Sunday, 8 February 2015

When the Heart Speaks......

Hello Everyone

Well, last month saw the  birthday of my lovely Niece n  as she has appreciated my 'creations' in the past I thought I might make her an altered art piece for her bedroom to accompany her other gifts- gotta spoil ya Nieces !!

Having checked out her bedrooms colour scheme n knowing I love her loads I decided on altering a wooden 'heart' plaque!  As for how exactly I was going to alter the heart, well,  I wasn't sure as I had a few ideas in mind but no real design planned n not really knowing if it would be worthy of 'gift' status when finished I guess it was a case of trying n seeing n hoping it all came together in the end !

So here's what I did ........... A coat of gesso to prime the surface ready for whatever medium I was going to use ! After some thought I quite fancied the idea of crackling as it's a technique I haven't done in awhile n as the heart was a decent size I thought it would show the technique off well .Bearing in mind the colours of my Nieces room I chose to use Cream crackled with gold acrylic paints.

Once dry , using a couple of stamps (dotty  n very fine detail script) I  randomly stamped on to the crackle using both antique linen distress ink n archival coffee ink (stamped off onto paper first to lighten the intensity of the colour) .  Now  time for some stencil work so using my dotty stencil n gathered twigs distress ink I very gently worked the ink through the stencil to create some subtle dotty areas on the crackled surface of the heart .
Do love using stencils so out came the grunge paste which I mixed with some cream acrylic paint like I'd used for the main colour of the heart n this time using my bubble stencil I randomly created  areas of bubbly dimension onto the heart. To add a bit of sparkle I sprayed the heart with cosmic shimmer n rubbed some gilding wax around the edges then polished to give a lustre finish!   



Now ,  time to embellish........I started with the quote! After rummaging through my stash I found what I thought was the 'right' one  -  Using coffee archival ink I stamped the quote onto cream card stock cut to size, ragged the edges  n inked them up with gathered twigs distress ink n a light touch up of gilding wax.  I then manipulated the card slightly  to give it some dimension.

On to the flowers n leaves - I wanted 3 of each so  I made them using the  Itsy Bitsy spellbinder die n a Martha Stewart leaf punch. I  inked the edges of both flowers n leaves  in the same way as the quote panel but without the ragging ! Oh nearly forgot - the butterflies ( can't forget the flutterbies lol) . For those I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch n inked them up in the same way . 
After some 'faffing' around  with the placement of the embellies I finally decided on the arrangement n set to adhere them firmly onto the heart! 
Finally, I twisted some gold wire  for that extra touch n  placed them amongst the flowers n leaves , made some liquid pearl trails from the butterflies n  made a hanger with some cream decoration ribbon !  



 
I have to say it was a lovely feeling to see that my 'trying n seeing ' had actually come together in the end!



                                                                                 My Niece loved it ! 

                                                    Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!
                                                                      Hope to see you again soon!

                                                 I would like to enter this piece into the following challenges

                                                   Art with Heart Challenge February: Projects to Love
                                                     Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: H is for…
                                                 Craft Stamper Take It , Make It February Challenge 
                                                       Winter Blooms challenge - Frilly and Funkie     



     

                         

29 comments:

The Blues Bloggers said...

Very nice Amanda x

Sheila said...

Absolutely gorgeous Amanda.
I'm not surprised your niece loved it-x-

kassa said...

Awe Amanda - Tis a beauty Hunny x
lovin the blooms and lovely altered textures
MWAH xoxo

A Pink said...

thank you so much Kassa, Sheila n Shaun for coming to peek n for your lovely comments ! xx

A Pink said...

thank you so much kassa, Sheila n The Blues Bloggers for coming to peek n for your lovely comments ! xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

A beautiful make full of gorgeous textures x love the addition of the crackle and those lovely flowers xx

Redanne said...

Loving the look and layout of your blog Amanda - and your heart is stunning too! Such a lovely gift for your Niece. Hugs, Anne xx

mark gould said...

Looks great, love the crackle

Buttons said...

I'm not surprised your niece loved it Amanda - BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how you've allowed that crackle texture to peek through the embossing and embellishments. Love it! Jenny x

herminesplace said...

Beautiful and romantic

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely heart Amanda, love the gorgeous flowers and subtle co,our palette. Tracy x

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful, stunning crackle and lovely colours

Jools x

Dawn Gold said...

Ooh I love what you have done here, that heart is beautiful - lucky niece

Carol said...

Gorgeous xx

Lisa H said...

How pretty and delicate this is! Thanks for sharing with us at the Art with Heart Challenge. =)

Nicole Wright said...

WOW, the heart is awesome! Love all the texture and crackle! Of course she loved it! Thank you for sharing with us at Art with Heart Challenge!

Renee said...

My favorite color palette! Beautiful project, I'm sure she loved it. Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge.

A Pink said...

Thank you so much Tracy, Anne, Jenny, Mark, Hermine, Tracy, Jools, Dawn N Carol for your lovely comments -much appreciated ! xx

A Pink said...

Thank you so much Lisa H n Nicole Wright for your very kind commments. My pleasure to share with the Art with Heart Challenge xx

A Pink said...

Thx Renee for your lovely comment n I'm more than happy to join you at The Take it Make it Challenge xx

Sid said...

Fantastic, loving your sepia colouring !

Coco said...

This is fabulous Amanda, so beautiful...!!! Your niece must have loved it, I'm sure she will treasure it, I would do if I had such beauty in my room. Hugs, Coco xx

Linda said...

I love your altered heart .... gorgeous colour combination, with great detail and textures. Thanks for joining in with the TIMI challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

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Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a lovely heart, I love the subtle colour palette, so romantic and the flowers are gorgeous as is your background. Thanks so much for joining in the Art with Heart Challenge this month. Tracy x

A Pink said...

thx Sid, Linda, Coco for your kind words . x

A Pink said...

thx Tracy for your lovely comment. :) x

Samantha Read said...

Ooo gorgeous Amanda :) xx

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Amanda ! Love the monochromatic design and the flowers are gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C X