Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tim's Tattered Floral Challenge Entry

I wanted to play along with Tim Holtz's recent CHALLENGE which is using his Tattered Florals die and creating something "spring-y".  I thought that this would be a great time to experiment cutting fabric with this die.  A few posts back, I cut grunge board using these dies (See it HERE) for a scrapbook layout.  This time around I got out scrap fabric in white and pink plus some muslin.  I used Distress Stains to add a bit of color.
I stiffened the fabric by painting Triple Thick Varnish and Mod Podge on the backs (Experimenting to see which would work best.  They turned out about the same.  I think I need to get some of Aleene's Stiffy to get the best results)  I punched holes in the centers of each layer and then stacked and held using a sparkly gem brad.  I attached bar pins to the back using Glossy Accents (because there is no way I'm sewing!) and I now have two nice lapel pins!
Then I decided to try a few other things.  I cut the petals using scrap acetate.  Alcohol inks were pounced on the back and I stamped on the front using Jet Black Archival Ink.  
 While drying the ink with the heat gun, I noticed that the acetate softened and I could manipulate each petal.  Pretty cool as it gave each flower some nice dimension.  Again I punched holes in the center.  These didn't look good layered so I just added brads for centers.  I colored the brads with black patina.  Below is another view better showing the curls and folds of the petals.
I also got out felt and liked how that turned out.  I added Stickles to the petals.
There was one technique that didn't turn out quite as nice.  I put together a fabric flower just like the ones at the top.  I thought it might be cool to dip it into the Melting Pot filled with melted UTEE.  Nope, didn't turn out very nice at all.  Oh well, sometimes that happens....
I have some other materials I want to die cut using Tattered Florals.  We'll see how they turn out and of course, I'll share it with you....the good, the bad and the ugly!!


Paper Squirrel said...

Hey, you never know until you try it! Very nice range of tattered florals...lots and lots of possibilites there.

Helen Pigott said...

I have popped by after finding your blog link on ArtDecos Facebook page.

I simply love those purple flowers, I will be having a go at those myself. You blog is right up my street so I am off to put a link on my blog to it, so pleased I found you.

Helen x

eri*doodle said...

I had to smirk at your last couple of lines. I have been known to cut from some "maybe that wasn't the best choice" materials. Maybe Tim should have an ugly tattered floral challenge. :) Sure I might have something to win that.

Take a peek at my Tattered Floral entries:
Rose Box - http://eridoodle.blogspot.com/2013/03/tattered-florals-vintage-rose-box.html
Lunch Bag rose - http://eridoodle.blogspot.com/2013/02/tim-holtz-tattered-florals-die-challenge.html

Best of luck in the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge.