It was lovely surprise to have a card of mine 'In the Spotlight' for January 16 at 'Try it on Tuesday' when the Design Team chose some of their favourite cards for 2016. I then had another lovely surprise when I was asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges and I was thrilled to accept. The challenge is 'Hearts and Flowers' and here's what I've made:
As you can see from the photo below, this little box started out life as a little sewing box. It's one that I've had a while but haven't got round to decorating it, so this seemed like my perfect opportunity.
As Spring is hopefully just around the corner, I decided to use Spring colours. I thought the best way to approach this was to create my focal image first and then to colour the box afterwards using similar colours. The image is the 'I love Paris' stamp by Stampendous. It's one that I've had for a long time but it'd definitely a firm favourite. I used a little Memento Dandelion in the center and then dusted around the outside with Purple Twilight and Eggplant. I coloured the flowers using a Spectrum Noir pink and the stamped them again a couple of times so that I could decoupage them to give them a little dimension. I was able to do this as the box is slightly recessed inside and I felt that it gave some depth to the finished project.
I started the outside of the box by giving it a couple of coats of Gesso as a base to add the colour. I used my Ink Dusters to gently colour the box using Purple Twilight ink. I then used a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil around the base of the box and dusted over it again with Adirondack Eggplant.
As I've gone for a 'Spring' theme, made some flowers using my Delicate Aster dies and them painted them yellow as a contrast to the purple. I added some ready made roses and leaves and I used some white Heather to match the lace around the heart. I chose to use this key as it also has heart shapes on it and I coloured it with gold with gilding wax.
As this is something I've been meaning to do for ages, I'm thrilled with the outcome and I hope that the Design Team at 'Try it on Tuesday' will be too.
Enjoy your day x