What a magical time of year this is! The first beautiful blooms of Spring are just beginning to flourish. Pretty soon the cherry blossoms will be in bloom! We can't wait! This is a great time to let all the beauty of nature inspire your creativity! Today we've got some stunning altered art to share with you! We've got three breathtaking creations by Denise Hahn, Maiko Miwa and a fun tutorial by Clare Charvill! Inspiration is in season on today's amazing Graphic 45 blog!
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Lets begin with this dazzling altered house by Denise Hahn. It was created out of paper mache, using our fabulous new Secret Garden collection! Denise Hahn is selling a fabulous tutorial and pattern on her blog that shows you how to create this sweet piece of Spring-inspired altered art! What fun!
Denise Hahn's Blog:
All of today's creations feature some fabulous uses of the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes! You'll see some amazing ways to add gorgeous vintage charm and dimension to your crafts using these incredible Key Holes from our Staples line!
Here is Denise Hahn's heartwarming Secret Garden altered house! It's just perfect for Spring-inspired home decor!
Look at this beautiful use of Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys! So pretty!
Paper Mache House- available at any craft store
Spray Paint Primer or White acrylic paint
Donna Salazar Mixed Media Chox
Prima Shabby Chic Treasure Windows
trims from .25 inch to 1.75 inch widths- the Vintage trims on this
project, including the cellulite bird came from Guilding the Lily in
Fullerton Ca. the rest are from May Arts
Resin Crown- Jolees French General Collection
Piece of tea stained muslin
Xyron 5 inch Creative Station with permanent adhesive
Next we have another cheerful and beautiful altered art creation! This one was made by Maiko Miwa and it features our fabulous collection A Ladies' Diary. This wonderful altered tag has so many pretty layers, combined with delicate fussy cutting and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys! It is a dream come true!
papers: Afternoon Tea, Moment in Time, Picture Perfect, Timeless Memoir, Ornate
staple:Metal Key Holes,Metal Key
chipboard:Place in Time Chipboard 1
chipboard: Imaginarium Desings
Next up is a glorious tutorial by Clare Charvill that shows you how to create this amazing altered gift tag! Clare used Secret Garden and marvelous Graphic 45 Staples to create this lavish work of altered art! Follow her fun and easy instructions to create one of your own! Take it away, Clare!
I love the roses in this collection. They remind me of my Grandads rose
garden. I could almost smell the scent that used to waft across the
garden when I was cutting making this gift tag. Of all the roses he
grew the pink ones were my grandma's favourites.
12 x 12 papers
Large Metal Brad
Walnut stain distress ink
Alterations Envelope Pocket die
Misc brad and photo turn
Tacky glue and glossy accents
Take two large tags from
the tag album staples and cut 1 1/4" off the bottom of one, re round the
corners with 1/2" corner rounder and ink the edges and around the
eyelets on both sides of each tag.
Use the kraft off cut to make a hinge. Fold in half longways and ink the fold line on both sides.
tacky glue on one side of the hinge place the tags next to each other,
lining up the bottom edges stick the hinge down to attach the two tags
together. Before the tacky glue sets make sure the tags and hinge are
aligned and the tags fold over each other, the edges line up and the
tags stand up. Pic 2
Gift Tag Cover
a piece of Seed Fairy paper 6 1/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match tag
and ink edges and stick to the front of the smaller tag.
Now take the rose cut apart from the May Flowers paper. Cut the frame out taking off the outside darker green border.
From the Springtime paper cut out the rose cut apart
Make a craft card frame that measures 3 1/4" x 5". the borders are 5/8" wide all round.
Ink edges of all pieces with walnut stain distress ink.
Reconstruct the green borders over the kraft frame, mitre top and bottom corners and stick down
the rose word on kraft card and trim leaving 1/16" border around all
edges. Add a strip of foam tape to the back and ink edges
Cut out a file tab from Pretty Primrose paper, ink edges and stick to the right hand edge of the tag front.
take the frame, put tacky glue on the top and bottom edges only and
stick to the front of the tag 1/2" down from the top of the base paper.
To assemble take the rose cut apart, put a little tacky glue on the
underside of the bottom right corner, tuck the right hand corner under
the right hand edge of the frame and stick down.
Put a couple of double sided adhesive squares under the top edge and stick down so that the cut apart sits at an angle
Take the fussy cut rose, put tacky glue on the back of the bottom
half of the inmate, stick down over the bottom of the frame making sure
non of the image hands over the edge of the tag. Put a couple of double
sided adhesive squares under the top of the image to give the tag
dimension and stick down.
Stick the "Rose" word mounted on double sided tape over the same word on the cut apart.
finish thread a metal key on some ribbon, thread the ribbon through an
ornate key hole and stick over the file tab/frame. Add a stamped metal
brad over the top hole of the key hole.
Use glossy accents to highlight the roses and add a border to the frame.
a piece of Pretty Primrose paper 6 1/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match
tag, ink edges and stick to the inside front cover of the smaller tag.
Then take two of the same rose cut a parts from May Flowers. Cut
the centre images out of one frame making a label of the words and cut
around the post mark on the rose image, round the bottom corners and ink
edges of both pieces.
Take the other frame and with the ledger side facing round the bottom right hand corner and ink edges.
put a little tacky glue on the bottom and right hand edge of the rose
cut apart and stick it to the bottom right of the ledger cut apart to
form a pocket.
Put tacky glue on the back of the ledger cut apart and stick it to the tag over the green base paper
highlight with glossy accents if desired.
gift card holder from Pretty Primrose paper using the Alterations
pocket envelope die to slot inside the pocket on the tag.
piece of Pretty Primrose paper 7 3/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match
tag, ink edges and stick down on the front of the larger tag.
Cut the following images out as per picture
the journalling section of the secret garden cut apart to 2" x 4 1/4",
ink edges, mount on a piece of kraft card and trim the kraft border to
Fussy cut out the bluebirds, ribbon and key. Ink edges
Trim right side of Meadow Lark cut apart off so that it fits under the mounted journalling spot, ink edges
Put tacky glue on the back top left corner of the mounted journalling spot, and stick over the flower girls cut apart
Stick to base paper so that the point at the top of the cut apart sits under the brass eyelet on the tag.
Stick the birds, ribbon and key cut out to the left side of the journaling spot to finish.
Highlight with glossy accents if desired.
a piece of Pretty Primrose paper 7 3/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match
tag, ink edges and stick down on the back of the larger tag.
Then cut out the rose cut apart from the Meadow Lark paper. Ink edges, and stick centrally on the back of the large tag.
Add the rose sentiment you cut out earlier having distressed and inked the edges to finish.
Add a large metal brad over the eyelet on the front of the smaller tag.
Colour in the key hole with black soot distress marker
Punch out a 1" circle, ink edges and stick over the eyelet on the inside of the smaller tag.
Add ribbon to the larger tag. I used some green and cream striped ribbon by May Arts
We hope you all enjoyed today's wonderful exploration of Graphic 45 altered art ideas! We want to thank Denise Hahn, Maiko Miwa and Clare Charvill for their marvelous work today! Join us tomorrow for more super inspiration and a new blog contest winner! It's going to be grand! Have a lovely day, G45ers!
Your Pals in Paper,
Team Graphic 45