Today, I finished up a project that I've been working on. I've actually been meaning to make one of these for quite some time (I've had the supplies for...well, longer than I care to admit LOL!). I'm not sure, exactly, why I've been putting it off...it was so fun and quick to make!
I've had this Flora Doodles set by Inque Boutique sitting on my desk for a few days. My daughter, Alison, came in to my stamp room...saw the Flora Doodles set...and was instantly smitten! She then goes on to remind me of the "cork board that I was supposed to make her for her room...but haven't yet...one that will match the colors in her room...and OH won't this set be perfect for it...and don't you have all the stuff already?"!! LOL!! Isn't it amazing how good their memory is when it comes to stuff like that...but how easy it is to forget to say...do the dishes? LOL!!! That was all the convincing I needed...
I found these cork board squares (5 3/4") at the Dollar store, believe it or not! I originally was planning on making a trio..or even a quartet of these, but only one will fit by Ali's desk. Although, now that I'm not "putting it off" anymore...I just might make one for myself (except I would probably make four as they are a bit small). I started by painting the cork board white. I then stamped the swirls from the Petals set (also an Inque Boutique set) using some bright green acrylic paint. I masked around the edges, and painted them a bright pink to somewhat resemble a frame. I don't think I masked well enough, becase a little bit of pink paint leaked under the tape. That is why this now has some black grosgrain trim! :-)
I wanted to make some cute covers for the Quilter's tacks that I had, but I didn't think cardstock would hold up very well. So, I brought out my white shrink plastic. :-) Using the same flower I did on the paper one (in the top corner), I stamped it onto the shrink plastic (which I lightly sanded first) using Pallet Noir ink. I actually tried several different inks...and none of them worked better than the Palette (I needed it to not smear on the plastic and be permanent enough that I could use my Copics on it after it was shrunk). The first one I tried, I did not sand the shrink plastic...and my Copic markers just smeared...making quite a mess...so, if you want to try this and use Copics to color...make sure you sand first! :-)
After I shrunk my flowers (it is SO much fun to watch..I don't think I will ever get tired of it :-), I used E6000 glue to adhere the flowers to the top of the tacks. I then added some pink Dew Drops to the centers of each of the flowers.
I stamped the flower twice onto Shimmery White c.s. and colored them in with Copic markers. I cut them both out (one I only cut out the inner part) and used mounting foam to adhere them together. After it was all together, I "outlined" the flower with Stardust Stickles. (I always add my Stickles last...that way I don't smear it :-).
**I also want to remind you of the "Everything Inque Day" sale! Everything (and I do mean everything...stamps, patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, acrylic blocks, the 13" stamping mat (a.k.a. Stephanie's Secret Weapon), ink pads, felt embellishments, brads, etc.) is 20% off of their already great prices! And...if you order through The Purple Turtle Stamp Shoppe, the sale is extended through Monday! Just make sure you use the coupon code AWESOME at check out!
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Recipe Stamps: Flora Doodles, Petals Paper: Shimmery White c.s. Ink:Palette Noir, Adirondack Pitch Black Other: Copic markers, Shrink Plastic, Corkboard square, Dew Drops, Rhinestones, Ribbon, Acrylic paint, Stickles, Decorative brad, Quilter's tacks