Royal Reliquary

Posted by Theresa Martin in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Theresa | 1 Comment »

The curious spiky frame with stand reminded me of a reliquary form and it called out to be embellished with bling.  I used a digital collage to fit the frame in Photoshop. It could just as easily  have been done using the paper collage sheets. Afterwards, I added some cabochons fit for the beautiful Sheet 200-2 image.     RoyalReliquary_theresamARTin

theresa mARTin Collage

This digital collage was cropped to fit the frame.



  • Paint Curious Spiky Frame in desired color. I used a gold spray paint.
  • Glue decorative paper to base and cut to size with an exacto blade, cover it with paint and wipe some away. Add stickler glitter and brush over paint.
  • Make a digital or paper collage to fit the frame and cut to size.
  • Add cabochons to the edge of the frame and the base.
    Prep by adding decorative paper to base.

    Prep by adding decorative paper to base.

    Prep base with color, paper and paint.

    Prep base with color, paper and paint.

    On the table

    On the work table




Washi Tape Winged House Trio

Posted by cat kerr in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Cat, Mixed Media | 4 Comments »

I’m always looking for new ways to add color to the beautiful Alterables in the Paper Whimsy shop! Washi Tape has been around for some time now,and I’ll be honest, I never really cared for trying them.But not to long ago a friend mailed me a goody bag and inside was a roll of Washi tape. What an awesome background I thought…and the rest is history..heehee.


Cover the front and back of the base of the house in strips of Washi Tape. Now because Washi tape does not have a strong adhesive on it I also covered it in a layer of M0dge Podge.


Add a light coating of Gesso.


Cut out your image and text and glue it on the base.


Add modge podge to the wings and cover them in glitter.


Pour two equal parts of  Amazing Casting Resin.Add a small amount of Alumidust into part A and mix thoroughly.Then combine both parts, mix thoroughly and using the popsicle stick apply it to the top portion of the house and let cure.


It takes about 10 minutes for it to go from a clear to a soft pale color.

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Lastly,Glue the top part of the house and wings.





Paper Whimsy Products used in this tutorial.






The Faerie and the Crow Wunderkammer

Posted by admin in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Michelle, Mixed Media | 4 Comments »



For my first project as a PaperWhimsy design team artist, and first let me just say, YAY!, I decided to play with the Curious Wunderkammer No.2.  It is dreamy and exotic, and you just know that something curious has to be happening behind all those marvelous windows.

It started with a face, a girl from a Gothique Faerie sheet. She looks like she has a secret, and she looks like she likes to dream. Plus, she has a CROW! Our heroine is having magical dreams, drenched in moon glow, about curious places. Plus, there is a CROW! wearing a CROWN! You just know he has to have a good back story.

Come on, let’s take a peek in those marvelous windows….wait, that sounds really creepy. Hmm, why don’t I just tell you how this dream began.


Curious Wunderkammers No. 2
Embellishment keys
Digi sheet No. 029
Faerie sheet Goth 008
Door from sheet No. 013
Stars and moon from sheet No. 197

Small sponge brushes
Short bristle paint brush
InkaGold paint in Old Silver & Old Gold (or your favorite brand)
ModPodge matte
E6000 and clear glue
PanPastel Ultra soft in Turquoise & Yellow Ochre

Crystal flats
Brass charms
Vintage faceted glass flats

To find all the goodies I used available at PaperWhimsy just click, HERE



After I have everything I need, I start the fun by using a sponge brush to cover front and back of all the pieces with the Old Silver paint. I love the creamy texture of this paint. It goes on smoothly and dries quickly, which works nicely, as I have instant gratification issues!  At this point I carefully place my images on the Wunderkammer using the ModPodge. Once I know everything can be seen through the windows, I give them another coat of afore mentioned glue to adhere them.


While waiting for that to dry, did I mention I have issues with waiting?, I give all the other bits of the project a thicker coat of the Old Silver paint. For this coat, again with the sponge brush, I “moosh” on the paint, sorry about the technical term, in a random tapping motion.  When I am finished with that, I can start to glue all of the fun bits to our base. That is where the E6000 joins the party, It gives you time to adjust all the windows and other goodies before they are stuck for good, thereby making sure we can peek in all the windows before it sets.

When everything is dry, I go over the Wunderkammer again with the same tapping motion with the Old Silver paint. I love the textured effect you get by applying the paint this way. When the paint is almost dry, I take a dry bristle brush to apply the turquoise PanPastel. I randomly brush the color wherever it seems to belong, then with the sponge brush I “moosh” on the Old Gold paint, sparingly. After that is completely dry, I use a slightly damp bristle brush and start brushing the yellow ochre PanPastel over most of the painted surfaces. As you start to brush it on, you will know when to stop. I really love the aged patina you get when you combine the different paint mediums, like something you might find, forgotten in the bottom of an old steam trunk.

Now it’s time to embellish! Maybe the key unlocks her dream, the crystals surely intrigue the crow, like me, he loves shiny things. Tarnished brass swirls seemed like a must have, and if all the lovely architectural elements didn’t have vintage glass flats to make them glow, what should?

And that my friends, is how our heroine’s magical dream came true, and mine too!

The end

Michelle Talley


Ornate Medallion Frames

Posted by Theresa Martin in Amazing Alterables, Mixed Media, Theresa | 6 Comments »



Gale’s new Ornate Medallion Frames are graceful, lacy and lovely with their gentle curves. These two pieces have different moods. One is reminiscent of a Fabergé egg with it’s soft grey tones combined with white cabochons. The other is slightly more bold with gold and black tones, yet both feel delicate and dainty because of the base frame made by paperwhimsy.




Paint two parts of the frame and embellish with small cabochons



Card Detail theresa mARTin

Card paperwhimsy

Inside PW card

theresa mARTin How To

After applying the gold leaf, brush off excess and use a scissors to scrape off the extra flakey pieces.

mARTin How To Detail

Print out the Old Book and Genteel Lady and trace the part to cut out for the center.


  • Paint or gold leaf the ornate medallion frames.
  • Add small cabochons and rhinestones and glitter.
  • Cut out face for central position.
  • For the card, use the old book as a background.
  • The inside of the card can be left blank, or can display a collage as pictured.




Summer Breeze Altered Cottages

Posted by Nancy in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Mixed Media, Nancy | 6 Comments »






At this time of year I long to be along the beach, specifically the Great Lakes. They are located in my home state and I have felt most content along their shores since I was a wee girl. My project was inspired in thinking of cute beach side cottages, lake/sea air, and summer breezes.

I used a palette of soft robins egg blue, lavender and periwinkle. I wanted to keep the houses simple – like a quaint little cottage. But, the marvelous part of alterables is creating the art to the extent that pleases you. Add more baubles, sparkles, and bling if your heart desires.

I hope you will have fun created this set. I altered each side so they could be changed from time to time wherever they should be displayed.



(1) Paint house edges with craft paint of your choice. I used a robins egg blue hue. Once dry, add pattern paper to front and backs with matte gel medium. Add torn strips of coordinating paper, sheet music, etc. to add dimension to each piece. I covered both front and back of each house.

(2) Paint shapes with craft paint. Add images to insides using matte gel medium. Add words to each house.

(3) Glue shapes to front of each house with E6000 glue. Add buttons, paper roses, and other embellishments.


Supplies Used:

PW-LE01-2S-300 PW-LSF01-300 PW-LEW-300


PW-LHH01-300 sheet028-150 sheet041-150


sheet112-300sheet192-D-150 sheet260-150


digisheet180-150 digisheet264-300


Be Kind Tabletop Reminder

Posted by cat kerr in Cat, Mixed Media, The Attic | 5 Comments »


 PicMonkey Collage


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

This “Be Kind” Table top reminder was created out of two chipboard panels.When I purchased it,it actually came with four panels and because this was so much fun,I’m already planning on making another one.The first step was to punch a second hole in each panel and they only came with one hole.


I added book text,paint,and images from collage sheets #032 and #027.


I painted the Curious Spiky Frame Alterables.


Glues the base of the alterable to the chipboard panel and started adding more layers of color…


Like rub-ons and liquid dots…


and once each side was complete,I fed some ribbon through the holes.

DSC05851bPaper Whimsy Goodies used in this project include


 digisheet027_2 digisheet032_2



Posted by Theresa Martin in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Mixed Media, Theresa | 4 Comments »

theresa mARTin Steampunk


This Steampunk doll is the perfect starter for a Steampunk sculpture. I used metallic paints, wire and beads to get the Steampunk feel. Gale’s gears are the perfect Victorian touch and the colors add to the theme. Inside the skirt is a large rusted heart.  The lace is a nice contrast to the gears and metallic coloring. The spiky beads and wire add some pop to her skirt.
theresa mARTin Steampunk



theresa mARTin Steampunk



  • Put together the figure. This one is easier if you turn her upside down when you are attaching her skirt.
  • Paint the figure. I used Inka Gold, Metallic Acrylic Paints and some brown spray paint to ‘dirty’ her up a bit.
  • I used a wire wrapper to wrap copper wire into springs which were then attached to her skirt with wire.
  • Next, the beads were attached to skirt with wire. This wire also helped hold on the springs.
  • I painted some lace and used one piece for her blouse and one for the back.
  • Print out and use the face and top hat.
  • I used the gears to add to her dress and skirt.
  • Inside the skirt I placed a large rusted heart.


Process theresa mARTin

Process photo of the wound wire and the beads being applied to the doll.

Process theresa mARTin

Process photo of the pieces. The lace fragment was painted with metallic copper paint. The other pieces are a combination of metallic paint, inka gold rub and spray paint.



Summer Day Song Journal Page

Posted by Nancy in Amazing Alterables, Mixed Media, Nancy, Paper Arts | 2 Comments »

summer day song

summer day song side

summer day song side

summer day song


Summer Day Song

Wild birds fly over me.
I am not the blue curtain overhead,
I am the one who lives under the sky.
I swing to the tree-tops,
I pick strawberries,
I sing and play,
And happiness makes me like a great god
On the earth.
It makes me think of great things
A little girl like me
Could not know of.

~Hilda Conkling


I created this journal page using a poem by Hilda Conkling as my muse. The colors make me think of the summer days that await and enjoying nature. The wonderful thing about creating journal pages with the alterables is the dimension and whimsy it will add to your artwork. I hope you will try them in your next journal project.


(1) Paint chipboard album page in your color choice with craft paint. Add pattern paper, old wallpaper border flowers, and lace to album page using matte gel medium. I work in a layering process when I do this.

(2) Type and print poem in Microsoft Word using the font of your choice. I chalked the words using tan and blue that I smudged with a q-tip. Cut journal words in strips with paper trimmer.

(3) Paint alterables in a shade of craft paint you desire, and add beautiful faces to centers. Add glitter and round circles. Glue on to page using E6000.

(4) Add journal strips throughout the page using matte gel medium.

(5) I added little dot borders with craft paint along the border or each page.



PW-LPWO-300 sheet034-D-375 ISG11880-300




Vintage Flag Pennants Banner

Posted by cat kerr in Amazing Alterables, Cat, Mixed Media | 6 Comments »

It was so much fun creating this Flag Pennants Banner I’m already thinking of making another one for the window in my studio! DSC05471a   Plus,it was easy peasy lemon squeezy to make! I just covered the pennants in cardstick,added a metal-like trim and roughed up the edges using an emery board… DSC05421     Then I mounted the flags to these Vintage looking cards and sprayed on some walnut ink. DSC05424   I then cut out the heart and words from Sheet# 306 and added glitter on the edges of the heart.I also cut out a scalloped circle using a punch and added liquid dots to the border. DSC05427   DSC05428   I glued on the black circles and then mounted the heart and word using foam dots.Lastly I added some twine and small clothespins to hang the banner.


Now didnt I tell you!! Super Easy! Happy Creating!!


Products Used in this tutorial.

PW-LBS02-300 digisheet306-3256630-00-300


Mlle des Jardin’s Curious Cabinet

Posted by admin in Amazing Alterables, Assemblage, Gale | 2 Comments »


Creating something quite curious and very magical with the new Curious Wunderkammers exclusively at PaperWhimsy.   This was really quite an adventure as I traveled throughout the world disguised as Mlle des Jardin collecting only the most precious and curious artifacts to display in my cabinet.  Of course, once I got going other ideas for cabinets were popping into my head like fireworks so my adventure as Mlle des Jardin will not be my last!  I’m sure I might go to deepest darkest Africa in search of the elusive Pulchritudini Orchidalia.  ;)


Very Curious Wunderkammer by Gale Blair of PaperWhimsy



The assorted goodies I used in my project can be found here.  I also used sprinklings of Stickles because it’s just so darned hard not to.  Along with some tiny sea shells I also dug into my personal stash of ephemera and ended up using an old cigarette card for the emblem on the right.


What a delightful project!  I would love to do one with antique family photos and also one to display photos of our holiday come September.  The possibilities are endless!


Curious Wunderkammer Cabinet available at PaperWhimsy



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