Monday, 7 July 2014

Everlasting Flowers

This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge asks us to create something from scratch. Something oh so very homemade. It could be an embellishment with layers, a rosette, a flower or perhaps you build something or otherwise craft a piece by starting with little more than a simple paper or other raw materials. What will you make from scratch?
As I write this it is raining outside and it was the perfect opportunity to create my own everlasting flowers and they don't even need watering!
I began with square pieces of Tissue Wrap, six layers to each. Each of mine were cut 6" x 6".
Fold the square pieces in half.
Fold the pieces into a concertina.

Fasten a pipecleaner around the centre of the concertina piece. Fold the piece in half to make sure you have the pipcleaner in the centre.
Cut the ends of the piece so that they are rounded in shape.
Flatten out the tissue as shown.

Pull up each layer of tissue to the centre, scrunching the tissue as you bring up each layer.
Colour the edges of the petals with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.
Repeat the steps above to create two blossoms.
Add splatters of Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint to each blossom.
I love the pop of colour the ink and paint give to each of the blossoms.
The next step was to decorate an old bottle, applying a coat of Gold Embossing Paste and then setting aside to dry. Applying Gold Embossing Paste gives a base for the Crackled Texture Paste and prevents it from chipping.
Once the Gold Embossing Paste was completely dry I then added a good thick coat of Crackled Texture Paste and once again set aside to dry (I have no patience when it comes to allowing things to dry!).
Once the crackle was completely dry I then coloured with Monarch Orange Archival Ink and then heat set with my heat tool. I then applied Potting Soil Re-inker with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam to tone down the colour a little. I also poured some of the Re-inker into the cracks, I love those cracks! I then dried all the ink with a heat tool.  I added some natural twine and ribbon coloured with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink along with a Heart Charm for added interest.
To add to the rustic charm of this piece I also included a few natural twigs to the display.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated. Tracy x x


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26 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

Love how you made these Tracy and they create the most gorgeous display in the crackled bottle. Xx

Marci said...

Your flowers are wonderful! So is the ribbon!

carol edwards said...

Fan project Tracy, I love how you have done the flowers x

Sandra said...

Wow, this is amazing, Tracy! Love the crackled vase and the tissue paper flowers are so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

rachel said...

stunning and very clever Tracy - love it xx

Dianne said...

A-MA-ZING Miss Tracy OMG this is sooooooo gorgeous and creative, woohoo I loooooooove it.. Thanks for sharing the process.... Have a wonderful day ((( BIG HUGS)))...

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous Tracy, such brilliant flowers and I love the vase too, such a cool idea!

Suzanne C said...

Ooohhh I need some flowers that aren't covered in weeds! :) this is so lovely and a bouquet that won't die out! Gorgeous texture on the bottle!

wendy vecchi said...

fabulous bottle!

soapHOUSEmama said...

oh wow! i love this!! great tutorial.... pinned!

Anna-Karin said...

This is so gorgeous Tracy! I love those tissue flowers and the crackled vase is so cool. Those large crackles and the deep colours are fantastic.

Carol Q said...

a wonderful ornament Tracy and so achievable. the crackle looks fab!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful as always Tracy! Your paper tissue flowers look fabulous and oh so delicate! Love the crackled jar!

Meihsia Liu said...

How fabulous! The flowers you created are gorgeous! :)

massofhair said...

Fantastic use of the tissue paper, not seen that technique before! Glorious flowers, amazing vase:-) xxx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

These flowers are stunning! I love how elegant they are, yet they're also very modern and fresh because of the use of text paper (love) and how you painted the edges. Wonderful creation, as always!

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, the cracking in the bottle is fabulous, love the colour too. Beautiful flowers too, the touch of colour on the edges makes them look very special. Anne xx

Buttons said...

Well isn't that just the perfect way to create an everlasting display! Love those flowers and of course your crackled vase is wonderful. Jenny x

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Cool creation, Tracy! I just love how you made the vase :)


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Linda K said...

so pretty and organic-love that pop of orange!

Darlene G said...

I LOVE your beautiful bottle and especially the flowers. Just Gorgeous!!

Michelle said...

It's always a joy to come and take a peek at your projects. You've managed to amaze me yet again! I love how you created your flowers. They're so fun, yet classy too. :) And that bottle! Love it!

barbarayaya62 said...

The flowers are gorgeous, explained by you also become easy to do! Thank you for sharing your tutorial! BArbarayaya

butterfly said...

Amazing crackle on that bottle and the flowers are just beautiful, so shabby chic perfect!
Alison xx

Emma Williams said...

Wonderful crackle on the bottle and I love the idea of the everlasting flowers, which are just gorgeous!! It's another fabulous piece of art Tracy and I love it! Hope you have a great weekend... xxx

Greta said...

My jaw is on the floor! Amazing, wonderful project!