Thursday, February 06, 2020

Love is a work of (he)art

Hello everyone,
Valentine's day is near and although that's not a typical occasion for me to craft for, I did a small art journal page that I want to show you.

I am working in various journals at the same time so I can always choose between different sizes and substrates. This one here is a small disc bound journal. The panel has the size of a standard card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"), so if you'd like you could easily turn this design into a mixed media card.

Recently, I did a project where I needed some hearts that I cut with a Bigz die and so I had this piece with negative hearts left. And as I'm trying to waste as less as possible, our challenge team came to my mind.
I cut the paper to size as well as a watercolor paper to create the rear background. I did this by using a text stencil and some modeling paste, just wanted something subtle.

In the next step, I added some Lindy's Gang sprays to both layers: Creme Brulee Cream to the paper with the modeling paste, Cowabunga Copper and Cocklebells Coral to the layer with the hearts.

Also, I inked up the edges of the hearts with black Archival Ink and a finger dauber. This created a nice little contrast.

Now the fun part: some stamping! I stamped the "Girl in Princess Costume" with Versafine ink and the sentiment "Love is a work of heart" with red Archival Ink. Also, I added a few "Hearts By Cat Kerr" to my panel.

I colored the little girl with watercolor and did some fussy cutting. Whenever I cut out an image directly and without leaving a little white border, I use a black pen to get rid of the white edges so the image blends in better.

I also cut the sentiment to pieces, inked up the edges in the same color I used for stamping and matted them onto some black card stock so they don't get lost in front of the background.

To complete my page, I adhered the two panels to each other using matte gel. I added the girl (underlaid with some black thread) and the sentiment pieces with foam tape. As a last step, I glued the page into my black journal which gives some extra bite. And here are some more photos of the completed project:

I used the following stamps:
Girl in Princess Costume (19536)
Hearts By Cat Kerr (19978)
Love Is A Work (14691)

Other materials:
- Paper (Sheena cardstock, watercolor paper, black cardstock)
- Stencil "Aria song" from 13@rts
- Modeling paste
- Sizzix Bigz Die Tim Holtz - Heartfelt
- Lindy's Gang Starburst Sprays (Creme Brulee Cream, Cowabunga Copper, Cocklebells Coral)
- Archival Ink (Jet Black, Vermillion)
- Versafine Ink Onyx Black
- Watercolor
- Black thread

See you soon & happy stamping!


by belle said...

Fantastic page Natalie! That little princess is one of my favorite stamps!

laixinjie said...

Very artistic, I like it very much!I likecustom embroidered sweatshirts

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