"Promise" Rings

Although the weather outside definitely says that it's winter outside, I'm so glad that I had the chance to create with the "Promise" paper collection so I could think of Spring and Easter time.  Recently when I was out shopping at a craft store, I turned down the wrong aisle and along my way down the aisle the embroidery hoops caught my eye.  I picked a couple up and threw them in my basket thinking "I might be able to use these someday" and if anything else I knew they could find a nice home in "the stash" until the time was right.

I decided that I wanted to use "Three" paper as the base of my project.  I wanted to emphasize the swirl pattern and pulled out the embroidery hoops thinking they would be perfect.  Here's how my creative time in my studio progressed...

Starting with the largest hoop, I coated the inside, front and outside of the hoop with Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink, using a Sponge Dauber and Fantastix to get into those hard to reach places.  I then heat embossed the ink with clear embossing powder.  I found that it's easiest to do this in sections instead of trying to color/emboss the entire hoop at one time.

Apply adhesive to the backside of the hoop and then adhere onto the "Three" paper.  Use a craft knife to trim the excess paper, using the side of the hoop as the cutting guide.  To finish the large hoop, I added ribbon around the entire hoop.

For the smaller hoop, I repeated the above process using Memento Luxe Angel Pink, adhered onto "One" paper.  To finish this hoop, I took out the screw latch at the top of the hoop and replaced it with a piece of coordinating May Arts gingham ribbon.  Adhere the smaller loop inside of the larger one – I offset the smaller hoop towards the bottom right.

The inside of the smaller hoop features an Easter egg from the "Components" 6 x 12 sheet with layers of "Promise" papers die cut from a Spellbinders dies.  Ribbons were added between the layers that are enhanced with dimensional adhesive.
At first I couldn't figure out how to fill the empty space between the two loops.  I wanted to continue the swirl pattern found in the "Three" paper and thought that I would create swirls that are similar to those found in paper quilling.  I cut strips of "Four" paper that measure ⅜˝ x 12˝ in size and then tightly wound them to create the swirls.  I used dots of liquid glue to hold the swirls in place, adhering the ends to the side of the loop.

Authentique Paper  "Promise" paper collection
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko  Memento Luxe: Pear Tart, Angel Pink, Bahama Blue; Sponge Daubers; Fantastix
Spellbinders  Nestabilities "Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight"
May Arts  ribbons
Miscellaneous  embroidery hoops, dimensional tape, clear liquid glue


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