Ah, spring… in New England, spring doesn’t really come until mid-April.

Proof of that would be the 20 inches of snow we got this past week.  Bleck.


In defiance of the storm, I spent it in my craft room, working on this wreath for Tim Holtz’s Tattered Floral Challenge.

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Here’s a close up of the flowers, can you guess what they’re made of?


All these flowers and leaves started their lives as plastic packaging.  First I die cut all the packages I’ve been saving with the Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves dies.


Then they were colored with various alcohol inks.


To make the colors more pastel and more opaque, I went over them with a clean felt pad that had two drops of Snow Cap mixative and two drops of Alcohol Blending Solution.


To give them their curled shape I hit each with my heat tool.  After you heat all the petals give the center a final blast, then you can quickly shape it over a bottle cap or rounded tool.


Here are all my flowers and leaves, ready to go. To get rid of the plastic shine, each flower and petal was painted with a mixture of Matte Multi Medium and Perfect Pearl powder, thinned with quite a bit of water.


I glued pearls into each center with the Matte Multi Medium, dyed the wide silk ribbon with Distress Stains and added some butterflies.


Welcome spring!

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7 thoughts on “Tattered Floral Challenge – Spring Wreath

  1. How sweet!! What a great way to recycle plastic, too. I love wreaths; am glad to see one adapted for spring and not Christmas, which doesn’t start for two or three months yet. 😀

  2. Gorgeous work! I am going to have to give this a try. Have a few large pieces of plastic set aside from packaging already, but think I may need more.

    1. The plastic from Tim’s Sizzix Bigz dies are perfect, as of course, they’re just the right size, and you cut two layers at once. So if you needed an excuse to go buy more dies…. 😉

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