Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making Magic at Anything But Cute #4

The fourth challenge is here at Anything But Cute! Can you believe we started this only four months ago? Wowzers! This month the skilled artisan, Georgie, from Little Blue Craft Box is our hostess! She has chosen the theme MAKING MAGIC and this is what she had to say, "Most of us are drawn to the magic of fairy tales and fantasy. The colours are often hypnotic and your mind is free to explore outside the limits of reality. For this challenge, I would like you to create a magical mixed media project strongly inspired by the moodboard. Be inspired by the theme, the colours, the textures or all three. Lets bring a little magic back!"

To me, Knowledge is magic. It opens the doors to so many wonderful adventures and the most magical adventures I have had the pleasure of taking, are usually through a book. That is how I came up with my design for this month. 
This is my first altered book. My background is made from polymer clay that I stamped into, first time with this technique as well. I inked up the clay with Silks, LSG sprays, Inka Gold, DecoArt Metallic paint, and so much more.
The large TH butterfly die was purchased at The lady that runs this store (Janine) is so very sweet and has such amazing prices on her items, plus she loves animals! Wowzers. I just love how versatile this die and embossing folder are (you will see plenty more of this butterfly die!) I sprayed the butterfly and used Inkagold then used UTEE over the entire piece. I added the pen nib for the body after rubbing Inkagold over it.
The dew drops that you can sort of see are made by using glossy accents and randomly dripping a drop here and there. The chippie word was embossed and then embossed again. The chippie clock was painted with gold modeling paste, then I added some sand texture paste and used LSG sprays to age it and patina it. I left the roman numerals raw.
I wanted to do something different to represent the inside of the book so I used Twisted Citron DI and applied it over some tissue paper that was already stamped (this tissue paper was what my stamp was wrapped in from my win over at 12 Tags of 2015) I then used the end of a paintbrush to make rolls from the tissue paper. I applied some glue and glued the rolled up piece to the top and side of the book=pages!!
I do hope you enjoyed this post and join in the magical fun! My teamies have designed some wonderful mixed media pieces so don't forget to stop by their neck of the woods. Thank you for stopping by! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki

I would be thrilled to share this design with the following challenges:

That Craft Place-Mixed Media Anything Goes

The Artistic Stamper-August-Anything Goes

ABC Challenge-"O" is for Open-Anything Goes

Simply Create Too #91-Anything Goes

Sisters of Craft-August Anything Goes


  1. What a marvelous work of art!!! I love the colors and such wonderful magical embellishments you used to create it! Just brilliant my dear!!!
    Hugs :)

    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Holy smackerdoodles Doc, this is freaking awesome!! You stamped into polymer clay, how incredibly creative is that, amazing!! Your colours are beautiful, everything blends together in a glorious symphony of magic!! That butterfly is drop dead gorgeous, you really took some wonderful elements from the mood board and created an incredible work of art! LOVE IT!! Well done my friend, hugs :)

  3. Niki, dear, this is beyond stunning! You put so much love into this brilliant piece of art, my talented friend! What magical colours and embellishing! Your grunge layered butterfly is to die for! This is my new favorite of yours! LOVE it!
    Huge hugs! Branka xxx

  4. Your altered book is truly magical! I love your symbolic tie in to the challenge...yes reading a good book can be so magical! But your artwork here is truly magical, too! What a creative idea to use polymer clay as your substrate and then stamping into it!!! What great texture you have achieved with that! And then to top it with your fabulous colors--that is where the magic starts for me! It just shows off that amazing texture, and then to drop glossy accents on for dew drops is just a wonderful finishing touch! Oh, Niki, your butterfly, clock, rolled tissue, and text embellishments are just the icing on the cake! Scrumptious make, my crafty friend! Big Hugs, Punkin'!

  5. Holy hot diggity dog.... This is INCREDIBLE. I was scrolling through the DT projects and this popped right out at me. I kind of want to steal it. Love all the metallic shimmery colors and the stamping into clay technique looks super cool!

  6. Gosh Niki, this is just... well... lost for words... truly a beautiful piece and I LOVE your interpretation of the mood board! This is just stunning and magical, the colours and the clock coming through but peeking behind the butterfly is just mesmerising! So in awe of this little gem! xx

  7. Oh Niki I love what you did with the butterfly. She so beautifully graces the cover of your altered book. I just altered my first book. I did it in Finn's class that I took. I send you a picture. I love how everything shows up so well that was stamped into the clay. Gorgeous!

  8. Niki it looks like a book of magic! Its so so pretty, so clever. Its just gorgeous! Cxx

  9. What a stunning piece of artwork you've created here! I just love it! Thanks for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Simply Create Too!
    Hugs, Danielle x

  10. Niki, that is gorgeous, love the stamping into the clay and amazing textures and colours. Wonderful idea to add the tissue to represent the pages of your magical altered book!

  11. Wow Niki - you went way out of your comfort zone - clay and a book. But hey - YOU DID GREAT. It is just BEAUTIFUL. Such rich colors, incredible textures and seriously - ingenious pages! Just MAGICAL!! j.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous project Niki, wow!! that butterfly is so stunning.

  13. Wow! Incredible use of the clay on this project! I'm in awe xx
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  14. Picture me, in awe!! You did an amazing job on your first altered book, Niki! This is magnificent!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Wow what a fabulous project, thanks for sharing it with us and kpjoining in the fun at The Artistic Stamper

  16. What a great idea using polymer clay and the colours of your book certainly have a magical look to them. Thanks for the blog love today, you made my day.
    Hugs , Julie x

  17. Oh this looks so amazing! Thank you for joining us at ABC! hugs! Mojca

  18. Lovely! I thought the background was cool even before you added the color! :) The colors and textures work so beautifully together. The butterfly is the perfect contrast to the background. Nice work!

  19. Love your project so amazing. Thank you for joining us this month at
    Sister's of Craft
    Hugggs Lori X x X

  20. Beautiful book - just love all the gorgeous, shimmery colors and your butterfly on that great clock is perfect!! Looks so real.... xx Lynn

  21. What a gorgeous altered book! Wonderful texture and embossing, lovely colors and pretty die cuts - so many pieces to look at! Julia xx

  22. Can't believe I missed this... I was sure I'd visited all the Making Magic DT pieces. Well, better late than never I guess to say how completely amazing that stamped clay background is - even before all the glorious shimmer and layers of colour arrived. Wonderful!
    Alison xx