Hello friends! Happy Monday and welcome back to my blog…it’s been a bit since I’ve posted, but I’ve been busily working behind the scenes making all sorts of fun things! Today, I’m back to share some special pillow boxes that I created using the new Sizzix Brushstroke Mini Flowers…have you seen this set of thinlets yet? They are simply BEAUTIFUL and make the most gorgeous tiny florals, so perfect for Mother’s Day creations!
The Brushstroke Mini Flowers are wonderful and make the most beautifully detailed tiny flowers. Simply cut the pieces out, then layer them up and adhere them together. My favorite way to create them is to cut the pieces from my abundance of inky paper scraps. I keep almost all of my scraps, even the small ones, and you don’t need much space on a piece of paper to cut these tiny little pieces.
To create some more interest on the boxes, I added a label to each box, cut by using the Vintage Labels thinlet set. But, we’ll get to that in a bit…
Let’s start with the boxes…
To create them, I cut 2 pillow box shapes using a classic (and retired) Bigz Die. These were cut out of Distress Watercolor Paper.
I decided to use a technique that Tim shared a couple weeks ago on his YouTube Live which featured techniques using Distress Paints. He shared some gorgeous tags that he created by dripping a variety of Distress paints onto a craft mat, spritzing them with water, then dragging paper through the paints, then drying with a heat tool. You can catch the replay by CLICKING HERE.
This created some beautiful combinations and papers. It dressed up the boxes and became the perfect background for the flowers!
The first box was created using a combination of Lost Shadow, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Speckled Egg and Brushed Corduroy.
The second box was a combination of Gathered Twigs, Old Paper, Stormy Sky and Crushed Olive.
Once the boxes were dry, I stamped each of them using the dots background stamp set (CMS220) with Distress Embossing Ink, sprinkled them with Embossing Powder, then embossed the powders using an Embossing Gun. I used Liquid Platinum on the first box, and Gold on the second.
Now, on to the flowers…
All the flowers were cut from scrap papers that I had previously used and created with. I chose a variety of colors that worked with the color combos of my boxes, then began building the flowers.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the creating and building of the flowers, so in no time, I had a variety of flowers and leaves.
One of the keys to quick making was using my Tim Holtz Side Kick. All of the brushstroke flowers and leaves fit perfectly into the smaller machine which makes for quicker cutting and flower production.
Once I had my flowers all cut and adhered together, I began arranging them onto the boxes. The first box featured the small roses, leaves, and a label cut using the Vintage Label Thinlet set. I stamped the phrase “love you” using the Tiny Text stamp set, then added some bits of Mummy Cloth scraps and some cotton string. The flowers, label and a small button were adhered to the front of the box using collage medium then set aside to dry over night.
For the second box, I tied a piece of ribbon around the box from end to end, and tied a bow. I cut an oval Label, then rubbed the embossed edge of it with Gilded Foundry Wax and set it using my Embossing Gun.
The flowers were adhered to the label using collage medium and foam squares, then set aside to dry. Once they were dry, I added a stamped phrase to the front of the label. The phrase was another from the Tiny Text Stamp set. It was stamped onto a piece of vellum using embossing ink, sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder, then embossed with a embossing gun. The piece was trimmed using a paper trimmer, then both ends trimmed to create the banner ends. The small banner was then adhered to the front of the label using a small dot of collage medium on both ends of the phrase.
The label was then adhered to the front of the pillow box.
With that, both boxes were complete.
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I appreciate you and hope you have a wonderful week.
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