Friday, 8 June 2012


Whilst trawling through You Tube videos recently, looking for some Tim Holtz demos I came across some shabby chic doily flowers created by  Juliana from and decided to see if I could re create them as I love shabby chic. I thought they were quite successful so then went on to alter a plain card fibre  box on which to mount them. Firstly I primed the box and lid with white gesso, then covered them in 2 coats of white acrylic paint. I then covered the inside of the lid and the inside bottom of the box with a piece of peach coloured script paper  acquired years ago from a magazine give away. The edges of the lid were then sanded  to give a vintage look.

The flowers were made with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and a good quality printed paper. A double sided paper would be good for this although not entirely necessary  After cutting the flowers I punched the edges of the larger flower with a Martha Stewart lace punch, then  I spritzed them with water and crumpled them in my hand. After opening them out I set them with a heat gun. This makes the paper stiffer and enables the flowers to keep their shape.
I then Layered the flowers together with Tombow glue in graduated sizes, using several layers of each size from the largest down to the smallest near the centre and alternating the gaps between the petals. To make the centre, I found I had a few pearl buttons in my button tin and also some sparkly flowers in my stash as well as some paper roses which I attached with silicone glue to raise them up slightly and also to take  account of the shank on the back of the pearl button.

To decorate the box,  I glued a length of white rose  lace around the edge. I tied a bow in peach ribbon and attached it diagonally across the box lid and then added one large and one small flower on each side. A further addition of two silk open work daisies was made. The plastic words love and forever were glued to the diagonal spaces top right and bottom left and the final addition was a paper dove resting on the larger flower.

This is a new venture for me and I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. The softness of your embellishing with the white box & the lace bordering makes a delightful combination. Love the tiny splashes of green here & there. I too love shabby chic but haven't done much venturing into that territory.
    Paula (PEP)