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I want to share a few cards I completed in the past few weeks. I usually make cards in bulk in order to give them away as gifts (at least 3-6 the same). Although I enjoy making a bunch of cards and giving them away in pretty sets, I sure get bored. I picked up a few new stamps as gifts and on sale and I was itching to use them. I used my stash and just had a blast!
Friday, February 11, 2011
I just can't get enough of K and Company's Flora Fauna! I have what I call a birds and nest fetish. My home is decorated here and there with them. This line is filled with things I adore. Vintage, eggs, birds, butterflies, newsprint, a natural botanical look...
Birds and Butterflies Shadow Box by Rebecca Grinder
Tim's configuration boxes come with endless possibilities. So, this challenge spurred my imagination in so many directions! I had to tame my ideas to a handful of techniques so the project wouldn't look wild! I painted my configuration black. Once dry I added Ranger's Rock Candy and then filled the cracks with some silver paint in spots.
One of my favorite techniques I wanted to accomplish in my design was to create a variety of layers. Each of my configuration boxes has different depths. The above box is layers of chipboard and cardboard almost an inch thick. Using my craft knife, I created a shadow box. The plastic packaging from K&Co's chipboard letters worked perfectly for the acetate to hold my pinned butterfly and glitter. I had so many layers of cardboard, I needed a hammer to put my pins in place!
I separated a typewriter key epoxy sticker to set a picture of my husband and I, taken on our honeymoon, under the layers of the sticker.
I wanted the butterflies to look like they were in flight so I have each one attached to some coiled wire. I coated each sticker with some Glossy Accents so they would be easier to dust and stay clean.
I used packaging foam for some of my boxes and layers. I found the foam used for packaging brads worked the best. I coated the foam using an Embellishment Glue Stick and covered it with paper.
I wrapped some twine around a chipboard letter "H" and layered some buttons together with wire. I filled the boxes with some things around the house like a clothespin, thimble, a teabag, a paper measuring tape, buttons...
Posted by Rebecca Grinder at 2:32 PM