Over at Our Creative Corner Astrid is hosting a really gorgeous challenge
It being the middle of Summer here in the Northern hemisphere I thought I would challenge you to create flowers, in anyway you like, and to compliment those, please dye some ribbon too and make that part of your project. And of course if you live in the Southern Hemisphere you can play too, wintry flowers are some of the most beautiful
Flowers and ribbons - I am sure you will all know how thrilled I was when I found out about this challenge! This one is so much in my comfort zone I feel like I am wrapped in a warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate! While hunting for some ideas of what to make I came across my wedding mood board on my computer - there were some pictures of tussy mussy's (which I had thought about having for my bridesmaids) - Now I had an idea for my creation....
For those of you who haven't heard of a tussy mussy (or spelt tussie mussie) here is a picture and an explanation.........
A tussy mussy is a Victorian-style bouquet where a small group of flowers is placed in a metal vase specifically designed to be carried. The term can refer either just to the metal holder or to the entire bouquet.
Could I make my own from card? Well, there is only one way to find out.....
I had bought some tin foil sheets ages ago and they sat in my art cupboard. I had no idea what to use them for and I sadly lacked motivation to try and find something, so for a while they were forgotten. Eventually I asked my sister-in-law Alison (butterfly) if she could emboss them for me - I was hoping that that would inspire me. In the embossed collection of foil paper was a beautiful ornate pattern - perfect for the tussy mussy...
I began by forming a cone out of card
Then I drew a circle the same size as the top of the cone on a piece of card and drew a circle around it (about 1cm width)
The inner circle had lines drawn to mark out segments.
Then I used a craft knife to cut the segments
I then pushed them up
And glued them into the cone
These pictures were actually taken after I made the tussy mussy - I was too involved in making the actual one to take photos! So these photos were recreated afterwards using scrap card. When making the tussy mussy I applied the tin foil sheets to the cone before gluing it into the cone shape and I also attached the foil to the circle before cutting the segments.
I curved some 2mm aluminum wire around a paintbrush as this helps form a neat rounded edge. I twisted the ends using some jewelery pliers. This formed the handle for the tussy mussy
I wanted a vintage tussy mussy and the foil sheets were too new looking. So I got out my alcohol inks and using Ginger and Espresso alcohol ink on the pad I began to dab all over the tussy mussy. I then added some blending solution onto a clean pad and dabbed over again to remove some of the ink, leaving a rusty tarnished look.
Well - that looks like a tussy mussy to me! I was thrilled to have made it and finally used some of the foil sheets too!
Now to get onto making the flowers. I wanted a crescent style bouquet using vintage peach and cream tones with some greenery....first I wanted to make some little white blossoms
I used a small flower punch and punched out many of these small flower shapes
I then glued between 3-5 of them together (depending on the required size of flower)
I stuck a pin into the flowers making two small holes
Then inserted some fine silver wire through
Twisting one length around the other to secure it
Adding a drop of glue to the flower I then began to fold the petals in
And there is the white blossom
I made various sizes
Now they needed some leaves and I couldn't leave the stems silver! I painted some leaves with a mix of Hey Pesto and Toad Hall Fresco paint. I also applied some of this to the stems...
When the leaves were dry I dabbed some Aged Mahogany DI around the edges.
After attaching some leaves to the white blossoms I dabbed the petals with Antique Linen DI
Now onto the roses....I used the Tattered Florals die cuts. and used Tattered Rose DI
After covering each flower with the ink I did some spritz and flick with water
I cut all the flowers up so I had the parts to make up the roses
Waiting for the glue to dry!
The finished roses......needs something else....
A dab of Vintage Photo DI around the edges
The leaves that had been edged with Aged Mahogany DI were now scored with a craft knife to give leaf veins
Now to work on some greenery. While I was doing this I also did some other flowers - and forgot to take any other pictures of them. You can see them here sitting in the stain 'bath' They were two flowers glued together with an ivory seed bead as the center.
Here I was focusing on the ivy. I used Antique Linen DS and left it to soak in a puddle
I used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss DI
I dabbed the inks onto the craft mat and spritzed with water
Using Peeled Paint I painted in the center of each leaf
Then I painted some of the darker green in the center of each leaf and also over the stems
Because the DI's are translucent, and I was using opaque paints in the bouquet, I decided to spritz the ivy with Dylusioins White Linen Spray. This wasn't intended to make the ivy white or gave a splattered look. It just added a more opaque look to the finshed leaf...
This was the final piece of foliage - This was painted in Hey Pesto, Toad Hall and Mocha Mousse Fresco Paints
And last, but by no means least.....The Ribbon! I used some white organza ribbon and swirled it into Antique Linen DS that had a tiny spritz of Melted Chocolate Dylusions spray in it. When the strips were dry I folded them up into three loops and secured the ends with wire. These were then included in the Tussy Mussy bouquet.
And here is the finished bouquet....
Hope you like this Victorian Tussy Mussy - Thanks so much for being here to see it!
Why not come along and have some flower and ribbon play with us! You could be our winner and find yourself in the Top Talent Spotlight! There is also a prize from Nicecrane Designs who is our Sponsor this month! Come and join in the fun!