Felt Flowers Layout

Sunday, July 15, 2018

I've finished up all my assignments for a couple weeks so now I get to create just for fun! I mean, it's always fun, but it's also nice not to have deadlines :) A few years ago I got a pack of nice felt for Christmas and it's been sitting in a box ever since, out of sight, out of mind. But then as I was sorting through my boxes purging in preparation for our move, I came across the felt and wanted to feature it in some way. What better way to do so than... FLOWERS! Because I love love love flowers.
Here is a process video so you can see how this layout was made from start-to-finish:

I started with a Maggie Holmes layered metal flower die set from a few years ago and cut five large and seven small flowers using shades of the same color for each layer of every flower (I used the Spellbinders Platinum Manual Die Cut Machine for the cutting). I picked the yellow B-side of Pick-Me-Up Paper 01 as my background and did a bit of mixed media on it.
I used a palette knife to scrape gesso across the background and then splashed white acrylic paint on top. Then once that dried I flicked black watercolors across. While the background was drying I used liquid adhesive to attach the flower layers together. I arranged the felt flowers and leaves onto the background and tucked two photos of Janey girl into the top right side.
For the title I dug into my old Thickers stash and found some pretty blue foam ones and also used my white foam Mini Thickers to write Last Day of School. I wrote journaling next to the title expressing how proud we are of Jane and her accomplishments over the year.
The layout is so bold and colorful already, I didn't want to add too much else. There's always room for enamel dots though! So I sprinkled them all around the page and in between some of the flowers. From the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook I found a pink scalloped sticker and tucked it under the photo edges to compliment the brightest pink felt flower.
That's it! I hope you are inspired to create felt flowers using metal dies! Note you need to use good quality felt and a good die cut machine - I used the Spellbinders Platinum Manual Die Cut Machine

SUPPLIES: Metal flowers and leaves dies: Maggie Holmes; Felt: Etsy; PICK-ME-UPPaper 01Mini Thickers; Blue Thickers: American Crafts; 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBookgessoprecision penwatercolorsenamel dots; Manual die cut machine: Spellbinders Platinum

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