Saturday 7 June 2014

Vintage treasures hanger

Most of us who love altered art and up-cycling like to use our cardboard boxes and packaging where we can for our art. This crafter is no different so today I'm blogging a hanger which would be a kewl gift for hanging in a guy's bedroom, a study or anywhere in the house if this is your kind of art...


I started with my roughly torn piece of carboard box with no attempt to tidy up the edges at all. Out came the DPs - Fired brick first and, when that was dry, some Walnut stain dabbed around the edges:
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Some strips of tissue tape have been torn, stuck to my craft mat and then stained with Peeled paint DP which has been rubbed off before it dried. This was added to the right side of the board:
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This time I decided the background should be stamped. My trusty old script stamp came out as well as this great Studio 490 set by Wendy Vecchi, which is fab!:

The DPs have been used to make block-coloured backgrounds to stamp onto as well as diluting them with water to use as watercolours (using archival ink for the stamping, of course):
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The embellishments have been cut from mountboard with TH dies and then painted. The crest has had sequin waste added as well as Chit chat stickers and a resin bird. Everything has been edged with Walnut stain DI using a blending tool:
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The board and all the other elements have been edged with DI too before starting the layering up process. I also added a little burlap fringe at the bottom. Lastly, the Crop A Dile was used to punch and rivet the eyelets in place so that I could add a paper wire hanger:
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If you haven't tried re-cycling your cardboard do try it - it's immensely satisfying.

Have a crafty, happy weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Chris xxx


  1. Brilliant layered up hanging Christ, love the added texture of the burlap/hessian and Mr Rainman always looks so cool!

  2. Love the colourful effects and fabulous details with the images and embellishments x

  3. Oh wow Chris, I love the fantastic background and that shield looks amazing - very cleverly constructed with the punched holes adding interest. Love Umbrella Man and those Wendy stamps are lovely and look so useful. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Lovely rich colours on your fab hanging Chris, the sequin waste is a great touch on the shield, and I love the coloured tissue tape strips. Mo x

  5. Wow, that's fabulous - what zingy colours, and such cool collaged elements... Love Umbrella Man at the heart of it!
    Alison xx

  6. This reminds me so much of a Victorian library with the choice of muted colours and fabulous mix of textures. Must search out that fab WV stamp set too as it works so well here. Jenny x