Friday, 11 February 2011

The Stampman's Hearts Challenge

Morning lovely Bloggers. Here we are at the end of another week which means it's the start of a new challenge at The Stampman.

This week we are asking you to think about Hearts and for my design project I wanted to get away from the usual red, black and pink associated with Valentine's and this is what I came up with.

It started life when I saw an article in this months Craft Stamper about making a background by stamping onto cream and white paper with different background type stamps, ripping them into strips and sticking them together in a collage effect on an A4 piece of card before giving them a coat of gesso. I used various stamps from the Aspects of Design Nautical and Daisy Daydreams stamps and some old music paper I had in my stash (thanks Janet). This was the end result.

I then gave mine a very thin coat of lime green acrylic paint wiping it on with a baby wipe. When it was all dry a very pale starburst stain was daubed all over to give it a shimmer. I then stamped some swirls from Kay Carley's Funky flowers around the edge in Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

The Heart was triple embossed with Cosmic Shimmer UTEE and then stamped into with a Funky Flower stamp and highlighted with moonglow mica powder. I then wrapped some gold thread around it.

I coloured some scraps from the background strips with Broken China Distress Ink and clear embossed them for the little bits on the edge and then made some more hearts by hand cutting them from thin card and adding more UTEE until the colour was deep enough. One was added to the Swirly clip with some seed beads.

The sentiment was done on the computer and coloured with more Broken China.

It started life as a card but I always begin with just a basic idea and things tend to develop as I go along so I ended up with a wall hanging!!

The Stampman has all the products I used (apart from the music paper and the ribbon which was some I found on holiday in Austria last year) in stock at their shop or on the website and we can't wait to see what ideas you come up with this time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Jill said...

Oh my goodness Lisa, that is gorgeous! Jill x

Brenda Brown said...

Lisa this is sooooooo gorgeous, I just love the end product with all those fab techniques and colours you have used. I am just gonna have to have a go at some of them.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Lesley said...

Beautiful card Lisa, the heart is gorgeous! Will try and visit more often, have been a bad blogging friend lately!! xx

Lynda said...

Absolutely adore your collage background Lisa and that wonderful heart - you really have put some love into this little work of art.

Love Lynda xxx

Lynne K said...

I love this, Lisa! Such a nice change to see a Valentine card which isn't red or pink. The embossed heart is gorgeous. Hope you have a good weekend. xx

The Stamp Man said...

Wow, gorgeous Lisa!! I love everything about it, you've used great techniques. Yes, it's nice to see other colours used for valentines. Have a great weekend.

Jill x

Beryl said...

Wow - did you get anything else done this week? It's fabulous - a real work of art.
Beryl xx

Lesley said...

This is beautiful Lisa. Shows off the background technique really well. Gorgeous detail.
Lesley x

Claire Phillips said...

I love this and those tiny hearts are just gorgeous as is it all of course - a very wonderful creative piece! Cheers Claire x

Sue said...

This is beautiful Lisa, I saw the article in Craft Stamper and liked the look of it, I will definitely have to give it a try now that I've seen yours.
Your tripple embossing is fab, in fact it's all just perfect x


Fabulous project Lisa - love the detail on the large heart, and the colours you've used are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the techniques too.
Have a great week -
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Dragon said...

This is really fabulous Lisa... I love the background but particularly like the colours yup have used together