I started this altered globe a few weeks ago, using a damaged globe I got from Target for $6.24. The whole project cost less than $17. Really!!!
The first thing I did was punch a kajillion circles from Authentique Paper's Blissful Collection. I used about 4″ of paper towards the poles and almost an entire sheets for the patterns near the equator.
I started at the bottom of the globe with the darkest paper and worked in layers, layering progressively paler circles as I moved from the south to the north. I even inked all the edges of the circles with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Grey Whale, Blackbird, and Citrus Yellow.
Next I created two flowers from the phone book (free!) using Eileen Hull's Fresh Vintage Flowers, 3-D #2 Die by Sizzix. Why use a vintage book when you have thousands of pages of similar paper sitting somewhere in your house, collecting dust? I don't know why they make phone books anymore but now, I am watching to make sure I get mine!!
I sprayed Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow on a piece of wax paper so it would pool. Then I dragged the tips of the flower petals through the ink. This results in a really intense shine, as if the petals were dipped in gold. It's one of my all-time fave techniques!
I also dyed a piece of seam binding from Jen Jensen's class at Spark with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz and a tiny bit of Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz to “vintage” it up. Then I just started hot gluing all the bits and pieces to the globe. I love ting really messy bows and shredding the ends — I layered these under the flowers. I cut some butterflies from a sheet received in Jen Jensen's class at Spark and created antennae for them using the wire leftover from Cathe Holden's class at Spark. A couple buttons and flowers from my stash and my masterpiece is complete.
This little baby is going in my newly de-businessed master bedroom. I used to have my desk with my computer and files in my room, along with other business overflow, up until a few weeks ago. Xaver and I finally moved all of my “work” away from there. It is such a relaxing oasis now! We also moved two of our Expedit shelves into the room, where my desk used to be, and now I have all this display space I can't wait to fill up with art. I am going to really enjoy this process!
Wanna make one of these yourself? Here's what you'll need. By the way, I was at Marshall's today and they had globes on clearance…
- Globe by Target = $6.24
- Authentique Papers Blissful Collection, 5 sheets = $5
- Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow = $4.50
- Phone Book = FREE
- Wire = FREE (probably about $3 if you bought it)
- Butterflies = FREE (you can print similar ones for free from Graphics Fairy)
- Seam Binding, yellow = FREE (from my class)
- Seam Binding, 1/2 yard gray = $0.75
TOTAL = $16.49
Tools (not figured into cost):
- Sizzix Flowers, 3-D #2 Die — can hand cut the flowers if you do not have a die
- Hot Glue
- Wire Cutters and Jewlery Pliers
- Wax Paper
Hope you're inspired to create something today :) I am on my way to CKU San Diego –I know, haven't even posted my Spark pics and I am off to another event. I am tired and inspired! LOL Hope to bring back some awesomeness to share with you!! You can keep up with me on twitter and facebook too :)