Last week, Louise Healy's post made me smile. With the two of us, our minds are always thinking alike! She had created this awesome lantern where she'd paste-embossed the Pine Cone stencil on the sides. I had to smile as I'd finished this lantern recently using the same stencil, and a totally different technique. So...if you'd love to create a lantern as decor for the holidays, or a wonderful gift, you now have two suggestions to go with.
I used a small lantern from IKEA (under $5) which stands about 8" tall. The lid comes off so that you can remove the glass globe on the inside. Using various Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (Noble Fir, Aquarius, and Iceberg) and felt applicator pads (and gloves on my hands!), I applied layers of color so that the end result was a polished stone look.
I stenciled the Pine Cones on tissue paper using Memento inks, and tore out the images. I brushed Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage medium over the inside of the globe, and layered in pieces of the tissue, trying to keep the designed portions as smooth as possible. I brushed another coat over the tissue surface, and set it aside to dry (the name of the product tells you how long you'll wait). The tissue creates a soft glow inside with the addition of a flameless tea light.
The whole project comes together with the addition of a jute wrapping around the base, and a double bow created from textured May Arts ribbon. Oh, and a real pine cone adhered with Beacon FabriTac!