Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Good Heart

Hello again!  Yes, this is my second post today but I just couldn't contain myself after I found out I won Daryle Cook's giveaway (click here to see his amazing mixed media doll!) and I had to post about that right away.  I've now finished the mixed media project I was working on when I found out so here's post number two :O)

I started out with just the tag but it seemed to need something more so ended up making this mixed media plaque.  I just got the postage stamp frame die so it seemed like the perfect time to take it for a test drive.

I started out by stenciling a #8 hang tag with distress paint (Tattered Rose) through a heart stencil then added multiple layers of Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress ink over top with spritz and flick in between the layers.  After wiping the hearts back with a baby wipe (the distress paint resists the distress ink) I overstamped with a script stamp using 'Sparrow' ink.

I knew I wanted to use that phrase from Tim Holtz's 'Life Quotes' stamp set so I stamped it with Jet Black archival ink and cut it out.

The beautiful little fairy girl (from a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set) seemed to be a fitting accompaniment so I stamped her, coloured her with distress ink and fussy cut the image.

The reference to 'shine' in the quote made me think of stars so I mixed some Pumice Stone distress glitter with transparent texture paste and stenciled a few stars at the top of the tag and also added a mirrored star.  The lettering on the 'Truth' typed token was highlighted with some Tattered Rose distress paint and attached with a brad and I died some crinkle ribbon with more Tattered Rose distress ink.   This tag seemed to be calling out for a frame so I die cut the postage stamp frame on my Sizzix and added a piece of torn, tattered and stamped aged paper in the middle of it.  I needed to tie in the greens on the tag so I cut a piece of chipboard a bit bigger than the postage stamp frame, colored it with more Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress ink and then spritzed it with some Picket Fence distress spray stain.  Everything was edged with either Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain distress ink to pull it all together.

I'm going to link up this plaque with the 'Anything Goes' challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog, the 'Stencil Mania' challenge at Frilly and Funkie, the 'Anything Goes' challenge at Stamps and Stencils and the 'Use Bright Colours' challenge at Mixed Media World (hoping that the Cracked Pistachio is bright enough for their challenge!).

Thanks as always for stopping by my blog and a very big welcome and thank you to my new followers, so glad to see you here!  Enjoy the rest of the week everyone and get ready for all the new challenges starting in May, lots of fun ahead!



  1. Very pretty! Like the colors.

  2. So beautiful Deb! I love the postage stamp die base and the browns go so well with the cool tones! Such a precious image and the added glitter on the edges works perfectly with your dreamy theme! Love it! hugs :)

  3. This plaque is really beautiful. And the text on it is so empowering. You are an artist.

    1. Thank you so much Arlette, what a lovely thing to say! I think that quote is very powerful too and very true, I do love it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting my friend.

  4. I'm always fascinated by all the steps you take to get to the finished product. You make it all sound so easy. This came together beautifully

  5. Beautiful angelic project Deb, love the sweet little image.
    Have a great weekend,
    Julie x

  6. hello there - thanks for coming over to my blog and leaving a message - you are very kind! Your project is beautiful - love it! Hugs rachel x

  7. Love the crumpled paper tie in the tag.Happy Weekend Deb!

  8. So love the stencilled sparkle on this Deb! Jenny x

  9. This is just beautiful Deb,the image is so sweet and the colours are ultra zesty
    I must say a big thanks for the lovely comments you've left on my blog too :)
    Good luck at MMW and thanks for linking up with us
    Big hugs
    Donna DT

  10. Gorgeous card Deb! The image is adorable and I love the sentiment.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  11. Back to say thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie Deb! Jenny x

  12. Love this card with all the fun layers. The heart stencil is perfect with your sentiment and that sweet angel. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  13. Ooh I love turquoise frame with the white splattering of dots - YUM!! The image is super cute and I've recently used that sentiment myself - it's just beautiful isn't it? The layout you have created and the tag set up is just lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Mixed Media World
    Georgie xx DT

    1. Thank you Georgie! And that sentiment is so wonderful, I see that Tim included it on his May tag as well. Thanks for a fun challenge at MMW!
      Deb xo

  14. Beautiful image and I just love the colours and the gentle hint of shine! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps & Stencils - I'm playing catch up with comments before we pick our winners! Juliax


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