Hello Crafters ! Where did time go, can you believe it’s the end of July ?
This Tropical Flower Box was created after I’d filled in my Daily Journal with thoughts on “Friends”. I saw how easily both my daughters navigate between their friends, all the different groups with varying cultures, their schoolmates, the co-workers and fellow interns at work, the people they hang out with.
As we get older, we tend to have smaller cliques of friends and some qualities (like loyalty, sensitivity to perspectives and opinions, their kindness, honesty and openness) take on an added importance. I imagined a keepsake I could give to a friend to tell her how important our relationship is and how much her presence is appreciated.
The Idea-ology Vignette Box was the base for the die-cuts and all the details were built inside it. The title Hello Friend was made using the Pondering Words Thinlits.
The Tropical Thinlits set includes a gorgeous Hibiscus bloom and you can see how wonderful it looks after assembly.
A Bigz Ornate Frame is a classic favourite that works with so many projects.
The Mixed Media Thinlits #3 Crazy Paving design is a good way to make empty spaces feel more pulled together.
Before I start, here is the list of Sizzix.com products used :
Pondering Words, Thin, Thinlits
Bigz Ornate Frame #2
Mixed Media Thinlits #3
The Big Shot
Precision Base Plate for Intricate Dies
Glitter Cutting Pad Standard
Little Sizzles Mat Board
This is a very useful video on using the Precision Base Plate for Intricate dies at Sizzix.com : HERE
Other supplies you will need : Watercolour paper, Distress Inks to colour the flower and leaves, a medium sized Idea-ology Vignette Box, Grout Medium, a few pieces of patterned paper, foam dots or small foam pieces.
If you are ready, here we go !
In watercolour paper I die-cut 2 sets of Hibiscus flowers and about 5 each of the leaves. I had the idea to paint the flowers and leaves rather than use patterned paper.
Smoosh Distress ink in 2 shades of green on a plastic sheet and spritz with water. Pick up the colors with a small brush and paint the leaves. The Monstera leaves where painted a deeper green while the palm fronds a Lime green.
The green shades I used were Twisted Citron, Pine Needles and Forest Moss.
Next, paint the flowers. I’ve used Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar and for the stamen tips. Fossilised Amber. Taking a very thin brush, I painted faint lines on the petals.
Die cut the Crazy Paving on a piece of brown cardstock. I inked the piece with a pale silver to look like wire.
Roughly spread a thin layer of grout on the Vignette Box and dry with a heat tool. This doesn’t have to look perfect, the wood grain can even show through in some parts and then, paint with a Distress paint Antique Linen.
Here you can see how I inserted the Crazy Paving die cut into the box by adhering it to a paper which was popped-up with foam.
This is a closer look.
The Ornate Frame was die-cut using the Little Sizzles Mat Board to give a rigidity to the shape. Paint it a light Distress colour, press down touches of grouting on it, finally ink for a old stone look. Adhere the top portion of the Frame to the box. The next step is to fill in with leaves and Flowers – you may have to add more Foam pieces underneath to support the die-cuts.
To die cut the title, I arranged the words Hello and Friend on a patterned paper and taped then down before running through the Big Shot. The tape helps to hold the words in place as the paper is die-cut.
Glue a piece of Kraft packing board behind, fill in the O, R and D (as in the photo below). Splatter the piece with gold paint to give it dimension, add metal brads.
Complete the assembly and it’s all ready to gift to a very special friend ! It would surely make someone’s day so much happier to know they are appreciated.
Thank you for coming by to see this Tropical Box. I’ll see you again soon and I do hope the rest of your week is filled with inspired ideas !