Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wish Granted: Viva Decor Ferro and Terra pastes - part 1

Hello everyone. 
Hope you are all well. Are you ready for a new Wishing Well... This week we are talking about Viva Decor with the Ferro and Terra pastes. 

Julie said...

What a great idea! I'd love to see some ideas for the Viva Decor range -
I bought several of the stamp sets and a couple of the cream paints at the spring demo weekend. Saw lots of lovely demos on the day but haven't really used them as I've forgotten everything I saw!!! Love Chris's tutorial for the suitcases - that's gone in my favourite folder!!! Juliexx

Well Julie, hopefully you will enjoy the projects and step by steps over the next 3 days.  But before we start, what have you won.... 

1 pot of Viva Decor Terra paste
1 tube of Eco Green Craft paint
1 palette knife
(not necesseraly in the colours shown)

Please get in touch, and we'll send you your prize very quickly.

Your first fairy is Chris Dark, who had made a stunning project and step-by-step.
Hope you like it ....

Terra is a very thick paint with the consistency of whipped cream which dries to a beautiful finish much like terracotta or plaster, it comes in a range of earth tone colours and can be used on many surfaces including card, wood, plastic, pottery and can be painted.

To start, I die cut some chipboard using the Sizzix Alterations die then scooped some Terra from the pot onto a palette knife and spread over the surface. The layer needs to be only a couple of millimetres thick, if it's too thick then a good impression with the stamp won't be achieved.

Here the piece has been entirely covered with the terra.

Take the stamp and spritz it with some water which will help the stamp to release from the Terra.

Stamp into the terra and pull out. If you hear a squelching sound then you know that the Terra is too thick and you probably won't have a sharp impression. If that happens you can spread the Terra again taking some away and stamp again (I did with mine :D) as you have a good amount of working time. After stamping the main image the Katzelkraft chandelier, I also stamped with the swirl from the set around the edges

Allow the Terra to dry thoroughly usually this takes around thirty minutes and then coat the piece with black paint (or a colour or colours of your choice) ensuring that the paint is worked well into the depressions. The paint can be dried with a heat gun.

When completely dry take a piece of Cut and Dry foam and dab into some Precious Metal paint in Mother of Pearl. A thin layer of the paint on the foam is best as for this stage only the raised areas are to be highlighted with the pearl paint and a light touch is needed. Allow the paint to dry and then embellish the piece, I made mine into a wall hanging and also used the Precious Metal paint in Rose Pink to paint my grunge paper flower and butterflies and in Pistachio for the leaves.

Here's the finished project

Viva Decor Terra - Sahara
Viva Decor Precious Metal paints in Mother of Pearl, Pistachio, Rose Pink
Katzelkraft Stamps - Chandelier and Cirque 01
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Die - Baroque
Chipboard or thick card
Palette Knife
Eco Green Acrylic paint - Black
Grunge Paper
Paper Artsy die - Grunge flower 2 and 3
Martha Stewart Leaf punch and Monarch butterfly
Self adhesive pearls
Viva Decor pearl pen - Silver


On this piece Viva Decor Ferro in silver was used for the base on the chipboard square. Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz 'Bitty Grunge' stamps were used to stamp into the Ferro, spritzed first with water to help the release. When the Ferro was dry it was painted with Viva Decor Precious Metal Paints in Coral, Gold and Azure Blue. The piece was attached to a square canvas painted with Gold Precious Metal paint then stamped using stazon ink with the Bitty Grunge stamps and painted as before.

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz 'Bitty Grunge' stamps
Viva Decor Precious Metal Paints in Coral, Gold and Azure Blue
square canvas
Stazon ink midnight blue

Rose Pink, Pistachio, Violet gold, Blue Azure, Blue Lagoon, Mother of Pearl, Coral, gold
Paper Artsy die - Grunge flower 2 and 3
Martha Stewart large Monarch butterfly punch
Small butterfly punch
screw top brads
self adhesive pearls large, medium, small
glossy accents
Claudine Helmuth multi-medium

See you tomorrow for another step-by-step



  1. Wow what a wonderful tutorial. My favourite has to be the heart. What a lot of work has gone into these tutorials, thank you so much for the knowledge also to Christine Dark who is absolutely the top notch. Have fun Love

  2. What a fab tutorial. I feel a crafty purchase coming on :)

  3. Beautiful projects. I love to use viva decor ferro and ferra in the IKEA wooden frames and mirrors. Stunning texture.

  4. Gorgeous textures. Thanks for a lovely detailed lesson!

  5. I think this could become addictive! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Regards Florence.

  6. Geoergeous projects .Ive seen this used on peoples blogs never tried myself .But now may just have to!Great tutorial.

  7. Another wow! Thanks so much for sharing.


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