Friday, March 22, 2013

Tim Holtz - Tattered Floral Challenge: My "Deluded Flowers"

Hey Friends! For the past month, Tim Holtz has been hosting a challenge  - and providing LOTS of inspiration as well. The challenge was to take his Sizzix Tattered Floral Die and to come up with a project that uses the flowers you create with it! Sounded like FUN to me!

 I cut several sets of the flowers out of watercolor paper and stamped them with some Archival Ink. I knew I was going to be using wet medium to stain and distress them...and the best combo for that is watercolor paper and permanent ink.

One of the things I discovered, is that stamping with Distress Paint will allowed me to use that image as a resist - so when I sprayed my flowers with Dylusions Spray... my white stamped pattern showed up! Super Cool Right?!?!? I have taped a tutorial and will edit this post to include it as quickly as I can! The flowers were so bright and "springy" - that I decided I just HAD to do a project that would   let me bring a little Spring into my house...since it was SNOWING this morning!

I had this little birdhouse and it seemed like the perfect base for my happy "deluded flowers" as I am calling them!

I began by adding some Tim Holtz Tissue Paper (Symphony) to the wooden birdhouse. I used Matte Gel Medium to collage the tissue paper onto the house. Then I used Distress Paint in a couple of colors to cover the the paper...and here is the COOLEST thing...when you spray water on Distress reacts like all the other products in the Ranger Distress Collection! While Distress Paint is still wet - it will react with the water, blend and even becomes somewhat marbled. Love it! You will have a blast working with it on some of your projects.

I also added some Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint over it - to age the background while still keeping it bright for the springy flowers that I was getting ready to add. And you know didn't stop there! LOL While the Crackle Paint was still damp - I sprinkled a dusting of Dry Rock Candy Glitter over it. Hey, you know I like a little sparkle!

I  sprayed some moss with both Dylusions spray and Adirondack Color Wash (lettuce). That gave me a base to build the little flower garden around the base of the bird house. You can also see the Elegant Flourishes that I die cut from Grunge Paper and painted with Distress Paint.  I am seriously in LOVE with these new paints...they are very fluid and dry with a chalky finish. They remind me of the look of paint that you will find in older houses...super cool and so much you can do with them.

Here are some close-ups...I stacked the flowers and used some bright brads to hold them together. I also painted a few scraps of watercolor paper with distress stains and paints...and then punched out some small flowers to mix into the garden. Liquid Pearls acted as my flower centers.

 I added this sweet little bird...she seems to be especially happy to be building her nest with all these beautiful festive flowers all around. She is going to have the "best dressed nest" of all her girlfriends this spring!

I had been wanting to play with my new Dylusions Sprays and Distress Paints.  My oh my! I had inky fingers and a BLAST!

Here is a tutorial of how I created these fun flowers. I know you will enjoy using this resist technique on some of your projects too! You can watch it here or on YouTube.

Thanks for the challenge, Tim! It was a blast!

Happy Spring - my dear friends!

Products Used On This Project


  1. Jann the details on the flowers are incredible and the whole birdhouse birdie included is stunning. Your work is always an inspiration for me, thank you for sharing my friend.

  2. This is wonderful. The flowers are amazing. Can't wait o give this a try.

  3. Your birdhouse is just lovely. I want to make some watercolor paper flowers!

  4. Oh wow Jann what a fantabulous bird house and those flowers are divine. I am off to watch the video on Youtube where the screen is a tad bigger :)
    Oh we have snow here in the UK too with many poor people without electricity due to the savage winds and weight of snow! Most of the country is under a very deep blanket of snow with cruelly cold easterly winds and south of the country have had heavy rain and parts were flooded. Oh where is spring???

    Stay warm
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

  5. Gorgeous birdhouse, Jann! Never thought I would be a fan of the brighter Dylusions sprays but your beautiful flowers have convinced me to try them. May I ask what lattice style background stamp you used with the picket fence paint?


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  7. I LOVE your bright colourful flowers and the video was so informative and well-done! I am going to have to give these Dylusions a try!!


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