Last week we took a page-by-page peek into the mini-album Misty created with the new Show Stoppers Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit. Now we’re going to take a look at 2 of the techniques she used inside the book.
Collaged & Distressed Background Pages
Show Stoppers Kit
Sovent ink pad
A straight-edged tool of some sort
Misty: Prepare the backgrounds for all of the inside pages (Sav[ing] the front cover for the last step).
To prepare the pages, cover with Mod Podge, then create a collage by gluing down random sections from the magazine pages. Then top off with another coat of Mod Podge.
Once the glue has dried, use a straight edge tool like an old room card or credit/gift card and distress the collage by scraping bits of gesso over the top.
After that has dried, ink up your ticket stamp with a solvent ink like Stazon, and then randomly add stamping. Since we are using this as a distress technique try not to get a perfect stamped image.
A close-up of the distressed and stamped background.
Paper and Fabric Flowers
Show Stoppers Kit
The flower is made out of large heart shapes cut from the pattern paper in the kit.
First, I cut out the heart shapes, and then with the end of a small paint brush I curled the edges under.
Scraps: When I first learned to make these sorts of flowers, I had a bobby pin handy and used that on the petal ends, sort of like a quilling tool. It makes awesome, tight curls and then slips right out without having to uncurl the petals!
Once that was finished I started to assemble the flower by gluing the hearts together at the ends, slightly overlapping each other.
Keep adding layers until your flower looks nice and full. Then mist in your color choice, scrunching the flowers slightly towards the middle (you may have to curl some of your edges again). Then use the heat gun to dry…this will urge the “petals” to curl up a little more.
Then add a middle. Here I used a bloom from a rose ribbon and added an elegant button that came in the kit.
You know, I’ve always started my paper flowers from the center and worked outward. That way does make it easy to stop when you’ve got a full-enough flower, but you end up with the problem of a stem end to deal with if you’re not making a bouquet. I think it’s pretty genius to work from the bottom up if you’re planning to place them on a page, what about you?