I had an idea of what I wanted to do – that’s rare – usually I have no idea what I am going to do and stuff just flows. This time I knew I wanted to make another wall hanging and I had found an old scrap of foam core board and I decided to use that as my base. I had tea dyed some coffee filters for a doll project I am making and while the filters were dyeing, I threw in some of this really cool “fabric” my honey brought home for me. I say “fabric” because it isn’t cloth, it isn’t lace and you can tear it – so I don’t know what it is made of, but it took the tea dye beautifully. This is a picture of the “fabric” in its natural white color with the tea dyed “fabric” next to it.
Since this “fabric” came out SO cool, I decided to make a project and enter in the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ2 challenge of Shabby Chic using the colors pink & brown in 3D. Now this is a true stretch for me because I really don’t like the color pink but I marched onward in my quest! I trimmed the foam core a bit to try to make it as even as I could, then I glued the “fabric” on it.
I used one of my photo stamps from The Stampsmith (Estelle has the most beautiful photo stamps I have ever seen & they work like a dream). I used the stamp called “Heavenly Gaze” & stamped her on glossy card stock (I stamped her on regular card stock, too, so you could see the difference. It is recommended that photo stamps be stamped on glossy card stock) using Archival Ink in Jet Black. Then I found my saying that I got from Quietfire (another AWESOME company) on light pink paper. Edged the pink card stock that I stamped with my quote with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and then inked the edge of the frame that I cut out with my Cricut machine (this is a miracle in itself!!) with the same. The frame was made out of paper from Dovecraft that was a gift many years ago. I put together the frame and the picture and mounted them in the middle of the foam core. Because the quote says “It is said that when it is the darkest that you see the stars the clearest” I wanted to put some bling on – stars of course! So I dug through my gems and such, pulled out some stars and blinged her up! I felt that she might have been done at this stage so I put her on my wall until I could decide if she needed more or not.
After looking at her all day, on & off, I decided, she needed something on the side. So I took another piece of Dovecraft paper and used it to die cut the flower you now see on the left hand side. Since I had to snip a bit off the flower, I took a piece that I snipped and put it down by the quote. I then decided we need a little something on the right side, so I took that same light pink paper, die cut a little butterfly and made the body out of brown card stock (I don’t remember who the flower die cut is from but the butterfly is from QuicKutz).
I like her MUCH better now, don’t you? Do you think she was fine as she was? Please let me know because I am working on embellishing my pieces & all the comments are SO helpful.
Also, since I titled this project "Stars" and she is so shabby & chic I am entering her in the Simon Says Stamp & Show blog Challenge for the letter "S".