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**Before I show you my process, I have to say that there are the butterflies did not land on this project. I had every intention of adding them...but sometimes creativity has different plans. I didn't realize my butterfly situlation until I added that photo-but they are super cute! So why not show them off too! ;)
So to start off-I had to gesso this mail sorter. I didn't have a color plan in place so by applying gesso to it-I could make it as light as yellow. And for the record I did try yellow, then blue. But this piece wanted to be painted black! :)
So here is the left side. I painted the watering can red. Once dried I put stardust Stickles on it. I applied it with my finger so it was even on the wood piece. For the flowers I used yellow paint and Tim Holtz's distress seedless preserves (purple) and spun sugar (pink). The yellow flower is just a yellow paint. Then I glued rhinestones in the middle.
The water drops are tear drops from Recollections (similar to Robin's Nest). I adhered all of these pieces with Gloss Gel Medium from Liquitex. It dries clear and doesn't smell bad.
I added green ric rac for the flower stems.
Here is a closeup of the watering can and water droplets.
Here is a close up of the flowers.
Here is the middle where mail and keys would go. Since I make a lot of these types of cards, this organization made since to me. I used Tim's distress paints: Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Chipped Sapphire to create an ombre effect.
Here are the daisies on the other side. I lined them up with wear each new section started on the front. I had a shimmery yellow painted so I used that on the big flowers. For the middle sized I used Distress Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw went on the small one. The heart is painted like the watering can on the other side--red paint and Stickles.
I love how this came out so here is a super close up :)
Here is another picture with the flowers and part of the front. They flower clusters remind me of mums. (Yay fall!) ;)