I was really thrilled to once again be invited to participate in the Ranger Designers Challenge for CHA-W 2012. For this year's challenge, we were each provided with a paper mache dress form and asked to use Liquid Pearls on our projects.
The first thing I did with my dress form was to paint the base. I used the Jenni Bowlin Ranger Paint Dabbers in Brown Sugar and Malted Milk. After the paint was dry, I applied Vintage Photo Distress ink. Finally, I squeezed out some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls onto my craft sheet and painted it on over the dried paint to create a shiny glazed finish.
I used cotton quilt batting to pad the top portion of the dress form. I adhered it with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi Medium. After the Multi Medium was dry, I cut natural colored muslin to fit and again used Multi Medium to glue it in place.
After the Multi Medium was dry, I brushed over the muslin with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make the fabric look a bit more vintage. Finally, I brushed on White Opal Liquid Pearls over the muslin to give it shimmer.
To embellish my dress form, I first gave her a sash made from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon. I colored it yellow with Scattered Straw Distress Stain. After drying the ribbon, I stamped it with the ruler image from the Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Curiosities stamp set using Coffee Archival Ink.
At the top of the sash, a cute little blue bird cut from Grunge Board using the Mini Bird Alterations Movers & Shapers die and colored with Faded Jeans and Scattered Straw Distress Stains is perched on the shoulder of the dress form. The bluebird has a light coat of Broken China Distress Stickles and a shiny black eye from a black Sakura Glaze Pen. The clear star stick pins are by Maya Road.
The greenery wrapped around the sash and under the flowers is cut from Ranger's Manila Cardstock and painted with Key Lime, Ivy Green, and Avocado Liquid Pearls and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After the Liquid Pearls and ink was dry, the edges of the leaves were accented with Crystal Ice Ice Stickles. To create the crown for the top of the dress form, I applied a piece of Ranger Foil onto a scrap of cardstock and die cut it with the Alterations Vintage Lace Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die.
To create the Roses, I die cut Tim Holtz Core-dinations Distress Cardstock using the Alterations Tattered Pine Cone die. I brushed each die cut with Liquid Pearls to create a shimmery glazed cardstock piece. I used Hot Cocoa, Daffodil, and White Opal Liquid Pearls on the cardstock. After the cardstock was dry, I inked the edges of each die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I assembled each die cut into a rose shape. (A wood skewer and a quick drying glue like Helmar 450QD is really helpful in assembling these.)
After the adhesive on the flowers was dry, I filled the openings of the roses with Crystal Ice Ice Stickles.
At the bottom of the sash, I added a mini safety pin and a small scissor charm that I created with Ranger Shrink Plastic, UTEE. The scissor stamp is from Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 Art By Hand stamp set.
At the base of my dress form I added a banner that says "She dreams of roses in the winter" using my beloved Hero Arts Printer's Type Lowercase Stamp Set. The banner was cut from manila cardstock with the Tattered Banner Sizzlets Strip Die and colored with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added two Idea-ology Mini Fasteners on each end of the banner.
I really love the finished piece. It really symbolized a bit of me that dreams of my spring garden during a cold midwest winter.