"In The Garden"
To get started, trim cards (or photos) to desired shape and color to desired shades with ink markers. I used lighter shades on the big photo in the background and stronger color on the images in the foreground. OPTION - cut along the chin line of the larger photo, color the paper edge with the Pumice Stone ink marker and insert foam dots to elevate the face - why - I wanted allot of dimension on the overall project and this just "added to".
To prepare burlap panel, cut a piece of Wallflower vellum to fit top, then trim edges with deckle edge decorative scissors (or trimmer). To secure vellum to burlap without adhesive showing through or peeling back, I used a Xyron machine - peel and stick. I LOVE how the burlap shows through the vellum to give an extra dimensional layer. Use Distress Ink pads to rub and tint the burlap edges, matching ink colors to those found in the papers. This example is not the piece I used because the image was hidden too much so I saved it for another project another day - use one of the smaller prints:
Now, carefully separate the cabinet card along the top and side seams with a craft knife - this will open up the card to insert the window. Use recycled packaging OR Bazzil Plastic Paper to cut and shape the window "box":
Prepare the garden flowers and greenery by "fussy" cutting flowers from both the Wallflower paper and vellum pads in the quarter page and smaller sizes. I also LOVE the way vellum flowers blended into the overall garden and accented the paper ones. I diecut Tim's Sizzlits Tapered Fringe (Core-dinations card stock) for grass and Spring Greenery; the Butterflies were cut from paper. I learned in my days of decoupage to color the edges of ALL paper cutouts with matching colors of ink markers to unify and blend - white edges are just not my thing and very distracting.
Measure matching paper piece to fit inside the cabinet card and attach large photo, flower, greenery and butterfly elements - use foam dots to elevate. Add a word band tied with inked crinkle ribbon (try the new Distress Stains to ink ribbons faster) and add heart charm to top - place inside the OPEN cabinet card then glue or tape the card top down on top and sides - use small binder clips to hold in place until the glue dries. Glue the finished cabinet card collage to the burlap panel:
Now position the smaller photo images and glue onto the background with foam dots - I use either Glossy Accents or a hot glue gun to do this - the "level" of this element should be as high as and rest on the window box corner. Arrange and glue on the remaining greenery, flowers and butterfly to finish.
The finished panel can be framed or a custom box made to fit and display.
SUPPLIES: (Thanks to Anna Karin for listing at each project - its a great idea I hope to remember.)
Surfaces: Tim Holtz idea-ology Wallflower paper stash, Wallflower Vellum stash, Bare Burlap panel, Core-dinations card stock
Dies: Sizzix Sizzlits - Spring Greenery, Tapered Fringe, Butterflies
Ink: Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
Ink Markers: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone
Adhesives & Mediums: Ranger Glossy Accents. Xyron for vellum, 1/4" Scor-Tape, Foam dots
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Cabinet Card, Found Relatives cards, Adornment - Heart Charm, Word Band, Crinkle Ribbon
Many people have asked why I do so many projects in shadow boxes or "protected" elements - fact is - I have three beautiful cats who like to pick at and get into my projects so I try to protect them once they are finished. Thanks for coming by and following my work as it evolves, I hope you will share this site with like minded souls! Bye for now - K