It’s Lucky Week 13 of the Compendium Challenge over at Lovely Linda’s L3 blog, and we’re learning how to create grunge paper flowers. Linda went for a Halloween theme in her sample, which made me realize it’s almost that time of year again. Love her color choices. Since we’re making flowers, I decided to go with a softer, more “pastel” kind of holiday – namely, Easter. Of course, at Easter, it’s all about the fairies, right? 🙂
Things I learned: My wee Hello Kitty Sizzix does not like grunge paper. I tried at first to cut the paper with some sheet music glued on both sides, and almost broke the poor crank on Hello Kitty trying to get it through. It barely cut through the top layer of paper, and you couldn’t even see the image on the other side! Next I tried cutting plain, unadulterated grunge paper. This time it cut most of the way through, but I ended up having to use a scissors to fully cut out the flowers. Not sure why this didn’t work; the Sizzix dies are brand new (I’d only used one of them once before), but I have promised Hello Kitty I would only subject her to cardstock from now on.
So I ended up painting the flowers with gesso, inking ’em with Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Milled Lavender, Fired Brick and Spun Sugar Distress inks, then stamping a little “starburst” design several times on each one. The “fairy land” piece is also grunge paper, and I used Stickles to highlight the stamped design at the top. I started with one of my “failed” tags from Week One; the color happened to work well with the image.