Thursday, 11 April 2013

Monochrome 'love'

This weeks DT piece for Creative Expressions has a distinct monochrome look, Kraft and white!
I've made a romantic hanging, very muted and with loads of subtle sparkly flowers!
My base is a square of chipboard with hessian glued to it. This gives fab texture and interest, and helps the 'natural' look! I stamped the large swirl from the Funky Flowers plate onto acetate using paint, then attached it to the hessian (which I had given a little coat of white paint!)
Stamping onto acetate is a good way of getting crisp detail over a surface such as the hessian. Glued using hot glue in one corner, this 'mess' can be covered easily with embellishments, in this case three tiny rolled roses!
My main image is the fabulous Steampunk Dressform by Sam Poole. As I've done before, I've 'unsteampunked' it by chopping off the cogs! I white embossed it onto Kraft card, cut it out then added a second set of wings....
These were also white embossed, but on acetate not card! I attached the hanger ( a bit of white painted driftwood) to the panel using wire threaded through some holes....
The word 'love' comes from the gorgeous Art Houses plate that the DT showcased last month...

The final touches were the hanging roses....
I thought I would give you a little 'how to'.... the roses are super simple to make, and its just as easy to turn them into dangly embellishments!
Start off by cutting a square of card. The bigger the card, the bigger the roses! If you want to create lots of similar sized roses, make sure you start with the same size of card!
Draw a spiral on the card. Don't worry about being precise, and experiment with both wide and thin spirals to see the different effects you get!
Cut out the spiral, and rub out your pencil lines!
I like to bend and roll the edges of the spiral as I find it gives a more relaxed, less rigid look. It's up to you!
Start to roll up the spiral. I like to start off the roll with my pokey tool to get a neat roll in the centre.
Keep rolling...I hold the rose in between my thumb and forefinger and wind the spiral around...
Once you've rolled all the cardstock, bend over the last bit to give a 'base', something for the rose to sit on..
Carefully turn the rose over, and place on your palm to relax slightly...
Once it has opened to give the look you want, flip back over and secure the rose by using glue. I use hot glue, and squish the rose tightly until the glue has set....
Now you are ready to decorate! I've sponged on a little white paint....
Then added Clear Rock Candy Stickles with some glue n seal.....
Now to create the hanger.... twist some wire into a loop shape, then glue to a circle of matching cardstock...
Glue this to the underside of the rose....
Looks a bit messy, but we won't be looking at the back! From the front it looks fine.....
See?! Now you can add your sparkly rose dangle to your project!

Phew...congrats if you're still here!!!!
One last pic of the whole thing...
See you soon!
Trish xxxxxx


  1. A gorgeous make lovethe colours and those flowers are a just to try! They look great! I really love the soft colours of this hugs trace x

  2. Great piece Trish....I've been using hessian recently and I'm totally loving it.

  3. Love the frosty white against the hessian - so lovely.

  4. This is a very different colour scheme from you but I love it - it is such a beautiful, delicate piece.

  5. Absolutely glorious, Trish... a colour scheme that goes straight to my heart, wonderful fabric texture, and the roses are so shabbily delicious. Great step by step, thank you so much for that!
    Alison xx

  6. Absolutely beautiful. I love all the different elements and textures plus the white and hesian are such a wonderful combination.

  7. absolutely stunning Trish. at first glance I thought your flourish was twine that you'd carefully shaped lol - very deceiving

  8. Gorgeous Trish, I love the touches of,white against the hessian backdrop. Beautiful design and I love your roses along with the natural elements like the piece of driftwood for the hanger. Gorgeous. Tracy x

  9. Was with you all the way of this gorgeous, monochrome project!! Love the step by step as now know where I was going wrong! Think I may have to invest in rock candy although I do have a trial size mod podge glitter glue?? Might make some of these for tiny canvas I'm doing (to get long lost mojo back,lol). Amazing project Trish - thank you?!! Caroline :))

  10. What a beautiful piece of artwork xx I want to give this a go xx Gail T xx


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