There are two parts of inspiration in this project, the first is a quote. It came to mind as I was working one day when I was sitting in my studio. I didn't know who said it or why it came to mind, but it seemed perfect to direct a project that was sitting on my desk with no direction. I had made this flower (in blue for no reason what so ever and added Rock Candy Stickle to it for no reason), had pulled paper to match, and had a label cut and colored. It all just felt like pieces and parts.
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. -James M. Barrie
I had a rose with snow and pieces in shades of blue that felt icy and wintry. Suddenly I had the pieces to something that would not only be pretty but also have some meaning.
The wooden box is a shadowbox that I found on the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. I sanded off most of the finish so that it was pure shabbiness. I covered the inside back with paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Paper Stash. I added Stormy Sky Distress ink to the edges.
I used Tim Holtz Nostalgic Tissue Tape on the inside shadowbox sides. I brushed Stormy Sky Distress ink onto the tape using the Ink Applicator Tool.
The shaped rose was created using Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art clear molding film. I cut three flowers using the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die. I colored the flowers using an assortment of alcohol inks in different shades of blues. I then shaped and layered the flowers using the process I show in my Shaped Roses tutorial. I then heated the piece to shape it. (I am working on a tutorial with the step-by-step instructions on making this flower. I hope to have it ready tomorrow, so be sure and check back for it if you are interested in learning to make these.)
I applied a thick layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the flower in all of the areas that I felt show would collect.
The flower is adhered to a label cut from the Tim Holtz Alterations Styled Labels die. I cut two layers, one from Sticky Back Canvas and one from scrap chipboard. I used Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist to add color to the Sticky Back Canvas. After it was dry I adhered it to the chipboard. I added stamping using a stamp from the Tim Holtz Floral Tattoo stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink. I used Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Ink for some additional shading. I adhered it to the inside back of the box using 3D Foam Squares.
For the final touch I inked a small crinkled scrap of paper using Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I used my small single alpha stamps to stamp using Jet Black Archival. Once the ink was dry, I rubbed on a layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles and attached it to the label using an Idea-ology Memo Pin.
That brings me to the second inspiration. I have had a really beautiful song on my mind lately that talks about the presence of God in every season. It always seems that when we are at a season's change this song comes to me and plays over and over in my mind. The song is called Every Season by Nichole Nordeman. As I was working on this project and thinking about roses in winter I began thinking about the seasons and of course this song. I love its message and the way it describes each season. It just seemed fitting to borrow the song's title and include it in the piece.
Hopefully I will have the tutorial for making the flower finished up and ready to post tomorrow so be sure to check back if you are interested in seeing how it was made.