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As you know our lives have been taken over by the kitchen renovation, so it was lovely to stop and do a nice craft project for a change. I love tropical prints, wallpapers and of course plants and have been toying with the idea of creating a tropical leaf paper craft for a while now. I knew that the new Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares would be perfect for this project!
You will need:-
- Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares (need direct link to product not on website)
- Gorilla Super Glue Brush & Nozzle (optional)
- Old Picture Frame
- Carbon paper
- Paint of your Choice
- Card stock
- Scalpel/knife set
Decide on the tropical leaf patterns you want to have on your artwork. I have not linked to any specific templates as there are SO many different templates available to be downloaded ont he internet. You can see some of my favourites here.
I printed several sizes of leaves on plain paper. Before cutting out the shapes decide on your photo frame. You won’t be needing glass for this, just paint the frame and the backing of an old photo frame in the choice of your colours. I tried to match the frame and background of the frame to our existing decor and painted the backing board and the frame accordingly. I love the combination of pink, green and black together!
Whilst the paint is drying, trace the leaves you have chosen on the card stock. I used the old trick with carbon paper! Then carefully cut out the leaves using scissors (I found it easier) or a scalpel. I used the scalpel for the smaller bits.
I wanted the leaves to look like faux leaves rather than cardboard cutouts, so I used some oil pastels to highlight some areas.
Using a pencil (or any long round object), fold the edges of the leaves and roll them slightly, to give a nice natural looking fold.
Before you stick the leaves on the frame, arrange them until you are completely satisfied with how they look.
Then comes the easiest and the most exciting part – putting it all together!! Using the Gorilla Mounting Tape Squares made the task even quicker and easier!! Just remove the liner (from both sides), attach to the leaf and stick the leaf on the backing, gently press and it’s done. The soft cushion of the Gorilla Mounting Tape Sqaures also give an extra padding and it does not look like the leaves are glued on flat.
I used the Gorilla Super Glue Brush & Nozzle for the smaller details.
Glue sets pretty much immediately, so you are free to style your artwork in your home! What do you think?