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Alice in Wonderland Character Tea-Cup Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

I’m very exited to have found a new challenge blog…The Altered Alice!  I absolutely LOVE all things Alice so this is right up my alley.  The challenge this month is “Tea Things”.  I snagged a mini tea set at a tag sale a few months ago which I planned to make paper flower arrangements out of anyway…but after discovering this challenge those tea cups wound up serving their purpose better than I could have ever imagined!

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I will also be entering this project at Simon Says Stamp…Anything Goes!  and Grungy Monday 17: Rock Candy.  You can see a Rock Candy instructional video by Tim Holtz here.

I wanted each tea-cup to represent a different character from Alice in Wonderland.  Since the overall theme of this project is tea the Mad Hatter had to be included.

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Mad as a hatter

This is my favorite tea cup out of the lot.  I just love how everything came out on this one.  I used a bunch of different techniques to alter the cups and saucers which just kind of came to me as I went along.  I kept pulling out Tim Holtz and Ranger products and mixing them together to see what would happen.

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This style 10/6

The saucer was stamped with Ranger Watermark Resist ink and embossed with Black Soot Distress embossing powder.  The rim was coated with a layer of Gold Perfect pearls and then brushed with a coat of Rock Candy Crackle paint.  To highlight the cracks I went over it with Wild Honey Distress ink.  To finish I added the metal letters which have been hanging around my studio since last summer.

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One Lump or Two??

The tea-cup was tricky to say the least.  I had several attempts  fail before I was happy with it.  Needless to say it is not easy to stamp on a smooth surface let alone a smooth and curved surface.  Some of the images didn’t come out all the way but in the end I decided it added to the distressed look and was almost charming.   Graphic 45 and Stampers Anonymous Time piece stamps were stamped and embossed like the saucer.  I made an accidental  discovery during this project.  As I was attempting to use alcohol inks to color a section of the tea-cup I decided  I didn’t like the color so I used the blending solution to wipe it away.  Upon wiping it I realized that the ink had brought out the crazing in the ceramic….now this I liked!  I covered the whole thing with a blend of alcohol inks then wiped it all away to expose the crazing all over….Walla!!  Accidental art!

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The Mad Hatter’s Hat

This is my favorite part…I love how the tiny hat came out!  The feather was printed on a package of feathers I had laying around…go figure.  I made the time piece flower (blue) and the tiny clock face to tie everything together.  Now on to Alice….

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Go ask Alice

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Why IS a raven like a writing desk?

You can really see how the alcohol inks brought out the crazing on the saucer in this shot.  I love how some of the ink pooled around the embossed bird.  I bought this set awhile ago because this bird reminded me of Alice in Wonderland….who knew! (Graphic 45 “Time Flies”)

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Chesire cat smile

This tea cup was altered with Alcohol Inks, Perfect pearls and Rock Candy Stickles.  I LOVE the Cheshire Cat and couldn’t resist adding him and his toothy grin :)

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Alice…Altered

Here you can really see the mix of perfect pearls on the Alcohol ink.  I inked the letters as well.  Last but not least…since I don’t want to lose my head…the Queen of Hearts…

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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

I finally put my playing cards to good use….other than a game of poker.  I had a lot of fun “Playing with the queen of hearts”….and yes that song is stuck in my head now….yours too?  You’re welcome!  LOL!

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Painting the roses red

The tea cup WAS orange before I painted IT red with Alcohol Inks, Metallic Mixatives and a nice Shiny coat of Rock Candy Crackle paint.

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“Off With Their Heads!”

 

I used the same technique for the saucer only this time I added a light dusting of Perfect Pearls.  Which I think turned out…”Perfectly”.  So that is that… I Asked Alice, set aside time for tea, painted the roses red and now I am late for a very important date!

 

Thanks for jumping down the rabbit hole with me today!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria A August 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

wow, these are amazing…I never leave comments but I just had to tell you how wonderful these are!!!

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2 Donna Mundinger July 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

Oh this is so adorable and creative! I love how you’ve altered the tea cups and your flower characters are amazing! xxD

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3 Anonymous July 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Very cute, I love all of the different parts of this, so nicely done.

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4 Sylvia/LittleTreasures July 28, 2011 at 7:10 am

Alice is cool!!! A cup of tea is always great shared. Thanks,for sharing. I’m trying to play catch up. But can’t use the grandkids as an excuse they left last Friday..seems like yesterday.

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5 Suzanne Bouchard July 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

WOW! I like everything Alice in Wonderland. What a fun tea party! I love the tiny hat, the Queen of hearts cup and the whole idea of altering the tea set! bravo!!!

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6 Lynne Phelps July 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks so much for playing along with The Altered Alice! Your entry is charming and original, great take on the challenge! I love the character flowers and all the thought you put into this! These are definitely conversation starters, what a great group they will make wherever you display them. Wonderful!

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7 Maria Soto July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

these are just amazing!!! great job

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