Sunday, June 10, 2012

Robin's Nest Design Team Application

Hello there, and welcome to my submission for application to join the Robin's Nest Design Team. I decided to make this beautiful wall hanging.  I am so excited about this project, and The Robin's Nest products are so fun to use.  This project was so simple to make, and would make a great gift for that special someone.

Before you start painting or sanding the plaque, flip the plaque over and trace the inside oval onto  the back side of the paper and cut out.  Set the oval aside.

Now, sand the plaque edges, then paint just the side edges that will not be covered with the paper.  I picked three colors of brown that I thought would work well with this paper.  (NOTE:  Instead of mixing the colors together, I kept them separate and double or triple loaded my foam brush and applied the paint, allowing the colors to partly mix on the wood.  This way, you can match just about any color because your eye is not trying to see that one color and compare it to the color you are trying to match.)
Then I sponged a bit of metallic antique copper paint, which added a bit of sparkle to enhance the glitter in the paper.

Adhere the previously cut out paper oval to the center of the plaque.  Lightly sand the paper edges with sandpaper or an emery board, then ink the edges with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I love dimension, and what better way to add dimension than to add beautiful flowers made with the beautiful papers from The Robin's Nest.  I die cut mini rosettes from the Dark Vanilla Stripe paper.  I thought these elegant stripe designs would work quite well to make beautiful rosettes by simply choosing which stripe you wanted to show.  All you need to do is carefully align the die within the stripe area and cut it out, accordion fold it, glue it, adhere it.  Voila, beautiful rosettes from beautiful paper.
Creative Paperclay Flower on paper rosette

Of course, the flat circle in the rosette center needs some dimension.  So I used a Vintaj black Metal Arte flower as a mold.  
This particular charm is hollow on the back, so I pushed some Creative Paper Clay into the back side of it, using more than I needed so that when I pressed it onto a flat surface, it would extrude past the "mold", and I just used a toothpick to remove the excess clay.  

After the clay dried, I used the Raw Umber and Metallic Antique Copper acrylic paints to color the clay flower, as shown in above photo.  

Mini drawer pull
Mini drawer pull used as flower center

Next, I die cut some tattered flowers from the Dark Vanilla and Fleur Latte papers.  I painted the mini drawer pull with the Metallic Antique Copper paint, using a couple of very thick coats of paint and using a heat gun to bubble the paint for texture.  I drilled a 1/4" hole in the plaque, then glued the mini drawer pull through the center of the flower.
7Gypsies optical lens highlighting paper piece
From the Dark Vanilla paper, I cut out a flower image from the top border and glued it to a 7Gypsies vintage optical lens.  I also die cut flourishes from chipboard, painted them with the raw umber and metallic antique copper paints, and applied soil dew drops for dimension.

The Robin's Nest Dew Drops accent paper
Here I added some beautiful Robin's Nest dew drops to the design printed on the paper.  I used the round champagne dew drops in the center, and clear tear drops along the outer points.   I was so very pleased with the result.  It looks super in person.

For the banner at the top, I die cut a piece of Dark Vanilla paper from the Tattered Banners die, then ran it through the computer to print the title "Robin's Nest".

I had a bit of the Dark Vanilla paper left, so I made this card using the same techniques and embellishments.  So simple, but so very elegant.

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Dark Vanilla paper

Robin's Nest Products Used:

Dark Vanilla 12x12 paper
Dark Vanilla Stripe 12x12 paper
Fleur Latte 12x12 paper
Champagne Dew Drops
Soil Dew Drops
Clear Tear Drops

Other Products Used:

7x9 wooden oval plaque
Crafts Etc. Drawer Pulls (.64" x .758")
FolkArt Acrylic Paints (Toffee)(Nutmeg)
Dark Vanilla Stripe paper
(Metallic Antique Copper)
Americana Acrylic Paint (Raw Umber)
7Gypsies Vintage optical lense
Sizzix Tattered Flowers Die
Sizzix Mini Rosettes Die
Sizzix Flourishes
Sizzix Tattered Banners
Creative Paperclay
Vintaj Arte Metal Blooming Flower
Ranger Glossy Accents

Fleur Latte paper

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative day!

Barbara Rankin


  1. wonderful projects, thanks for your submission to be on the robin nest dt

  2. I think this is a most elegant piece, just love it.

  3. Barbara, you wall piece turned out absolutely gorgeous..the distressing and all the special touches are so becoming and elegant. what a beautiful piece. And the beautiful card is just that inspire me to greater things..Blessings upon your endeavor to be on the Robin's Nest Design Team.