Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Altered Clipboard

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Pamellis is our hostess and is calling it Snap, Crackle, Crackle and she described the theme this way:

Let's see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked UTEE, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp, you can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks me up!!

I decided to alter a clipboard this time but wanted a small one so I started shopping on my way to get my hair cut.  I thought I could find one at the dollar store - not.  Then I thought I would find one at the office supply store - not.  I got to the hairdresser's and was moaning about how all I could find were letter-sized clipboards and she said she had one they weren't using anymore and gave it to me.  So this ended up being a recycling project.

I started by giving it a coat of Gesso.  Then I painted it with some Americana Buttermilk Acrylic Paint by DecoArt.  When that was dry I gave it a coat of Folk Art Crackle Medium and then followed that with a coat of Folk Art Butter Pecan Acrylic Paint.

Once the paint had cracked and dried I mixed some texture paste with Tea Rose Reinker and put it through the Wendy Vecchi 3 Flourishes stencil.  I am not sure why but the colour changed and looks more beige but it works with the crackle.

Then I took some Mountain Rose Alcohol Ink and blended it with some Copper Mixative to change the colour of the clip. 

I took a scrap of paper leftover from the Graphic 45 mini album I made and punched both sides with a Martha Stewart punch, inked it with some Tea Dye Distress Ink and then wrapped some black organza ribbon around it.

Next came the flowers.  The leaves were a die cut inked with Frayed Burlap DI.  Next I stamped the flower from the Wendy Vecchi Build a Blossom Stamp It Stencil It set on Specialty Stamping Paper and on Clearly for Art and then cut both out.  I coloured the paper one with Tea Rose Archival Ink and the other one with a mixture of Mountain Rose and Copper Mixative Alcohol Inks.  I used the alcohol ink mixture to change the colour of a gumdrop for the centre.

The two little paper flower were punched from a Prima paper pad called Printery and I added some brads from Making Memories for centres.  The other small flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and were inked with Tea Dye and Frayed Burlap DI.  The large rose was sprayed with Buccaneer Bronze Moonshine Mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang and then rubbed with Rose Quartz wax paste from Treasure Gold on the edges.

The little butterfly was made from crafter's clay and a silicone mold, inked with Tea Dye DI and then painted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I inked it again after it was dry with some Frayed Burlap DI.

The frame is a resin piece that I painted with acrylic paint and then rubbed with the Rose Quartz wax paste.  The crown is a charm and I just added a brad to fill the hole at the top.

Finally, I added a pearl flourish, some individual pearls, a square dollar store brad and a couple of buttons.  And there you have it - an altered clipboard.  It won't hold paper anymore but I think it would make a nice decor item.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

All Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes (No Cards)
That Craft Place  - No Cards
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Must be Altered or Mixed Media)
Avenue 613 - Anything Goes (Option Feminine)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes (Altered Art or Mixed Media Only)

The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. It's amazing what you can get at the hairdressers these days!!! I love what you've done with this little clipboard Cec, starting with that fabulous crackle paint effect and then to the beautiful trims. Doesn't the G45 paper work perfectly with it! Jenny x

  2. Your altered clipboard is amazing, Cec! You've achieved a fantastic crackle effect! Fabulous colours and beautifuly arranged embellishments! Love it!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  3. After seeing this project first hand, I can honestly say that the photo does NOT do it justice Cec. I love the whole concept of an altered clip board and your crackle background is incredible!! I just love all of the rustic colours and the rust effect on the clip! Gorgeous my friend! hugs :)

  4. WOW!!! So elegant and simply stunning! Love the colors and such a gorgeous choice of embellishments!

  5. This is fantastic! I have been wanting to alter a clipboard, and this is good inspiration. Love the big crackles. I can't remember seeing smaller clipboards, would like to find one.

  6. So lovely! I like the mix of color and media. This is how it looks like if passionate crafters are at work. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, too! :)

  7. You have some fabulous crackling going on with this gorgeous clip board. Thanks for sharing it with us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
    Lorraine DT

  8. This is just too funny! I am also altering a clipboard, small and $1.00! Lol! I do love your crackle and layers to this wonderful clipboard!

  9. And your stencil work is spot on and very clean. Those flowers and bling add just the right amount of Umph to this clipboard! Awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  10. Holy Crackle! Cec, this is one beautiful upcycled clip board! I just picked up 3 smalls and a large one at an estate sale this weekend, and you are giving me lots of inspiration! Your stencil/paste technique is spotless, and love the crafter's clay butterfly...have you been tandem crafting again? The rust is just wonderful, and I'm going to have to get that copper mixative...I didn't even know it existed. Great work! Hugs!

  11. Fabulous altered clip board...reminded me that I have some buried deep in my craft room,I must look them out.
    Loving the colour choice and the embellishing...and what a sweet little frame.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  12. I am such a fan of this, so beautiful. I love the crackle and all of your special details. Such a talented lady.

  13. What a fabulous story behind finding this clipboard and giving it new life Cec. I love all the gorgeous flowers and the crackle background, beautiful work xx

  14. Wow! Brilliant altered clipboard and love the story of how you finally got one to play with :o) Beautiful colours you've used and the little framed crown is fab too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit - Steffi xx

  15. this is just lovely! the more details...the better!

  16. This is just WOW! Love the colors & crackled effect too!

  17. So great Cec - love the colors and the design. So much here to see. j.

  18. Oh My Word!!! Cec this is amazing!!!! And it was so nice to meet you today and go shopping!!!!! See you on Sunday if all goes as planned!!!!

  19. Lovely work. Very beautiful project. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again next month. Judy DT

  20. You mini clipboard was a great gift and a wonderful pretty!
    Thanks for joining in with Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month!

  21. This is a fab idea, and looks gorgeous. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x


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