Winter Showers Bring (Hand-Crafted) Spring Flowers
Are you longing for Spring as much as I am? When I was out and about the other day, I spotted cherry trees in bloom. Hurrah! And, my brave little daffodils have blossomed in their pot on my front porch. Spring is coming, folks! It really is…and with it all the beautiful flowers of spring. If you can’t wait any longer, today’s post features some hand crafted Spring Flowers made using Tim’s Tattered Floral and Tattered Leaves dies. Tim challenged us to create Spring flowers as a tag, card, wearable art or any other project. The only rule is to use his Tattered Floral die in the project.
Crinoline, It’s not just for petticoats anymore
I decided to create my flowers with burlap, paper, tulle, fabric scraps from my stash, and my new secret weapon for making hand crafted flowers: crinoline! It’s not just for petticoats anymore! It has a very loose weave, but is stiff and takes inks, sprays, and dyes very well. It’s also very malleable while it is wet. It adds wonderful texture to handmade flowers. If you take the time to look at Tim’s Blog he offers a wonderful tutorial on how to make these gorgeous hand-crafted flowers. I colored my using Distress Ink in shades of Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw. I just swiped the inks directly onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water until it beaded up. Then, I either tapped my materials into this luscious puddle of inky goodness, or I dragged them through it, depending on how much color I wanted to add to each layer. I scrunched each layer into a ball and dried it with my heat tool, then carefully “unscrunched” it. I ran a brad through the center of each layer, fluffed the edges and added the burlap and tulle leaves to the base. I created a second, smaller flower and also used a manila tag to soak up the extra ink.
Building the Tag to Hold the Hand-Crafted Flowers
Once I was happy with the layers of color on the tag, I used some old Stampin’ Up leaf stamps from my stash to stamp around the edges. I also decided that I wanted some sheen on the tag, so I spritzed it generously with Perfect Pearls. While it was still damp, I decided to add some extra texture and dimension by using a Sizzix texture plate in a harlequin design. I applied Coffee Ranger Archival Ink directly to a 3×3″ area of the texture plate. Carefully placing my tag, face down on top of the inked area, I then ran it through my Cuttlebug. Ooh-la-la! Wonderful texture, and a great color fade, too!
As usual, I got so wrapped up in creating that I forgot to take step-by-step photos of the process. I apologize, and will try to do better in the future. Once the flowers were secured to the tag, the remaining elements were added, leaving plenty of room for the sentiment, which was printed out onto paper, inked and mounted onto scrap cardstock for strength and stability. An Idea-Ology word stick was inked up with distress stain to make it look aged and bundled into the twine bow.
How Does Your Garden Grow? With Hand-Crafted Flowers!
Here’s the finished product. Rayon seam binding was dyed to match, and then stamped with the same leafy vine stamp used on the tag. The sentiment was added using a memo pin, and a sweet little butterfly was added to the mix. Ah, Spring! Flowers! Color! Green growing things…can’t get here soon enough for me!
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Thanks for reading my little blog today. I hope you will take time to look at Tim’s blog post and enjoy all the beautiful projects posted there. I know you will be inspired if you do. And thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. You know how much I love hearing from you…it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers…speaking of which…here’s one last photo featuring those crafty little fingers after they’d finished with this project: