Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Decorating MDF Shapes for Embellishments

Hello, and thanks for stopping by, today I thought I would show you some great MDF shapes now being sold by Inkydoodles, I will start by showing what the bag contains and then I go on to explain how the 3 in the photo above were made.

OK, the picture above shows all the different shapes and sizes that are in the bag and the numbers above each mdf shape is how many of each kind are in the pack. There is a total of 52 items in all!

For todays crafty make I shall be using these 3.

To begin with the heart and tag were given a coat of white gesso and left to dry. If you don't have any gesso in your crafty stash a coat of slightly watered down white emulsion paint will also work as its just to give a light base to work on.

I shall start with the heart, this was inked with tumbled glass Distress ink and then using iced spruce Distress ink I stencilled the centre pattern on the bottom two thirds of the heart as in the photo.

Once completely dry I stamped the chicken wire pattern from the Inkydoodles 'Primative Angel' set in versa-mark ink and heat embossed with Wow Metallic Platinum embossing powder.

Next I took the word stamp Wonderful from the Inkydoodles 'Its all about you' set and curved it to the shape of the heart when placing it on the acrylic block before stamping it in black Archival ink.

The flowers were stamped onto some coated card stock that had been coloured with alcohol inks and then cut out by hand. They were layered and the petals curled before fastening in the centre with a brad. The trailing leaves were cut using the Memory Box die Ivy Tendrils. These were then stuck in place with a little glossy accents.

I then crocheted a chain with some cream cotton.

This was then finished with a button.

Next is the flower shape, this was inked well with versa-mark and then sprinkled with Cosmic Shimmers Ultra thick Midnight Blue embossing powder and heated with the heat gun.

This was after one coat and then I gave it a second coat---

Much nicer! Then another inking of versa-mark and then a coat of clear UTEE. Whilst the clear layer was still hot I placed the Leafy Swirl stamp by Clarity which had been well inked with black Archival ink into the molten Utee.

You need to press quite hard on the stamp and leave it in place for a few seconds. This doesn't damage the Clarity Stamps or the Inkydoodles ones but I'm not sure about other makes!

Some Treasure Gold wax in pewter was applied to areas of the flower and then buffed up with a soft cloth. Narrow ribbon was threaded through the hole for hanging or attaching as an embellishment.

And now for the third and final MDF shape the tag. A coat of Paperartsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic in French Roast was painted on top of the gesso. Once touch dry a coat of Americana Weathered Wood  Crackle Medium was then brushed on. When this was touch dry a final coat of Fresco Chalk Acrylic in nougat was given for the cracked, peeled paint effect.

Allow this to completely dry before stamping the peacock from Inkydoodles Peacock Mini set in Brilliance pearlescent crimson at an angle. 

Using the same colour ink stamp another peacock onto some white card stock. Allow to dry and then over stamp the birds body but not the head with versa-mark ink using the medieval background stamp from Inkydoodles and then emboss with white embossing powder. Once heated cut out the body and head and stick onto the peacock previously stamped on the tag. The tree branch was stamped in Archival sepia from the "May all your Dreams and Wishes come True" set of stamps again from Inkydoodles. The edges were rubbed with Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding wax in vintage plum and buffed up when dry. An eyelet was placed in the tags hole and some white ribbon threaded through and knotted.

I have used several of these MDF shapes on cards and have loved everyone of them. Its great having a big bag as you don't get the " oow I'm not sure I want to use this as I will only have 2 left" feeling. There are so many different ways of decorating them but its fun just experimenting, and in most cases if you don't like how it turned out paint over it in another colour and start again.

I'm sorry this ended up such a long blog entry but there was a lot to cover and I hope you will have found some of it of interest. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a good week and can manage to fit in a little crafting time along the way. Take care and hopefully see you soon Jane x


  1. Wow Jane you have been busy - these look wonderful, I especially love the peacock tag, and the heart - well all of them actually. I'd not though of doing ultra thick embossing with them - I'm going to have to try it now! Sarah x

  2. Thanks Sarah, have fun with the embossing Jane x

  3. Wow i love all of these, amazing :)
    I can't find the Fresco acrylic paint in french toast anywhere, any ideas of where i can get that from please ?
    Thanks Debbie.

  4. So pleased you like these Debbie, The paint can be purchased from thecraftbarn.co.uk if not directly from Paperartsy, hope thats of help Jane x