Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Four Flowerpots

Hi everyone! Today I (Anna-Karin) have a fun tutorial to share using Eileen Hull's Candy Cup ScoreBoards die. When I first spotted that die, I thought it would make a cute flower pot, and I went a bit crazy and ended up making four different ones.

These flower pots would work great as little gifts, in place of a card for someone's birthday, and as ornaments, especially great for those who don't have green fingers, because these flowers don't need any water. Since I made four flowerpots (one of which is a bird's nest), this is a pretty long tutorial.

We are going to start with the one with the blue Hydrangea flowers.

Die cut the Candy Cup from white mat board and ink with brown shades of Distress Ink. Mat board inks very well.

Stamp the pot with sentiment and image stamps, using Archival Ink Coffee. I placed the main stamp above the flap, then the joint will be on the back of the flowerpot, not that it matters much because you hardly see the joint. Mist with Biscotti Perfect Pearls.

Use strong adhesive to assemble the pot (I used Wonder Tape).

I placed a small polystyrene ball inside the pot. You could use other things too, scraps of paper, tissue paper, felt, etc.

Die-cut Hydrangeas from white mat board. I cut two of the biggest size, and quite many from the two smaller sizes. Ink them and press a finger in the centre to shape them a bit. Love the shape of these flowers.

Dye a piece of gauze with Distress Ink reinkers (Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn) and water. Mist the gauze with water first and then mist with ink.

When the gauze is dry, scrunch it up and glue it to the polystyrene ball. Any liquid glue will work (I used multi-medium).

Next, layer Hydrangeas together and add a pearl to each centre. Glue them to the gauze. The gauze only peeks through in places, because I wanted to use a lot of flowers.

Twist a piece of wire and glue it to a wood veneer shape. Press the wire into the polystyrene ball.

The next pot is the home for a bird instead of a flower. I just had to use this bird from the Birds & Butterflies die.

Die cut a Candy Cup from white mat board and paint it with watered down terra cotta paint.

Cover with Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy. When dry, ink the crackled pot with Distress Stains and set with a heat gun.

I cut a polystyrene ball in half and stacked some scrap chipboard in the bottom of the pot to lift the ball up a bit. The ball was painted brown.

 Use some string to form a rough bird's nest.

Die cut two birds and wings from the Birds & Butterflies set, turn the paper around for the second bird, so that they can be layered together. I cut the bodies from a scrap of watercolour paper, that had been inked with Salty Oceans Distress Ink, and the wings from patterned paper. Ink the pieces and layer them together.

Die cut branches from grungeboard using the Bird Branch Bigz die, paint them brown. Cut leaves from kraft-core paper with the Birds & Butterflies die. I love the leaf with the vein and cut it from two shades of green paper, and removed the veins and placed them in the darker or lighter leaf. Sand them to reveal the kraft core and ink. All the pieces were coated with a thin layer of Distress Stickles Rock Candy.

 Layer the branches and leaves around the bird.

The heart was cut twice from a piece of mat board that had been covered in text paper, inked a bit and layered with a twisted wire in between.  A little chitchat sticker was added on top.

 The next flowerpot uses the remaining piece of gauze.

Die cut the Candy Cup from white mat board and ink with shades of pink. Stamp a butterfly on the pot with Archival Ink Rose Madder. Coat with Glossy Accents and let dry. Place it on a flat surface to dry, you can see on this photo that my surface wasn't totally flat, so the Glossy Accents is a bit thicker towards the top.

 Place a polystyrene ball inside the pot and scrunch up the gauze as on the Hydrangea pot.

 Die cut a several flowers and stems using the Sweet Treats for You set and scraps of papers.

I stamped the blue flowers with a text stamp. Ink the flowers and shape them a bit. Aren't those flowers great? Glue them and the swirls to the gauze.

And onto the final pot, with felt roses. The heart circle was stamped with Archival Ink Rose Madder, and the sentiment with Coffee.

Glue a piece of printed tissue paper to mat board using Multi-medium, leave to dry and then die cut the Candy Cup from it.

 Ink the tissue paper with alcohol inks. For a more subtle effect you could use Distress Inks.

Die cut roses from different colours of felt, using the Tattered Pinecone die. Make some of them a bit smaller, by cutting off a piece of the spiral. Roll them up and glue together. Use leftover leaves, swirls and branches from the other flower pots to layer around them.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to make some flowerpots.

Happy crafting!!


Surfaces: Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Terminology Tissue Wrap, Grungeboard; patterned paper; watercolour scraps
Stamps: Hero Arts: Thoughtful Messages CL184, Sweet One CL536, Hello There CL553, Newspaper Background S5601; The Stamps of Life: minis4circle
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick;  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers- Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn;  Ranger Archival Ink: Coffee, Rose Madder; Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink: Meadow, Lettuce, Pesto, Gold Mixative; 
Stain: Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy; 
Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy; Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber: Terra Cotta, Espresso
Mists: Ranger Ink Perfect Pearls Mist- Biscotti
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology ChitChat stickers; Studio Calico Wood Veneer Shapes; pearls; gauze; polystyrene balls; wire; felt; string or twine
Other: Ranger Ink Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Distress Stickles- Rock Candy 
Adhesive: Ranger Ink Wonder Tape; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Studio Multi-medium
Tools: Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator
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  1. They're all so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!...Nancy :o)

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  3. Each one of these is a tiny masterpiece! You give such clear descriptions- your tutorial is so well-done Anna-Karin :-) They are all so cute- the little nest with jute is a great idea. Aso love the bird and of course the hydrangea covered one- I could go on and on. These would be perfect for placecards at a dinner party and then they could take them home as a souvenir. Love them all!

  4. These are amazing, love all the different looks and techniques. JUST AMAZING!!!! TFS

  5. GREAT IDEAS FOR A any occasion! TFS

  6. Beautiful and inspiring! I want these dies!

  7. You have so many creative and clever ideas in this project - I'm overwhelmed with inspiration! You are just too amazing.

  8. Just so much you can do with these, candy box, Easter egg box, candles (not lit), yes brill idea xxx


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