I found last year I was a little pressured and was chasing my tail all the time to keep up. With two of the blog challenges closing I DT'd for and another going down to fortnightly instead of weekly I now have a little time on my hands to be able to play and be creative. Unfortunately I got a bit carried away and forgot to take pictures along the way, but I've got lots of angled shots and close ups.
My mother in law gave me some money for Christmas so I headed on down to Hobbycraft to see what I could find. This was originally a wooden heart plaque, which I've altered with LOTS of "stuff" :)
Amongst the goodies I bought were some Metallic Gilding Polishes, the one you can see on the cogs above is the Ocean Teal colour from Creative Expressions. The cogs of course are from Tim Holtz, as are the words "Forever Thoughtful".
Here a closer angled photo of the flower section, most of there were bought from The Ribbon Girl.
This one is a little further away. You can see I painted the whole thing with black gesso, this is the first time I used it, messy was not the word LOL!!
Once dried I used a Dot Fade stencil from Tim Holtz to add a bit of texture.
In the gaps between the dots I've added some Golden Crackle Paste to add a second texture. I then added more black gesso (note to self get black modelling paste!). It got a bit more messy after than using some shimmer mister acrylics from DecoArt in two shades, I then pained on some DecoArt interference media in blue, this gave the purplish look.
Once all this had dried I added some Zing Embossing power to add a bit of sparkle to some areas (also in blue) you can see a section of this at the top right of the heart. On top of this I added the cogs which I gilded before adding the flowers.
ModPodge was my best friend adding all the embellies to this.
I chose to do this in my favourite colour combination of blue and purple, normally I do this on cards so I was a bit dubious on how it would look. It came out so much better than I hoped, I love the colours and sparkles. Not sure if I will be giving this one away. Here's the finished thing :)
Thanks for popping by to take a look
I'd like to enter this heart into the following challenges
Splashy Mix Challenges - Anything Goes
More Mixed Media - Anything Goes optional blue
Moo-Mania - Cold and Frosty Colours
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Make It Sparkle
Through The Purple Haze - Favourite Colour
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - January
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes