Sunday 7 June 2015

MDF Printers Tray - That Craft Place challenge!

Good morning!  It is time for a new challenge over at the
That Craft Place challenge blog

This fortnight the theme is


This month I had a torturous time trying to make the perfect creation to hopefully inspire you folks and tempt you with the That Craft Place laser cuts! I made 3 creations in the end, the first of which was the "Joy to the world" door hanger that I blogged about a couple of days ago. I then set to altering a wicker heart I'd had for some time, which I blogged about yesterday. Both of these I'm very happy with, but weren't quite what I was aiming to share for this challenge.

Finally, I managed to create this wonderful project using one of Lisa's MDF Printer Trays along with lots of other goodies available from That Craft Place. It took me some time to get this to a stage I was happy with, but I got there!

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I used the following materials:
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD: MDF 8" x 8" Printers Tray (comes with the 4 corner brackets included). Greyboard flourish. MDF musical note. MDF flower. MDF scallop edged circle. MDF "Inspire" & "Memories" words.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: Gesso, Archival Ink (Watering Can & Tree Branch), Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), Mod Podge Matte, Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents, acrylic paint, spray inks, alcohol ink, gold embossing powder.

Map decoupage paper by Craft Consortium. Patterned papers. Paper flowers. Metal embellishments. Springy thingies (those blue things in the bottom left!) Crochet trim.

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE: Greyboard tree from Hobbycraft. Thimble, skeleton leaves, chipboard "S", butterfly embellishment, mini pegs and tiny bottle of gems from stash. Vintage sheet music. Brown twine from my Pa's garden shed!  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous grid stamp.
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Summary Process:

All MDF & greyboard prepped with gesso.

Printers tray heavily inked with Archival Ink in Watering Can.  Crackle Accents added to corner pieces.  Flourish also inked with the same Archival Ink.

Papers adhered to back MDF piece. Distress ink brushed on and grid stamp added with Tree Branch Archival Ink before being sealed with Mod Podge Matte. Same process followed for the reverse of the piece.

Greyboard tree trunk painted with a mix of brown acrylic and PVA to make more of a thick glaze. Top of tree painted with green acrylic paint and a darker green spray ink sponged over. Crackle Accents added.

Other MDF and greyboard pieces decorated with acrylic paint, spray ink and/or gold embossing powder.  MDF words finished with Glossy Accents.

Springy flowers and paper flowers sprayed with blue alcohol ink.

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Here are some more photos:

And finally, the reverse of the completed printers tray:

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 The papers and embellishments were chosen to represent various aspects of my memories growing up.

The map paper is to represent holidays I took to the Isle of Mull with my family, and the sheet music and mdf note signifies my musical upbringing with singing and piano lessons as well as involvement in the local amateur operatic society. Then the scissors and thimble represent my crafting, which was encouraged from a very young age!

Thank you as always for popping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as well as reading the thought process behind it.

Myself and the other That Craft Place DT very much look forward to seeing your creations!
Please can I enter this project into the following challenge(s):


  1. Hi Sam this is amazing. Hugs Jackie

  2. Awesome piece! Loving the elements and design.
    Linda xxx

  3. A wonderful project Sam and well worth the effort. I love all the details, especially the roses xx

  4. Totally awesome Sam. You always make the most detailed projects with wonderful embellishments. Please go over to the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog and enter into the Anything Goes challenge this month--it's anything goes as long as it's handmade. Your work is so awesome. Please share with us over there. Cheers, Holley

  5. Epic! Totally epic! Your attention to detail is outstanding. xx

  6. I have no idea what happened to my comment! lol Epic! Totally EPIC! Your attention to detail is outstanding. xx

  7. WOW ! What a project Sam. There is so much packed into this it took me ages to scan the photos as I didn't want to miss anything. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  8. Wow Sam - you worked hard on lots of projects which were all SUPER before you ended up with this YUMMINESS. Really WONDERFUL. Thanks bunches for sharing your creativity with Rhedd's Creative Spirit. j.

  9. This is really a work of art..I love it,great attention too detail. A fab entry for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  10. This is gorgeous....absolutely gorgeous. Thanx for joining us at our first petal Lu Challenge.
    xxx Plony

  11. Hi, wow so much to look at in this printers tray. I love the music theme, those little banners and the clef. I enjoyed all the details. You made me smile! Thank you for joining in my challenge at Our Creative Corner this month. Jan x

  12. Love the music bunting and the crackled tree, a great project. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics.


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