Since I am making my first attempt at Gardening right now, I have gardens on the brain. So I decided this week my project would be a whimsical Garden Award, to be given by the fairies for their favorite garden of the day, week, moment what have you... you know how fairies are.
But you can make it whatever you want, a Birthday Girl pin, Beach Babe Award, you name it!
What I used: 3D Crystal Lacquer, Color Glitter Lacquer, Gem Particles, Glass Tile, outline stickers, crepe paper, phone book paper die cut in scalloped circle, scissors, ribbon, fairy image from G45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper stack, rubber stamps, Distress Ink, piece of chipboard or cardboard, chopstick, needle, and thread.
I am impatient about drying, so I like to do the wet stuff first! I cut out my fairy stamp image, and used some dots of the Glitter Color Lacquer to adhere the Glass Tile (make sure you get the right side up, there is a right side to the glass, the edges are rounder on the top) I left the stamp edge on, I just like the kitchyness of that, and the way the glass makes the image and colors, and glitter pop!
On the Scallop circle I arranged some of the black outline stickers and colored them in with an array of Glitter Color Lacquer colors. I do love to color.
I set those aside to dry
I stamped my phrase for the Garden Award on a strip of white paper, using alphabet stamps, and distressed the edges with Pumice Stone Distress ink. I put some dots of peach Glitter Color Lacquer on it, and then covered the whole thing with 3D Crystal Lacquer, then added that to the other drying stuff. (as you can see I got a little messy, which made my craft mat feel useful) I sprinkled some Gem Particles for fun.
Next I made my rosette. I took about a yard length and 1" ish wide strip, and layered one slightly narrower on top. Using needle and thread, make a running stitch just inside one edge of the paper (this will be your center side) run it all the way through, gathering as you go. Tie the 2 ends of thread together, about as tight as you can, and still have the paper lay flat in a circle on your worktable.
I distressed it with Broken China blue and Pumice Stone Distress Inks. I also trimmed, folded and distressed a strip to be my ribbons hanging down.
I didn't get photos of the assembly (for some unknown reason) my apologies. Toward the bottom of a piece of chipboard I adhered a chopstick with 3D Crystal Lacquer (adhere the flat square end, so the narrow end goes in the ground like a stake. Then I attached the crepe ribbons and blue ribbons, to hang down, then I put a small and large circle of Lacquer on the back of the rosette and stuck that on top of everything. I like to hold the rosette down gently with the palm of my hand to make sure everything sticks well, but don't smash it flat.
To adhere the Gem Particles, I just made little dots on the peaks of the rosette with Lacquer, and sprinkled the Gem Particles over. Once everything is dried, you can assemble. The scallop circle goes first, then the glass fairy image, and then finally, the title! It's a lot of steps, but lots of fun!! Voila!
All that's left it to hand it over to the fairies and hope they like your garden best!
For more fun ideas and conversations about the little things in life, check out my blog Whimsykins! Enjoy this lovely weather by taking a walk in a garden, yours or someone else's!