By Els van de Burgt
Hello, everybody! It’s Els here today with a project that I hope you’ll enjoy: Durable Flowers. It all started with the leftover die cut flowers I brought home from my CHA Make N’ Take cards. I thought it would be fun to decorate my lanyard for a show we’re attending in Frankfurt (the badge holder that I’ll be wearing), but I knew that paper flowers probably wouldn’t hold up all that well so I did some brainstorming. Before I knew it, I had a table filled with amazing flowers and so many ideas that I couldn’t go to sleep.
Here is what I came up with:
- Use Distress Inks in a variety of colors to alter flowers and flower centers (circles) that have been die cut from my new Through the Lens patterned cardstock in a mix from the Wood, Stone, and Metal Series packs. (I used my Victorian Flower Set 1 dies, but feel free to pick other favorites for your projects.)
- Shape the petals just a bit from the back using a large ball stylus, the end of a paintbrush or your thumbnail. Some flowers have two layers, some have only one, but all have a circle in the middle. Adhere the center circles with Power Adhesive Tabs, but do not layer the flowers until after steps 3 and 4.
- Spray flowers with Goosebumps Shimmer, a mist that adds a wonderful bumpy texture and a tad of iridescent shine. After the surface dries, if you want more sparkle or you did not thoroughly coat the flowers, spray again one or two more times, allowing the flowers to dry between each application. (It’s better to spray a little at a time than to totally saturate the flowers.)
- Add stencil paste to the back of the flowers to fill the petals just a bit and help them hold their shape!
- For 2-layer flowers, adhere a smaller flower on top of a larger one using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Power Adhesive Tabs between the layers.
- Use the flowers on photo mats or frames, on treasure boxes and in shadow boxes, for post-backed earrings (use Bunch of Flowers dies in smaller sizes), for cards that will be mailed in a box or hand-delivered, for mixed media projects, and more.
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Happy crafting –
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs
Distress Inks in a variety of colors
Goosebumps Shimmer Texture Spray