The June Technique Challenge is hosted by Artist Team member, Tina Guigui Dornbaum. Take it away, Tina!
Hi, everyone! A project never really feels complete to me until I've added a few hand-made coordinating embellishments. I'm excited to share some easy ways to make unique embellishments for your projects.
PARIS FLEA MARKET CARD
To make the flower embellishment:
- Die cut flowers in different sizes. (You can use dies, a Cricut or similar cutting machine, or hand-cut flowers.)
- Ink edges for depth.
- Shape each flower using a round-tipped pen or stylus and a cushioned surface.
- Glue layers together and add a pearl/brad/button to the center.
To make the butterfly:
- Cut butterfly using a die and Paris Flea Market 12x12 Deluxe Black Print.
- Trim a length of metal wire and thread it through a button.
- Shape both ends of wire to create antennae. Adhere to butterfly.
To create the tag:
DAHLIA CARD #1
- Trim Paris Flea Market 12x12 Deluxe Gray Print to 4.25 x 2-1/8.
- Snip both top corners at an angle with a trimmer or scissors.
- Punch a hole in center of tag, add an eyelet.
- Thread ribbon through eyelet.
Embellishment Pack came with a gorgeous multi-color ribbon. I liked it so much, I knew I had to do something special with it.
Follow the easy steps below to create a ribbon flower:
DAHLIA CARD #2
- Trim ribbon to desired length. Sew a long, loose stitch along the length of the ribbon using coordinating thread.
- Hold the needle end while pulling the ribbon along the length of thread.
- As you slide the ribbon along the thread, it will start to form folds.
- Continue to slide the ribbon along the thread.
- Stop when the ends of ribbon meet.
- Sew ends together.
- Add a brad/pearl/button to center of flower.
This card features a number of hand-made embellishments, including the flowers, leaves, and die cut and embossed butterflies.
The flowers were made by layering two die cut flowers in different sizes and coloring them with Distress Crayons.
The brads in the center of each flower were created with Imaginisce I-Top tool. If you don't have this tool, you can achieve similar results by adding a "topper" to an existing brad using the following steps:
CREWEL & UNUSUAL CARD
- Trim or die cut a circle of the desired size from paper.
- Adhere circle to the top of the brad with Glossy Accents. (Larger headed brads work best.)
- Once dry, spread a layer of Glossy Accents over entire surface of circle. This will seal your handmade brad as well as adding a glossy surface. (You can add several coats, but be sure to allow the proper drying time between layers.)
- Once fully dry, add the brad to the center of your flower.
This card features several handmade embellishments, including the flower, decorative paper clip and jeweled flourishes.
The large flower from the Crewel & Unusual Jumbo UM
was stamped onto Yellow Plain, edges inked and fussy cut. I finished it off by adding faux stamens to the center.
The decorative paper clip is simple to make:
- Stamp butterfly (from Dahlia Greeting UM) with India Ink.
- Coloring the image with the medium of your choice.
- Fussy cut the image and adhere it to a paper clip. Easy peasy!
The faux jewel swirl embellishments are also easy to make. All you need is double sided tape sheets.
CREATIVE LICENSE CARD #1
- Use a swirl die (or free-hand cut a swirl shape) on the double-sided tape sheet.
- Remove the coating from one side and adhere to panel.
- Once in place, remove the remaining coating.
- Add pearls or faux gems.
The gears were die cut and painted with metallic silver acrylic paint. The edges were distressed using Black Soot ink. Metal ornaments from my stash were added to the center of the gears.
The butterfly is a two-part die: I used printed paper for the "base", and a scrap piece of card stock painted with metallic silver acrylic paint for the "detail".
CREATIVE LICENSE CARD #2
The large license image from the Creative License Jumbo UM
was stamped in black onto a scrap of Deluxe Gray Print
. The edges of the panel were distressed and edged with black ink.
The sentiment from the Creative License Art Nouveau UM
was stamped onto white card stock, fussy-cut, and edged ink with black ink.
The gears were die cut from scrap cardstock painted with blue acrylic mixed with metallic silver acrylic paint. The edges were inked with Distress Black Soot. The metal gear is from my stash.
I hope these ideas inspire you to create your own embellishments. I can't wait to see what YOU come up with. Be sure to share your artwork via the Linky Party below for a chance at a Club Scrap shopping certificate.
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