Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tutorial: Botanical Edging Technique

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing an inky fun botanical edge technique that can be used on your next crafty project.  This technique was originally used on the project I created for the Quietfiire Designs blog hop:  
The blog hop project was a 12x12 mixed media page.  The project today is a 6x6 card with step by step photo instructions.  Several products were used to create this card, including the following Quietfire Design products:


Cut a piece of mixed media paper and and draw an outline of the area in which you plan to use for your project.  (My area was slightly smaller than 6x6.)  For the outline, do not use a pencil or utensil that would bleed or smear after ink was applied.  Use washi tape to secure to a non-stick craft sheet.  
 Apply Broken China Distress ink to the center of the workable area leaving a small border (~1") left without ink.
Apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, as shown, to create a green border.
  Stamp plants around border using Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink.  Turn stamp while stamping to create a more natural looking border.  You may also stamp an image twice before re-inking to create depth to your border.  It is ok if the plants extend past your working area as you will trim your area to size when complete.
Use Olive Grove Memento Ink to stamp image from Illuminations stamp set. 
Heat or air dry project then spritz with a glimmer spray such as Art-C's glimmer spray. Dry.  (The glimmer spray was added to add a hint of "sunshine" to the scene.)
 Cut image to desired size.  Stamp sentiment using Jet Black Archival Ink.
 Apply Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink along edges.  Dry.  (You will probably want to wash your hands after this step to ensure you do not smudge your image with inky fingers.)
 Mount onto Kraft paper (it was pre-cut to size with Distress Inks applied) and then onto tent fold black card base.
 Time to add some wee flowers.  Use Nuvo Crystal drops or Liquid Pearls to create the flowers.
Below is a close up of the "flowers". 
I love butterflies and always have a bag of butterflies cut and ready for projects.  Most of my butterflies are cut from Graphic 45 patterned papers. 
After the butterflies were mounted (using liquid adhesive), Stickles was applied to their wings. 
The card is now complete with a botanical frame, shimmery blues skies, beautiful butterflies and a gorgeous, uplifting sentiment.   
I do hope you enjoyed the tutorial and project.  Feel free to share your botanical edge project with Quietfire Design by leaving your link in the comments below or on Facebook...we would love to see it!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day.
Big hugs,

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