Monday, November 29, 2010

a little wish...

let's get started on a holiday gift giving idea...

my gift to you is a mini class...
with all the info you'll need to get started...

it's small...
the art parts frame is just 3 1/2 inches square, so it's a great quick gift to create for someone special...

here's a look @ the finished piece...


and the instructions...

using tim's alterations tattered florals die, cut the largest flower from grungeboard...

apply strips of tissue tape to the flower and use the blending tool with butterscotch pigment ink to cover the flower...
it will look like this...


remove the tissue tape & turn the flower 90 degrees & apply tissue tape strips as shown...

use the blending tool with denim pigment ink and ink over the entire flower...

then...
remove the tissue tape & LIGHTLY ink over the flower with the denim again...

use coffee archival to stamp the screen stamp over the flower...

mist the flower lightly with perfect pearls mist and use the gold dabber to highlight the petal edges...

your flower should look like this...


cut a 3 1/2 inch square of "clearly for art" and apply strips of tissue tape to cover it...
turn it over & cover the back with tissue tape strips...

using tim's tattered florals die, cut the medium sized flower from the tissue tape covered clearly for art...
by covering the material BEFORE cutting it, you end up with perfect edges...


use a scrap of clearly for art with tim's winter wonder die to cut just the snowflake...

randomly pounce the gold dabber over the snowflake...
I didn't cover it completely...
I like the worn off look...
it's more vintage...ish...

lightly ink the flower with the blending tool & butterscotch pigment ink...

use denim pigment with the blending tool to lightly accent the petal edges...

working on the non stick craft sheet, use the heat-it tool to warm the snowflake...
when soft, shape to form...

this will be transformed from a lovely snowflake to a flower center...
I've been waiting to use that idea since I first saw the die...haha!

still working on the craft sheet, warm the flower & shape...
it takes a bit longer to heat, since the heat needs to go thru the tape to get to the clear material...

as a reminder...
clearly for art can be reheated & reshaped until you are completely satisfied with it...
don't like the shape?
simply put it back on the craft sheet, heat & reshape...

and...
remember the lecture...
look @ what things could be...
that makes the snowflake more versatile & useable all thru the year...

grab an accoutrement button for the flower center...

your clearly for art flower is no longer CLEAR...
and will look like this...
but it's still strong & durable...
I might be prejudice...but this stuff is FUN...

and the snowflake turned flower center is here too...


the flower assembled...
the different textures really make it look interesting...



on to the leaves...
stamp them on grungepaper using olive archival, ink with forest moss distress ink and stamp the polka dots with jet black archival...
then shape...

to complete the frame you'll need to cover the base with a scrap from tim's lost & found paper stash...

stamp it with the script stamp, using butterscotch pigment...

use jet black to stamp "wish" toward the bottom right...

the art parts frame gets misted with denim color wash...
heat to dry...
with the color washes it couldn't be easier...

then stamp it with the screen stamp & jet black archival...

use the gold dabber to accent the frame edge...

glue the frame to the base with Glossy Accents...

add some pen stitching detail...

sign your art...
wrap it up & you have one gift DONE...

this certainly can be customized with other colors to coordinate with the recipient's decor...

it could also be added to a journal cover...

I hope this has you in the holiday spirit and you're inspired to...

make art!
wendy
ps...I'll have more gift giving ideas coming...
stay tuned...

44 comments:

Lisa Somerville said...

How pretty - wonderful gift idea!

Lori said...

Very cool project, thanks so much for sharing the directions! Love the plaid effect, and tissue tape on clearly art is awesome!

Shirley said...

That is gorgeous!!

Kathy said...

Love the tissue tape plaid. What a great gift project. Thanx

Tona said...

Love it!Thanks for sharing.

Helen said...

I think I've died and gone to crafting heaven!! This is stunning. i love those colours and can't wait to get my hands on some Clearly for Art. Thanks for such detailed instructions.

Jenna said...

This is great- I've got to get my hands on some art parts!

Nancy said...

Love this! Thanks for the 'class'!

Now, to find some Clearly Art ... EP's out, SSS' out ... some day, SOME day, I'll have some in my hands! :-)

Elaine A said...

Wendy -

This is just beautiful! Thank you so very much for giving us this tutorial. How very generous of you.

Elaine Allen

Freddia said...

Very cool!

More holiday gift ideas at YankeeScents Potpourri:

http://www.yankeescents.com/holiday.htm

SusanK said...

Beautiful and simple to do...lots of fun to make and another gift is completed! Wendy, you are the woman!

Debby said...

Love this idea. Perfect to hang in the house too. Thanks for sharing so many ideas.

paperqueen said...

Well, I'm ignoring the laundry and am off to make something plaid, LOL.
LOVE that technique....and the tissue tape-covered clear flower is also awesome. Thanks Wendy!
Eileen in NYC

papillon said...

lucky my friends don't surf the internet looking for scrapbooking sites, 'cause i will most certainly use this tutorial! thank you Wendy, for sharing :) and when oh when will clearly for art be available in Europe? :(

Marijane said...

What a wonderful gift you have given us all! This is just beautiful...I have all the parts ready-to-go, several lucky recipients in mind, an outstanding tutorial at my fingertips and am excited to give this a try! I can see the frame standing alone, or on the front of a journal or mini photo album. Can't wait to make that plaid. Love it!

Ali said...

Thank you Wendy!! That was fun!

Holly said...

Love this! I am so in love with that flower! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!!

Mall Rat said...

How cool is that !!! I have everything I need to make one too. I can't wait to see more ideas. Tim has the 12 tags of Christmas and you could have 12 quick & easy gifts to give. You rock Wendy !!!

Victoria said...

What a great idea! I think I'll make one (or two) later today.

Linda Elbourne said...

You Rock THE Wendy Vecchi ... You totally ROCK! XXX

Anonymous said...

Wendy,
Simply gorgeous! I love sitting back w/ a coffee and reading thru your blog. You have amazing ideas, girl!

Hugsssssss
Dawn inn Michigan :)

MA said...

Gorgeous. You never cease to amaze me. I just ordered some Clearly Art from eP and can't wait to try it. Question: Is it possible to adhere paper or another medium to the Clearly Art and safely heat it? If so, what adhesive would you use?

sweet craf-tea chick said...

absolutely gorgeous, wendy!!! love how you've created your flower. it's so beautiful~love the colors!
thanks for sharing and have a fabulous rest of your day!
*hugs* steph :)

Dorothy said...

Great gift! Thanks Wendy!!

jacki said...

love this little gift - and i have a lot of the STUFF needed to make it. thanks so much for sharing!!

Cottagerca said...

a work of art...beautiful

Brenda B said...

LOVE IT! I can't wait for my order of Clearly for Art comes in....going to definitely make these for gifts!

Thanks Wendy!

Jayne said...

It's been entirely too long since I've visited your blog. Yes, I'm asking myself why. So, anyway, you're way too creative for me. I'm just bowled over by all I'm seeing. You should be known as The Fabulous Wendy Vecchi wherever you go. It wouldn't be an exaggeration.

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor blimey, this is totally awesome Wendy and THANK YOU for the mini class... and... THANK YOU for the *you know what ;o))* that was left on my desk by the 490 fairy. I have finally paused for breath LOL Poor Ellen is exhausted already :O)) Have a goodly day hun xx

sue said...

Thanks for the gift of a gift idea. Will try it soon.

Shirley said...

Another beautiful project! I just happen to have most everything needed so I am going to give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing your artistic gifts with us.

candyspiegel said...

Beautiful!

I tried your plaid technique. AWESOME!!!

Missusg said...

oh what a wonderful gift this will make!!! thank you .. now to only find the time to make it!

Anita said...

Stunning! Great idea!

mcclar26 said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE THE SNOWFLAKE IDEA!! THANKS FOR SHARING!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK WENDY!! =)

Tara Carpenter said...

What an awesome flower that can be added to any project!!! Thanks Wendy!!! You and Tim have certainly help get me out of the box. I am amazed at how differently I look at things now. Thank you for your inspiration!!!!

octlove said...

love this project...what a lovely gift it would make...is it wrong to keep it for myself?!!?:)

Liz in MO said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, love this step by step to see how you work. Cute idea!

Linda R said...

Stay tuned??? Now that was funny - we all have our faces pressed to the monitor screen....can't you see us from your side on that very cool Mac? LOL...I can't wait to see what you come up with next - I love the idea of putting it on a journal cover!!

Sandra said...

lovely!
Sandra

Julie said...

I would be glad to get a gift like this! Guess I better start making my gift now! Ha!

Wanda H said...

Wendy, it's a wonderful little gift!!!!

Wilma B said...

Thank you for this wonderful flower. I'm sure gonna make that one!

Heidi said...

Must. Have. More. Clearly for Art. Stalking. Cleveland. Now.