I just finished these two projects today to accompany the Gift of Love article I wrote for Simply Beads. The article, which is scheduled to appear in the December 2008 issue, focuses on making beaded gifts for special gift-giving occasions.
When decorating the birdhouse ornament, I set out to design it with a shabby chic theme. I painted the wood with a coat of titanium white. For the second coat, I dry brushed a mixture of titanium white and burnt umber. I used this mixture sparingly to create a natural, rustic look. I used Folk Art acrylic paints by Plaid.
If you look closely, you'll see how I used dark-colored craft wire to make wire flowers, which are neatly wired around one of the twigs that I collected from the yard. Then using the less-is-best design strategy, I glued turquoise beads sparingly on this piece. I'm very happy with the results.
The other project is called a basket of cheer. I created beaded wire picks to hold gift cards or lottery tickets. Find out more about how to make the beaded wire picks by picking up a copy of the December 2008 issue of Simply Beads.
I'm pleased to announce that Greeting Card Universe is now carrying my greeting card designs! Check it out by clicking on the title of this post or by clicking on www.greetingcarduniverse.com/LizRevit.