My niece turned two end of march and for her birthday I gave her my first altered piece ever! I had such a huge response to the letters from family and friends on the distressing and vintage feel I was truly overwhelmed as I have only done two vintage type pieces ever! For the letters, I picked them up from the local flea market, you can also find them at any craft store. I painted them brown then cut out the letter shape. I distressed everything I worked with using distressed ink, crackle paint, sander, and files. I hand made the large flowers and layered several embellies in hope to give more of 3D look.
I have also had an unbelievable about of complements of my flowers and so many people email or ask how they were made so I decided to make my first tutorial (so please be kind armature here!). I originally found a 3 piece video on youtube on how to make it (I have lost the link will update) so I took pictures as I went to show you the steps.
Here are the supplies you will need:
1.Packing Paper (brown or cream)- you can use butcher paper or go to home town pottery and they use it to wrap your breakables in
2.Circle cutting tool -I am using Creative memories
you will need 3 different sizes
3.Embossing pad, large background stamp -you can use smaller it is just easier to use big one
4. Embossing Powder
5. Heating tool
6. Glimmer mists
7. Flower centers (gems button, glitter)
8. Glue Dots
9. Hot glue gun
*if using the lighter paper it is really thin so it tears super easy, don't worry it is fine
Next you will need to stamp the circles with embossing ink, apply powder and using your heating tool heat the powder.The image does not need to be perfect the messier they are the better!
Once they are completely cooled (if using distressing ink make sure you get the release crystals off before this step by rubbing the circle with your finger) Spray them with which ever mist you would like. Generally for lighter colors I use the lighter paper and for darker colors I use the brown paper.
*do this to all of them before continuing.
Now you want to fold the circle in half, then in again, and again. While folded pinch the bottom of the triangle and hold here.
Then repeat the steps for the next two layers, play with it until it takes the shape that you like, it is your flower so make it yours! Once you have finished the layers, I use my Cat's Eye Liquid Chalk to ink the edges, you can use any ink really. You can either use coordinating color or contrasting, or go with color to match your distressing powder...or the always faithful brown.
And wall-la you have your flower! Here are some of the ones I have used in the past as well as my finished product from this tutorial...