Created for the ECD Susan Tierney Cockburn Design Team
Our local craft store was selling a bunch of grab bags for $2 each. I usually don't bother with them but in a moment of crafty weakness, I picked up three (!). They contained a variety of things, from bubble bath to stickers. The best surprise was several packages of enamel dots, in various colors - score! One bag contained a small black plate with some sort of saying on it. I decided to repurpose it into a decoration piece. You could use any small plate, e.g. one purchased at a thrift store.
Making the Project
1. Place plate face down on patterned paper, keeping in mind the design. Lightly trace around it in pencil. You will cut about a third to half of an inch out from the line so some paper will wrap around back of plate. Erase line. Apply decoupage medium both on back of paper and on plate, including around back where paper will wrap around edge. Center paper and stick down, rubbing out any bubbles. There may be some wrinkles, just work them out as best as possible. I put the majority of wrinkles on one side of the plate so I could cover them. Alternatively, you could tear the paper for both front and back of plate (see step 2). Coat paper with decoupage medium.
2. Flip plate. Tear pieces of patterned paper and apply to plate to cover bottom, coating both plate and paper with decoupage medium each time. I left the center uncovered but you could cover the entire bottom if you like. Cover entire back with decoupage medium.
3. Tear strips of washi tape (I used yellow-orange, red, and red with white dots); adhere to one side of plate - see photo. The washi tape may start to peel up; just rub it back down. Cover washi tape with decoupage medium (this should prevent it from coming up). Note: I covered the worst wrinkles this way.
4. Stamp Sunshine and Love in waterproof black ink on tissue paper (the regular semi-translucent white type); heat-set ink. Carefully tear around sentiment. Decoupage to plate where shown. The tissue should become almost transparent.
5. Flowers: I usually make extra flowers whenever I make them thus I had a few on hand.
- To make vellum Mini Roses, Mini Chrysanthemums, and Mini Daisies, see Flower Tag Birthday Card. Similarly, make two additional Mini Roses plus leaves using red and dark green cardstock.
- To make Hollyhock blossoms, cut four sets of petals and petal bases from light pink cardstock. Color centers with yellow pencil then watercolor Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, leaving the tips light pink (see photo). Cut four stamen from yellow cardstock; add glue to bases and tightly roll. Dip tips in glue then in Antique Linen Distress Powder to simulate pollen. Shape petals by rubbing stylus along back tips then in front center of each. Glue single petals between base petals, lining up Worn Lipstick in a ring on each flower. Glue stamen standing in center. Cut four leaves from green cardstock. Draw veins with light green pencil; add shading by watercoloring Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Shape by rubbing stylus along backs then use leaf tool to draw lines down centers.
- To make Mini Daffodils, cut three sets of parts from white paper: petals (six total for each flower), center, and stamen. Use Mustard Seed Distress Ink to color center and stamen (I used an ink blending tool to apply). Shape petals by drawing lines down front, then back, with point of leaf tool. Make centers into cylinders (you may have to trim off a little), glue, then gently roll tops down (see photo). Cut carefully down middle of stamen prongs to form six on each. Apply glue at bottom and roll. Gently separate tips, dip into glue, then into Mustard Seed Distress Powder to simulate pollen. Cut three calyx from green cardstock. Rub in centers until they slightly cup. For each flower, glue three largest petals, one each on every other calyx extension. Glue smaller petals in between. Glue center cylinder, then stamen as shown. Cut leaves from green cardstock, color with light green pencil and shade with watercolored Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Shape by rubbing stylus down middle of each then draw a line down center with leaf tool.
7. Cut ladybug from black cardstock. Add red Pearl Pen to body. Add black Enamel Accents for head and bottom. Use toothpick or pointy tool to add dots.
8. Adhere ladybug and black half pearls as shown.
Elizabeth Craft Designs
- 1001 Garden Patch - 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses
- 1002 Garden Patch - 1 3/8-inch & Mini Daffodils
- 1003 Garden Patch -1 inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum
- 1015 CountryScapes Mini Botanicals - Hollyhock
- 1011 Garden Notes - Bugs & Butterflies
- RS001 Sunshine and Love Stamp
- 808 Susan's Garden 4pcs. All metal Tool Set in Luxury Case
- 810 Large Molding Pad
- Paper: K&Company Best of Brenda Walton Paper Pad 30-658202
- Mod Podge Gloss (or other decoupage medium)
- Tissue Paper
- Waterproof Black Ink (e.g. VersaFine)
- Heat Tool
- Vellum: White, Pink, Red
- Alcohol Markers: Yellow, Orange, Green
- Colored Pencils: Yellow, Light Green
- Paper: White
- Cardstock: Red, White, Green, Dark Green, Yellow, Black
- Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick
- Embossing Powder: Yellow, Light Yellow (e.g. Distress Powder: Mustard Seed, Antique Linen)
- Washi Tape: Red, Yellow-Orange, Red with White Dots
- Stickles: Orange Peel, Yellow
- Pearl Pen: Red
- Enamel Accents: Black
- Half Pearls: Black