Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Flowers




Welcome to a middle-of-the-month blog challenge on the Designer Crafts Connection! This time, we're playing with Smoothfoam, one of my new favorite surfaces. Smoothfoam™ is sturdy, resists chipping and crushing, paintable (no tedious prep work!), waxable, stampable - everything you want in a foam product. On top of that, it can be adhered with just about any adhesive, including glue guns. You can get out that dinosaur glue gun from the "olden days" when that was all that we had available, and not worry about whether you are using high heat or low. Both work fine on Smoothfoam™ (but you still need to keep it off your fingers). This stuff can be cut or carved as well.

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I used the 2" Smoothfoam™ balls and the 6" cube to make this simple centerpiece. Here's how I did it:

Supplies
Smoothfoam™, 2" balls and 6" cube
Cardstock, assorted designs that look well together-mine came from my scrap pile (Graphic 45, Bohemia, Coredinations)
Glue Gun
Liquid Fusion
Sizzix Big Shot and Tattered Leaves (Tim Holtz's Alterations) die
Assorted Craft Paints (Pearl, Bronze)
Paint brush
Tim Holtz Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Ebony, Rusty Hinge)
Flower Detail
Circle punch, 2"
Hemp twine
Floral pick (gold berries)
Floral stems
Copper and gold wire, 22 gauge
Assorted rubber stamps (swirls)
Scissors (Westcott)
Hot wire cutter
Sanding block
Sponges
Recycled Greenery
Spray Paint (Krylon)

Directions
Flowers
1. Cut  four 2" Smoothfoam™ balls in half (a sharp knife will work, but a hot cutter is much easier, not to mention less dangerous). Paint each with pearl craft paint. When dry, sponge Walnut Stain and Ebony Distress Inks over the entire surface.
2. Cut cardstock with Tattered Leaves die. Sponge all leaves with Vintage Photo or Ebony Distress Inks. Sand the high points on the Coredinations cardstock.
3. Cut eight 2" circles from scrap paper.
TIP: Try to use coordinating papers so that the back will look as pretty as the front.
4. Lay circle face down on your work surface. Apply hot glue and arrange the leaves around the circle. Top each off with the Smoothfoam™ you painted in step 1, adhering with hot glue.
Wrap twine around the base
5. Apply a bead of Liquid Fusion around the ball edge. Wrap hemp twine around the base several time. Trim and tuck the ends under.
6. Fold a floral stem in half. Cut a small slit in the underside of each flower, drop in  a small amount of Liquid Fusion and insert the folded end of the wire into the slit. Set all flowers aside to dry.
7. To create "springs", wrap the ends of an 8" piece of wire around a floral stem. Use a pencil or skewer to wrap the wire to create the spring.
8. Pull floral stem berries off the original stem. Add 6-9 gold berries to the end of  several floral stems.
9. Spray artificial greenery with spray paint. (I used bronze to tone down the bright green. The greenery was slated for a yard sale, but I repurposed it.)

Base
1. Paint entire 6" block with cream pearl paint. When dry, use Ebony, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to stamp swirls.
2. Use a small hammer to gently bang up the corners and bottom and top edges of the block.
3. Use Walnut Distress Ink to sponge edges. If you prefer a darker base, sponge all of the Distress inks listed in the supply list to add interest.

Assembly
1. Insert the base greenery directly into the top of the Smoothfoam™. Arrange flowers and add gold berries and springs to balance the design.

That's it! Easy as pie.

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I received product from Smoothfoam™for this project.

7 comments:

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Such a creative and beautiful display sweetie!

Meggan Maravich said...

I love this! Those balls are just beautiful and they look like rusty old jingle bells! I feel a Christmas Smoothfoam Craft Idea Coming On!!!

Eileen Hull said...

So classy-every project you do looks great!

jengd said...

Beautiful! I love the way you used the foam balls in this!

Carmen said...

Such a beautiful arrangement. Any table would be instantly transformed to have such a gorgeous centerpiece on it!

Jm monroe said...

Great way to transform a table ourredtrucktravels@hotmail.com

Barbara Rankin said...

Wow, your table arrangement is beautiful. No surprise there. Everything you make is gorgeous. Anyway, I've never heard of smoothfoam, but will have to investigate this product more. TFS