Friday, 13 March 2015

Mad as a Hatter

Hi everyone!

         It is a 'first' here at Laurart - decorating a hat! I had so much fun with this - though I had one of those weird things happen where it turned out completely different to the image I had in mind in the first place - still those crafty journeys can be fun...

     My wonderful OCC DT member Laurie invited me to join  her craft DT on her FB challenge site. It involved decorating a hat - and two other projects that will be revealed for April and May. This is what I came up with....

 First lets take a peek at all sides of this hat .....

The front




      I wanted to get texture onto this hat so I embossed some card with damask style embossing folders. I cut the card into sections to cover the entire hat. Then I dabbed tiny amounts of texture paste around the joins to fill any gaps. As neat as you try to be, it is difficult when gluing embossed card to a surface to avoid having tiny little gaps. Dabbing a tiny amount of texture paste is a really effective way at hiding any gaps.

     I painted it with a mix of Sage and Vanilla Fresco paint. Then I covered it with Raw Umber Antiquing cream and when this was dry I wiped it away with a damp cloth. I then covered the hat with Matt varnish to seal the Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.

I then wanted to add a delicate dusty effect by covering it with White antiquing cream and then cleaning it away until really only minute bits are left in crevices.

Music serviettes were glued to card and then a bow shape was cut out and stuck onto the hat.

A button was painted with Raw Umber Decoart fluid acrylic paint and then a stamped clock image placed into the button and covered with Glossy Accents glue

Crystal beads were added to pearl topped pins and used as Hat Pins

Buttons, flowers, roses and hemp string were added to decorate the hat.....

Crochet lace was added...

Diecut ivy was painted with Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss DS. The crackle glaze was applied followed by white Antiquing cream before being wiped away to leave white crackles.

 Why not join in the hat decorating challenge! Follow this link to find out all about Laurie's challenge and future ones - make sure you don't miss out on all the fun!

Happy crafting!


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  1. This is beautiful Laura, loving all the textures and the embellishments, fantastic inspiration :-) xxx

  2. Oh I love that! Such fun......mad as the Hatter :-)

  3. I'm pretty "Mad as a Hatter" about this clever, dapper hat you have created for my challenge! Totally madly in love with it. Great use of your embossing card. It give it just the right look. Thank you for inspiring our challenge members. xxx Laurie

  4. Woo hoo! Congrats on your new DT post, Laura!

    Can't wait to see where this journey will take you! Your top hat is utterly gorgeous and I love every little detail! Fabulous texture and colours - and so "you"! Adorable!

    Claudia x

  5. An elegant and musical hat with so much textures! Beautiful !

  6. Laura, this is the picture perfect Mad Hatter's hat!! Wonderful detail throughout. I especially love those hat pins and the beautiful crackled ivy. Thanks for the tip about filling gluing gaps with texture paste. I think you may have just solved my "can't get it how I want it" bit with the Tim Holtz Luminary die - can't wait to try it out! You are always an inspiration! xxx Lynn

  7. I love making hats as well and am a newbie to it! This hat is just so cute and so well put together! The ribbon and button clock are the perfect embellishment for this piece. Wowzers! Awesome job! ~Niki

  8. Really fantastic, love all the wonderful details and effects!!

  9. Very fun hat!! Love the embossing- very clever! xo

  10. Holy moses Laura, this is incredible!! It looks like a real hat for pete's sake! Such a creative idea and you have really put together such an amazingly detailed project! Love it! hugs :)

  11. Gorgeous, Laura!! XOXO-Shari


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