Monday, April 2, 2018

I've got a birthday coming up(it's a big one)

Hi Everyone,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with my crown fit for a rusty queen.

I don't want to admit it, but I have a rather big birthday coming up.  I thought maybe having a crown would ease the pain a bit.  I'm not a frilly girl.  I'm a grungy girl and my crown needs to fit me. 

I started by covering my crown with tons of vintage paper.  I used old dictionary pages, sheet music, catalog pages, shorthand practice sheets, and more.  I used Distress Collage medium to adhere it to the crown and once it was dry I cut it down.   
I then added lots of Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Walnut Stain.  I added Distress Inks and Oxides in the same colors, Once the base colors were down I went back with Distress crayons to highlight edges.  I used Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot.   

To make the fancy front piece I used  Baked Texture embossing powders.  I used Rocky Road for the base and then added Vintage Patina, Dirty Sand and Chunky Rust.   I glued on the front piece and let it sit overnight. 
I had this cool old door plate that I adhered to the crown using brads.  
I added an old bingo number to the center of the door plate. 
I added metal flowers, with a bingo marker I colored using Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers and Vintage Patina Baked Texture powder, to each side of the crown.
The inside of the crown is lined with graph paper.  You can see here I attached the band using my  tiny attacher.  
This is the back of the band.  
This is obviously not my head, but you get the idea. 

This was really simple to make and you could really use this crown in so many ways.  I hope you enjoyed my grungy take! 

 I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- Trio( I used a trio of Tim Holtz on here using his inks, stains, and crayons)


  1. Jess, this is fabulous!!! I love all the detail and the rusty elements are superb. Each time I look at the key hole, I see a little mouse with a crown, singing his head off (which is adorable)- I know, I know.... it must be because I have a huge birthday coming up - lol. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Anne xx

  2. I'm new to your blog so tell me, is the 40 bingo disk on the front a hint at what birthday this is? No matter how old this birthday crown is a winner that anyone would like to strut around in. So creative.

    1. It might be a hint :) Thank you so much for taking the time to pop over and comment Betty!

  3. I ADORE your crown Jess! Love the mix of papers as a base and that focal piece is amazing! Of course sending wishes to you for a fabulous fortieth! Don’t fret, the forties come and go as quickly as the last!

  4. How fun is this?!! LOVE the way you made the crown, and the fun funky vintage feel is fabulous!

  5. That's my kind of crown too. Happy Birthday.

    1. I've still got a couple of months before the big day. I'm trying to ease my way into it.

  6. I DO love your grungy crown! It is brilliant!

  7. Fantastic crown to wear for you big day, Jess! Happy Birthday (and we won't talk numbers...) Love all the old papers you used! Thanks for sharing your awesome project with us at Sandee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges! hugs, Maura

  8. your rusty crown is amazing, wear it with pride and happy big birthday when it comes, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge,hugs kath xxx

  9. superbe couronne digne d une reine , merci de votre participation à notre défi steampunk Sandee & Amelie's, à bientôt Nate

  10. Happy big birthday, Jess! What a wonderful idea for this special (and slightly painful) event! Should have done something like that too! Love your crown and all the lovely details and I hope you will celebrate until you drop! ;)

    Thanks for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x


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I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.