For my summer release, I decided to create a floral motif in honor of my Portuguese Grandmother, Emilia Marie. She was full of life, love, beauty and integrity. She was my personal Saint.
As a young girl, I used to walk around my Grandmother’s ranch and admire all of the flowers that she had growing. She would talk about each one of them, what their names were and where they came from. I remember thinking that the Pansies looked like butterflies, so bright and full of smiles. They were and still are one of my most favorite whimsical flowers.
One of her most favorite flowers was the Hydrangea. In the Azores, Hydrangeas grow wild and can be found in many different colors. She also loved Gerber Daises and Gardenias. The fresh smell of these flowers would fill the air surrounding the ranch house. It was truly delightful and created a lifetime of memories for me.
Take a walk with me through this beautiful floral canvas filled with inspiration and love as it reminds us to love ourselves unconditionally from the inside out. My Grandmother did and it served her well for 85 years. May God Keep you and Bless you, this is what she always said to me as I was leaving her home. Those words are embedded in my memory forever.
Jewel Flowers and Flourishes set:
- MSRP US$29.99
- Approximate Die Templates Sizes:
- Leaf SM: 5/8 x ¾”
- Leaf LG: ¾ x 1”
- Flourish SM: 1 ½ x 2 ¾”
- Flourish LG: 2 ½ x 3 ¼”
- Butterfly (antenna): 1 ¼ x 7/8”
- Butterfly: 1 ¼ x 1”
- 6 Petal Flower: 1 ½”
- 14 Petal Flower SM: 1 ¾”
- 14 Petal Flower LG: 2”
~ INSTRUCTIONS ~
To start I prepped the 12 x 12 canvas covering it with a coat of Gesso and then two coats of Glimmer Glam Chandelier from Tattered Angels. Next I used the Grand Calibur Machine and Flourishes die templates from my Positively Me by Julianna Hudgins Designer Collection.
Using the die template as a stencil I added some color to the light pink daisy die cuts using Copic markers RV55 and the Copic Airbrush System.
For the two other flowers, leaves and flourishes I used Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, and Peacock Feathers to add a little more color and to make the embossing pop.
To shape and assemble the aqua blue flowers I used a 6mm stylus and a foam pad working in a circular motion on the back side of the die cuts to shape the petals. Then I layered two of the flowers with the darker aqua blue flower on the bottom. Next I added some Scrap Happy Sheer Glue to the flowers centers, added Ice Blue Green Beads and sprinkled on some Terrifically Teal glitter.
I used my fingers to shape and curl the petals for the pink and yellow/orange flowers. Then I layered them using 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L in between each layer. I used Pink/Black Shell Beads for the center of the pink flowers and 24ga Black Coiled Wire from Artistic Wire for the centers of the yellow/orange flowers.
To coil the wire I used the Deluxe Coiling Gizmo from Artistic Wire. The Coiling Gizmo is so easy to use, just wrap the wire around the end where the handle is on the crank rod and put the rod in the U-bracket and turn the handle. Easy peasy and you will get perfectly coiled wire every time! Once I had the coil I carefully pulled it to loosen up the coils and then I rolled it in a circle and bent the wire on the bottom to hold the shape and glued the coil piece in the center of the flowers.
I printed out the poem on white cardstock and cut/embossed using LF-110 Grand Ovals die template. Then I placed the Baby Goddess from my LF-013 Jewel Goddess die template set in the center of the oval and then I embossed the die template on the center. Leaving the die template in place and using it as a stencil I airbrushed using Copic marker BG53.
I used my LF-014 Jewel Alphabet to cut/emboss the letter shapes and then using the die template as a stencil I used Copic markers 100 to airbrush. I applied the ovals to the center of the canvas and then added the letters using 3D Foam Squares.
The design wouldn’t be complete without adding a few little butterflies. To make the embossing pop I inked the edges with Shaded Lilac and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks and then added Glimmer Glam Chandelier to the bodies of the butterflies.
~ Here is a little tip for you ~
When working on a canvas lay the pieces out first so you can get a visual on how it will look. Then you can move the pieces around before they are glued down and play with it until you like the look.
I assembled the canvas by adding Flowers and Flourish Clusters to the corners, and adhering them. It’s such a gorgeous way to create a home decor piece.
I have a second project to share with you using my NEW S5-144 Jewel Framed Sentiments MSRP $29.99.
- S5-144 Jewel Framed Sentiments
- MSRP US$29.99
- Approximate Die Templates Sizes:
- Sun: ¾ x 7/8”
- Self: 1 x 5/8”
- Love: 1 x ½”
- Worth: 1 1/8 x ½”
- Respect: 1 ¼ x ½”
- Goddess: 5/8 x ½”
- Sun Frame: 1 5/8 x 2 ¾”
- Floral Frame: 2 ¼ x 3”
- Swirly Frame: 2 1/8 x 3”
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