Hi everyone, Heidi from www.makeyourlifecolourful.com here, today I would like to show you a home decoration project that I designed around the April CCB Challenge theme which is “Woodgrain“.
Go for a nice walk in the woods or your back garden when you have trees there. Gather branches that match in color and size and that are as straight as possible. Take them home and let them dry for a couple of days when they are damp. Now you can break them in a size that you like and create a pattern that makes you happy. I feel that an uneven numbers of branches looks best (you can take 3, 5, 7, 9, whatever makes you happy, I did 5 because that’s the size that fitted my flowers best). Take some of the bark of the branches (with a knife or your fingers) so that the woodgrain underneath is exposed. Take a piece of Canvas Corp “Jute Cord“ and knot the branches together. If your construction is not very sturdy then you can make it stronger by applying Gel Medium on the back in places you don’t see on the front, and then set this aside to dry.
Now it’s time to create the flower embellishments: for this I punched out three pink flower shapes from some Canvas Corp “Hot Pink on White“ paper. This is one of my favorite papers from the Canvas Corp range, it fits a lot of my projects! Then I stamped part of the Stampin‘ Up “Hardwood“ stamp onto Canvas Corp “Ivory Cardstock“ using Memento “Espresso Truffle“ ink and punched three flowers in a smaller size.
I then edged the flowers: for the pink flower shaped I used Archival Ink in the color “Plum“ and for the woodgrain flower shapes I used the same color ink as I stamped with. I applied the ink with a foam applicator tool. Next I adhered each woodgrain flower shape to a pink flower shape using liquid glue and created the heart of the flower by applying some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color “Golden Sunset“ and then set them aside to dry. For the leaves I stamped one of the stamps from the Clearly Besotted stamp set called “Mini Leafy Accents“ onto the same Canvas Corp “Ivory Cardstock“ that I used before using Archival Ink in the color “Leaf Green“ and then I fussy cut the leaves using my Fiskars scissors leaving a small ivory colored border. And then I went looking on line for a quote that I felt fitted my project, I printed that quote on regular printer paper, cut it out and matted it on the Canvas Corp “Ivory Cardstock“ paper that I used before.
Now that all the elements for my project are ready I can put the project together. I arranged the flowers, leaves and the quote on the branches in a way that I liked and then adhered them with Gel Medium. That is it, just let it dry and find a nice spot for this fun little project in your house! Until the next time I wish you a creative day!
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