Friday, 17 July 2020


Hello a special post today as I am showing a make with a new STAMPlorations product. The CRAFTplorations line has now laser cut embellishments in MDF, chipboard and Baltic birch (see this introduction post here).

I received a few samples to road test and this is the first project I made, a display sign to put on a princess' bedroom door. I used the Beautiful Silhouette and one of the Mini Rectangle Tags.

I first gessoed both MDF pieces, the tag with white gesso and the silhouette in both black for the face and white for the flowers.

I then applied crackle medium to the face and painted over with a
flesh colour of acrylic paint.

For the flowers and leaves I kept it simple and added colour with Inktense blocks, sprayed with water and used my fingers to spread. Finally I added a bit of black pen for the eyelashes.

I spelled SHE with bubbles alpha on the tag, origins unknown (very old).

For my base I chose to use a piece of thin wood, recycled from a food container to continue the theme. I wondered if it could be embossed with a folder and the answer is yes, although to avoid breaking the fragile wood it is important to add shims progressively.
Here I used  the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3D Lumber folder and I finished with a light application of Distress ink to highlight the wood grain texture.

Ironic that I used embossing and ink on real wood isn't it....

Working with the MDF is a real joy as it is both very light and very smooth but so much sturdier than paper!

Don't forget to comment here and on the STAMPlorations blog for the chance to win the Beautiful silhouette in 1.5mm mdf !

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Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge.

Note: I couldn't find my regular crackle medium and I used this Docrafts one which a lot of people, including myself, have had trouble with. As you can see, this time it worked and the recipe for success is, I believe, to apply thick layers of both the crackle medium and the paint. The paint also needs to be sufficiently fluid so it can be applied quickly, with as few brush strokes as possible, as that tends to disturb the crackling.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful project! The coloured flowers and crackle looks so amazing - perfect 😀. I hope you've had a lovely week! Take care and happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  2. A stunning project - love the crackle on the face, and the soft colours of the flowers in her hair.
    Stay safe

  3. Elles sont belles ces découpes en MDF! Très jolie ta réa Christine, elle les met bien en valeur :)
    Bises et bon week-end.

  4. That's really pretty with the roses and the awesome crackle finish. I always had a hard time with crackle, too, and haven't done it in years! But I love the look and would sure love to try it again.

  5. Hi Christine this is lovely but I dare not look at anymore MDF. When clearing out stuff to go in the new cabin I realised that I have managed to collect tons of MDF stuff and not use it, just don't know how this can have happened Lol! Have a lovely weekend, Angela xXx

  6. Nice look at how to add color and texture. Great share.

  7. Very pretty. I like the crackle medium you used.

  8. Great tip to emboss the food packaging thank you. It looks really effective xx

  9. This is so clever. I just received some wood pieces as a gift and I didn't know what to do. Thanks for stirring up the ideas.

  10. The crackle is perfect. It goes really well with the flowers. I wouldn't have thought to use the crackle, but it really "needs" it. SO COOL.

  11. She's lovely - that crackle looks so good.
    Alison x

  12. wow, absolutely stunning and so elegant!