Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring means allergies - achoo!

I wanted to come up with a project in which I could incorporate Tim's super wonderful tattered florals die as well as the spring seasonal palette that Ranger mentions in a recent blog post.  There are some wonderful prizes at stake for these challenges so here's my entry: a square tissue box cover that is full of spring colors.
Tattered Floral die used as a stencil
Mini Tattered Floral Garland

Tattered Floral die - layered card stock flower
Using scrap card stock I created a stencil from  the Tattered Florals die.  I taped off the various flowers and smudged distress inks through the openings, overlapping as desired.  A black Micron pen and distress markers were used to draw around the flowers and to note the flower centers.
Smaller flower with 3-D butterflies

embossed top

I cut out the center of the decorative layer using a Sizzix rectangle die.  On the base I stamped a sentiment from Stampers Anonymous in Jet Black Archival Ink.  Around the frame I added more Tattered Flowers and Mini Tattered Flowers.  The stems were cut from sticky back canvas.  The tiny buttons were colored with yellow alcohol ink for the flower centers.

Using my scoring board I created my own version of a trellis and added a Tattered Floral flower using all the flowers from the die.  The daisy flower was cut apart to create skinny leaves.  All the layers were run through an embossing folder before being colored with distress stains and inks.  Tim's ticket stamp and die are stuck in a memo pin.

More embossing was done on the yellow layers that were also smudged with darker yellow and brown distress inks.  Another Tattered Flower (regular and mini layers) was added to the side.  I stamped the 3 butterflies on the layer after it was embossed but it didn't show up as I wanted.  Plan B:  stamp on acetate, color and layer over the original image.  Super!  And now it becomes 3-D with the wings pulled slightly forward.

Here's a view of the top - also embossed with the edges smudged with more distress ink in darker yellows and browns.

Sizzix:  Ticket Strip, Tattered Floral Garland decorative strip dies; Tattered Florals die; mini branch; Swirls, Fancy Floral embossing folders

Stampers Anonymous:  Papillon, Mixed Media, Nature's Moments, Stuff To Say, Odds & Ends

Ranger:  distress inks, distress stains, distress stickles, matte medium, sticky back canvas, archival ink, alcohol ink

Misc.:  Bazzil cardstock, Micron pen, buttons, memo pin

The pattern and instructions for the tissue box cover can be found on the Splitcoaststampers site.  I've shared the link in previous posts.


  1. Such wonderful details. I hope you win, Susan!

  2. I love how the stenciled tattered florals look! I will have to try that!

  3. I always love your tissue boxes, and this is no exception!!! Love the use of the dies as stencils, what a cool idea!! Good luck to you!!

  4. What a gorgeous box, Susan! Love the embossing and those flowers are stunning.

  5. I hope you win! This is a great functional piece of art!

  6. You are a riot! Achoo! Love this...every side is wonderful!