Having used some of my scraps for an art journal page last week and created a page all about texture, I decided to combine both and use up some of my paper flowers that I have had in my stash for years and haven't used for ages. This page was actually completed on Tuesday, but I didn't have the opportunity to share it until now.
I wanted a contrast between monochrome in the centre and the colour of the flowers, so started by adding Stormy Sky distress paint all round the edge of the page, blending it with my fingers. I then painted Pebeo black gesso in an oval shape in the centre of the page. I didn't mind if the edges weren't too neat, as they were going to be covered later.
Parts of the 7"x7" Chinese Lanterns stencil were masked off and an embossing pen used through the remaining three seed heads. These were then heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer white detail embossing powder. I extended the right hand seed head a little by hand, although it didn't make a difference as it was later covered with flowers!
The next step was to add the quote; 'All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.' To emphasize the prompt, I used my trusty Claritystamp Wordchain Alphabet to stamp and heat emboss the word 'seeds'. The remaining words came from the Chit Chat and Seasonal Chit Chat sticker books by Tim Holtz, or were printed out using my Dymo Letratag.
The next part was adding the flowers and therefore introducing additional colour. I had gone through all my paper flowers and chosen three of each which had lilac, pink, mauve or reddish tones and arranged them around the edge of the oval. Once I was happy, they were glued into place using Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue.
It only remained then to add the centres of the flowers using a mixture of self adhesive pearls, rhinestones and four or five different colours of the Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic.