Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today's Feature: The Tuscan Window and the Floral Wreath

Hello.  Jennifer Snyder here to show you how I used Blue Fern this month.

Window to the Garden:
This was created using the Blue Fern Studios Tuscan Window as well as the packaging. Yes, I used the Blue Fern product packaging for the background paper and in the clustering.

As you can see, the added bonus with Blue Fern is that the packaging is as elegant as the chipboard that comes inside.  It's just begging to be used as well.   I know many of the other designers have showcased both product and packaging in their creations.  You can find them in the Blue Fern Gallery.

Please feel free to upload your work showcasing Blue Fern Studios Chipboard as well.  We would LOVE to see what you have created.  You will inspire us and so many others.
My photo image is from Magic Moonlight Free Images and is part of a collage that I cut up.
I wanted to keep this light and airy as if looking out into an open garden.  To help create this effect, I used some moulding paste and  a mask template, then topped with some mist.

I kept my chipboard very clean with  just a few layers of acrylic paint and some glitter glue which is not all that apparent here.  I realize my window frame is upside-down.  I did this because I knew that packaging and clustering would cover up the delicate beautiful scroll work on the chipboard window frame if I left it as designed.

Besides, chipboard is meant to be adjusted to make it work for you.  It's always wonderful right out of the package, but sometimes your "vision" for your project means cutting, flipping and re-positioning.  No guilt - just make it work for you.

This is the Tuscan Window #074752.  Very unique  design.

The Floral Wreath of  Love:
February is the month of love so I decided to keep with the theme once I saw this darling angel postcard.   My inspiration for the colors of the chipboard frame came from the delicate colors in the vintage postcard.

Blue Fern Floral Wreath  #074486

Here is how I created this 3D wreath:
Step 1. Spray the Blue Fern Chipboard with water lightly in selected areas. 

Step 2.  Gently lift the wet chipboard layers up and bend/twist or pinch with your finger tips. Dry with heat gun.
Step 3.  Peel only a few layers from selected flowers, turn and glue back on top of flower in a different direction, giving more volume and definition to the various flowers.
Step 4.  Pinch and bend the leaves.  Dry with heat gun to firm and strengthen.
Step 5.  Paint chipboard with gesso to seal it and prep it for your finishing acrylic paint topcoat.  I also painted the edges.

Step 6. The fun part...decorate as desired.

In this piece, I painted my altered chipboard flowers a buttercream yellow and a pale soft peach/pink.  I painted the leaves willow green and added veins in the leaves with my Tim Holtz distress marker.  To finish them, I stamped some cursive print onto the leaves..

I also topped some of the chipboard with flowers and floral berries.

The ZVA flourish adds a nice accent.

I added angel wings made from stamping a piece of vellum paper and then embossing with clear embossing powder.  After it was cool, I cut it out and ran some ink over the embossing to tint it a bit - giving it a glowing effect.

This just shows the dimension of the chipboard on my page as a result of the water alterations.

Thank you for stopping here.  Please remember to stop by Blue Fern Gallery and see how folks like YOU are using the newest chipboard on the market!

Blue Fern Supplies :
Window to the Garden:
Blue Fern Studios - Tuscan Window chipboard #074752
Blue Fern Packaging for the paper and clustering

Floral Wreath of Love: 
Blue Fern  Studios Chipboard -Floral Wreath #074486


  1. Gorgeous use of these fabulous products, love the Tuscan window.

  2. beautiful projects, Jennifer! I love your tutorial and love what you did with the wreath! very creative!

  3. Wow, so beautiful!! The first LO is just adorable!! And thnx for the tip, cool idea)))))

  4. Oh wow!! Both of these are amazing, the technique on the wreath..so unique and how cool is that?! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh my, your first layout and my card would go AMAZING together. :) :) Love what you did. And that technique--EEEKKKKK! I am squealing. That is amazing. Can't wait to try it. You are too smart to figure that out. Awesome work!!!!

  6. Peeling chip board are you know??? Really??? O to the M to the G Jennifer!!! Pure creative and gorgeous Genius!!! I am pulling out my spray bottle!! xoxo

  7. Gorgeous And Sooo creative, have to try the technique :0

  8. Stunning, stunning projects! Absolutely fabulous! Both are absolutely divine! ;-)

  9. *spluttering* SERIOUSLY Jen - where do you get all your amazing creative ideas?! this is simply genius!! both of your projects are so so beeeautiful!! xoxox