Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hoppy Easter Framed Art

First, let me give credit to my source of inspiration.  I found this cute spring project on Pinterest and had to make something like it for myself.  Here's Kim's DIY spring art project from the Celebration Shoppe.  And here's my take on it:

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I made this for Heartland Paper's design team as an Easter project.

Materials:
White 5x7 frame, glass removed
We R Memory Keepers "Cotton Tail" 12x12" pattern papers: Thicket, Bunny Trail
We R Memory Keepers "Cotton Tail" designer rub-ons
My Mind's Eye "Follow Your Heart" Be Amazing decorative buttons
Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothies Strawberry Splash and other scraps for eggs
Die cut or punched flowers (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shape "swirl flower" with a little modification)
White wrap floral wire by FloraCraft
Baker's twine or other thread
Brown inkpad
Scissors (fringe scissors are nice)
Adhesive: Hot glue, mini glue dots, foam 3D adhesive squares

Instructions:
1. Cut a 2" wide strip of green pattern paper (Cotton Tail Thicket), trim length to 7". Fold in half lengthwise so it's about 1" x 7". Use fringe scissors or regular scissors to snip into the folded grass, most of the way to the fold. Cut another strip about 1+" x 7". Use decorative-edge scissors if you want on the 1" strip for an irregular edge, then snip with fringe scissors as well.

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"Rough up" the edges of the grass with more cuts here and there, then rub with a green or brown inkpad for shading. Tuck the single strip between the folded strip to make the bottom grass border.

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2. Cut pink pattern paper (Cotton Tail Bunny Trail) to 5" x 7" (I trimmed it to include my favorite part of the design within the frame and cut out the bunnies at the bottom of the page to use elsewhere, since they would have been hidden by the grass otherwise).

3. With the Cotton Tail rub-ons, cut out the "Hoppy Easter" sentiment with its backing, along with the blue butterfly, the pink and purple eggs, and two of the swirls (or any other elements you want to include). Keep the backing in place until you're ready to apply each rub-on.

4. Mount the purple and pink egg rub-ons to white scrap cardstock and cut them out. Use the pink egg as a stencil on coordinating scraps of cardstock to make 5 eggs total.

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Add some swirly flower rub-ons to some of the eggs and cut off the overlapping areas.

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Ink the edges of the eggs with a brown inkpad to match the look of the rub-on eggs.

5. Cut or punch any flower shape you want from the Cotton Tail pattern papers and a darker pink cardstock (Bazzill Smoothies Strawberry Splash). I used a Silhouette basic free shape and welded a circle to the center for ease of cutting and gluing. (If you have Silhouette Studio you can type in "swirl flower" in the search box to find this one in your original shapes.) I cut 3-4 layers per flower. The largest is about 2", the middle-sized is about 1 1/2", and the smallest is about 1 1/4". You get to be creative here. :)

6. Ink the edges of the flower petals with a brown inkpad and crease each petal a bit for dimension. You could spritz them lightly with water for more flexibility if you want, but I just creased these with my fingernail. Layer and attach the centers with glue dots.

7. For the stems I made my own little springs by twisting white-wrapped floral wire (found at Walmart or any store's floral craft section) around a skinny stick like a skewer. You can wrap it tightly, then stretch it a bit to loosen the loop spacing.

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Make a loop at the top end and hot glue it to the back of the flower. You can clip each stem to the appropriate length later.

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8. Add some twine or thread to a button for each flower center and attach it.

9. Now you can start to position everything the way you want it before gluing in place. Mount the rub-ons to the pink background paper.

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10. Do a "dry fit" of all the elements within the frame to see where they need to be glued (tuck the eggs into the grass, position the flowers where you want).

11. Glue the flower stems in place (where the base will be hidden by the grass: stretch out, flatten, and trim) with hot glue.

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12. For final placement in the frame, put the grass in first from behind. I didn't glue this because all the layers will keep it tightly in place.

13. Next, put in the pink background layer with its glued flower stems (be careful you don't squish the flowers with the frame if they extend beyond the frame's edge).

14. Add the eggs by tucking them into the grass and adding a little 3D foam adhesive square to their backs.

15. If you cut out and saved the bunnies from the Bunny Trail pattern paper, you can hot glue them to the front of the frame. Or you could use the bunnies in the rub-on set and mount to white cardstock as with the eggs.

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I hope you enjoyed this project. Too bad you can't see them move! The springy stems give them a lot of motion when moved or bumped.

14 comments:

  1. I am impressed. I love it and thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. Kelly, this is the cutest framed art I've seen for spring!!! Thanks for sharing and the wonderful tutorial!

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  3. Such an adorable home decor project and I can only imagine how cute those springy flowers are. That's a pretty impressive project considering you weren't feeling too well this week. Great Job. Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. It would have been a very fast project if I hadn't lost three days in between from illness.

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  4. Rita P. Gomes3/11/12, 5:41 AM

    Great work Kelly!

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  5. So Cute...Just love the 3D effect with the frame, too

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  6. Once again you have created an outstanding piece of art!!!

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  7. Thanks so much for all the sweet comments!

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  8. Absolutely adorable! Lots of "aw, aw-ing" going on here at the moment!

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  9. Oh my Kelly! I'm in LOVE with this. How cute! So glad I could inspire you in a small way. And thanks so much for sharing it with me! :)

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    1. So glad you came over to see it, Kim. Thanks for all the great ideas on your blog. :)

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  10. Awww...this Easter delight; melts me. So darling! Thank you Kelly for sharing your talents.

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  11. Adorable! I liked Kim's too. Great job. I love that yours is so different but the same concept. Way to make it your own.

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