique and unusual Angela, love all the details and embellishments xxx

  2. WOW! What a detailed post and a fantastic project too


  3. Angela!! This is way too cool!!!
    How ever did you make those playing cards??
    I can see why it took so long to put together,great art takes time! Love the buttons!! Happy Monday xo

  4. Your shrine looks fantastic Angela. I'm amazed that you managed to make so many fantastic little cards on shrink, both stamping on the slick surface and shrinking too. A great and impressive piece of work. Barbxx

  5. Oh my goodness - this is stunning! I love your imagination and the gorgeous cards poping out of the work. Such a fabulous inspiration .Tfs with us in 7Dots!!

  6. Sorry...Entering Mixed Media PLace!!just out of rush...

  7. Wow! Thanks for the process.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. I really appreciate the process photos, Angela! I didn't even notice all those buttons in the background! Brilliant!

  9. Wow that is amazing and so creative! Thank you for sharing your whole process. Happy Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #44

  10. I think your project is much detail and it just looks so fabulous...
    Thank you so much for playing along in the challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month..x

  11. What a wonderful piece, Angela - you've done a fabulous job on it! Beautiful!

  12. What a wonderful piece, Angela - you've done a fabulous job on it! Beautiful!

  13. I love Alice connections!
    Magical work!
    Thank you for sharing it at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challege!

  14. Lovely texture! Thank you for participating in the Mixed Media Place challenge!

  15. Lovely texture! Thank you for participating in the Mixed Media Place challenge!

  16. Lovely texture !!!! Thanks for playing at MIxed Media PLace Challenge ❤️

  17. Very cool shrine, love seeing your process. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  18. What a fun and creative idea, Angela! And brilliantly executed as well! Love it!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx


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