For each flower, I started by cutting each out from the ribbon strand, and then using some Alcohol Inks to add a bit of dimension into the middle of the flower. Once that was dry, I added a combination of Distress Stain and Distress Inks to what I wanted to be the “petals” on each bloom. Once dry, I actually also got out my Copic Markers just to add some highlights down at the base of the petals – they worked so well! I finally dragged a bit of Distress Ink in Walnut Stain across each to give them a bit of a weathered look.
Once I was finished with the flowers, I tackled the leaves. These have a bit of a suede feel to them, so I simply used two colours of Alcohol ink, added a few drops to each leaf, and then “smushed” them up (I know, I am so technical), in my hands until the ink covered the whole leaf, front and back. I then took a Paper Smooches stamp with the word “Thanks” and used a coordinating Distress Ink to stamp the work on each leaf. I didn’t want the stamp to be too obvious – almost so that from a distance, the leaves would simply look like they had some veins on them.
But, you know it wouldn’t be a true Scrappy Canuck project unless it was interactive, right??? As I was attaching a few of the flowers to the wreath base, I added a circle flip tab underneath to include some of the things I am thankful for. It you look closely, you will see three flowers that flip-up to reveal a little reflection from me underneath!
Now, I wonder how many brave visitors I will have in my home that will actually try to find the messages!
So there you have it – my entry for this month May Arts Ink It challenge. I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with too!