Thursday, November 10, 2011
We have a fun challenge at Joan's Gardens this week and I have created another centerpiece using dies. The products used are Spellbinders Classic Scallop Oval and Scallop Circle dies for the pumpkins. The leaves on the pumpkins and scattered around the bottom of the pumpkins were die cut using the Cheery Lynn "SM Leaves" (D133 and D134). The vine on the pumpkins was die cut using the Marianne Designs "Garden Branch" (LR0151). The doily under the centerpiece was die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Mega Italian Flourish" doily (DL159).
In this picture you can see the leaves around the candle and pumpkins better. They were die cut using mustard card stock and sponged with different colors of Distress Inks.
To create the pumpkins, I die cut 15 Spellbinders Circles for the small pumpkin and 15 Ovals for the taller pumpkin. You can die cut any amount you want, according to how full you want the pumpkins. Each circle and oval was folded in half and creased with a bone folder. To build the pumpkin I used "Yes" Glue. This is a thick paste glue and holds the pumpkin together really well. I used an old "icing" knife to spread glue on one side of the folded pumpkin then added another folded piece adding glue to the top of that one, etc.
It was easier to divide the stacks into 3 attaching 5 pieces, then going back and attaching the three together. The nice thing about using YES Glue is that it is thick and will slide easily so you can match up the scallops as you attach each one. You need to be sure and keep the sections separated after you have all of them attached to form a pumpkin. I forgot to mention that I cut off one scallop from the folded piece, on the bottom of the pumpkin so it would be flat to help it stand up. In this picture you can see a little brown stem I had cut to place in the center at the top of the pumpkin. The little candle is scented "pumpkin" and is in a little clear holder. A piece of design paper was die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Anastasia border" (B136). It was wrapped around the candle and attached together with a small glue dot.
The pumpkins and candle were attached to the doily with glue dots. The leaves were attached with a small amount of YES Glue. I worked on my Teflon Craft Mat so the doily would not stick to anything. Once it was dry I could move it.
It was a lot of fun creating these cute little pumpkins for another centerpiece in my home. I hope I gave you another idea for using dies for our challenge at Joan's Gardens. I hope you will join us. We love to see all your creative ideas.
As you know, all the products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens. Have you checked out all the "Autumn" products Joan is featuring this week. Some items are very limited but there is a great variety to choose from.