April 22, 2011

Patterned Paper Eggs and Handmade Flowers

Spring is finally here and I am so excited to see the green stuff popping out here and there! I prefer the warmer weather and I am quite pleased that I can now see that it really is on it's way! For our final GCD Studios project we were asked to create something spring or Easter themed so I went for the Easter theme. I was at my local craft store and saw these foam eggs and this wooden basket, the ideas started flying and here is the end result...a little mini Easter egg basket embellished with Chip Art Chipboard and patterned paper eggs and hand made paper flowers.
Melody Ross's new collection Soul Food is fast becoming a favorite of mine! I love the combination of orange, pink, green and brown and the fun text and floral designs. The wooden basket is covered with patterned paper as well.
As I mentioned, I used GCD Studios Chip Art products to decorate the front of my basket. I used the Squiggle stamp set to create the border around the tag piece. I distressed the Happy Easter plaque by painting the chipboard tag with white acrylic paint. Once it was dry, I applied a layer of antiquing gel and wiped off the excess, which leaves some of it behind, giving it a nice distressed feel. And don't you think the yellow glitter gives a bit of life to that cute little chick?!
I created some hand made flowers using die cut flowers and leaves to decorate the eggs.
Supplies:
GCD Studios
Soul Food Soulfield, Lovely Green, Soulful, Funky Soul, Soul Petit, and Brave Soul
Chip Art Chipboard Shapes: Birds and Tags
Chip Art Tools: Mallet, Block
Chip Art Ornamental Stamps: Squiggle

Now that you have seen my little basket, I thought you might want to know how I created the eggs. So I put together a little tutorial for you to follow so that you can create your own patterned paper eggs using your favorite GCD Studios papers.

Supplies:
Patterned Paper
4" Styrofoam Eggs
Hot Glue Gun
Modge Podge

How to make Patterned Paper Eggs:
Cut an 8" x 12" piece of patterned paper into strips of paper that are 1/2" in width.
Then adhere the strips to the egg in an overlapping pattern running the entire length of the egg.
I used a hot glue gun to get this started. Once I had added about 4 strips I began applying some Modge Podge to the sections were the papers were touching/overlapping each other. I found this to be helpful in keeping the paper more flat as you continue adding the layers. This does tend to make things a little messy, so consider yourself warned!
Here you can see that this egg is almost finished. Remember you want to continue to add the paper strips until all of the "white" areas are completely covered. Once you have the entire egg covered with paper, apply a coat of Modge Podge and let this dry. Once dry, apply a coat of Glitter Paint to give the egg a bit of shimmer.
Then feel free to embellish your egg with flowers, buttons, gems, etc.Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have fun creating your own Easter Egg decorations!

HAPPY HUGS!
Juliana

6 comments:

  1. You are seriously just so stinking CREATIVE!! TY for5 inspiring me!! LOVE these eggs! HUGS

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  2. Great eggs, looks like fun to make, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  4. Love those eggs Juliana! Very pretty! It was so fun to see you on blog. Thanks for your comments!

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  5. How adorable!!! You are very creative!! Great to meet you yesterday!

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  6. This is gorgeous, Juliana! I love the wooden basket with the glittered chick and the plaque. And those eggs??? Absolutely fabulous! LOVE it!

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HUGS!!!
JULIANA