Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Own Your Dreams - Prize Ribbon

Hello friends,

If you saw the Tim Holtz Prize Ribbon Live, then you saw this Framed Panel I created using the new Distress color.  You might be saying, "gosh that doesn't look like the bright Prize Ribbon blue" and you would be right.  I used not only Prize Ribbon, that wicks out to a beautiful lighter blue, but also Evergreen Bough which brings in the turquoise.  Let me show you how I did it.

Here are the steps to creating the flower background.
  1. Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper the size of the Framed Panel.
  2. Add Grid Block to one of the Stampers Anonymous Floral Outline images.
  3. Ink the stamp with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  4. Lightly spritz stamp with water.
  5. Stamp on Watercolor paper.
  6. Repeat as many times as it takes to create a pattern over the paper.

Now my favorite part...the coloring! Using a Detail Water Brush, I began by coloring in all the leaves with a combination of Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage. I found it best to try and avoid the perimeter lines since Distress Ink will wick when water is added, even if you dry it with a heat tool.
For the flowers I used a combination on Prize Ribbon, Evergreen Bough and Milled Lavender. I pressed the ink pads onto the glass mat and spritzed a little water nearby. Using the palette I created, I filled in the flowers with loose watercoloring to show the lights and darks of each color. I am not expert on this technique but I know I love doing it.
To fill in the gaps between the flowers, I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add text from the Dearly Departed Stamp set.  I did not use a block this time, but rather pressed just the parts of the stamp needed to fill the space.
I opened the Prize Ribbon Spray Stain bottle and used the tube at the end of the nozzle to flick ink over the surface.  If you do this, be sure to keep the open bottle of stain AWAY from your work surface.  The only reason mine is so close, is to take the picture.
Next I needed to add the floral paper to the Framed Panel with Collage Medium.  Since I did not want to transfer any ink from my hands to the surface while pressing the paper into the glue, I used a deli sheet to eliminate direct contact with my hands.
For the frame that comes with the Framed Panel, I used a mix of Gilt and Ancient, Dina Wakley MEDIA Acrylic Paint. I love these two colors for a beautiful gold finish.
Adhere the frame to the panel with Collage Medium and let dry.  Sometimes I like to place a heavy book on top for 10 minutes or so to make sure it is glues evenly.
Now we're ready for any kind of collage.  Although I didn't want to cover up too much of the background so I kept it small!
I started with an idea-ology Curio Frame and some ephemera pieces from the Keepsakes pack.  I like how the gold from the frame mimics the Framed Panel.
I used Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color the Tiny Vial, then added the No. 9 Remnant Rub.  For the Bouquet flowers, I colored them with a combination of Prize Ribbon and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain then dried them with a heat tool.  I glued them into the Tiny Vial with a bit of Collage Medium in the neck of the bottle and tied string around the neck.  I love that you can color these paper flowers any color you want to match your project! 
So now I have added a green Salvaged Tag (that I added an eyelet and string to), more ephemera from the Keepsakes pack, the photobooth photo, and the Tiny Vial of Bouquet Flowers.

I also added a Quote Chip colored with Prize Ribbon.  
To color the words, spray Prize Ribbon on the glass mat or craft sheet.  Lay the Quote Chip into the ink, then pick up and dry with heat tool.  Depending on the look you are going for, you may have to repeat the action 2 or even 3 times.  Once done, add the Tiny Clip to the left end, cut the dovetail on the right and add two foam squares to the back.  Now you are ready to adhere it below the Curio Frame.
I'll end with just a few photos of the finished sample.
You can see here where I used the Milled Lavender.

I think I love this pieces so much because the flowers can be any color you want. Today they are Prize Ribbon, tomorrow they could be Kitsch Flamingo or Crackling Campfire and it would still work beautifully!

Now carry on,


  1. Just love the entire make, so pretty but I'm in love with the little vial of flowers. Absolutely finishes the entire piece. Thanks Paula, love seeing all your projects lately, you are so talented.

  2. The watercolored background of this is stunning! Reminds me of good old vintage wall paper. LOVE this make!