I've been busy making some wheelbarrows for centerpieces for my next Soroptimist meeting. I decided to make them bright colors and cover them with DSP (designer series paper) The 3D file is from A Little Hut #27914. I thought to myself that if women made wheelbarrows this is what they would look like. Bright colors and beautiful designs.
Of course wheelbarrows can't be left empty so I decided to fill them up with some succulents. It just so happens that Stampin' Up! has a die set Succulent Framelits and I've been watching others post their creations using them so I decided to give it a try. Now I like these dies as much as anybody and if I'm making one or two that's not so bad but I made 8 wheelbarrows and I wanted at least three succulents in each one. So, I cut one of each of the dies in the set out of black, scanned them, opened them in Silhouette Studio Business Edition, traced them and saved them into my library. Once that was done I was able to pick how ever many of each size I needed to make the succulents.
I looked around on the internet and picked up ideas from several different places and put them together to create my own.
First of all I wanted to figure out how many of each piece I would need to make the succulents. So I laid out all the pieces and named them. Large, Medium, Small, A, B,C. See the pic below.
Using these titles I then found a site that suggested which pieces to use. I changed them up a bit but here is a breakdown of what I used. Starting with the top row being the large succulent, the middle row the medium succulent and the bottom row the small succulent.
Large: 2 Large, 1 Medium, 2 small, 1 A, 1 B, 1 C
Medium: 1 Medium, 2 Small, 1 A, 1 B, 1C
Small: 3 Small, 1A, 1B, 1C
I cut enough pieces to make two sets of each color Old Olive with Rich Razzleberry accent, Old Olive with Always Artichoke accent, Mint Macaron with Rich Razzleberry accent and Elegant Eggplant with White Craft accent.
Using a sponge dauber ink the tips of each piece and lightly brush some color from the center out then fold each petal up at its base and used a bone folder to curl all but the two smallest pieces down, the last two pieces I curled up. Be careful you don't pull the petals off!
Whenever there were two pieces the same size I nipped the second one between each petal just an eighth of an inch so that the center would be smaller and fit inside the previous piece better.
For the smallest succulent there are 3 small pieces so the first one I left just as it was, the second one I nipped between the petals an eighth of an inch and for the third one I cut to the center between two petals, overlapped the petal from one side of the cut over the petal on the other side effectively making it a 7 petal piece.
To build the succulents place glue on the bottom center of each piece and layer them alternating the petals as you do.
Here are the various sets I made. You can enlarge the photos just by clicking on them.
So, do you have a favorite? Or would you do a different color combo? Leave a comment andlet me know. I'd love to hear from you .
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