Sunday, 9 February 2014

Love at first sight

Hi everyone,

    Welcome to my first Valentine creation this year! and some news!!! - I have joined the 'Anything But A Card' team!

     The challenge this month over at 'Anything But A Card' is -

Valentine Tic Tac Toe. 

Please choose your Tic-Tac-Toe row
 to use as your creative mojo!
{either straight across, down or diagonal}

Choose your direction and follow
the key below for square descriptions:

1.) Red 
2.) Recycling
3.) Glitter {can be loose or like Stickles}
4.) Bling it ON! {beads, gems, buttons, sequins and baubles - the sparkly bits}
5.) Heart
6.) Sprays and Mists
7.) Ribbons, Fibers and Trims... oh MY!
8.) Black
9.) Lace

Here is what I made - using the diagonal line including red, heart and lace....

     I had an idea for white washed effect I got some card and began to sweep some Frayed Burlap DP down the card in stripes. As you wipe the applicator across the card it often leaves streaks unless the applicator is very saturated with I often use this as a wood effect. To exaggerate the wood grain effect I stamped a wood grain stamp with Potting Soil Archival ink.

   Then I got some Picket Fence DP and wiped the applicator of excess paint on the craft mat and began to add faint streaks of white over the wood effect card.

     The base of the house was prepared with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Paint then covered in crackle glaze before being painted with Stone Fresco Paint. I then glued strips of the card over the house leaving some gaps so the crackle can be seen.

     I cut a strip of corrugated card and tore off sections to reveal the texture. Gesso was very roughly painted over it. I then used a Tim Holtz stamp in Black Archival ink and dabbed some Walnut Stain DI around the edges to soften the colour.

 Metal screw brads were used at the corners of the corrugated card.

  The heart die cut was inked with Fired Brick DI and stamped with a bubble wrap effect stamp in Aged Mahogany. A distress marker spritzer was used with Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress markers and the heart had Aged Mahogany DI blended around the edge.

I used Aged Silver Frantage on the heart........

......and applied a piece of lace with the word 'LOVE' stamped in black Archival ink and edged with Walnut Stain DI. An ivory bow made out of hemp string was attached.

Script Tissue tape was used to decorate the house

Cupid was painted with French Roast Fresco Paint and the covered in crackle glaze. The Stone Fresco Paint was painted over the top and the lovely crackle formed.

 I covered the wings with lace and then painted over the lace with Stone Fresco Paint.

French Roast Fresco Paint was dry brushed over Cupid to add some shading and a mix of Rock Candy and Diamond Stickles Glue was applied to the head, wings and leg of Cupid to add sparkly highlights.

   A small piece of balsa wood was glued underneath Cupid so that it looked like it was flying

    The arrow was dabbed with embossing ink and covered with Aged Silver Frantage

     A glittery heart from my craft stash was used at the top of the building...

.....with a banner that had had the same French Roast/ Stone crackle treatment and then the word 'cherish' was added using a chit-chat sticker that had been edged in Walnut Stain DI.

   A white organza ribbon was used to create a bow and loop to hang the house up

Why not join in the fun and share your Valentine Tic Tac Toe creations at Anything But a Card? We would love to see you there!

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  1. This is wonderful, Laura,

    and wonderful news too! Congrats on being part of ABAC! You will add so brilliantly to their team!
    Claudia x

  2. Oh I do like this! And congratulations on joining the team.....I look forward to seeing more :-)

  3. Congrats on the new team - a fabulous first piece. I knew you'd find a use for Cupid - and he's never looked better!

  4. Stunning make!! Loving all the textures, and yes, I agree with Alison, cupid looks wonderful like that, love his wings!! Congrats on your new team too!

  5. Gorgeous hanging, wonderful details. Congratulations on your new team.

  6. Wow Laura this is so gorgeous…I totally love it…crackles, colours, lace, cupid, everything match together just perfect! Superb!!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  7. Nice! There are plenty of lovely details on your work!

  8. Your piece is lovely Laura! I enjoyed all the lovely textures.

  9. Wonderful ! Love your textured layers and glitter and embossed highlight , gorgeous work xx

  10. Another beautiful project Laura! Congrats on your new DT position too! Thanks for joining us at CVC. Sue C x


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