Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Flower Box on Marble

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Suzz, who is the hostess for this one calls it August and describes it this way:

The current challenge is inspired by the month of August. In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar. He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country. For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns.

I have created a card that could be used for many occasions, which is why I have not included a sentiment. Here are the steps used to put it together:
  • Scored a piece of card stock or heavy paper on the back side every half inch. I used a dark gold toned paper from the St. Nicholas paper pad (Graphic 45). 
  • On the right (front) side of the scored used a Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad held at a slight angle and inked straight down the length of the panel. 
  • Turned the panel upside down and repeated the inking to create a wood fence look.
  • Sprayed shaving foam (not gel) on a tray and added drops of Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo Oxide Reinker (Tim Holtz) randomly on the shaving foam.
  • Used a wooden skewer to drag the ink to create a marbled look.
  • Laid a piece of heavy card stock over the inked shaving foam and rubbed it lightly with the palm of my hand.
  • Lifted the card stock off the shaving foam by one corner and scraped off the shaving foam that is attached.
  • Once dry, sponged three applications of White Gesso (Dina Wakely) over the marbled panel in a pouncing motion to lighten the colours being careful not to drag the sponge.
  • Cut an arch shape on the top and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

  • Made the window box by cutting some card stock and folding the sides and bottom to the back.  At this point I intended to use my Finnabair Rust Paste but it had hardened up again.  The last time this happened I put a few drops of water in it and put it in the microwave for a few seconds and it softened it up enough to use but this time it defied me so on to plan B.
  • Mixed some of the Brown Rust Paste in Heavy Black Gesso to create a black grit paste and coated the window box with this mixture.  I am determined not to waste that much product.
  • Dry brushed some Melted Chocolate and Squeezed Orange Paint (Dylusions) randomly on the window box until a rust effect was achieved.
  • Die cut three sets of flower petals from Mulberry Paper using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow).
  • Dyed pairs of the petals with Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides (Tim Holtz).
  • After petals were shaped, layered them and added a brown pearl (Kaisercraft) to each centre.
  • Cut a variety of leaves and vines from two shades of green paper from the St. Nicholas pad (Graphic 45)
  • Stamped a small butterfly from the Entomology set (Tim Holtz) using Versamark (Tsukineko) and then embossed with Orange Blossom Embossing Powder (Wendy Vecchi).
To assemble:
  • Adhered the wood panel to a card stock blank and then added the marble panel followed by the window box.
  • Glued most of the vines and leaves on the window box.
  • Added the flowers I made along with some roses (my stash) and some little Wild and Free flowers (Prima - discontinued).
  • Tucked a few more leaves among the flowers.
  • Added the butterfly.
This challenge will run for the next two weeks so I hope you will share a project with us before it ends at 11:55 pm EST on August 14th.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Cec, this is a stunning all occasion card filled to the brim with techniques! I love your wood grain background panel and your shaving cream marbling turned out beautifully. I had the same thought to use the oxide reinkers with shaving cream, and have gotten as far as purchasing a can. The window box is gorgeous and filled with the most lovely flowers! Thank you for sharing your techniques and your inspiration! Hugs!

  2. I am so happy mpressed with that wood grain background! I thought it was patterned paper! I almost did the shaving cream marble technique, but changed my mind at the last minute. Yours is fabulous! Love the flowers, too! Hugs!

  3. Gorgeous! I love your marbled background peeking through the arched window and then the beautiful flower box across the bottom was so wonderful! Such a beautiful card that can be used for so many different purposes!

  4. WOW, wonderful techniques, especially love the wood grain, that is awesome, gotta give it a try. Love the marbling, well I love it all!!

  5. Fabulous marbling Cec! Love the wooden arch and that gorgeous flower filled window box xx


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