Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Inspiration

REMEMBER THIS PRECIOUS MOMENT | MORE THAN WORDS | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the Cocoa Vanilla blog today and I have to say, we sure have had a lot of fun this week with the team scrap-lifting other DT members.  I’m pretty excited that it is my turn as I love it when we get to do this!!  I see oh so many clever designs and wonderful creations from the design team, it’s so fun to be able to scrap-lift them; the hardest part is choosing who to lift!  This time around, I’ve decided to go with the crazy talented Anna Komenda.  Here is her stunning off the page “Dream Catcher” using Bohemian Dream that inspired me.

I love this so much!!! What’s not to love about the fussy cut flowers and that mixed media background AND all those lovely layers!!  I went about re-creating it using the latest collection More than words.

The first thing you will probably notice is that I’ve used calico as my background.  I liked the idea of having soft edges for the hoop as my version was not going to be a “dream catcher” as such but a frame essentially that could be hung on a wall.  I also knew my version would be far more neutral than Anna’s because of the soft tones of the collection I was using so I made sure to choose a photo that was soft and dreamy too.

I began the project by fussy cutting out all of the flowers on the Sketch Book paper.  There are quite a few, however, they are really quick to cut out as they are not crazy detailed.  I love that they are in a variety of different sizes.

Next, it was time to work on my background.  I’ve primed the calico with some white gesso, this not only gives it some stability but also helps any mixed media to blend rather than soaking straight into the fabric.  I’ve used mists from my stash and applied using the packaging technique as well as adding splatters.  I know it is subtle, but that was the way it was intended.  I really wanted to mimic the soft watercolours of the flowers I had fussy cut.

I’ve used a square photo for my project the same as Anna’s as I really liked the proportions she had with her frame and picture.  I also wanted to use the frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and knew that was for a square photo.  While I was looking through the pack, I found some sweet die cut butterflies and a little die cut piece that says “remember this”.

I also took this time to pull out the butterflies from the Vellum accents pack, I love the softness of these and knew they would be the perfect addition to my soft watercolour flowers.

It was now time to place everything. Starting with the largest flowers first, I added these all around the frame and picture.  I then began layering with the medium sized pieces, some I’ve placed on top of the larger pieces, others peaking out from behind them.  Lastly, I added the smallest flowers to my cluster.  Each layer has been added with foam tape for extra dimension.

I then added in my title which is a combination of the die cut piece mentioned above and words from the Chipboard Accent Stickers sheet.  This collection has so many title options which really helps your page come together quickly.  I’ve also added in some of the Enamel Shapes and a Flair for some smaller details for the project.

I really do love how this turned out and it now hangs pride of place in my craft space!  I hope this week we have inspired you to have a go at scrap lifting one of the Design team, we love seeing what you create on the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Facebook page, so be sure to share it with us!

** I almost forgot!!  If you like this project and would like to re-create it for yourself, why not join me in my March class at The Stampers Hut.  I’ll walk you through my process step x step and you will go home with your very own embroidery hoop framed project.  Call Karen on (07) 5539 5188 to book.

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

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