Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Imaginarium post by Sue Smyth

Beautiful layout and 
Gothic mini canvas and trinket box 

by Sue Smyth 

Today I am sharing a few of my recent projects.
The first one is a layout, I wanted a vintage look with
a modern mixed media twist.

To alter the frame I have embossed with gold utee or thick
embossing powder, apply two coats, while hot 
add sprinkles of white utee, then swirl the white utee
with a pointed metal tool.

Don't over over work it and you will achieve a neat 
swirled effect, similar to copper enameling.
You can follow the step by steps below to 
do the same.

Paint flowers and seam binding with dylusions and inks 
so they match nicely.

I love to snip up chipboard elements, often even the 
smallest fragment can be used.

Tuck halves under the frame, to make your chipboard
go further. A simple way to alter chipboard
is to spray it matt black, when dry
rub over with thick gold paint.

I have added a rhinestone border, and softened the look
with a rub over with copper paint .

Apply 2 coats of thick gold Utee.
While hot sprinkle with white Utee.

Use a metal tool to swirl the white Utee
into the gold Utee.
Allow to cool.

Chipboard used 

Game of Thrones Mini Canvas 

This another of my mini canvases, this time with 
a Game of Thrones theme.

I have used the knight chipboard set, which
inspired me to replicate the iron throne! 

All of the swords and knight are embossed 
with aged silver embossing powder 

I have added painted roses and lots of metal

The compass that the Throne sits on is 
sprayed matt black with spray paint and
then rubbed over with thick gold paint.
I have added a border of gold rhinestones all
around for a rich look.

Chipboard Used 

Gothic Trinket Box 

My next project is a Gothic Trinket box.
Initially this was a box that I had ruined 
while making another project.
I had thought I would throw it away.

But decided to try to save the box instead, see
my steps below.
I love to add small pearls to chipboard, to
do this you need to snip up a strip of pearls
and adhere one by one. Yes it is 
tedious but the effect is awesome!

To start with I have applied texture paste to the
top of the box and painted it all 
with black gesso.

I have covered the bracket frames with gold utee, 
with 2 coats to get a nice finish.
While hot spray with Dylusions or inks, 
continue to heat set for a minute to 
dry off the ink.
The effect is a mottled gold with 
a super aged look.
Blot off excess when cool.

This is the hideous colour of the box
before I started.

Inside is decorated too, I have torn
book pages to line the inside and added
a chip panel to the window

Then paint all over with black 
gesso, this fixes everything! lol

And add a few trinkets and vio la a gothic trinket box!

Chipboard Used 


  1. GORGEOUS trio of projects Sue!!!
    The colours and textures are FABULOUS - I want to reach out and touch them, I can only imagine how AMAZING it must be to see them in person - WOW!!!

  2. Sue I'm impressed by your awesome projects. They are so detailed and fantastic. Love the texture of course. The layout is fabulous, the mini canvas is gorgeous and the gothic trinket box is over the top... AMAZING box.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talents. It was a lovely inspiration. I will try to find your blog. You shared such lovely project so I need to see more...also enjoyed your tips and tutorials...
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  3. So glad that you saved the box!! It is absolutely stunning!!! LOVE the beautiful colors on your gorgeous layout and the canvas is spectacular!!! LOVELOVELOVE them all! TFS!

  4. Gorgeous and I love
    the trinket box!
    Carla from Utah