Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Altered Ipad cover

Hello all and lovely to see you drop in here!
Today I want to share an altered cover I did for my mini Ipad.
A while back I purchased this rather ugly cover with a view to altering it, but then it got put aside until finally I got out my gesso and set out to alter it to my liking.
This is what it looked like (I just remembered to take a pickie before it got covered)...
So I gave it two thick coats of gesso and when dry added some Tim Holtz Crazing medium through a stencil, a trick I saw on Paula Cheney's blog.
I also added some normal texture paste and added some texture by patting it with a palette knife while still wet.
Here is a close up of the subtle crackle you get with the Crazing medium, love how that worked!
Next a first layer of colour was added with the help of the new Distress Crayons. I rubbed them in with my fingers and then blended with a fairly dry baby wipe. Another trick I learnt from Paula.
Now for the embellishments: I covered a piece of card with Tissue Wrap and when dry, die cut it with the Tim Holtz globe die, grunged it up a bit with some more Distress crayon and then covered it with the new Tim Holtz Distress Vintage collage medium.
I layered up some ephemera bits and pieces. Some were from the vellum ephemera pack and unfortunately started to crinkle over the texture below when I adhered them with gel medium.
I also added some stencilling with black Archival ink and some rub ons.
Even the closure tab got some rub ons on it, to make it fit in with the rest.
The back was kept much simpler. I just used part of the top layer of a paper serviette, adhered it with Collage medium and then blended it into the background with the crayons again. I tiny bit of background stamping with a text stamp still in an attempt to bring it all together.
Of course it is important to make sure the side gets covered too so it all hangs together
The inside was gessoed too but I left it undecorated as I did not want anything to dirty the screen of my Ipad. If you look carefully you can see me taking the picture mirrored in the glass lol.
I covered everything in a thin layer of the Vintage collage medium  and added some shadows here and there for more depth. Well, there you have it, I am quite pleased with how it turned out, certainly a lot better than the shiny pink plastic..... I rather enjoyed the whole process, so may decide to do my phone next.

Anyway, thank you for visiting like always and I hope you are having a good week.
xxx

48 comments:

  1. Brilliant makeover for the cover - love the effects with the crayons and new mediums, and the colours are scrumptious!
    Alison x

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  2. What a great and beautiful cover, great mixed medium project!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  3. That's fabulous Astrid, love the crackles and vintage medium effects and what a great way to have a piece of your own amazing art with you all the time. Love it xxx

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  4. What a fun piece, now you certainly have a very unique case. Hugs, Valerie

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  5. What a fab idea to personalise your cover Asrid, obviously loving each and every element of it from the crackle right through to that globe - feel anther purchase coming on.

    B x

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  6. Wonderful transformation astrid... its perfect xx

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  7. What a wonderful new cover Astrid! I love the crackle/texture providing the perfect backdrop to the globe x

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  8. Absolut gorgeous and just on the right time, as my granddaughter came with hers this last week-end and asked me, if I could do something about that, because it had begun to crack, so she wanted me to fix it and make it look nice again, and now I think, I know how ha ha ha. Thanks sooo much for all your fabulous ideas always and all your lovely sharings here. I really love your work.

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  9. Astrid, this is stunning!! What a fabulous idea! I love the subtle colours, the texture well I just love it all xxx

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  10. perfect cover for you, love all the crackled effect, have a great week

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  11. Wow!! This is awesome Astrid!! Love the crackle/texture background, the globe and, of course, the colours and added ephemera are perfection. A stunning make-over!! hugs xx

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  12. Wonderful, love it Astrid:)

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  13. Oh my gosh, you decorated your phone case...genius!! Love the crackle and the wonderful colouring in the background!! Great project idea! hugs :)

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  14. It looks awesome!
    What a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing, Hanneke

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  15. This is a a truly spectacular:)

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  16. WAY BETTER! I cannot believe you didn't like the shimmery pink cover ;) Fabulous texture, inking and layers. Love seeing what you create.

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  17. What a superb transformation! Love all the detail, even on the closure.

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  18. Wow. ..This is so do beautiful. Great to Ho thru the entire process and that globe die is a stunner. So inspired to try my hands on my I pad cover too. Thanks Astrid.

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  19. This is stunning Astrid!! Great instructions also!

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  20. Astrid, you truly are a master,- this is so stunning.
    Imagine the gesso stays on top of plastic..... I did not know that.
    Your different materials gives a great background for the wonderful globe , which is gorgeous with the tissue wrap, and even the last little details are fantastic, ..the closure, and all.
    Congratulations with your stunning new Ipad cover .
    Dorthe Xxo

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  21. What a fabulous makeover, love everything about it. The crackle texture looks fabulous and the globe is the perfect embellishment for this project.
    Avril xx

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  22. How fun! I just came from looking at all the earth day projects on Anything But Cute... and your project just seems to carry the theme right one Astrid. Perhaps you should share it with them!!!! This is just WONDERFUL. What completely YUMMY textures on that background with such beautiful colors. I bet every time anyone sees your ipad they are going to be complementing you. It really unigue and stunning. XXj.

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  23. You never cease to amaze me Astrid, this is absolutely stunning, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

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  24. Hallo liebe Astrid,

    wow ist das wunderschön geworden. Eine grandiose Gestaltung. Ich bin ganz begeistert von der Arbeit. Perfekt. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

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  25. Wow Astrid, this is awesome!!!

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  26. Oh my word, this takes the altered world to new heights! Brilliant idea and lovely result, so cool! TFS, hugs, Autumn

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  27. Oh my...you should sell these! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Amazing design and love the function!

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  28. Wow! How creative, I bet you are the talk of all your friends and family when they see you carrying this work of art around with you! Love the globe on there and how you put those new mediums to work! gorgeous crackle and color! Hugs!

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  29. What a Brilliant transformation!!! This is stunning Astrid. You should set up shop with these! Nicola x

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  30. This is spectacular! I love all the techniques you used and can't wait to try it!

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  31. wow ! what a work of art,amazing! what I cannot believe,that anyone would ever use such a piece for normal use, too beautiful for that. I am thrilled what you made out of this plasticcover,honest,
    greetings, Erni

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  32. A spectacular transformation, and a fabulous creation! Crackles and textures, and blending colours... I love it!

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  33. Ooooh, saw this come in on Facebook, and could not wait to actually read the post. I am procrastinating on writing my clinic notes this afternoon to indulge in a bit of visiting, and so glad to see this! Absolutely fabulous - I was wondering how you got that wonderful light grunge - have not had a play yet with the vintage or other collage mediums, but am totally inspired by this to do so! Will have to go check out Paula's blog to see those yummy techniques - just not enough time in the day, lol! Thanks so much for your visit - can't wait to jump in again with both feet, especially with inspiration like this!! xxx Lynn

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  34. What an amazing project, Astrid! I love the texture and fabulous embellishments you've used. Imagine...turning an iPad cover into a work of art :)

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  35. Astrid I love your "new" iPad cover. How clever to change it that way. You truly did a great job.
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  36. What a cool make Astrid! You really use the mediums to their greatest advantages! Gorgeous textures and color!
    hugs,Jackie xx

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  37. What a wonderful transformation for your ipad cover Astrid! love all the texture and crackle and the great globe! Julia xx

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  38. Wow Astrid, you need to go into production of these. Absolutely stunning and a great tutorial. Still to try these new Ranger mediums.
    Julie x

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  39. That is an amazing transformation - I love everything about it! I have a new jar of the crazing medium, unused at the moment, but you've certainly got me fired up to have a go with it - I love the effects. What a clever and innovative idea.

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  40. Stunning! I always threaten the girls I will decorate their phone covers. I haven't had a taker yet! I think if I show them this they might be tempted to let me try!

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  41. what a fabulous piece of altered art Astrid and way better that the original !!! You make it look so easy too............love all the wonderful textures, colours and embellishments.
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring project

    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

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  42. Ohhhhh! ASTRID!!! This is breathtakingly beautiful. I love it from the minutest detail to the biggest. I especially adore the mix of colours you've used on this project. They blend so well, yet still give each other the space to shine.

    The images are perfect and the use of the 'world globe' relates to what the 'folder' holds - accesss to the world via the use of your ipad.

    It's brilliant Astrid. A truly inspired work of heart.
    Well done my friend on another incredible make.
    <3 ~ Cobs. xxx

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  43. What an amazing idea and project! It turned out as artsy as always ! You are such a fantastic artist !

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  44. Boy it was ugly wasn't it but your produced a miracle with all of your techniques. Now you have a real keepsake - will it stand up to wear and tear?
    Sandy xx

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  45. Such an inspiring piece of amazing creativity not to mention upcycling! Astrid . Absolutely superb! LOVE LOVE LOVE it .
    hugs x
    P's I am about to fill your in- box as I catch up with my commenting on your blog . So sorry I am so late at arriving . x

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