I've long been a fan of Inchies. These sweet little pieces are perfect on cards and other paper items but for today's project I'm so excited to try out a NEW Inchie product, the Inchie Arts Little Village. There are actually two of these little villages being released and they are perfect for mixing and matching. And you can do everything you normally do with Inchies, but this time in little shapes to make up a village. That means you can do all kinds of paint, ink, stamping, mixed media, etc. on this village to make it your own.
I decided to go shabby chic with this little village as it's one of my favorite styles to design in and I've also gone "out of the box" or actually INTO the box and not made a card but instead, a wood vignette with the village. It's full of sweet little embellishments and it's all painted up for a cute project. Creating one of these little boxes would make a great gift for someone and a wonderful way to share your creativity!
To start off with, let's take a look at how the Little Village comes. If you don't already know, Inchies are made from museum grade Matboard and are wonderful sturdy little pieces to create on. The Little Village comes with one ATC sized panel to place the village onto and also has little buildings that you can arrange.
For the shabby look, I love matte acrylic paint and so I've painted my ATC Inchie and little village pieces with different Distress Paint colors...Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough and Black Soot.
The little moon shape was painted with a gold paint from the Kuretake Gansai Starry Colors Set...
And once the black paint was dry, I flicked some of the gold paint over the surface to create some shiny stars in the sky.
To create the wood vignette portion of the project, I used a Tim Holtz Vignette Box. They are so much fun for altering.
To give it a lighter shabby style look, I lightly painted the entire thing with Gesso and allowed it to dry. I love how that rough wood texture shows through!
Once the paint was dry I adhered a piece of Pink Paislee C'est La Vie paper to the inside of the box to add a little "wallpaper" to the vignette.
Before adhering the ATC panel into the vignette, I first sanded all the edges of the inchie village to add to the shabby and worn look. It's easiest to create the village on the ATC and embellish it before adhering the entire thing into the vignette box. I adhered it on foam squares to add further dimension to the project and make the village pop a little more.
Some sweet embellishments add so the scene such as little stickers, paper flowers from Maya Road, the Do What You Love gold sticker sentiment from PinkFresh, Stickles on the roof tops and a cute little Ken Oliver Clock Charm is painted with the Spun Sugar Distress Paint as well.
To add a little more pink to the project I brushed on some pink accents along the outside of the vignette with Spun Sugar Distress Paint. Finally, the Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine looks delightful adhered around the edges of the box.
Thanks so much for joining me today in the CLASSroom! I hope I've inspired you to get creative!