I seem to be crafting in ‘phases’ at the moment – I’ve come through my ‘Egg Phase’ and have moved into my ‘Tando Phase’.
If you’re not familiar with Tando Creative’s products – keep reading!
Tando Creative produce a range of ‘laser cut board blanks’ ready for decoration by crafters – I used their Large Carriage Clock to create a farewell gift for a member of staff (and friend) at my local craft shop who has played an important part in my development as a crafter.
The basic clock stands approximately 12” (30cm) high and 8” (20.5cm) wide and includes the clock mechanism and hands.
The clock body comprises a solid piece and a piece with 8 apertures – both have a hole through which the clock mechanism is attached to the hands; there is also a decorative piece which can be used towards the top of the clock face.
As with anything in craft, there is no right or wrong and these pieces can be used (or left out) in whichever manner you wish.
Typically I decided to replace the clock mechanism provided with one that had caught my eye on eBay – a quartz pendulum clock movement. The pendulum would need to show through the body of the clock so I took inspiration from my talented friend Sandra Carey and decided to make the clock 3D.
This was achieved by cutting a strip of card of approximately 2” (5cm) width with extra ‘pinked’ flanges each side (for flexibility around the top curves of the clock) to stick to the back and front panels, giving space for the mechanism and the pendulum within the clock.
Before fixing the two panels together I decorated the clock with a lovely product from Creative Expressions – Cosmic Shimmer Matt Chalk Paint (I used Shy Violet – see above picture) – and papers from the gorgeous Papermania Madame Payraud range with a dark violet acrylic paint – see picture below.
I used various butterfly stamps in my stash to stamp in two Distress Ink colours (Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender) and a lovely dull gold over the Chalk Paint.
The clock mechanism and hands were mounted into the front panel before the card strip was glued, fixing the front and back panels together – further Madame Payraud paper covered the side panels.
The pendulum comprised a wooden butterfly decorated with the same chalk paint, Pinflair Pearl and Glitter Wands and some coordinating adhesive pearls and gems; this was stuck (using Pinflair Glue Gel) to a short length of Lilac Crea Metal craft wire (2mm) which in turn was fixed to the clock mechanism. (The picture shows pendulum bob before being outlined with the purple Pinflair Glitter Wand to add definition).
The ‘ball feet’ were created by cutting 2cm diameter polystyrene balls covered in ‘Antique Silver’ Pinflair Buff-It in half and sticking them to both sides of the round feet at the base of the panels.
A number of butterflies were cut using various Spellbinder butterfly dies, vellum was layered on Centura Pearl to give dimension, and these were used to decorate the front of the clock with a small tag stamped with the saying “If nothing ever changed there would be no Butterflies”.
The face numerals were cut from Creative Expressions’ Soft Gold card (beloved by Sue Wilson) using the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Die ‘Weathered Clock’ (657190).
Here’s hoping that Meryl’s new life is ‘Butterfly Beautiful’.