DIY | 3D Wall Art

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Tutorial: Die Cut Floral Wall Art

A version of this tutorial was originally seen in the August issue of Scrap N Art magazine. 

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Materials Used:

 

Step-by-Step:

Step One

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Pull five sheets of 12×12 cardstock. For this project, I used variety of reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows. Stamp each flower from the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters stamp set twice on each sheet of cardstock with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko VersaFine ink in black. When finished you will have eight stamped images on each sheet.

Step Two

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Using the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine and the coordinating Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters die set, cut out the stamped images. I then used clear tape to adhere the matching die onto a piece of scrap cardstock creating a template. Next, line up the cut out template with the stamped image and run it through the die cut machine. Once you are finished with all of the flowers, you’ll have a pile that looks similar to the photo above.

Step Three

Using a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, start by adding the big flowers to the edges, but do not glue them down yet. You want to use them to gauge where to paint/write your sentiment. After you have decided on placement, use black watercolor paint to write your sentiment in the center of the page. You are now free to move around the flowers a bit if you need.

Step Four

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Now we start putting it all together. Glue down the biggest flowers first. You can use Foam Squares on several of the flowers to create a three dimensional effect. The other large flowers were just left flat on the page, so that smaller flowers could then be layered on top.

Step Five

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Start adding the next largest size flower. Use some of the die-cuts as the base of their own flower and use some of them to add to the top of the larger flowers. Play around with different options to see which you like best.

Step Six

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Keep adding additional layers until you reach the smallest flowers. If you need more flowers, you can always stamp and cut out a few extras to add into your project. Don’t feel limited to using what you’ve already cut out. When you’re satisfied with your flowers, hang it on the wall and admire your creation!

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Notable Parts:

  • It did take a while to stamp and cut out all of those flowers, but I did it all in one evening while j and I were watching a movie. 
  • I used both pop-dots and foam squares to create different layers of height — play around with what you like.
  • If you’re uncomfortable using a paintbrush to write your sentiment, consider using letter stickers, or printing out a sentiment onto a sheet of cardstock before you start.
  • This technique is awesome to use on cards too (and it takes a lot less time).
  • Because of the 3-d nature of this project,  if you are going to frame the art it will need to go in a shadowbox frame or a frame without glass. Another option is to use a small art easel (ikea sells them for less than $2) to display your project.

 

Materials Used:

Stamp: Heartfelt Creations “Stamps That Match DiesDelicate Asters“; Die-Cut: Heartfelt Creations “HC Exclusive DiesDelicate Asters,” Spellbinders “Grand Calibur machine“; Cardstock: American Crafts “TexturedWhiteSummer Cardstock“; Ink: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko “VersaFineBlack Onyx“; Paint: Prang “Basic Watercolor Set”

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you have any questions about this project, please leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer asap!

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As a woman, telling your story is a powerful and radical act. I tell my story with personal photos, colorful paper, and unique memorabilia. This is my platform for teaching modern-day scrapbooking and helping women document their awesome-lady lives.

  • LOVE this project! I’m actually going to have to stop myself from doing this AS SOON as I get home today.

    Did you frame this? I love your suggestion of putting it in a shadowbox. That’s what I thought of right away when I saw this– “This would look so cool in a shadowbox!”

    GREAT project! :)

    • Thank you so much!

      I have it on an easel in my studio right now. Eventually I want a shadowbox for it. I seemingly have 15 projects that need frames and 15 frames sitting at home, none of which match up :)

      • Haha, I know how that is! My husband finally got tired of us having a stack of frames waiting for pictures, so he just hung them up. We now have several pictures of those “sample” families hanging in our hallway.. and they have been that way for weeks. His thought was that I would get tired of them. Instead, I’ve named the family members ;)

        Maybe I just need to get pictures printed ;)