Hello and welcome to my blog! I hope you had a fun weekend. We had lovely spring weather, and spent a lot of time outdoors. My dad and I also went to a show, which was fun and something I don't do often.
This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Handmade Flowers theme, something I really like to do.
Don't miss our guest designer Linda Kunsman and the pretty projects that she made this week.
I find quilling to be very relaxing and quilled fringed flowers are both fun and easy to make. For this project, I made a bouquet of them and placed them in a stamped mason jar. I also had fun making a background with Tim Holtz new design tapes, and to alter the frame. I took some step photos, mainly of the background and frame process. I am working on something a little bigger regarding showing the process of making fringed flowers, which I hope to post in about two weeks.
All my flowers were made with 3/8 in white paper by Quilled Creations, colored with Distress Inks. It is easy to color quilling paper with ink. The centers were made with small pieces of 1/8" paper I had in a box, but you can also cut your own thin strips. Cut thin slits into the wider paper paper, glue the thinner paper to the end and start rolling from the thin side. I use a needle tool when quilling, to get a neat round center, but you can also use a slotted quilling tool.
The Tim Holtz Mini Framed Panels frame and back piece were covered with two layers of white gesso, letting it dry in between.
I applied a thin layer of Matte Distress Collage Medium to the background, to make sure the tapes would be stuck down real well. Make a stripe pattern with different tapes, folding the ends around the back.
Add a layer of Matte Medium on top of the tape too.
Paint a thin layer of gesso on the background to tone down the tape a little where the flowers will be.
I painted the frame with Dina Wakley's new Rosy paint. I love this paint - as well as the other two new ones Ancient and Medieval. When I ordered the paint, I hadn't realized that it was perleascent and I got a nice surprise when discovering that it has a lovely vintage pearly look.
It is hard to capture the look of this paint on a photo, but here you can maybe see both the pearlescent effect better, and the vintage look. It is like the paint has more than one shade.
When the paint was dry, I added thin layers of Crazing Medium, but not covering the entire frame. Leave to dry.
When the Crazing was dry, I rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon into the cracks to make them stand out more. I also dry-brushed a little Ancient paint here and there on the frame.
Add a tiny amount of Ancient paint here and there on the background.
The mason jar comes from Wendy Vecchi's Art In A Jar set and was stamped on Clearly For Art Modeling Film. Cut it out.
I used my heat gun to soften the plastic so that I could shape it. Be careful not to burn yourself. The film keeps it's shape perfectly.
I also inked the flowers slightly with Ground Espresso and dry-brushed some Ancient paint on the edges. Thin (1/8 in) strips of beige paper were inked and shaped into stems, leaves and tendrils.
There is enough space behind the mason jar for the stems.
Here's a look from the side, so that you can better see what the mason jar looks like.
You can vary the size of the flowers by using longer or shorter pieces of quilling paper. My larger flowers were made with the full 16 in paper, while the smaller ones were made from 11 inches, plus the center.
I like the look of the patterns of the tape peeking through.
The sentiment was stamped on mixed media cardstock and cut into strips. The strips were inked with Ground Espresso.
I glued a piece of lace trim to the background, to give my mason jar vase something to stand on. Here you can see the texture of the frame better.
It was hard capturing the look of the vintage pearlescent frame.
Quilling is one of the oldest paper crafts and for someone who loves paper, it is such fun to create shapes and designs out of only strips of paper. On this photo, you can see the dimension of the piece better.
I really hope you will join us in our Handmade Flowers challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.