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Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday,  is on the horizon. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on home decor for that happy holiday.  But, you can make this Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a shoestring. Your home will look lovely, and you can use the extra cash to purchase more paper pretties!  See how I look after you?  Best of all, these projects are super easy to make in a day or less.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Count Your Blessings Altered Bottle: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #1

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I have a thing for glass jars and bottles.  The Closet of Shame has a shelf dedicated to jars and bottles in interesting shapes and sizes. I use them to store supplies, of course. But they also make great home decor.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 3This lovely altered bottle began its life as a maple syrup container.  After removing the label, I washed and dried it thoroughly.  Originally clear glass, I altered it with alcohol inks.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how:

  • Begin with a clean, dry glass surface.
  • Gently squeeze your chosen colors of alcohol ink into a felt blending tool.  It doesn’t take much.  Just a few drops of each color. I worked with Red Pepper, Pesto, Terra Cotta, Caramel, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, and Butterscotch Inks.  You can add all these colors in a cluster on one blending tool
  • Now, tap the applicator all over the surface of the bottle.
  • To get in small crevices, I dripped drops of color directly onto the glass.
  • Tap Copper Mixative Alcohol ink directly over the raised edges of the glass.  Use a clean blending foam for this.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Let the ink dry thoroughly. Alcohol ink dries quickly.  So even though I had so many layers of ink on my bottle, it was completely dry in about an hour.  I simply matted the sentiment from the 6″ x 6″ bundle and glued it to the bottle front.

TIPS:

  • To avoid stained hands, wear gloves!
  • Work over a non-stick craft sheet or several layers of newsprint.
  • For easy clean up, try using hand sanitizer and paper towels.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.
  • Do not re-use the blending felt.  It’s flammable.
  • Do not dry with a heat tool! Alcohol ink is flammable!

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Dress up the top of the bottle with ribbon, flowers, stickers and fussy cut images from the Bountiful Paper Collection.   The quote strip is from the Bountiful paper header.  I never throw these away.

Gather with Thankful Hearts Chunky Canvas: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #2

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 6

From time to time, Michael’s puts out bins of merchandise that have been ridiculously marked down.  I pulled this chunky little 4″ x 4″ linen canvas from one of these bins.  It cost me all of 70 cents!  Creating this project is a real time bargain, as it will take you under 30 minutes to complete.

  • Mat a 3.75″ square of Bountiful Seven paper on kraft, light blue and brown cardstock.
  • Run Scor-Tape along the back and attach to the center of the canvas.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment medallion from Bountiful Eight.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Back with waste chipboard or foam tabs.  Glue to the leaf panel.
  • Sponge a chipboard flourish with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Sponge again with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Heat emboss with Wow Ultra High Copper Embossing Powder. Glue to the left of the sentiment medallion.
  • Glue a couple of burlap leaves on top of the flourish.
  • Paint some metal charms (these have been in my stash forever!) and glue over the leaves.
  • Top with a burlap string bow and button.
  • Add acorn stickers (also from the bargain bin!) to the corners.  If you don’t have acorn stickers, you can easily use buttons, metal corners or nothing at all.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 7These rustic nail heads were already on the canvas.  But you could add thumbtacks for very little money.

Gather Shadow Box Frame: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #3

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 8While I was out walking last Saturday, I discovered that one of our neighbors was having a yard sale.  Yippee!  I snagged this 9″ x 11″ x 1.75″ shadow box frame for a dollar!  Happy day!  Now, it was a bit of an ugly duckling…dusty, dirty and chippy…but I was able to give it the swan treatment with a little paint, paper and fun elements from my stash.

  • Begin by washing and drying the shadowbox.  Of course, if yours is new, you can skip this step.
  • Next, paint all the wood surfaces with Folk Art Coffee Bean Paint.  Dry thoroughly.
  • Then, dry brush on some DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I typically put a small puddle of paint on my craft sheet, pick up a small amount, brush it off on the craft sheet, then brush lightly over the paint.  I was going for a faux wood grain finish, not complete coverage.
  • Now, repeat this step using American Crafts Black Chalk Paint.  Again, use a light touch.  It takes a little practice, but if you make a mistake, just paint over it!  No stress!
  • Cut strips of Bountiful Five paper slightly smaller than the shadowbox frame face.  Ink the edges with Black Soot.  Miter the Corners.  Glue in place.
  • Finish by brushing all the wood with Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium.  This not only gives the paint a lovely aged appearance, it also protects it from moisture and dust.
The Inside Scoop

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 9

  • Brush a pile of acorns with Prima Copper Crackle Texture paste.  Again, just dry brush this on.  Set them aside to dry. These will fill the base of the shadow box.
  • Cover the mat with the acorn print from the Bountiful 12×12 Collection Kit.  Cut the center out with a craft knife.  Sand the edges lightly and ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  • Cover the open area with the paisley print from the reverse side of the acorn print.  To make it fit over the opening, mat it on cardstock.  Glue in place.
  • Add ribbon and copper brads.  These are both old…they’ve been in my stash forever.  But you can substitute from your own stash.
  • Die cut little banners from scraps and string across the top.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 10

  • Mat the “Grateful” sentiment on the same cardstock colors.  Back with waste cardboard or foam tabs and press in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Tattered Leaves from Bountiful Scraps.  Distress. Glue in the corner.
  • Punch the “Gather” medallion from the 6″ x 6″ bundle.  Mat on brown cardstock that you’ve punched with a scallop punch.  Glue over the leaves.
  • Fill the base with the acorns.  I glued the bottom layer in place to help keep the acorns from shifting.  Just be sure to glue where it won’t show.

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio: Closing thoughts

On a side note…do you know how hard it is to photograph through a glass frame?  If any of you have tips for doing this, it will be greatly appreciated!

Bountiful is a beautiful collection for fall.  You can create a lovely grouping with these three items.  I’m sure if you look around your home, you can find items that will help you create your own Bountiful Home Decor on a shoestring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

I Could Fall for You Rustic Autumn Banner

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team: Rustic Autumn Banner

Hello, Friends!  Have you started decorating for fall yet?  This rustic Autumn banner made with Tammy Tutterow stamps, stencils and dies just makes my heart happy.  There’s something so cozy and nostalgic about autumn decor. Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Rustic Autumn Banner: The Sentiment

Tammy’s Fall For You stamp was the inspiration for this rustic fall banner.  Isn’t it just the cutest sentiment ever?  It’s part of her new Happy Grams #4 release.  (You can check out all the goodies HERE.)

Long story short, I did fall for this stamp in a big way, and ended up making it the focal for this rustic autumn banner.

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

I don’t know what it is about fall, but it seems to bring out my vintage, grungy crafting mojo. This rustic autumn banner is loaded with distressed edges, inking, stenciling, stamping, stitching, loose threads and all kinds of grungy goodness!

Rustic Autumn Banner: The Mixed Media Background

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4I could kick myself because I totally forgot to take photos while making the background.  But here’s a little basic rundown of the steps I took.

To finish things off, I added a few torn strips of patterned paper, a burlap panel, then stitched the paper to a slightly larger piece of brown burlap.  Then I spattered the whole thing with Terra Cotta Walnut Stain.

Rustic Fall Banner: The Handmade Felt Flowers

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making the posies for this banner.  They are all cut from felt using the following dies:

  • Bitty Posies…the new kid on the block and too cute for words!  Those are the itty bitty blooms with the brad centers.   I especially love the greenery that comes with this die
  • Frayed Posies
  • Pom Pom Posies

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

These felt flowers are so quick and easy to make.  Just die cut, and stitch the layers together with a vintage button center.  I did use a stylus tool to shape the petals just a little bit.  It was mostly an experiment, as I was not sure you could shape felt petals…but it turns out, you can!

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Oh, these Bitty Posies…too too cute for words!

Finishing Touches

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9

I clipped the banner to this mini vintage clothes hanger.  This is a “leftover” from my time on the Crafty Secrets Design Team.  But you could substitute a Tim Holtz Display Hanger.  You would just need to knock back the nickel finish a bit to give it more of  a rustic, vintage feel.

Next I added a Frayed Posie to the top of each clip, and a Bitty Posie to the Label.

I tied a torn piece of Burlap Cotton Blend Ribbon around the neck of the hanger using a square knot.  Then I topped it with a loopy Natural Burlap String Bow.

This was such a fun creative project to make.  I let myself go and enjoyed the entire process.  I hope I’ve shared some ideas that have stirred up your own creative juices.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

Family Rules Altered Washboard with Ribbon

Family Rules Altered Washboard with Chevron Ribbon and Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I’m sharing a treasure that I found while out junkin’ with my sweet sister.  This Family Rules Altered Washboard was tucked in a dusty corner at one of our favorite flea markets.  Since my daughter in law collects washboards, and had a birthday coming up, I snapped it up in a jiffy!  While it was very cute in its original form, I thought it would be even more delightful dressed up with some Really Reasonable Ribbon, paper pretties and mulberry flowers.  What do you think?

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2My mom kept a washboard on a bathroom shelf when I was a little girl.  (I know, I know…I’m dating myself!)  I can still remember her hand washing her “delicates” in the white enamel claw foot bathtub.  It always looked like so much fun and there was a sort of rhythm to the whole procedure that appealed to me. Run the bar of soap over the ridges, whump thump!  Then douse the slip in the water, swish, swish.  Now rub the dampened garment up and down over the washboard while you sing a little tune.  What could be more fun than that?  I used to beg my mom to give me a turn, and finally, she gave in.  I quickly learned that it was backbreaking hard work.  I’m so thankful for my automatic washer…aren’t you?

Family Rules Altered Washboard: the details

This 3/4″ Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon looks fabulous with these papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings.  Altering this vintage washboard only took about 30 minutes and it was so much fun!

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1Our son is pretty handy when it comes to building things.  He just built our daughter in law a beautiful display shelf in her laundry room for her washboard collection.  This little beauty will fit right in with the rest of the bunch.

When altering this washboard, I decided not to cover up the top portion.  I loved the typography and the cute bee engraving.  So I kept my decor to a minimum.  First, I stitched the 6″ x 8″ sentiment panel onto corrugate paper.Then I attached thick jute cording to the top of the stitched sentiment.    Next, I ran washi tape over the top and bottom border.  Once this was done, I secured it to the washboard with vintage style brass thumbtacks.

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Mini clothespins seemed a natural choice for decor, especially when topped with pretty pink ribbon, burlap string and creamy white  WOC Magnolia Blossoms.

I hope I find another one of these washboards some day, as I’d love to have one in my own laundry room area!

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Home Decor: Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror

Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror For RRR Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror to share with you. My baby sis celebrated her birthday in August, and I wanted to give her a  really meaningful gift. What could be more special than a gift made with your own hands? The finished product turned out so well that I decided to share it in the new “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Look how cute we were in January 1964!  I’m on the left hand side of the photos, and my Sis is on the right.  You can tell we are sisters because we both have bad bangs.    My grandmother threatened to hide my mother’s scissors more than once!  It seems we always sported really crooked, super short bangs. Oh, the memories this photo brings back to me!

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror…Different Flowers from the Same Garden

I have been cleaning out closets again.  Treasures always seem to reveal themselves whenever I undertake this task. This time, I found this IKEA Malma mirror tucked away in a dark corner of the studio closet. And just like that, I had the perfect plan for Sue’s birthday present!

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Graphic 45 teammate Sandy Trefger recently created a gorgeous layout using this same quote. It made such an impression on me, that I decided to use it on Sue’s altered mirror.

My sis loves red, so I used a lot of it in the design. To tone down the red a little, I used black Graphic 45 washi tape, black chipboard clocks, and flowers with black centers. Black is a great color to use in design, as it helps to anchor a project.  Black ribbon fit perfectly into the design plan.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4Have you found this fabulous Black Bold Check Ribbon yet?  It’s part of the September Ribbon Club Assortment, and I am crazy for it!  Here, it was the perfect foil for all the red tones in this altered mirror, so I tucked some into my floral clusters along with a loopy ivory burlap string bow.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge! The details can be found HERE on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor  Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  The month of August is slipping away, and fall is quietly coming to town. Autumn is my favorite season.  I always want to “feather my nest” and make everything feel all cozy inside. Lucky for me, I have a glorious new paper collection from Authentique to play with! Let’s get out our Authentique paper pretties, scissors and glue.  It’s time to get our craft with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for you.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Oh, but I do love fall the most!  Altering this 12″ x 12″ printer’s tray is such a great way to get your home ready for fall. Each compartment is like a room in a mini art gallery.  Add pumpkins and fall flowers, acorns and buttons, banners and burlap… and surround them all with  gorgeous Authentique Bountiful papers.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2

How do you add texture to your home decor?  It’s easy when you combine textiles, fibers, wood, and found items.  Mixing and matching textures is a great way to add a rustic, homey vibe to your art work.


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Tap pumpkins with bronze pigment ink to give them a copper glow.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 4

 

Give your home decor some festive flair with a mini banner.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Mmmmm…..sweater weather!  Somebody grab me a mug of hot cider!

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6

I took this printer’s tray to the next level by removing one of the inserts and adding a fall themed folio.  Held in place with velcro dots, the folio can easily be removed.  It’s the perfect place to preserve all your favorite fall photos, recipes and memorabilia.

 Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial Video Tour

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a video tour of this project for you. You’ll find lots of tips, tricks and design ideas that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for the folio insert

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Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8

Now that you have taken the tour, I thought you might enjoy learning how to  make this folio that fits inside the printer’s tray.  Just follow the simple step by step directions in this YouTube Tutorial, and you’ll be on your way to creating your very own Authentique Bountiful Folio in no time.

Because I know some of you really want still shots to study, I’ll load some of those in here as well.

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Each season has its own special beauty, so I’m always excited to see them come and go.  I’m glad you could stop by today to help me roll out the red carpet for Autumn with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:
Authentique Bountiful 12x12 Papers, Details Sticker Sheet, 6" x 6" Bundle, 12" x 12" Printer's Tray, Kraft Cardstock, Sage Satin Ribbon,Burlap String,  1/2" , 1/4" Scor-Tape,  Bits and Bobs from my stash

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Graphic 45 Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece: Savor Life and All Its Magic

Hello, G’45er’s!  Do you ever use your gorgeous G45 papers to create party centerpieces?  I made this Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece with parties in mind!  If you’re hosting a prom party, a graduation party, birthday party or even a bridal shower, I think this vibrant and whimsical design would be a real conversation starter!

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The inspiration for this project was that gorgeous ball gown on the 12×12 signature page of Midnight Masquerade.  I wanted to find a way to display that would capture all its wonderful detail.  To do this, I needed a base that would be larger than the basic bendi card design.  (You can find a link to the basic design HERE.)  This took a  llttle “mathing” but was not terribly difficult.  (Sadly, I forgot to write down what I did…so I’ll have to work another of these fun centerpieces up so I can share the numbers with you!)

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  2The end result was a fantastically dimensional, vibrant centerpiece!  I’m happy to share that this card made it all the way to CHA/Creativation back in January where it was displayed in the G45 booth.

Tips and Tricks for Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

If you loved to play with paper dolls when you were little, then this collection is your dream come true.  Midnight Masquerade is loaded with gorgeous ball gowns, fantastical flowers and  fabulous masks.  You’ll need a really sharp pair of fussy cutting scissors to create this centerpiece.  I found that my tiny Tim Holtz snips worked very well.  I inked all my edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to cover up any raw paper edges.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  4

To create the dimensional skirt on the ballgown,  I gently shaped the skirt with the edge of my ruler.  When the paper began to curl, I glued just the outside edges to the base, pushing them toward the center.  Hold in place for a few seconds until the glue dries.

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Use extra heavy cardstock for your card base so that it will hold up under the weight of the designer paper.  I also glued the ends of my bendi flaps in place to secure them.  Normally, you would leave the bendi flaps unattached  so that the card can be folded shut.  But since I was making a centerpiece instead of a card, I chose to glue the flaps in place.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  6

Layer fussy cut flowers with dimensional flowers for extra fullness.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  7

Add height to your creation by layering the fussy cut sentiment at the very top of the card base.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  8

Use border pieces and sentiments to add text, color and drama to your centerpiece. I backed these elements with metallic cardstock for even more glitter and shine.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Supply List

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I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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