Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Give Thanks Home Decor Panel by Gloria

Hello, it is Gloria with you and I have a mixed media project to share. Mixed media does not always have to be "messy" or "artistic," it just needs to contain a mix of media! I created a home decor piece for Thanksgiving with some traditional items mashed together with mixed media techniques!
The panel is slightly larger than 8" x 8" and will fit on an easel or into a shadow box frame. I love to make this sort of decor because I can change it out with each new holiday or season.

Let's get started!
1. Cut one piece of chipboard to 8" x 8". Trim solid paper or cardstock to 8" x 8" and attach the piece to the chipboard. Trim coordinating printed paper to 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" and attach it to the square panel. Set the panel aside.
2. Remove the journaling blocks from the Botanical Journaling Blocks package. Using several colors of spray glitter mist, color all three pieces of chipboard and set it aside to dry. I used a combination of orange and gold mist. (My pieces looked like sparkly suede once they were dry!)
3. To make sure the pieces dry flat, place them between layers of paper toweling and weigh them down with some heavy books. Handle the wet pieces carefully to avoid tearing the delicate, laser-cut edges.
4. Attach the largest Botanical Jornaling Block in a vertical orientation to the center of the 8" x 8" panel. Use a strong glue and a brayer to assure that the panel adheres completely. Attach the middle-sized piece in a horizontal orientation to the square panel, making sure to place it at the extreme left edge and approximately 2" from the top edge. Attach the smallest journaling block in a horizontal orientation to the square panel, making sure to place it at the extreme right edge and approximately 3" from the top edge. Make sure that the shapes "hang off" the edges of the main panel.
5. Double-mat a 5 1/4" x 4" image and use foam adhesive to attach it 1 14" from the top edge and 2 1/2" from the left edge of the square panel. I used a stamped image colored with Copics. You could use a pre-made image or a photo for your project.
6. From the Feathers Shape Set, select three of the small feathers. From the Months Word Set select "November." From the Wrought Iron Miniatures Set select one section, as shown, Cover each element with embossing ink and heat emboss with various metallic embossing powders and enamels. I selected powders that looked rusty and aged.
7. From the Feathers Shape Set, select three of the larger feathers and spray them with glitter mist. Allow to dry, shaping the feathers slightly with your fingers.

8. Glue three of the feathers to the upper right corner of the image. Add a ribbon bow and some floral elements.
9. Glue a piece of the wrought iron fence to the upper left corner of the square panel. Glue the "November" chipboard to the left corner, overlapping the fence.

10. Glue another piece of fence to the lower left corner of the square panel. Glue three more feathers to the panel as shown, tucking the feathers under the left edge of the main image. Add some floral items as desired.
Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria:Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Botanical Journaling Blocks
Feathers Shape Set
Months Word Set (special order)
Wrought Iron Miniatures Set

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: Safari Adventures 12x12 Patterns and Solids, French Country 12 x12, French Country 6x6 Patterns and Solids
ColourArte: Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists (Persimmon, Spanish Moss)

Other: orange and green spray mist, metallic embossing powder and enamel, ink (black, watermark, tan), Copic markers, stamp, ribbon, die cut template, paper flowers, scrap chipboard, foam adhesive and glue

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