Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Floral Paper Lantern

I have a quaint little balcony in my flat. It's not very big but it's bright and sunny. It's perfect for a morning cup of coffee or to enjoy the evening breeze as well. I wanted to start beautifying it and when I looked at all the garden options available, they were so over priced that I figured why not try to make something myself. And here's the finished project - a floral paper lantern. 


To start things off, I used the template available on this page. After measuring and cutting everything out I first began with the vellum inserts for the windows. I wanted a translucent glow of light from the inside and vellum is just perfect. I embossed it with a Sizzix embossing folder which made it look even prettier. If you haven't embossed vellum before, you have to try it, the effect is even better than embossed card stock. Next I added my pattern paper which is all a part of the DCWV Habitat stack - its full of earthy greens, purples and browns and a few maroons which is exactly the colours I wanted for my balcony lantern. 

Then I began the process of embellishing the lantern. I used some die cuts from the Spellbinders Jewel Fantasies die pack. I covered the entire piece with Ranger Crackle Accents so that all the flourishes had a cracked kind of finish. I placed four of these die cuts and added some lovely ItsyBitsy Blooms to the corner. I distressed all the sides and edges of the lantern with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink to give an even more earthy tone to the whole project. I love how Distress Ink takes your project to a whole different level of dimension and colour. 


 I hung up my lantern in my balcony along and here's how it looks on a bright sunny day here in Bangalore and here's how it looks at night. I added a LED tea light inside - Don't use candles, it will all go up in flames.


Finally here's a video tutorial on how I put this project together. Hope you like it!

Thanks for dropping by folks!

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12 comments:

  1. This is soooooooo pretty Sunehra...a perfect setting for your balcony!

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    1. Thanks Rupa! yes its sitting perfectly in my balcony!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous Lantern, Sunehra, and love detail tutorial! TFS

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    1. Oh so glad you liked the tute! It was fun to do!

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  3. Wow!!! sooo pretty.. :) lovely placement...

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  4. Oh wow...So lovely, Sunehra...Great addition to balcony...Just loved the pp used there :)

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    1. Oh the PP is just divine!!! Love all the pretty designs... just love it!

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  5. So, so beautiful, Sunehra! Looks gorgeous both as it is in daylight and lighten up in the dark!
    Happy Crafting!
    Manu

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    1. Yes it looks great at night too.. difficult to photograph it properly at night but at least this picture does justice!

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