Locks and Keys Hatters Challenge

Morning everyone

This weeks challenge theme over at Out of the Hat Creations is “Keys and Locks”.  We are asking you to make a project, anything you like, that includes keys and locks.  It can be a card, altered art project, journal page, tag or anything that grabs your fancy really.  If you need some ideas do pop over to the Hatters blog and check out Chrissie’s, Janet’s and Sandra’s inspirational projects.

I made a key picture for my project

I used an old wooden frame for this project and to give it a bit of depth I tacked onto the back of it some 8mm x 8mm wooden beading.  This can be glued if you don’t want to use tacks.

For the base of my picture, I base coated (3 coats) a piece of 8mm ply with brown acrylic paint.  When the paint was dry I gave it a coat of PVA glue and left to dry.  I then painted over the dried glue with cream acrylic paint and left this to dry and crackle.

I then stenciled the corners using an ornate corner mask and some spray inks (autumn brown and olive green).  I then [* see end of post] stamped the fancy red pattern using some wine coloured DecoArt Americana acrylics.  I then masked off a couple of areas and stamped the script using black paint.

Not sure I have I have stamped the script the right way around! lol ! Never mind hey. I have now got the giggles!!! Oh dear…. concentrate.

I sprayed the board 3 times with fine coats of acrylic  spray varnish. I only used spray varnish because I needed to fix the spray inks.

If you are not using spray inks and using acrylic paint to stamp with normal varnish from a tin is fine.   If you are using ink to stamp your image and not paint use spray varnish to fix and seal it.  If anyone has any questions about this please give me a shout.

I used a little punch to cut out 6 tags from scrap card.  I scrunched the tags up and distressed them using DIs.  I then ironed them flat again.  I stamped my images using black archival ink.  I ran a craft blade around the edges including the little holes to distress them some more.  I scuffed up the string using a craft knife and frayed the ends to make it look old.

I fixed the keys to the board with black wire from my stash.  I placed the keys where I wanted them to go and then marked where I wanted the wire to hold them.  I drilled holes in the board with a very tiny drill bit.  I threaded the wire from the back, over the keys and then back through the board.  I then twisted the two pieces of wire to secure. I then glued my board to the beading using wood glue.  Any strong adhesive will work.

Stamps used:  Red ornate pattern in corners and script – Chocolate Baroque, Locks on the tags – Crafty Individuals and the heads on the tags – PaperArtsy (Lynne Perralla design).

* Stamping using paint. I do like the Decoarts Americana paints for stamping with.  They have a really nice consistency.  It is a bit of trial and error using paint to stamp with as the paint works differently on different designs of stamps.  Mostly, I apply the paint gently using the flat of the brush.  This stops too much paint being applied.  It is trial and error and you may need to add more paint depending on the stamp’s image, how deep the etch is (is that the correct word?)  and also the finish you want. The bold designed stamps (ie a lot of flat rubber areas) work fabulous with paint.  Really good fun trying it out on scrap card and far more economical than ink.  We like that don’t we! lol!

TAKE A LOOK: This is a scheduled post but I nipped back to add this on.  I was visiting one of my favourite blogs the other night –Strangely Creative at Pinxton Craft Club.  I am in awe of Cathryn’s work.  You know when you see something that just blows you away and if you were with a friend you would be saying “hey come and look at this”.  Well that is what I am doing… “hey come and look at this”!  Such a fantastic clock. If you have never visited Cathryn’s blog before, do have a look at her amazing artwork. Soooo talented!

Thank you for looking
Take care,
Florence x


  1. Aquarius

    This is brilliant and would grace anyone’s wall – love it and it has so many interesting details too. Off now to check out your link.


  2. butterfly

    Completely brilliant – my new favourite of yours to date! That background is stunning, crackle, stencilling, stamping – gorgeous. (I need to do some crackle practice – tried three different ways now, and never quite happy with the results!). And your keys and tiny tags are gloriously aged – the whole piece is like something preserved from the Middle Ages – like a form of time travel, and so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it, and all those making-of details!
    Alison xx


    1. Florence

      Alison, I use PVA on this because it was a large area (I am mean!!) but I have found Decoarts Weather wood crackle medium really good and crackles really nicely. A lot less messy than PVA as well. For finer crackles Decoarts One step crackle is my fav.
      Hugs, Florence x


  3. lynne

    Florence, I absolutely adore this – in fact I want this!!!
    This is right up my street, the colours, the shabbiness of it all, a gorgeous piece of home decor.


  4. Meggymay

    Wow, absolutely Fabulous. Love those keys and the background id stunning.. As folk have said already, perfect for any ones walls.
    Yvonne x


  5. papercraftnut

    Your distressed background works perfectly with your old keys. My, you must be a patient crafter to let all those layers dry before moving on to the next step, lol! It is well worth the effort though because this turned out beautifully, Florence. Hugs, Tracy


  6. chrissiesz

    Wonderful piece of artwork Florence with so many techniques. Thanks for explaining them. Will definitely try paint for stamping.

    Love Chrissie xxx


    1. Florence

      Hey ugly bum! ha ha. I only say things if I mean them. One thing I love above blogging is sharing friends blogs. You are more than welcome.
      Sending Hugs,
      Florence xx


  7. baileyrosy

    A fabulous piece of art and a very detailed post. thank you for that. As always am totally blown away by your amazing creations. Love the distressing and those little tags are sensational.



  8. Nancy L.

    Florence……This is a fabulous piece of art! As always I am totally blown away by your amazing creations. Love the distressing and those little tags!


  9. Wendy and Jazz

    Florence you are nothing short of amazing. Great reuse of items. I didn’t know you could “crackle” using pva glue. I will have to try this. Now if I just had more time… hugs Wendy and Jazz


  10. Anita Hickson

    Fingers crossed Florence that this goes through.
    Another delightful piece of artwork from your very skilful hands. I love seeing what you do and marvel at the ideas you come up with. This picture would grace any room – beautiful.
    Hugs, Neet xx


  11. Florence

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone for calling in for a visit and for leaving such lovely comments. They really are appreciated. Thank you also to the wordpress guys for pressing the like button.
    Sending hugs to you all,
    Florence xxx


  12. butterfly

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you for your lovely comment over at Words and Pictures… and also to say how sad I am not to have fitted in this challenge this week – though really, I think your piece here has already had the last word as far as locks and keys go – it is just amazing, as I said before!!
    Alison xx



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