Sunday, 2 September 2012

The Old Boot gets Flower Power

Here as promised is The Boot.  It began life a long time ago as a lovely new work boot but when it's work was done I thought it should have a new life.
J&C Creations challenge this month is Try Something Different, so I did. I decided that as distress and grunge are so in vogue at the moment I would go the other way.
With the exception of one sequin covered flower they are all die cut from metal, card and fabric using a range of Sizzix and Spellbinder dies.
 I wanted to put my flowers on a green base so I had to paint my boot. I masked off the top brown cuff so it stayed brown and then painted with a cream emulsion I have in a tester pot.

 The green layer is a mix of various shades of acrylic paint and some Cosmic Shimmer misters.
The large purple and blue flower in the bottom left corner is the only metal one I made, it's coloured with alcohol inks.

The large pink flower with the button in the middle is fabric stuck on double sided sticky sheet then on to card and cut out. The netting is also die cut with a card flower in the middle and a gingham brad.

  The foliage is cut from a mixture of pearl card, plain card and some coloured with Distress inks or sprayed with mica misters.
The butterfly is the only stamped item on the boot. Stamped and embossed then coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Watercolours.I used a flower stamen folded in half and stuck behind his head to give him antenna.
Everything is stuck on with Cosmic Shimmer PVA dries clear glue, it's amazing stuff, much stronger than it looks!
 The whole project has taken a few weeks to complete but it has been fun. Oh and it has a jam jar inside so you can use it to store your brushes or put flowers in it!
I would like to enter my boot in the challenge over on Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Handmade Flowers.  When you see the creations people have come up with you'll be amazed. I don't enter to win, I just want to share because it was so much fun making something different.
So go on and Try Something Different!


  1. WOW this certainly is 'Flower Power'
    Such a brilliant idea for the old boot!
    Gorgeous floweres and I love the array of colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  2. How fabulous you will have to do the other one now! X

  3. Wow is right! This looks amazing, a great idea and who ever though a work boot could look so pretty! :)

  4. Wow, I'm flabbergasted! I love that you took an old work boot and instead of going the distressed route went so over the top floral and feminine! Truly an inspired project - and then you make it even better by making it functional by placing a jar inside so it can hold brushes or flowers! Fun and functional - you can't beat that!

    It must be fun to be out and about with you Rocky, you must be eyeing things up thinking "hmmm, I could do something with that!" LOL! Ruth x


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