Industrial Florals


I don’t know about you, but still being buried in a few feet of snow does not make me feel like Spring is right around the corner!  No early Spring flowers shyly blooming from under the veil of Winter’s frozen slumber, here!!  It’s more like—LAME–we need to go cut more wood for the wood burning stove and schlep it through two feet of slushy, wet snow!!  🙂

 Oh, we’ll get our Spring flowers–but maybe not until April!!  So until then, I’m finding myself using flowers in some of my latest designs….if I don’t have any flowers outside (yet), I’ll create some inside!!  🙂

Indus Flower

I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s January Tag design and this is my take. Better late than never, right?  One of the creative goals that I set for myself this year is keeping up with Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.  Now, in what order I do them….?  😉


I started with a piece of manila stock cut to about 4″x5.25″.  I smushed Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed DI’s onto my craft sheet and dropped some small piles of Pewter Perfect Pearls randomly over the ink.  I spritzed it all with water then pressed my manila stock into the wet ink and dried with my heat tool.  I repeated that process two more times.  This photo does not do the technique proud, but, it’s a very cool effect and the way the ink blends with the perfect pearls–Awesome!!

Rub Ons and Stencils

I used Words & Elements Remnant Rub-Ons on the right hand side and I used the Rays stencil with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo DI’s on the left hand side.  After applying the inks with my ink blending tool, I quickly dusted it with clear embossing powder and set with my embossing  heat tool.

Embossed Rays

The embossed rays gave this background a very subtle texture and image but ‘Big Design Bang’ nonetheless!


I lightly sanded the rub-ons and distressed the edges.  I inked the edges and over the entire background with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Foil for the flowers

To make the industrial flowers, I adhered a piece of Foil Tape Sheet to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then added texture to the foil cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then ran through the Big Shot machine again with the Tattered Floral Die.

Flowers and Molding

I cut a piece of Molding Film and covered it with a layer of Frosted Film then ran that through the Big Shot with the Tattered Floral die, too.

Foil Tat Florals

Pretty fun, right?  Now, time to get inky and painty!!

The frosted florals that I ended up using, got inked with Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks and the industrial florals got a light layer of Black Soot DP.


I shaped the foil flowers with a pencil and I shaped the frosted flowers with my heat embossing tool.  I carefully applied heat to the frosted petals and quickly manipulated into a slight curve with my fingers.  After it cooled, it was time for assembly and layering! More fun pieces of embellishments coming right up!!

I “made” those rusty bits! It’s totally awesome!!  I was introduced to Crafty Notions Rusting Powder by Alison Bomber on her blog Words and Pictures (you gotta check out her blog–Awesome!).  I just started having the chance to play with this magical powder, but so far–it’s easy: apply layer of multi-medium to bit or piece of your choice and then sprinkle Rusting Powder to cover;  a bit stinky: spray vinegar over powdered pieces; and totally worth it: wait for bits & pieces to dry and become rusty.

Flower Assembly

I used a simple black brad and an antique brad to layer with my rusted pieces.  I punched a hole through the layers of flowers and manila stock to secure them all together with the brads.

That splatter brush is a fun tool!  I may have gone a little splatter happy on this card 🙂


I finished with a few Chit Chat stickers that I trimmed into little banners and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Lots of elements in this one–But, they all work!!  With this card heavily inspired by Tim Holtz, it’ll fit right in over at the Anything Tim challenge at A Vintage Journeya new challenge blog on the block, and with all of the textures and the stenciling I did on this one, I’m going to send it over to Frilly and Funky for their Stencils and Textures challenge.


I really am looking forward to actually having real flowers blooming in my yard but, not having to dig in the yard yet and being able to stay in my crafty dungeon to create, is one of the benefits of having a late Winter and two feet of slushy snow hanging around 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a GREAT weekend and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • Distress Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Embossing Ink (Clearsnap)
  • Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Foil Tape Sheets (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions);
  • Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sanding Block; Craft Sheet; Ink Blending Tool; Distresser
  • Chit-Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brad; Antique Brad (SU)

21 thoughts on “Industrial Florals

  1. Wow you really have taken Tim’s January techniques to new heights, those flowers are just amazing. Thank you for travelling on a Vintage Journey with us and sharing this at our first challenge. xx

    • Thank You, Brenda! Can’t wait to travel along on the Vintage Journey! I’m going to learn so many new things! Congrats on the blog–it’s a good one!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Love, love, love this Shari. The background with those stencilled rays and then your stunning flowers are a joy to behold. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey and Frilly and Funkie with this (and how lucky am I that I get to see it twice!) Jenny x

    • Thanks Sue! I’m a long time follower-first time challenge participant 🙂 And the latest challenge Stencils & Textures have so many possibilities! I’m experimenting with both stencils & texture every chance I get! FUN FUN FUN!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Absolutely brilliant, Shari – your industrial flowers are simply stunning, and I love the use of all those fabulously rusty bits (thank you so much for the shout out!)… A really fantastic take on the January inspiration, and how lovely that you’re sharing it with us on A Vintage Journey!
    Alison xx

    • Thanks Ladies! I’m loving all of the samples being submitted to your 1st challenge-Anything Tim! I may just try to get another Tim-inspired creation in there 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  4. This is absolutely fabulous, Shari! I really love the background you created with the inks and the Perfect Pearls powders – one of my favorite techniques. And I also love the blotchy, half covered look of the EP over the distress ink. And those flowers – wow, love your industrial florals. So glad to have you joining in the fun with us over at Frilly and Funkie!


    • Thanks, Linda! I’ve always wanted to join in the fun at Frilly & Funkie, so, I finally just “went for it!”. Loving the fun with Perfect Pearls! I used the Pewter PP on this card that I just got from your store 🙂 YAY!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Karen! And THANKS for visiting my blog–all the way from S.Australia! COOL!! What a small world our crafting community is when we can “meet” each other and join in on each others creativity and fun! Hope you come back again! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Tracey! And congrats to you on your new beginnings on the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team 🙂 Looking forward to more wonderful creations and tons of inspiration! Happy Friday!!

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