Sunday, October 24, 2010

Where does she find this stuff?

Happy Sunday to you!  I have been trying to take it easy (a little) this weekend, as I am on cold number two for the season already. 

I have been dying to show you this stuff called Flower Soft.  Have you ever heard of it? It's fantastic stuff, and comes in a gazillion colors.  Okay not really, but it seems like it!  I finally got some in Autumn colors and found an image from The Graphics Fairy to use it on.



Aren't these trees the best? I printed them on vellum paper.  Hang on, don't panic. Yes, putting vellum paper through an ink jet printer can be risky.  The ink isn't dry when it comes through, and it can smear.  Want to know my trick? 

I take my clear embossing powder and shake it all over the wet image right after it prints.  Then, I hit it with the heat gun.



Now you have a nice embossed shiny image.  Cool, right?  I had some round chip board, and Mod Podged (can we just go ahead and offically make that a verb?) dark brown card stock to it.




Yawn, right?  I cut out the trees and tried using Mod Podge to glue it down.  Did you know that Mod Podge plus vellum equals curly paper that is out of control?  Yup, it's true.  It was a near fail folks...

I got it under control, because I am a human being and it is...paper.  Vellum tape and Diamond Glaze to the rescue.  After these suckers trees were stuck, I needed to add my leaves.

Flower Soft are particles that are packed into a jar. They add dimension to many projects.  You have to take some of it out and "fluff" it before you use it.  I used some clear tacky glue to dot around my branches, and then sprinkled the Flower Soft on.




When that was done, I put Mod Podge all over the brown paper in a thick uneven coat.  When it was dry, I painted some One Step Crackle over the Mod Podged areas. 




I used some some timber brown StazOn ink on a damp paper towel to rub onto the paper when the crackle finish was dry. 




I used some black cord to make a hanger, and used the brown ink to make the vellum blend in better with the brown card stock.  Thanks for joining me while I play "mad scientist" with all my little ingredients!





I'm going to make like a tree and branch out to these great places...




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19 comments:

  1. Hi Christine,
    Sorry you've been under the weather, hope you're feeling better soon! Your trees turned out so neat! Thanks for all of the great tips. I know how touchy velum can be!!

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  2. I really hope you feel better soon!!
    The trees are really great!!

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  3. That is so cute! I love it when you play mad scientist!

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  4. I have yet to play with flock. Looks like fun though.
    Hope you feel better.

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  5. Very nice! I love the trees. I want to try flower soft but no stores carry it :(

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  6. very cool , looks like fun. thanks for sharing

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  7. Gorgeous-love the flower soft leaves!

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  8. Very pretty, Christine! I'd love to use something like this in place of a tassel and hang it from a knob or chair. I love the outcome, although I don't know that I'd have the nerves to go through the process!

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  9. Ok, wow...this is cute and you are talented!!

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  10. How cool! I love the textures you used, I will have to look for that Flower Soft stuff!! Thanks for linking another one up to Brag Monday.

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  11. that is veri pretty, just the sparkly on dark blue velum would be a nice wintery tree. thanks for sharing.

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  12. Your trees turned out great! I love that you stuck with this!

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  13. What you've done is amazing. I've studied it and studied it, trying to see in my mind how you accomplished this. It turned out so beautiful and looks like you paid a small fortune for it. I LOVE those trees, with the little leaves. The texture is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this project on the Boardwalk Bragfest today. What a treat!

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  14. This is pretty...I love all the tips and techniques you used too...I am so trying some of them.

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  15. Gorgeous-love the flower soft leaves!

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  16. Very nice! I love the trees. I want to try flower soft but no stores carry it :(

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