Friday, February 25, 2011

hydrangea frame


I am SO excited to share this project with you!! Creating home decor pieces is something that gets my mojo going, and the way this frame turned out, is exactly the reason why I get so pumped!

Frame CU Sent

A close up look at the sentiment (Garden Beauty). This frame measures 12x12 and holds a 5x7 photo. To be honest, I don’t remember where I picked this up. But its a basic MDF frame from a crafting store.

Frame CU Flowers

A view of the flowers on the left hand side. I did mask the bottom flower off before I stamped the upper flower.


And here is the reason for my excitement…JUMBO cling stamps from Stampendous!! Oh, you should see these (click HERE, seriously)!!! Jumbo Hydrangea Cling measures over 7” tall and over 5” at its widest. The butterfly is 2 1/4” by 2 3/4”.

Color with Blue

I actually didn’t color the flowers in for a few days. I wanted the color to be soft and very subtle, almost a water color look. After pondering for a bit, I remembered Fantastix! They are ink blending stumps from Tsukineko. The package comes with bullet (rounded) and point (like a pencil) tips.

Wanting to give the hydrangeas a realistic look, I started using a blue ink. Tumbled Glass to be more specific.

Color with Blue CU

Here is a look at the petals with the blue ink.

Color with Lavendar

Then I moved onto purple, but a lighter purple. I grabbed Milled Lavendar ink.

Color with Lavendar How To

The Fantastix are easy to use. Rub the end into your ink pad and pick up some color. The rub it onto the surface you want colored. I used a circular motion because it seemed to spread the ink out evenly. You can see on a couple of petals in the above photo, where I didn’t, and the strokes stand out.

Color with Dusty Concord

For the centers, I grabbed a deeper purple ink, Dusty Concord.

Color with Dusty Concord How to

I applied the ink the exact same way, but kept the deeper purple to the centers and the shadows.

Color with Peeled Paint

For the leaves, I used Peeled Paint.

Color with Peeled Paint how to

This Fantastix is the point tip. This tip makes it easier to get into small spaces. When coloring with the green, I applied more ink to places that I wanted to have an appearance of shadows.

Coloring finished with CU

Here is a look at the final image, all colored. It took about 24 hours to dry. I would spray this with a matte finishing spray, to help the ink stay put, permanently.


And for those of you thinking, great technique, but I would never make a frame, I tried the same thing out on cardstock. It worked fabulously!!!

Hope this inspires you to try this technique! thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps-Stampendous (Jumbo Hydrangea Cling, Garden Beauty, Sincere Sentiments), Ink-Ranger Distressing (Peeled Paint, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass), Stewart Superior Palette (Noir), Fantastix-Tsukineko


wendyp said...

Gorgeous!!! I love these Hydrangeas! They're my favorite of the new releases and the ones I keep reaching for again and again.

Love the soft coloring effect with the Fantastix! I've looked at them in the stores and passed because I was never sure how to use them. Adding them to my shopping list now! :)

lynn said...

really beautiful project! love the technique you used to color the flowers.

Laura Pryor said...

Umm...this it totally amazing! I seriously want to make on exactly like it because it's just so beautiful. My jaw is on my keyboard!

Brandi said...

This is beautiful! I just love the subtle color and that image is awesome!

Mrs Ham said...

What a lovely frame. Just beautiful.

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

What a beautiful frame! Love the coloring detail! All you need now is the perfect photo!

Julie Campbell said...

OH my goodness! This is sooo gorgeous! :)

Tiff said...

AWESOME technique!!!! Thanks for showing us the how-to! Love your frame and your card!

Heather said...

I love this! Hydrangas were part of my wedding bouqet! ahhh memories.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Just gorgeous! Love the shading on your flowers.

Mary Dawn said...

SHUT UP! that is stunning...and it would look great in my living room. *ahem* ;)

shirley said...

Lovely frame and card!
Love the soft colours.

JustRite Stampers said...

Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers-Beautiful Project!!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Kimberly, this is gorgeous!!
I had not thought about using the distress inks like that! That is wonderful!
Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!

Blessings and Hugs,

Libby Hickson said...

WOW this is completely gorgeous!! Thanks for reminding me about these Fantastix I have sitting here on my desk...!

Newbie said...

Fantastic frame! The flowers are BEAUTIFUL, and so is the SENTIMENT!! Your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing with us do. EXCELLENT job!!

mypaperpleasure said...

It is a fantastic tutorial, for a beginner like me, love the flower,especially with your coloring, makes it so alive. The card is gorgeous. I love to have the stamp just because you demonstrate its beauty.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Fantastic project Kimberly! I love it so so so much!!! Great use of those fantastic jumbo stamps, I really want to get some but it is so hard to decide, they are ALL pretty!!!

Far North said...

Your flowers are simply Stunning! Oh so wonderful!

Joy said...

You are so darn creative this creation, you ROCK!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Kimberly your frame is gorgeous. I really like the soft coloring. Thanks for all the stepped-out photos!

Angela Fehr said...

Love this, Kim! I want to try it!

martina's kaartjes said...

looks great ! lovely done
greetings, martina

Rox-Ann said...

Wow what a beautiful frame love the coloring technique will have to add to my list of goodies a Fantastix,(you will probably have to show me how to use it).

Jan said...

Kimberly, this is SO gorgeous! You inspired me to get this stamp, to feed my hydrangea "sickness" One quick question, did you paint the frame before you stamped, or did it come with that pretty speckledy granite finish? If you painted it, what did you use? I've been altering Ikea mirrors ($3.99 each!!), and want to make one with this technique for my SIL for Christmas, as she also has the hydrangea sickness! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

Sandy said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the stamp - another one I want.

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