Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bloom where you are planted - 10 Things Flowers

I have a secret, nay forbidden love of flowers. Probably, it's been exaggerated because as a boy mom there aren't many excuses to bust them out! 

Well, one day recently I wasn't feeling like entering any challenges and thought I should work on some sort of ephemera that I could give as a housewarming present for some friends this summer.  The only mission I had was to use premade flowers (the Ten Things feature today at Practical Scrappers) and to get really messy. 
Bloom where you are planted

I used modeling paste over a stencil from The Crafters Workshop. As it was drying I stamped and heat embossed with gold Zing using a Mini Market background stamp. 

While the paste continued drying I watered down some old grey acrylic paint (read clumpy craft paint) and started washing it onto the page. Then I dripped one of my misters across the top - later it evolved into flower stems. Have to say that I l.o.v.e. the way the ink filled into the cracks in a very moss/ivy/organic way.

Most of the flowers are from Prima's Sprites collection, the netted and sheer ones are from Imaginesce, the big cream ones were saved when my mom did a little destashing. All of them got a little rub down in some Ranger Distress Gathered Twig ink. And some of them were garnished with some Distress Stickles Pine Needle. 

Now I just need to buy a frame the next time they're on sale. 

Other products used:
Large Alphas: American Crafts Thickers
Small Block Alphas: Authentique
Twine: won it in a scrappy challenge, the tag said honeydew on it but I think that refers to the color
Brads: Paper Studio (small) and American Crafts (large) 


  1. Flowers, flowers, everywhere flowers! This is really a piece of art. I am constantly amazed by your distress techniques and how effective they really are. Whomever is the recipient will be very pleased!

    1. You are to kind my friend, though I must say that if you like this distressing you'll have to watch for a little upcycled tin I'm working on. Wowzers, the thing isn't even decorated yet and I'm in love. ;)


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