Thursday, February 2, 2012
Treetop Quartet Crepe Paper Tutorial: Part Two
Ready for Part Two? I know you can do it! Part One can be found on my February 1 post.
You will need some Tacky Glue. I used Aleene's in the gold tone bottle that you can get at craft stores and Walmart. You also need a small bag of green Spanish moss, also available in the floral section of a craft store. When you pull off a pinch of Spanish moss, the grouping "sticks" together naturally. Place some tacky glue on some of the Spanish moss that will be tucked between the layers of the crepe paper. Keep pinching off small groupings of the moss and adding some dabs of Tacky Glue. Tuck these groupings between the layers until you have as much Spanish moss as YOU like. I used a very small amount of the moss around the outside edges just because that's the way I liked it.
Take three light pink 1 1/2" circles and 3 dark red 1 1/2" circles. Stamp your desired image on them. (I used a music stamp to go with the music theme, but you could use any vintage image.) Use metallic ink on the dark circle so that the image stands out. Use brown chalk to "antique" your light pink circles. Back each circle with either decorative vintage style scrapbooking paper or actual vintage sheet music. Use decorative edge scissors to cut around the circle. Adhere light pink circles to red crepe paper and red circles to white crepe paper with the Tacky Glue.
Take four small sticks about 5-7 inches long. Thoroughly coat one end in Tacky Glue and place between the layers of one of the crepe paper circles. This will provide the branch for each bird to rest on while they sing. Each branch should face the opposite direction. If the bottom branch points left, the next branch up should point to the right. (As pictured) While the sticks are drying, coat each cardstock bird image with Triple Thick Gloss Glaze from Deco Art. It will give the bird images a high gloss resin-look that will help them stand out from your wall hanging. (I found my Triple Thick Gloss Glaze in the glue department of my craft store. My 3 inch bird images are Susan Winget Layered Accents from the K&Company, but you could use royalty free images found online printed on cardstock or stamped images.) Add 1 1/2" leaves to some of the sticks. (My leaves are made from wool felt cut with pinking shears, but you could also use stickers, ordinary felt, specialty papers, fabric, etc.) Adhere the birds and leaves to the sticks using Tacky Glue.
Stamp "Let Me Call You, Sweetheart" using small alphabet stamps and black or dark brown ink onto 1/2" wide creme or tea-dyed white grosgrain ribbon. (I stamped mine in three separate sections -- "Let Me" "Call You" "Sweetheart." I cut the ribbon around the letters.)
Place the ribbon on your wall hanging as desired with small dabs of Tacky Glue on the ends and center of the back of the ribbon. Add vintage buttons to the center of each crepe paper circle with Tacky Glue. (Some of my buttons are backed with wool felt. Each has thread running through the button holes either tied to the back or front.) Finish off your wall hanging with 7 inch lengths of velvet and gold shear ribbon wrapped around the wire hanger at the top.
Beautiful! You're done.
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." I Peter 5:7