My lovely soul mate and I have been together for 25 years this year, he is a great railway enthusiast. So for Valentine's Day, and my Guest Designer project for AALL & Create, I used Bipasha BK's fabulous newly released stamp set #264 Archway, to create a mixed media 3D project.
I know it doesn't have any hearts on it but I have saved those for his card.
I also used Stencil #38 Cracked Walls 2 by Olga Heldwein.
I started by decorating the inside of the box, for the 'tunnel' element. This box has an arched front and is self assembly (from That's Crafty) in the UK. I used the stencil and some texture paste to line the walls of the 'tunnel' and painted the back wall with black gesso, dry brushed with some white gesso.
Next, I stamped the arway from the stamp set, I did this a few times, coloured them with Distress Inks in various grey and black colours. I wanted to cover the archway completely so I cut up and paper pieced the stones to the front.
To give a little realism to the stonework I gave them a coat of Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint which I hope you can see in the photo above. Once dry I applied a coat of Matte Medium to dull the shine a little and then highlighted a few areas with some Hickory Smoke Distress Spry which settled nicely into some of the cracks.
Next, I cut away the track from my stamped and coloured train image and 'laid' the track in the opening of the box. To give the base a more realistic look I glued down some of Seth Apter's Rocky Road Embossing Powder between the tracks.
I coloured the train with watercolour paints, fussy cut it out, layered it up in three layers to give some dimension and attached it to the back of the box. I added some greenery and the tunnel number 25.
So, you may wonder why I mentioned the light at the end of the tunnel in my title.... well, that's because I added a light to the top of the box so that the train can be displayed at any time of the day or night....
I am pleased to say he loved his train, I have kept his card as a surprise though!
The stamp set and stencil I used are available from a worldwide list of stockists HERE.
For once I have made a project that actually fits in with a challenge! I am entering this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is 'Crack it up'. I used Distress Crackle Paint on the tunnel and a Crackled Wall stencil on the inside.
Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it!
Hugs, Anne xxx