Okay, I have been so under the weather the last few days. I just was feeling better yesterday and had a luncheon and a meeting in the afternoon. I was able to put in a full day - even cooked dinner for the familia:) but unfortunately have not been in my craft room since the beginning of the week. By the way I am in this great group called Marie Antoinette Mail Art . I joined over a month ago and one of the criteria for being in the group is to join a swap. These gals and a couple of guys are very talented and dedicated to Maria so I have been a bit intimidated. I thought a fan swap would be a great way to start out but I fell miserably behind due to all the cake topper stuff going on. The deadline is today and I fell sick on Monday while making the fan. I have just now finished and off it will go to my fan swap partner Becky who has been so understanding. I promise to get it out today toot-sweet. This was so much fun to make. There was definite criteria you had to follow - this is serious stuff guys - and some guidelines:
THEME DETAILS: You will be making a paper fan. Your fan should be somewhere between 8-12 inches at the widest point. THIS SWAP IS NOT FOR PADDLE FANS. I would like everyone to make their fan NOT alter a fan. You can use whatever type of paper you wish. After the fan is created please include at least 3 of the following: flowers, pearls, beads, fabric, lace, ribbon, jewels, vintage jewelry findings, tulle, fibers, images, brass charms, buttons, trims, and/or any other decorative element you can think of.
So I found a site that had a fan template:
I enlarged to 100%, made a template, then cut them out of chipboard. I made five for this fan.
Then I went on line for images. There are so many beautiful images of Marie Antoinette, all you have to do is google her name and there are hundreds of hits. I remembered one I had seen a while ago and saved that I particularly loved. The colors and images where so vivid. I decided to make that painting the focal point of the fan and then filled in with two other images I had used before.
I printed the piece out twice onto heavy card stock in order to get all three images just the way I wanted them on the individual fan paddles. I filled in the other paddles with other Marie images and altered them with scrap booking and collage paper. Then the fun started. I laid out my pieces and started adding embellishment: feathers, vintage flowers, Dresden scraps and of course a little bling and banner declaring "Let them Eat Cake".
When I had it just the way I wanted I followed I the directions from the fan site and put it together using the ribbon method they describe. I did decide to add a little interest with the circles to cover the glue. My fan still needed more so I made a Fleur de leis and covered it in German glass glitter.
I added more ribbon and a sweet dove. The crystal is from and old chandelier I had .I covered the back of it with another portrait of Marie. Simple Elmer's Glue did the trick.
And there you have it. My fan is finished and ready to be shipped today. Becky, I can't wait to get yours in the mail soon. I know I will love it! This is so much fun. I am already picking my next swap. Have a great weekend everyone. Saturday I will be spending the night at Relay for Life. My husband Tim and I are chaperons for my daughters team. We have the 10:30 pm - 5:00 am shift. So I will be dragging on Sunday. At least the forecast is for good weather:) Have a wonderful weekend!