Hi there, hope you all had a great weekend :)
Do you remember the Coffee coasters I decorated last year? Well I bought a couple of MDF tag shapes at the same time as the coasters and I thought I'd turn them into key-rings and share them with you today :)
They are quite large tags so probably not really the sort of key-ring you want to carry around with you all the time but I knew we needed a new one for our conservatory door so I naturally got out Altenews Garden Grow stamp set for one of them...
As with the coasters, I have painted the raw MDF with a few coats of chalk paint and
sanded to a smooth finish before stamping the three plants onto the tag. I then made
a negative mask for each plant pot with post it note paper so I could sponge ink
onto them for some colour.
I find dye ink is the best for this and the colours naturally soften as they sink
into the chalky surface so you may need a few applications to get a stronger colour.
Yes I did make masks for the large leaves in the blue pot, quite a bit of scissor work but worth it in the end...
for the smaller leaves and flowers I used a cotton bud to pick up ink and apply it :)
For the second key ring I chose a regal looking cat from MFT's Catitude stamp set and set about making a few negative masks so I could turn her into a tabby.... the very simplistic shapes match the whimsy style of image.
I drew in a crown and added some extra images around the edge from various other cat
stamp sets...some are quite subtle and don't show well in the photo
These were great fun to make and are great gifts too with the possibility to personalise them for the recipient.
To make them more robust I recommend a couple of coats of Matt Mod Podge to help
protect them from knocks and scratches!!
Thanks for stopping by :)