I have just been lucky enough to spend a crafty weekend with some friends in the Peak District and one of the group led us through this delightful project. I was excited to try foamiran, probably being the only crafter on the planet not to have used it!
We gessoed the birdhouses first and I used a baby wipe and oil pastels to add some pale colour to the raised piece on the front (you can see this on the finished project).
I diecut some flowers and leaves from white foamiran. Any of your dies can be used but I chose the Tim Holtz Poinsettia deep die for my focal pieces.
I used baby wipes and oil pastels to colour the flowers and leaves on both sides. You can use other colouring mediums too, or you don’t have to colour your own foamiran at all as you can buy it in loads of colours. I wanted to try colouring my own.
I used my fingers to gently curl and stretch the larger pieces and used the back of a craft iron to shape the smaller flowers and leaves. By laying pieces on the flat of my medium hot iron it took a few seconds for them to curl and spring off.
I layered flowers and leaves and used wire to push stamens through the centres.
I used a hot glue gun to attach the flowers to my birdhouse and filled in with mini baubles, gypsophila, birds etc. I also used some snip art pieces, and ice crystals to add a bit of bling.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with the foamiran and losing myself in the process. It definitely won’t be the last time I use this material.
Hope you are having a good crafty week. Check back in a couple of days to see how paper “speaks to me”.