Saturday, October 19, 2013

Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month- Burlap Rose tutorial and Flower pot placeholder

Mid October and I have a project to help you get thinking about Thanksgiving!  If you're entertaining family and friends this year, maybe this will be something you can make to help adorn your table and everyone's place setting.

Using the stamps and materials from the Creative Cafe' kit, Fall Harvest, and the Add-on set Fall Traditions, I created some fun Place holders with a cute flower pot filled with things each person is Thankful for! 

You can pre-stamp some as I have done and leave some strips blank and ask everyone to fill in what they are especially thankful for this year.  We have done this in my family and it really gets some interesting and meaningful conversation flowing -even if it's about whether your favorite football team is going to win that day it's fun!

I've also prepared a tutorial for you on how I made this cutie, as well as how I made the burlap flower.  If you recall I mentioned I had a tutorial coming on how I prepped my burlap before cutting - well this is it!  All shall be revealed....

Let's first gather our supplies and cut out your pieces:
  • Burgundy Cardstock for easel base - cut at 4 1/4" x 8"
  • Orange cardstock for Flower pot - cut at 3 1/2" x 8"
  • Patterned paper -your choice cut to cover the easel areas
  • Cream Cardstock - for your Thankful phrases - cut 3/4" x 6" -(arrow cut at 1 end)
  • Burlap piece - treated and diecut with 3 sizes of a 5 petal flower shape (free hand cut circles works too!)  
  • Get your Scrap Happy Glue out for this and a glue gun or Fabri-tac to assemble the flower
  • Score-Pal to score your easel, flower pot and design lines on the flower pot
First I'm going to share how I prepped my burlap and completed my rose!

To begin I wanted to stabilize my burlap piece.  Taking the piece included in the kit -I treated it with a mix of water and Scrap Happy Glue!  I had some in a Spritzer and first sprayed it on.  I needed more so found that it actually was easier to apply directly - and I used a wet brush to move it around and into the burlap fibers. Below you can see it right after I applied my Scap Happy Glue/Water mixture. The other piece is some lighter burlap I had I wanted to see if the results would be consistant. You'll see after it dries, the natural color of the burlap does come through.
Once it was dried- I took my steel Sizzix 5 petal die, and cut my flower pieces - when you see the picture below you can begin to appreciate what pre-treating the burlap does for my flower shapes. I love how pristine it cut and how it allowed me to shape and sculpt my flower.  For my flower I cut one large, 2 medium, and one small which I set aside and used on my pieced pumpkin I shared with you in my featured project here.
Tip:  If you don't have a die you can use - you can always free-hand cut circles - that works well -and the natural imperfection of curled edges- just make it more natural.
 Next I cut these pieces to give me more to work and layer my flower:
1)  The large piece I cut between two petals into the center.  I than overlapped  one petal over the other and glue it into the cone you see below.
2) One medium flower I cut out a full petal and set aside.
3)  The 2nd medium flower I cut out 2 full petal - leaving me with a heart shape that I also set aside to use for additional layers.
4) I now have 4 layers - and the one petal will be rolled and used for the center.

Each piece can now be overlapped and glued into cone pieces for layering.

Here's the finished flower - see how you can shape and curl the petals, thats the sizing from the Scrap Happy Glue provides in the burlap.  It allows it to keep it's shape, much like paper will. Also I love that it kept it from fraying and getting fuzzy on me.   To finish-I cut the point of my cone off in the back to help it lay flater and less bulky on my card.  And inserted a large pearl inside the center cone. 

    Moving onto creating the easel card base and flower pot - I cut and scored the base for my easel and to add interest used my corner rounder on all four corners while it was all folded together.
    The flower pot - is folded scored and cut at angles to create a pocket-  I have more info here on how to make that.

For added interest I used my Score-Pal and created cross-hatch embossed lines and inked the edges and raised score lines.

With all my pieces created -I'm ready to assembly my final project - gathering it all together:

I cut papers to fit on the easel base did some additional stamping and distressing with ink.  I added stitching to the top of the flower pot - using the hemp twine from the kit.  Wrapping more hemp and green rayon ribbon around the top - keeps the flower pot closed and creates the pocket I need for my 'Thankful' flower stakes

I added buttons and twine to the top of each stake, and diecut a doily piece from Tim Holtz edge Sizzix die to give the look of a doily tablecloth.  I tied off more ribbon over that - and placed my wood-plague with a hand-written name and placed it directly on the ribbon. 
I had a little frayed edge burlap left from my earlier card, so I included that next to my flower pot where punched a label and stamped 'thankful' which was popped up on top.

 Hope you've had some inspiration to get busy with your kit - and try playing with the burlap in new ways- it's a fun texture and so perfect for your fall cards and projects!
Have a great weekend Everyone!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe Kit -Fall Harvest
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe Kit -Fall Harvest
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Distress Ink-Vingtage Photo
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue; Dimensional pop dots
Tools/Dies: Scor-Pal; SU label punches; Fiskar stitch punch; Zutter Corner Rounder; TimHoltz -Edge doily die


Dawn Carlyle said...

Such a creative idea - thanks for sharing the tutorial on the flower and the pocket. Adorable!

Unknown said...

Very cute, love the burlap flower!

Kristine Reynolds said...

Fun design!

Gloria Stengel said...

Awesome! I just got some I need to try that technique!