Saturday, 30 January 2010

Shabby Chic Flowers

Today I am sharing how I made my Shabby Chic (sounds much better than just plain old shabby) flowers like I used on this card.woj-eb-city-chics-1

To make the black flower I used:

Heavyweight white paper
Black dye ink
Spellbinders Blossom Nesitibilities (but blossom type punches will work just as well)
Sanding block and/or emery board
Button or large brad for centre

To get the white core I brayered black dye ink on to the white paper, giving a good even coverage.  However you could use any designer paper instead and miss out this part.

Cut out three shapes using the three smallest dies in the set, don't bother embossing them


Sand the edges of each layer to expose the white core (do this with designer paper as well)


Crumple each layer up well.


Open each layer out but don't straighten the shapes out too much


Apply a strong glue in the centre of each layer - the one I use is clear drying and holds all embellishments really well.


Using wire cutters snip off the shank of the button (you may need to sand this smooth if you don't get a clean cut)


Apply the button to the centre, pushing down well.


And there you have a shabby chic flower, quick and easy


I hope this will be of use to you, and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of shabby chic flowers in blog-land.  Have a great weekend!



Friday, 15 January 2010