Sunday 14 January 2018

Frilly and Funkie- Ribcages

This month at Frilly and Funkie the challenge is "Three is not a crowd"
Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows - the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three.

Here is where i go with funkie my group of three is RIBCAGES.  I love ribcages not sure why but there you go.  I started with chipboard cards 3.5"x5"...

Here is a ribcage viewed from the back so you also get the shoulder blade.  Glue chipboard onto card, paint with white gesso this seals the edges around chipboard, next paint with light lime (the color is hard to see in this pic) acrylic paint, finally dry brush with a dakrer lime.  Next I sanded card, ink with vintage photo ink the ink will settle into the sanded portions, embossed the whole card with clear embossing powder, dust off some so you get a pebbled look in areas.  Almost there...  paint entire card with Art Deco antiquing paint brown- wipe off excess, the brown settles in where the embossing powder is pebbled.  Finally paint with patina green antiquing cream wipe off excess- the final look is old and worn.

I created 4 of these cards, once the base card where done embellish with chipboard, metals, and photos.  I used the following chipboard pieces all available on my etsy store BoozyBear
Chicken Wire

On this ribcage i cut up the ribs and folded them over like the ribs have been busted open.  This ribcage has been embossed with Stampendous Aged Taupe embossing enamel. Underneath is chipboard gears and mechanicals like a machine.

I found this metal rib cage embellishment at Treasured Memories they always have fun accessories.  Added a wing to chipboard ribcage/back this is embossed with Stampendous Aged Marine embossing enamel- this color is FAB.

I positioned the wing at an angle to make it look like it is flapping- I used 3D matte gel.  This stuff works great for mixed media projects adheres dimensional items together way better than glue and I don't have to hold til it dries which works perfectly since I am impatience.

So usually I would have added photos into the whole complete hexagons but instead created a jagged edge of hexagon texture and added the photo underneath here.  The whole hexagons are painted.  Glossy accents covered the photo (super thick layer) makes it shiny and look like an epoxy embellishment.

This was a fun project, I made another one in blue tones (that's for next weeks reveal) once they were completed I put in a couple frames I have been wondering what to do with.



  1. Love love love these, Glenda! Absolutely brilliant!
    Claudia x

  2. What a fun foursome! Rib cages, huh?! Well, you have taken something quite unique and made them into little works of art! I love the colors and your designs are intriguing! I especially love the one with the gears peeking out! I'm delighted to see you playing along at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs! Sara Emily

  3. Mixed media fabulous. Love all the texture your ribcage creations have. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.