Friday, April 5, 2013

Wine Plaque Mixed Media

     Hello fellow crafters!!!! I am so excited to be a Cricut Diva! That's right, I am now a member of the CricutDiva DT. For my first post I thought I would share with you a project I submitted as an example of my work for the application process in order to be  considered for the team. I love mixed media and have taken many online course so this is a favorite of mine. Our goal is to show you what you can do with your Cricut and the versatility of projects you can make with them.

     This project used 3 cartridges. I used: Word Collage, Celebrate With Flourish, French Manor and, as an extra bonus, Mini Monograms. Let's get started since I have a wealth of detail to share with you, lol.
     Let's start with this picture. I used an 8" x 10" canvas board and painted with Martha Stewarts Satin cream paint. It is hard to see in the pic but I also inked the edges of the frame with Antique Linen distress ink. I then cut the wine words from Word Collage using the wine section. This was all cut @ 6" with vinyl. I have a confession to make. This is not the original I started with! At first I tried a stretched canvas that I painted a wine color and was going to paint over the vinyl with the cream. Hint: not a good idea to start with a dark base if you plan to go over with a lighter color!
     I was satisfied with how this was proceeding but wanted to add some corners to the canvas. This is where French Manor comes in. I am not sure if the image on page 63 were glasses or not, but for this plaque, let's just pretend they are! I cut the Border+shift key and cut them @ 1.25" times 4 for all the corners.
     I have this wonderful stamp that I love and thought the Steam Punk look just fit in so well here. This is an Inkadinkado stamp that I used Archival Brilliance Coffee Bean to stamp with. I also had this wonderful braided cording that went fabulous with this project. Now what to do for the hands of the clock?
     Did you know that French Manor has a clock face with hands image? Well it does. It is on page 31 under Layer. I used my gypsy and moved the clock image off the mat so all I would cut is the clock hands @ 1". How cool is that, lol. Now on to my main image: the wine bottle and glasses.
     I bet you were wondering why I placed the word collage off to the side, well, here is why. I wanted to use this wine bottle and glasses as my focal point. The die cut is from Celebrate With Flourish and I cut it at 8.65" x 9.35". I used the main image as well as the shadow feature. All the edges were inked with Aged Mahogany and also sprayed with Glimmer Mist Brick and Fern. I also used some Gold Stickles to add a touch of class!

     I wanted a more realistic look to the glasses so I cut them separately out of Graffix clear plastic. I know it can be difficult to use the plastic or acetate without having the glue show so, I'll share my secret with you. I used a glue dot in the center of the glass which I knew I would cover with a Monogram. The stems were adhered with Glossy accents. If you have a spot that you are not happy with, no problem. I truly believe Stickles were made to hide mistakes!!!
     The little monogram circles were cut @ .75" from Mini Monograms. I also found a small cork in my stash so I just inked it up with some Aged Mahogany.
     If you remember in the first pic, I had glued a piece of fabric to the bottom part of the canvas. When I had laid everything out, it looked odd to me that the bottle was "just There". By adding the fabric, it gives the impression that it is resting on the table. The grapes are left over from small wine favors we used for one of my daughters weddings. Yes, I do have quite the collection of supplies! Before I show you the completed project I just wanted to show you the back. Why you ask? I like to show how everything should be finished off for a professional look.
     I had used Zutter rivets to secure my ribbon but didn't like the look of the rivets or ribbon ends showing. All you have to do is cut a piece of brown paper or card stock, a little smaller than the completed projects. Add a bead of glue around the edges (I use Arlene's Quick Tack) and then lightly mist with water. As it dries it lays taut and gives a nice finished look.
     I hope you have been inspired to use your cartridges for out of the box embellishments. If you have learn a little (or a lot, lol) I would love if you became a follower as well as leave a comment. I read each and every one of them and it always makes me smile!



scrapBugz said...

Super cute!


Nadja said...

Very nice project! I love your step by step instructions.

Julie said...

Love this project. Have a good friend I'd love too make something like this for.

L.B. said...

what a fun project Love the colors and all the fun details like the grapes at the bottom
MCCRdt sis

Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

Love the detail you put into your project today!!

Jenn Lorist

Tammy said...

awesome project. Love how you have included the directions with it

Clayful Imagination said...

WOW! Great project..lots of details! I have to laugh everytime I read your web address because it never fails that my mind reads it as love o fart instead of love of art! LOL Can you tell I live in a house full of boys?!! LOL

silvia said...

Great wall hanging!!

Caryn S said...

This is just full of good ideas, TFS!

SusieScrapper said...

Love your project and all the detail you put into it!


Mary said...

Just me hopping along, lol

Jodie R said...

I have to scraplift this project! My sister is doing craft projects with wine bottles and she really needs this!! It is super cute! You rock!!

Jodie R

Gloria Westerman said...

That was awesome how you guided us thru your it....and thanks for the tip on the back...I will have to remember that....tfs

Janet's Planet said...

great project! love it! TFS
Janet Royer-MCCR-DT

Marji said...

That's a really neat project! Great work

Ashley said...

Absolutely gorgeous! :)

Ashley - MCCR DT

angie ashuk said...

Thats very pretty. You did a great job, and your attention to detail is amazing!!

Angie MCCR DT sis

cema1cema said...

Cool project! Christina

Jessica S said...

Mary, this is gorgeous. Way to be clever about hiding the glue dot and keeping the back looking sharp. Wonderful colors and great layering of your vinyl words. Mine probably would have been crooked a little, but yours are perfect.
Jessica S
MCCR DT Sister

TeresaK said...

That was an amazing Project Mary! I love the details you gave us to help walk us through how to do one ourself! Thanks for that! I think my favorite part to this, and there are several things I really like, but I LOVE that you added the grapes to it! That just Makes it complete to me!
Great job!

Sarah said...

Oh Mary!!! You did a wonderful job. I love your wall hanging.


Doris P. said...

i too love subway are.. your word collage is perfect adn i so love your sign. details exceptional and yes, I agree.. stickles is perfect! Doris
my cricut craft room dt sis... :)

Ava Fernandez said...

Mary your project is soooo beautiful, love all the details.
Ava DT Sister

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

Very very pretty!


Amanda said...


Monica said...

This is fantastic!!!!!!!

Nanne said...

Oh that so cool looking, love that bottle of wine (even though, I'm not a wine drinker..LOL) such a great decor piece..
MCCR DT sister

marg0006 said...

Too, too cute. Love this idea and the stamp and cuts.

marg0006 at verizon dot net

Cathy said...

Great job on your project Mary, love the addition of the grapes and the cork.

HeatherLynn said...

Oh my goodness!!! This is gorgeous! LOVE all of the details!!

Jen L said...

Love it and thanks for all the tips

Kathy Salido said...

This came our simply gorgeous!!! Love all the details.
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

ClaireR said...

Totally Amazing project, I will have to scraplift that. Love love love it!
My Cricut Craft Room DTM

SusieScrapper said...

Awesome project and great job!


ScrapYourWorld said...

love the step by step pictures!! seeing it come to life was GREAT!!! Very nice job Mary!!
Paula Driver Pinquette sister!!

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards said...

Wow Mary this is cute. I love the add grapes and the wine glasses. TFS AJ- said...

Awesome project Mary! and TFS all that detail that went into your project! at first I thought it was vellum but it was Grafix... additionally thank for the tip of the glue and misting it with water!
Blogging It Forward

Nikki Binder said...

Great projects. Love those cuts and stamps. TFS

TeresaK said...

This is my second look at this project Mary and I love home decor things! You did a great job!
Congrats on being selected as a
Cricut Diva! I always knew you were a Diva! :) Hugs!

Robin said...

Mary this looks fantastic! I love all of the wonderful details you have incorporated in this project :)


Sukie said...

What a great project, I love all of the fun details you added! I am a new follower of your blog from the "Blogging It Forward" group and I am looking forward to more of your creations!


Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Mary! Another great project!!!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter with family, friends, and a good time. Sending belated wishes, a bit of love, and hopes of many blessings your way!

Hugs, my friend!

Corinne said...

just FAB, great tutorial to go with it..

Kerry Turner said...

Beautiful project.

Tina Campbell said...

Cool project!

Rebecca Daniels said...

Wow...lots of wonderful detail! Love this project.