Monday, 17 February 2014

For the love of Flowers

Hello everyone!

      This has been such a busy month for me being Guest designer for the Artistic Stamper....but when I saw the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie I knew I had to find the time to play along!

   The challenge is 'Bloomin' Marvellous' and the challenge is to use handmade flowers. And I had such fun making them. The roses on this hanger were VERY handmade because I had run out of the die cut flowers that I needed and I don't have a  die I got the die cut remnants I had and using them as a template to draw the flowers and then cutting them out by hand....

        I decided to go for my favourite colours at the moment - brown and teal and devote the theme to being a very rusty patina look.

     The roses were so much fun to make. First the die cut flowers were covered dabbed with Antique Bronze DP and I just painted it on leaving streaks. When dry I dabbed them with Evergreen Bough DI and then sprinkled them with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress embossing powder and then a little Verdigris and copper embossing powder.

The other flowers were scrunched after a spritz of water to add creases then when dry they were inked with Evergreen Bough DI and covered with Rock Candy Distress glitter. After the glitter was dry the edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI. Wooden buttons were painted with Evergreen Bough DP and wiped with a tissue to give a weathered look.

 White flowers were edged with Evergreen Bough DI and had bronze brads added to the centers.

A large flower was covered with Vintage Photo DI and then covered in crackle glaze and the cracks were highlighted with Walnut Stain DI. A vintage style button used for the center of the flower.

A leaf die cut was brushed with Vintage Photo DP and then covered with crackle glaze then Walnut Stain DI rubbed into the cracks to highlight them.

 A die cut flourish was covered with Walnut Stain DS

A piece of corrugated cardboard was torn to reveal the texture underneath and then covered with gesso followed by a coat of crackle glaze. Walnut Stain DI was then rubbed over the cracks.

Crochet lace was stuck onto embossed card that had been inked with Vintage Photo DI and then spritzed with Patina Cosmic Shimmer spray.

A doily die cut was covered with embossing ink and then sprinkled with Verdigris embossing powder.

 A brass key was added to the embellishments 

 ........along with a brass frame that had teal patterned paper added to it that had been inked with Walnut Stain Di and a white flower added to the center.

Rusty wire was added to form a hanger 

   Hope you like my handmade flowers! Thanks so much for being here!

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I would like to enter this in the following challenge -

Frilly and Funkie - Handmade flowers

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  1. Laura, I just love this piece and all the lovely details. I've so enjoyed reading through your process and looking at the wonderful close-up photos while sipping my coffee this morning. Very inspiring piece. No die cutter? My dear girl, why in heavens not?

  2. Stunning Laura , I absolutely love love your rusty and crackled flowers. Gorgeous design and texture. So many wonderful details to look at, love it. Tracy x

  3. Your flowers Laura them ? I adore them. Beautiful project.

    Julie x

  4. Gorgeous Laura, the hole project, my favorit colours too.
    Hugs Astrid

  5. Beautiful hanging laura, the flowers are gorgeous.

  6. This is stunning, Laura. Love the verdigris effect. Are you going to be at Ally Pally this time?

    Lucy x

  7. Sumptuous texture and patinas and what a glorious array of flowers.

  8. Wow, it's a breathtaking hanging. Fantastic texture and details. Love the last hanging, too.

  9. PINNING!!! This is stunning in every way! WOW!

  10. WOW, WOW, WOW, those flower are GORGEOUSSSSSS, I love every tiny centimeter of it, thanks for sharing...

  11. Such an inspiring piece Laura, love the verdigris - so very beautiful. Give me a shout if you want me to die cut some flowers for you. Anne xx

  12. Stunning hanging, love your handmade flowers.

  13. Well what can I say?! Outstanding, gorgeous in the extreme, superb. You never fail to amaze me with your floral creations and once again have created a stunning project. As a huge fan of that Verdigris ep it is a joy to see it used so well and I love the way you've contrasted it with the other textures and deep browns/teals. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  14. Wow ! a beautiful creation Laura, I love the colours and texture you've created with the verdigris effect, gorgeous

  15. A lovely vintage piece and great blooms! thanks for joining us at Frilly and funkie x trace x

  16. Totally gorgeous Laura! Love your roses, especially the rusty look you've given them. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  17. Absolutely stunning. I love the colour palette and all the wonderful flowers you made with such great techniques to give this piece texture. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.


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