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Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with some Spring Inspiration for you.

Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

I created a little mini flower garden using two of Tim Holtz's newest dies, the Watering Can Bigz die and Tiny Tattered Florals, Thinlits die set.  I hope you enjoy.

Instead of creating a card using these dies, I was more interested in creating a fun little decor piece that you can display in a kitchen window, and it turned out just so sweet, I think.  To create this mini-flower garden, first gather your tools and dies.

Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

To create these lovely tattered florals, using your Sizzix Big Shot, start first by placing a Magnetic Platform down on the machine, followed by a Cutting Pad.  Next lay different pieces of colored distress cardstock down onto the cutting pad, then your Tattered Floral Thinlits will go on top of the cardstock, cutting side down, finally topping the "sandwich" off with another Cutting Pad.  Run this sandwich through your Big Shot and die cut as many flowers and leaves as you'd like for your project.  Assemble the flowers using the included quilling tool and set aside.

Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

Now lets work on the Watering Can.  This is a Bigz die, so your cutting sandwich is as follows.  Using your Big Shot machine, lay a standard Cutting Pad down, then the Watering Can die, (blades side up), followed by the material you are cutting, (I used white heavyweight chipboard), then a Crease Pad on top.  Run the cutting sandwich through your Big Shot.  You will end up with 2 pieces.  To create the worn galvanized metal I was going for, I first painted the white chipboard using Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, then allowed it to dry.  I then inked the edges lightly with Vintage Photo distressing ink to add a little brown 'rust', then inked and swiped Black Soot distressing ink over all of the edges.  Finally, using a Versamark pad, I lightly tapped the pad around the edges, then sprinkled the edges with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  For the blue 'band' around the can, I first painted the piece with Broken China Distress Paint, then distressed the sides as I did for the can, then heat set some clear embossing powder around the edges.  Adhere the blue 'band' to the watering can using some hot glue.  Hot glue a small wooden stick to the back of the watering can, creating a pick.

Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

Now that you have your basic pieces, you can assemble the flower garden. Using a small little terra cotta pot, (mine happened to be a mini-candle, so it was filled with wax which was perfect, no need for floral foam and the pick sits perfectly in the wax), but if you don't have that, add a little floral foam to the pot securing with hot glue.  Add the Watering Can pick using hot glue to secure, and leaving a small space to surround with your flowers.  Next, add some moss to cover any foam, and secure your flowers using hot glue, and add them around the entire bottom.  Once you get the look you like, add a bit of white trim to the the rim of the pot, and a white wooden fence to the back of the garden.  To finish, I think it needed one more thing, so I added a small white bow to one side to finish it.

Sizzix Inspiration | Mini Flower Garden by Hilary Kanwischer

I love the way the trim adds a pop of white and really brings out the colors of the flowers.  I hope you enjoyed my project today.  This was so much fun to create, and I hope I've inspired you to create a mini-flower garden of your own.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hilary Kanwischer

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Heavyweight chipboard
  • Distress paint, (Brushed Pewter, Broken China)
  • Distressing Ink, (Vintage Photo, Black Soot)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Colored distress cardstock in assorted colors
  • White wooden picket fence
  • White trim and ribbon
  • Mini-terra cotta pot
  • Floral foam
  • Wooden stick
  • Moss
  • Hot glue

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