Don’t look now but the holidays are fast approaching but Eileen Hull and crew are here to help! This month the theme is “Holiday Jump Start” and we’d like to inspire you with all sorts of fall and Christmas holiday projects. Grab a pumpkin spiced latte in one hand and a cup of hot chocolate in the other other and let’s get started!
First things first, Halloween will reach us soonest so I chose to create a cute little Halloween themed bouquet that fits perfectly in Eileen’s 3-D Vase.
A while ago Shelly Hickox shared a technique for faux galvanized metal and I’ve been wanting to try it. (See her original tutorial here.) I cut the vase out of Sizzles matboard and base coated it with black gesso. When it was dry I embossed it in the Honeycomb folder.
I glued it together according to the directions on the die package and then gave it a coat of DecoArt Media medium grey Antiquing Cream. Antiquing Cream is still reactive to water once it’s dry. You take a damp cloth and wipe away the excess, leaving traces of color in the textured parts. I did that with the grey and added a few accents with the carbon black Cream. When the finish is to your liking you need to seal it, so I coated the whole vase with DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish.
(I also cut a scalloped circle (the top of the Cookie Box) out to use as a base to glue the vase onto to give it more stability.)
Next up was cutting out flower parts! Sizzix Bigz dies easily cut all sorts of materials. I gathered together some fabric, tulle, wide ribbon and white coffee filters. I made plenty of cuts from each material so I would have lots of flower parts to work with as I mixed and matched them when building the blossoms.
To make the stems I used Eileen’s Twist & Style tool, which makes it an easy task. I cut several lengths of 24 gauge black wire (about 15 inches or so) and bent them in half. From my button stash I selected several that would make good flower centers. I looped the wires through the button holes or shanks and fastened the ends of the wire into the end of the tool with the screw mount (second photo).
The button end goes over the center post in the clamp. Some of the bigger buttons kept popping off so I taped them in place with washi tape. Helpful children make good button holder downers too. ;-) Holding the wire taut, twist the tool and in moments you have a perfect flower stem. Thread the stem through your stack of flower parts and add some glue to the back to hold them all in place.
I twisted up some lighter 20 gauge wire to glue to the bats. I also cut the fluttery ghosts out of white Clearly For Art plastic and glued them to a twisted wire. (Clearly For Art plastic is moldable plastic. Heat it with a heat gun and you can bend and form it while it’s warm. When it cools, it holds the shape!)
|the flower making possibilities are endless!|
The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go. ;-)