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I was delighted to be asked to create a sample for the lovely Karen Clare who is also known as "The Clock Lady"
Karen has recently designed a fantastic puzzle which is made out of MDF and comes flat packed ready for you to decorate/ alter/ personalise. A clever addition to the puzzle is its box which has a reversible lid. As the puzzle can be decorated on both sides, using both sides of the lid means you get two completely different puzzles and looks in one! The kit costs £9.95 with postage of just £1 to the Uk.
Please click HERE to visit Karen's website where the kits can be purchased and also HERE to visit her Facebook page.
I assembled my box using cosmic shimmer glue and held the pieces in place with the elastic bands that came in the pack
I then gessoed all of the pieces. I decided to take my inspiration from a workshop that I did with Emma Godfrey at That's Crafty. On the first side I used a store card to smear Paperartsy Fresco paint in Bougainvillea, Banana and South Pacific, I then added patches of snowflake followed by black stencilling of groups of dots. Various stamps were inked using the paint and stamped on using the paint as ink, I also stamped using distress inks and versa color in white. Splodges of black and neon pink were added and a rubbed in some more distress inks. Lines in gold metallic paint were applied using the store card. Different circles were added using pen lids dipped in paint. Text was added randomly (I put some upside down to make the puzzle harder) using stazon ink. Finally I used black and white journalling pens to add detail and this is what i ended up with ...
For my second side I stuck down old book papers with mod podge then I used Decoart Fluid Media paint in Dioxazine purple, with Paperartsy Fresco paints in Bora Bora, Banana and Limelight. Again I also used Americana neon pink. I sprayed the colours with water and used my fingers to apply the colour. I dry brushed with neat Paperartsy Fresco in Snowflake to knock the colour back and then added little pops of pink and gold dots. I added stamped text and then doodled with black and white journalling pens.
I ended up with this
Turning my attention to the box I painted it with Dylusions Turquoise and then added Prima Art Alchemy metallic paint in Deep Waters. I dry brushed with Decoart gold to finish.
I photographed the two sides of the puzzle and printed on glossy paper which I mounted on to black card and stuck it either side of the lid (the lid can be used either way around). I also Stamped the bottom of the box and added a small copy of each photograph.
As you can see, one item can give you two completely different looks!
I hope you like this and consider visiting Karen's shop to look at all the goodies there and pop one of these kits into your basket!
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