Secret Garden

Welcome to our Imagine If… Nature Blog Hop, if you want to start at the beginning you can go to Jo’s post on the Imagine If… Blog, and if you have come from Brenda’s Blog you are in the right place.

Recently someone on Facebook posted a link to the cutest little altered tin, and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to do my own Secret Garden – perfect for the Nature Theme of our blog hop.

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I started out with an old tin that I had in my stash, and gessoed it, then I used the Imagine If bricks stencil with texture paste to create the garden wall on both sides of the tin.

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Once that was dry I painted the tin in brick colours, creating a door from some chipboard, adding a door handle once painted and putting that onto the front.  The last bit for the outside was some Imagine If cut ivy, hiding the door and wall, and some flowers.

I find it suits me better to have white flowers in my stash and use sprays to colour them to match my projects, for this project I used some cloth flowers I had in my stash, and some small white roses I got from Imagine If, and I coloured them with Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, the colours were Bonjour Butter, Raspberry Lemonade, Pop Rock Purple and Tilt-A-Wheel Teal, I also kept some white.

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Next I collected a whole lot of Imagine If… laser cut chipboard – flowers, leaves and flourishes, and a fantail with a branch and cat; I gessoed them too.  I then coloured them with Gelatos, rubbing them in to get a nice even colour.

Inside the tin I painted it pale green and put some patterned paper onto the bottom of both the tin and the lid.  I then started layering the chipboard pieces, using mounting foam to create the layers.  One the flowers and flourishes were in, I add the cat and the fantail on his branch. Finally I added flowers, filling in the spaces as required.  Here are some closeup shots of the inside.

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This was such a fun project, and I love the finished result too!

Next it is time to hop off to Ngaere’s Blog and see her amazing nature creation.  Don’t forget to comment and tell me what you think before you go.

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