Monday 4 May 2015

Indian Elephant

     This little project is for the All Crafts Challenge over at Craft My Life, anything handcrafted is acceptable at this challenge as we love to see what wonderful things are happening out there.
     To start I made an elephant by using some modelling putty and a plastic toy elephant, I could have just used the toy but I know I shall want another one at a later date and this way I get one with a flat back making him easier to stick down.
     I pressed the toy into the putty and then popped it in the fridge to harden, the putty doesn't set permanently, it's reusable. Once the mold was firm I used my trusty Stix2 hot glue gun and filled the mold making sure I had no bubbles and set aside to cool.  The putty is not the best mold to use with a hot glue gun, silicone would be better but for a temporary mold the putty is adequate.
     After removing the cold elephant from the mold I cleaned him up and painted him with Distress Paint Evergreen Bough. Once the paint was dry I rubbed him over with Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax Autumn Bronze and buffed him to a shine.
     The frame is a Tando Creative Arabian Styled Layered Arch Frame set, I thought it went well with Chocolate Baroque's Fantasy Castle stamp set and one from their Texture fragments set.
     The frame has five layers to it, I have used all the frames on the backing and kept the five inners for another project. The backing is covered with a layer of white card that has been decorated using Distress Inks and a mixture of water stamping and spritzing along with the CB stamps. The domes on the castle are coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paint which has a great sheen to it because of the mica they contain.
     The frame is painted with an Acrylic gold paint dabber from Ranger, I have made sure it has a mottled effect to add age to it. The little elephant is stuck on at the end, he fits perfectly into the deep frame, the whole thing weighs very little as it's made from greyboard so it hangs quite happily on a stuck on loop put on the back out of sight.
     Please pop over to Craft My Life and join in our All Crafts Challenge with whatever handcrafted item you've made, we would love to see your creativity.

I would like to enter my picture in the following challenges:
Crafty Girlz - Anything Goes or Spring Showers
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired By Book or Film ( The Far Pavillions, beautiful Indian architecture)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes or Feminine


  1. Beautiful card thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week hugs Sue xx

  2. Loved reading how you made your little elephant. Brilliant. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. The time you invested in creating all of the elements of this card was well-served. It is a timeless, classy, and exquisite work of art. I love it!

  4. What a lovely project. The image and frame are perfect together, the little elephant looks amazing, clever technique! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin'!


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