Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with you today with a dimensional Easter project. Spring is coming and who would not want to receive some flowers that will always stay fresh, and in a pretty vase too.
I had this idea of imitating an old enamel vase and decided to try it with foil tape, paint and stamps. It turned out real well. The vase was made with Eileen Hull's Watering Can die and the flowers with Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Narcissus (Paperwhites) die. If you change the colours and the images, this project can work for any theme. Let's start!
Paint the watering can with gesso, to give the paint a better tooth to adhere to.
When the gesso is dry, paint with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Leave to dry.
Paint with Spun Sugar paint, or if you don't want to use pink, try yellow or light blue.
When the paint is dry, carefully burnish and sand the watering can to reveal some of the metal and the paint layers under the pink paint. Always sand projects in a well-ventilated space.
Stamp images with Stazon Jet Black ink.
Paint the images with Distress Paint. I also added yellow flowers to the grass. Because the Distress Paint is quite thin, it won't cover up the stamped lines.
I used blue for the bunny, but you can try another colour too. If you are not too happy with the look at this stage, don't worry. It will all be fixed in the next step. Leave to dry.
Sand the watering can again, focusing on the stamped images. This step distresses the images and makes them really look part of the background. Any paint mistakes will be hidden.
As you can see, the sanding gives a really nice vintage look to the stamped and painted images. You can scruff them up as much as you want too, just be careful not to sand through the metal.
Use a strong adhesive to assemble the watering can. I used Wonder Tape.
Susan made a great video where she shows how to assemble the Narcissus flower. She used a coffee filter for the crown part of the flower. I decided to try crepe paper instead and coloured it with two shades of Distress Stain.
Die cut the petals from white smooth paper and give them some colour at the base with Pan Pastels. Die cut the crown from the crepe paper and colour it orange around the top edge. I coloured a piece of paper with green Pan Pastels for the leaves and another with yellow for the stamen. You could also use coloured paper. The Magnetic Platform works really well together with these dies, keeping everything neatly together.
The flowers are so pretty and delicate and real easy to make. I used orange Flower Soft for pollen.
For the stem, I twisted a piece of florist wire, making a little loop at the top. It was covered it with tissue tape. You could also use bright washi tape for a great effect.
Glue the stem to the flower with hot glue.
I made a little sign for my sentiment with the Bloom & Plant Markers die, painted pink.
If you want to, you can also cut larger leaves to tuck in among the flowers. I didn't, but I might add some later.
Tuck the flowers into the vase and give it to someone special, or keep it for yourself. There is also space for some sweets.
Thank you for looking at my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it.
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board 6 x 13; Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock; Ranger - Metal Foil Tape Sheets; crepe paper | Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Spring Sprung; Hero Arts - Basic Lowercase Letters LL188 |Ink: Tsukineko - Stazon Jet Black |Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Picket Fence, Broken China; Pan Pastels - Orange, Diarylide Yellow, Bright Yellow Green, Permanent Green Shade |Stain: Ranger Distress Stain - Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey |Embellishments: Flower Soft - Bright Orange; Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Symphony Tissue Tape; Florist wire