Hello and happy Wednesday! Today we start a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and this time super talented Suzz is hosting our challenge. She calls it With This Ring, and here's the description...
"Summer is a traditional time for weddings. This year we have seen many of the celebrations become virtual, rescheduled or limited to few people participating. We as craft makers can still share our art with the happy couples by creating something beautiful to celebrate their special occasion. I challenge you to create something celebrating a wedding, it can be anything including: layout, card, decor, or gift."
As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.
I decided to feature the new Layered Winter Flower by Sizzix Chapter 3 on a wedding card for this challenge. I visualized a Gardenia, and went with shades of whites/neutrals for my single flower and layered it over fussy cut flowers from Ciao Bella's Sicilia 6x6 Paper Pad. The white plastic heart from my stash is tied in with swipes of Prima's Old Silver Metallique wax. The die cut greenery is a part of the Layered Winter Flower die set as well (both the leaf variety and long stems). I love how the greenery compliments the layered flower and as well as the greenery of the Sicilia floral bouquet. This die set also includes winter berries and a layered pine cone, which I'm sure I will use often as the Christmas cards start rolling out. I have a brief tutorial on how this card came together below.
Let's get started with the back ground first. I used Prima's Vintage Wallpaper stencil and Crackle paste to lay down a textured background, and when it was dry gave it a good coat of Collage Medium Matte. I had two purposes to do this; First to keep the crackle from chipping off and secondly to prevent the spray I would use next from soaking into the paper.
When it was dry, I scribbled with Distress crayons (Crushed Olive and Ground Espresso) and smudged it with my finger. I did some background stamping with a script stamp from Tiny Toadstools and Peeled Paint Archival ink. I layered this panel over green card stock then over a metallic paper from my stash. To take some of the shine off the metallic paper, I blended it with Pumice Stone Oxide ink.
The Baseboard Frame anchors my wedding bouquet. That lacy texture is easily accentuated with a swipe of Old Silver wax.
Here's how I made the 'gardenia'. I started with cheap old watercolor paper that is pretty lightweight. I chose the lightweight paper so I could easily shape the petals. I blended the small pieces with either Pumice Stone or a combination of Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone for varying neutral tones. I then spritzed the pieces with water and shaped them with my swizzle stick
I cut a second of the largest to place under the completed flower. Each of the flowers/petal layers were given dimension with foam adhesive and/or bits of chipboard between them. I decided to cut just a portion of a layer to add one more petal to the flower (shown in the completed project).All of the edges were blended with Frayed Burlap ink and some were touched with Old Silver wax. I very lightly blended the completed flower with Forest Moss ink to tie it in better with the rest of the elements. You can see in the photo below, that the die also embosses lines on each of the pieces for easy placement of all the small shadow bits.
I cut the background portion of the leaves/stems (vertical foliage not shown in photo) with a green card stock and blended with inks so they would tie in with the Sicilia greenery. The inner portions were just cut from designer paper scraps from my stash.
To make the sentiment banner, I used the largest of the Hexagon Stacked Tiles dies as shown below to cut the 'arrow' shape and stamped a wedding sentiment from my stash in Black Soot Distress Archival ink. To do this, I used a scrap of plain white card and slipped it over one side of the die (non-blade side) and under the opposite edge (blade side) before running it through my machine.
I adhered the sentiment over a Crochet die cut. I love this die set; I find I reach for it over and over again!
That's all for me today; I hope you'll take some time to visit the blog to see the beautiful wedding themed projects my teammates have made to inspire you. Then we turn it over to you--I hope you'll join us for this challenge! I can't wait to see what you will create! Have fun crafting! Sara Emily
Ciao Bella - Sicilia 6x6 Paper Pad
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Stacked Tiles, Hexagons
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Prima Stencil - Vintage Wallpaper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap, Pine Needles
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Squeezed Lemonade
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Black Soot, Peeled Paint
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons -Ground Espresso, Crushed Olive
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabair - Metallique Wax -Old Silver