Monday, January 25, 2016

Sweet Things: Love Bug by Jennifer Beason

Hello Doodlebug fans!  Today I have a Valentines project to share using the "oh so fabulous" Sweet Things collection.  This piece uses a mixture of materials including paper mache, felt, wood and wire.  But what brings the whole thing together are the adorable patterned papers and fun embellishments from the collection.
As you can see, I couldn't resist creating a little love bug of my own.  She's all ready to deliver her Valentine's Day cards and messages.

The head and body of the bug are made from paper mache ornaments. A round ornament for the head and bulb shaped one for the body.  The wheels are a wooden spool with large buttons on each end.  To hold the bug together and attach it to the base, a wood dowel was threaded though all the pieces and glued in place.  Sprinkles vellum was then used for the wings and black wire for the arms and antennae.
Red and white felt were used to cover the front of the face, then a black hat was made to cover the rest of the head. More felt was used to cover the top half of the body, while paint and glitter were used on the bottom section.
Here's a close up of the love bug's outfit. Border stickers were used for the shoulder straps along with twine and matte sprinkles. Patterned paper from the 6x6 pad was used to create the pocket.  Then heart sprinkles and stickers were used to embellish.
The "you will forever" sign was cut out from the 6x6 pad and mounted to cardboard. A mini envelope was attached along with heart sprinkles. Then a white pixie stick was attached to the back of the sign for the bug to hold.
The base of the project is a small paper mache box (without the lid). The side of the box was covered with paper then heart stickers, border stickers and sequins were added.
The top of the box was also covered with patterned paper, then some twine was glued around the seam.  A black mini doily was added to the center along with sprinkles and another mini envelope and note. Have a crafty day! Jennifer :)


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