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Altered Arch


Hello, dear crafty friends! My name is Irit and this is my very first post here as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Guest designer for the next 3 months.

As I am mostly an altered artist, I decided to make this altered triple arch project and to show you some of my own tips and tricks.

So here we go!

1.  My triple arch chipboard frame is a piece from Tando Creative UK company and first of all I covered it with Ranger White Enamel Accents paint and let it dry.

2. Now we are going to make the background that we use under the chipboard tray.

 I decided to use resist white dotted paper (very old Heidi Swapp one, but you can use any resist cardstock you have ort even to make your own using white ink, stamps and clear heat embossing powders). I used 3 colors of Mix and Match Blue set from Faber- Castell   Design Memory Craft Gelato® .


Here is a way I used them: scribble some lines, the lightest color on the bottom and the darkest on the top. The colors I used here are Cotton Candy, Blueberry and Boys berry colors. 


Next (and here is my first tip for you) - wipe the paper with Baby wipe and not with water. We want it to be smooth and not too wet and after a lot of tries I can tell you that non alcohol baby wipes are just the best to use with Design Memory Craft Gelato®.

And as I used resist cardstock you can see those white resist dots all over the colored cardstock piece.


3. Our next step is to stamp over this background cardstock. I picked Brick Wall stamps (old Hanna stamps company, but any other brick stamp will do the same job. And as you all know those Stamper’s Big Brush Pens are just the best: India ink is permanent, lightfast, acid-free and archival, also for altered project the last two are not a must, but it's good to know that we can use those Big Brush Pens with scrapbooking too.   I used Scarlet Red  Stampers Big Brush Pen.


Next I stamped the Iron Gate Prima stamp using Cool Grey color of Stampers Big Brush Pen.

And now for my second tip  here: also India ink is totally permanent, you can clean it from resist spots using the very same baby wipes as I did here.


4.  Now your background cardstock is done. Cut it around the triple arch shape, glue on the back of your chipboard shape and begin to embellish.

I decided to stay with those winter colors and made this red- blue- white flowers cluster, but I was short of blue flowers, so I decided to make some using   Design Memory Craft Gelato again and here is my way to make your color wash.

Most probably you are familiar with those clear plastic containers we all get with some take- away dips. Clean one (or more) and use then to keep you Gelatos color wash.  First cut a bit of Gelato into the container.

And now my final tip for today: hot water. Just a drop, not more, but really hot and your wash is done in a second.


Here is my blue flower made (still wet, it will take some time to dry it and as this is a fabric one do not try to heat it with your heat gun!)


5. For now my enameled frame is dry, but too white, so I added a bit of blue color using Stumpers Big Brush Light Blue Pen all around the enamel (and it's totally permanent over the surface).


That's it for today and here is my final project completed and shiny with all as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft paints and colors over it and some fine tips to write and to keep.

Hope you like this post and see you again in about 2 weeks with another as Faber Castell Design Memory Craft project.

Product list:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft:

Cotton Candy Gelato

Blueberry Gelato

Boysenberry gelato 

Stampers Big Brush Pen Cool Grey

 Stampers Big Brush Pen Scarlet Red

Stampers Big Brush Pen Light Blue      

Other products:

Cardstock- Heidi Swapp

Chipboard- Tando Creative UK

Wood, flowers, bling, buttons:Prima

Stamps: Hanna stamps, Prima



My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, but I love to create in my spare time. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British and Australian stamp, chipboard and tools companies and I was print and web published in Israel,UK and USA. .

You are invited to visit my blog at http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/







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Debbie may

Wow what a wonderful stie, I just love it. So many neat things.

Yvonne Williams

Irit, thank you for the great tutorial and what a beautiful altered project. TFS


Great tutorial and finished design too!

Melanie Douthit

Love your project. Blown away with the color wash. I can't wait to get my hands on gelatos!

Avril Watson

OMG Irit, what a sensational project, love it, and fabulous news, love and hugs xxxx

Becky Sorensen

Beautiful project.

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