Second post of the day! So if you are here to see the Scrap Around The World Post.....please scroll down.
Sharing the first of my November CT projects for Flying Unicorn. The Off The Page (OTP) project. I love, really love that Alda includes an OTP in the monthly Main Kit!!! It's unique.....ok, I don't know of any other Kit Clubs (and I am using that term loosely), that does that. But I digress.
I absolutely love this OTP, I loved it when I first took it out of the box, I loved it before I started embellishing it, and I love it even more now. No way, is this one being given away! It's one of my all-time fave projects. So, here it is.....
I just love the shape, and the chicken wire!! And I wanted something rustic, but elegant at the same time. So first things first.....I painted the frame with Unbleached Titanium paint. And added some distress ink in Vintage Photo here and there. I did sand back some of the edges, very lightly, as I wanted the black edges underneath to show through. Note it was white, with black edges. Next, I stencilled over top with Tim Holtz's Doily Stencil and Golden Molding Paste.
I had even thought to include this quote by Albert Camus:
"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower"
I think it's fitting, but I just couldn't make it work.
The leaves.....I was originally planning on using just the vintage book paper leaves that I hand cut, but found they were a bit too big, to do what I wanted. I decided to try die cutting the Prima leaves, to see if the size was better. Of course I picked up the paper I'd been testing media on for another project. I figured it was going in the trash anyways. So long story short....the size was perfect and the kraft cardstock was the perfect color......so I tested some sprays on top......and you know what? I fell in love with this 'trash' piece, and decided to use it. If you look closely at the leaves, youcan see bits and pieces of different blue and teal paints and mediums I'd been testing. The only addition here, was the 13 Arts Gold Microspheres, glued on with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium.
Of course I tried pre-made flowers, I even had a couple glued down before deciding they just weren't what I wanted. So I searched for flower tutorials on YouTube, and came across this gem, by Tiffany Windsor at Cool2Craft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De4igBXpsHg
I didn't have the burlap fabric she had, so I came up with a variation using burlap ribbon. Here's a closeup of the flower.
In retrospect, I would have preferred the flowers without the Petaloo Centers. Not because they aren't beautiful centers, but because I've come to appreciate just how lovely these flowers are without anything added to them. Alas, they are firmly glued in place, so I can't take them out. LOL
I do have a video tutorial for you, and I even included a bonus tutorial for making burlap ribbon leaves. Enjoy!!
So give these a try!! I think I might make a bunch, and put them in my Christmas Tree this year!!
Thanks for watching!!