Saturday, December 7, 2013

Countdown to Creativity - Jumbo Tattered Florals

I promised you a nice surprise earlier this week, and here it is! If you haven't heard, Sizzix is pre-releasing three new dies from Tim Holtz this month: Jumbo Tattered Florals - a Bigz XL die, Garden Greens - a Bigz die, and Spring Greenery - a Sizzlits Decorative Strip die. All of the dies can be used with the Big Shot machine or the Vagabond. The Sizzix DT members were invited to create projects using the dies, and this is what I came up with. It's a sweet little shelf that is perfect for holding your keys and displaying small treasures!

Since the two Bigz dies are steel rule, I was excited to try cutting some aluminum flashing with them. They cut through that metal like it was nothing! I did end up adding a piece of folded cardstock under the die as a thin shim, just so it would cut the more intricate areas more easily.

After I cut the flowers, I embossed the largest one with Tim's Springtime Texture Fade. I shaped it a bit and then painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint. To give it a rusted effect, I dabbed Vintage Photo Distress paint randomly and then embossed with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder. I used the same method on the other blossoms, using blue and green shades of Distress Paint. I also embossed some areas with a bit of Ranger's Weathered White Antiquities embossing powder. I can't stop using that stuff!

I love that you can use the original Tattered Florals die with the new Jumbo version to make perfectly layered flowers. I used an awl to punch holes in the center and then connected them all with a brad.

Aren't these just the coolest?! One of my favorite parts are these rusty leaves. To make them, I cut more flashing with the Garden Greens die and then painted them with Antique Bronze and Vintage Photo Distress paints. While they were still wet, I sprinkled them with more Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and embossed with my heat gun. They really do look like they are totally rusted!

The base for the shelf is a plain pine 1x8 that I cut to 16". I used Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Stain to stain the outer edges. It might seem like it would be cheaper to use regular stain, but it ended up using just a tiny bit of my bottle and dried much faster than stain would have - plus, I had it on hand!

After the stain dried, I adhered a piece of decorative paper from the idea-ology Crowded Attic Paper Stash, sanding the edges to give it a vintage look. It's a bit hard to make out, but I added some stamping using Picket Fence Distress Paint. To give it a finished look, I added a little piece of painted cove molding on the top. Finally, I glued idea-ology Curio Knobs to the bottom. If I'd had time, I probably would have drilled holes and attached them with screws, but the glue is strong enough to hold lightweight objects like keys.

I hope you enjoyed my Jumbo Tattered Florals inspiration piece! Right now, Inspiration Emporium is offering all the new dies for pre-sale. Make sure you snag them ahead of the crowd! To make it even more enticing, you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your entire order. I think they would make a very nice Christmas gift! :)


31 comments:

  1. So seriously, seriously cool, Shelly! Such a fun and unique idea for home decor, and so beautifully done, too. I LOVE the new jumbo flowers done up in sheet metal, and your paint and distress job is fabulous. So love the rusted look you got on the branches. Now I want some metal flashing! Bravo!

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  2. Hermoso trabajo Shelly, adorable.

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  3. Shelly it's stuning like all your work, love it !!

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  4. Beautiful!!!!! Love how you used the metal!

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  5. Super cool Shelly! I love the surface treatments on the metal - it's a great look.

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  6. Delicious! They appear to have a blueish tinge to them too which works really well. Jenny x

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  7. This is beautiful Shelly, the flowers look antique, I love it!!!

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  8. This is a décor piece that anyone would love. It's really pretty, Shelly!

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  9. love love love it...it just might be something I can do for a friend for Christmas. xo

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  10. Who knew? Aluminum flashing. Very inventive and gorgeous.

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  11. Holy moly, is this fantastic or what? I absolutely adore the rusted patina look for the flowers! Can't wait to get my hands on this new die. Tattered Florals is my all-time favorite and now it's even better! Thanks for the inspiration, Shelly!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  12. Stunning Shelly, those flowers and rusted leaves are to die for.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  13. I am at a loss for words...All I can say is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!

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  14. FAB-U-LOUS! i had such fun with the tattered flower challenge last year....can't wait to get this die. Your creativity and vision are truly inspiring....stay warm down there!

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  15. Hey Shelly, This is a gorgeous project, and I thank you for the link to the aluminum flashing so your readers could be edcutated about what it really is, as well as to where we can purchase it. My only question is: in your supply list, did you forget to list a box of Band-Aids and a package of medical grade guaze?

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  16. Wow, this piece is fabulous. Love, love, love your flowers. The rusted leaves are cool. You rocked it.

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  17. Gasp! This is stunning! It would look perfect next to the door in my kitchen :)

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  18. This is fabulous, Shelly! GREAT job!!!

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  19. Wow; Shelly...this is just amazing.
    You are SO clever.
    Love your work ♥
    Hugs, Anne

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  20. Fabulous project Shelly! LOVE the wonderful rusty look.

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  21. Oh, lucky me ... I have a 5 foot shelf that needs a little tweaking! I love what you did!!!! Thanks for the great tutorial and photos. You are inspiration + !

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