Hello! It’s Lisa with a home decor project to share with you today. I am always looking for ways to brighten my home with handmade items. This project was inspired by the recent warmer temperatures we’ve had in St. Louis, leaving me dreaming of spring! Of course, it’s St. Louis, so one day it’s 65 degrees Fahrenheit and the next it is 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Mother Nature is fickle!
To create my project, I started with a lovely image and a shadow box frame. I found the shadow box on clearance at a local craft store and tucked it away until the right project came along. I think these flowers are just perfect!
To create this project, I began by stamping a flower on white watercolor paper with watermark ink. I covered it with embossing powder and heat to set. You can use a clear, white or a pearl embossing powder. It’s really hard to see in the picture, but I opted to have the flower image and leaves coming in from the right hand side of the paper.
I then painted my flower with watercolors, but you can use any type of paints or medium you prefer. This would be lovely with vibrant markers, too. Once the image was dry, I added a small drop of Liquid Pearls to each center. TIP: To remove any pointed tips/peaks from the Liquid Pearls, tap or flick the back of the paper with your fingers. This will help smooth out the drops.
I then set the image aside to dry completely.
Next, I wanted to add a sentiment to the image, but I didn’t want to completely obscure the image I so carefully painted. To do this, I pulled out vellum. I used a beautiful script alphabet for my “spring” sentiment. First, I needed to plan the placement of each letter. I stamped each letter on grid paper with black ink. I found it easier to start in the middle with the “i” to determine the baseline for the word.
I covered the sentiment with vellum, holding it in place with washi or low-tack tape. Then, I stamped on the vellum with fine-detail ink over the original stamped guide.
Then, I cleaned up any mistakes and connected letters with a brush marker. I followed this up by heat-embossing the sentiment. TIP: When embossing on vellum, heat your embossing gun to its maximum temperature to avoid any warping.
To assemble, I layered the vellum over the main panel and adhered it to blue cardstock with foam tape and then placed it inside the shadow box or frame to complete.
I think it is a fitting way to celebrate warmer temperatures, shepherd in spring and decorate my home. What projects have you made for the season? I’d love to know!
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used: 40lb. vellum and Mondo Hydrangea stamp from Ellen Hutson; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and white opal Liquid Pearls from Ranger Industries Inc.; blueberry sour cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Sophisticated Script stamp set from Concord & 9th; VersaMark and VersaFine onyx black ink pads from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Peerless Watercolors from Creative Mode; Aquash Water Brush small fine point from Pentel Arts; Copic® multiliner pen from Imagination International Inc.; clear and silver pearl embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; shadow box from Martha Stewart Crafts; Wagner embossing heat gun from Hero Arts; adhesive foam tape from 3M.