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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Mirror Crack'd - Challenge #9 - Triptych

Posting two days in a row!! Haven't done that for a while!! Anyway, I'm back today because it's time for a new challenge over at The Mirror Crack'd. As ever, it's a mixed media challenge - so no cards. The theme for this month is Triptych. A triptych is "a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open." 

Now I have to admit that I was a little unsure about this. In the end I went for the first part of the definition shown on the Challenge Blog - a work of art divided into three sections. Well - work of art may be used very loosely - but I can do something divided into three sections!!
So, I started with a piece of card from a box, and three pieces of mountboard. I have had these eons - picked them up while at a Sheena workshop a long time ago.
I started by covering the card with white gesso - then with a mixture of Eco Green Acrylic Paints in Mulch and Black. I also painted over the mountboard with the same mix - even though it was already brown!!
I also painted a piece of white card so that I could die cut the flowers and flourishes.
Next, I used Pearl Texture Paste (Lidl) through Imagination Crafts Honeysuckle stencil to tie the three sections together.
I also use the stencil and paste on the corners of the large piece of card, and used my finger to rub paste around the edge of all the pieces.
To add a bit of colour, I embossed a piece of gold pearl card with Crafter's Companion A4 Ornate Butterflies folder. I then tried three different ways of colouring it. Gilding wax wasn't bright enough and the Spectrum Noir pencil wasn't either. So in the end, I coloured the butterflies with Spectrum Noir Pen DR5.
The flowers were cut with Crafter's Companion Pretty Petal Die - some from the gold pearl card, and some from the brown painted card. The swirls are Spellbinders Floral Flourish.
Pebeo Moon paint in Carmine, was dropped onto the brown die cuts using the end of a kebab stick.
I finished it off with some sparklers from The Hobby House.

So now it is over to you. I hope that I have inspired you - although I highly recommend that you pop over to The Mirror Crack'd blog for more inspiration!!

I would like to enter this into:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenges - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Embossing (Butterflies and Texture Paste) - Mountboard (my 'stuff')

Take care,


  1. This is eye candy - just lovely. j

  2. Love your Triptych and all the details!

  3. Love the striking colours on your tryptich, Carole!

    I also like how the flowers "hinge" the three sections together! Beautifully done!
    Claudia xx

  4. Great idea for a Triptych using the three small sections together.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  5. This is a beautiful piece of art! I love the colors! Thanks for joining our embossing challenge this week at Use Your Stuff!
    Lori - UYSDT

  6. what a stunning project! wonderful detail! thanks for joining us a use your stuff!

  7. Fab work!
    O wow! This absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing at Use Your Stuff!

  8. Such a clever idea hun. Loving the colours and combinations - ab fab xx

  9. This is fabulous Carole. Love that texture paste. Did I read that right, it came from Lidl???

    Anyhow the whole thing is perfect.



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