Thursday, 24 November 2011

Gauche Alchemy 3

Here are the last 2 projects I made in my capacity as Guest Designer for Gauche Alchemy. Both could be individual collages but I made them to also fit into the book (in the Bare Nekkid kit I worked with and which you can obtain here) and the cover for which you can see in my previous Gauche Alchemy post a week ago. You can also see these two pages on the current Gauche Alchemy site. Full instructions for making these pages beneath:

Eye Page
5 x 7”

Start with a piece of corrugated cardstock (kit) and cut to size 5 x 7”
Rub the surface with both a gold and a sepia inkpad.
Stitch a length of the lace (kit) along the bottom edge.
Tear a piece of text paper (kit), rub the edges with a sepia stamp pad. Tear a slightly smaller piece of craft cork (kit), stamp with a text stamp (I used KK2622 Life connects… from Hampton Art Stamps), and age the edges as above.
Tear an even smaller piece of brown paper (I used the wrapping paper the kit came in), stamp on the eye (The All Seeing Eye from Uptown Design) and age the edges as above.
Layer up all these pieces as shown on top of the corrugate card and stitch together by machine using a decorative thread. Sew slowly! There are a lot of layers but your machine should manage fine.
If you prefer, you could also glue all these layers together, one at a time.
Stamp a small tag (kit) with the text from Life Consists… stamp (see above) and adhere as shown with a brad (kit).
Stick on the self-adhesive EYE letters (Real Life Antique Letters).
Adhere the black vintage brooch as shown through the corrugated ribbles of the card stock. I found this in a second-hand shop so you probably won’t find something identical but search through your own vintage treasures and I’m sure you’ll find something equally suitable!)

Love page
5 x 7”

Make a small quiltie (size 5 x 7”) by layering up a piece of vintage napkin (with fringe attached to one of the short sides) and batting. Machine quilt the layers together using your preferred method. Zigzag stitch the long sides closed.
Transfer an image from a cabinet card to cotton, using a fabric sheet and following the manufacturers’ instructions. Layer with a piece of sepia coloured transparent fabric and stitch onto your background as shown. Sew on a strip of lace and the brown wire ribbon (kit) to the left of this image.
Machine stitch 3 lines to the bottom with metallic thread.
Add embellishment as follows:
Sew on 3 buttons (kit) on top of the brown wire ribbon
Sew size 11 seed beads around the edge of the image
Glue on 4 photo corners (kit)
Sew on 5 vintage buttons to the bottom of the piece as shown
Glue on the self-adhesive LOVE letters (kit)

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