Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dream A Little Shadowbox Frame

This is the third idea I submitted to the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Class Project Challenge - and was the most popular amongst other demonstrators as I have been told numerous people posted it to their web sites. The winner received a free stamp set, but we all won by seeing many wonderful class ideas shared by generous Demonstrators. Although there was usually only a single winner, several Demonstrators had their projects published to the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Web Site - I was lucky enough to have several of my projects posted, but never actually won. This is the third idea I submitted - and it was the third project published !

The first project was the candy bar wrap/gift card holder I posted here; the second project was the A Happy Heart card and treat bag posted here; the final project I submitted was the Bella Pets Scrapbook Wall Art project that I posted here.

Small shadowbox frame
Big Shot with Top Note Die
Dream A Little Hostess stamp set
Whisper White cardstock - ½ sheet of 8 ½ x 11
Pink Pirouette cardstock - 1/4 sheet of 8 ½ x 11
Whisper White craft ink
Pink Pirouette classic ink
Riding Hood Red classic ink
Kiwi Kiss classic ink
Basic Black marker
Two Way Glue
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Pretty In Pink ¼” grosgrain ribbon - 14”
White ¼” grosgrain ribbon - 14”
Paper snips
SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Sponge
Crystal Effects - optional for adding shiny highlights to the flower

Run the Top Note die through the Big Shot with the Whisper White and Pink Pirouette cardstock. Use ½ of the Whisper White piece , the remaining half will be used for the stamped embellishments.
Trim the Pink Pirouette Top Note die cut just above the halfway point.
Stamp the Pink Pirouette piece with Whisper White ink and the tiny flower stamp from the set. Sponge Whisper White along the edges; set aside to dry.
Stamp three of the large outline flower image with Riding Hood Red ink on scraps of the Whisper White. Stamp the leafy branch image with Kiwi Kiss ink. Using the Aquapainter and ink pads, watercolor the flowers and branch.
Ink the hummingbird with Kiwi Kiss. Remove areas that you would like to color differently with the Aquapainter, then recolor in with the aqua painter and ink from the lid of your stamp pads. I used the Aquapainter with Riding Hood Red ink to color the hummingbirds throat after I had removed the Kiwi Kiss ink. Dot the Hummingbirds eye with the Basic Black marker. "Huff" your warm breath onto the stamp to remoisten the ink, then stamp onto the cardstock.
Use the Two Way glue to apply Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the hummingbird. Set aside to dry. Trim out after dry.
Cut out the flowers and branches with the Paper Snips. Trim each of the flowers to your liking to create a three dimensional bloom. I used one as a base, one I trimmed along each petal, the third I cut out the middle portion of the bloom. Curl each petal and use dimensionals if needed to position them to your liking, creating layers.
Glue the trimmed and stamped Pink Pirouette die cut to the lower half of the Whisper White Top Note die cut. Wrap the ribbon pieces around the Top Note die cut, lining them up along the seam where the Whisper White and Pink Pirouette cardstock meets. Tie into a basic knot and trim, placing the knot slightly off center, to the right. Stamp “dream a little” with Riding Hood Red ink on the lower right portion of the Pink Pirouette piece. Adhere the flower, branches and hummingbird just above the Pink Pirouette cardstock and to the left of the knotted ribbon.
Make sure your glass is clean before mounting into the shadowbox !
Thanks for looking !

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