Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heart Whispers Spring Decoration

Happy Sunday everyone!  I've been working on a mixed media piece using one of Tim Holtz's new Etcetera Thickboard tags and just got it finished this morning.  I'm calling it Heart Whispers, love how it turned out!

Despite getting 8 inches of fresh snow over the last few days, this morning I could hear the black birds trilling down by the frozen beaver pond, a robin was chortling from a tree top as he made a short stop before heading down into the valley and last night I heard a V of geese, high up in the sky, honking away as they headed north.  So despite the snow and chilly temps, Spring is truly on it's way and it's imminent arrival has certainly been influencing my art over the last few weeks.

I've a few step out photos on how I created my Spring decoration, enjoy!

I started out with a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from my stash that was rather ho-hum so I decided to jazz it up a bit for my Etcetera tag background.

Finger painting with gesso came first, just smooshed some DecoArt Acrylic gesso around with my fingers, spritzing with water as necessary to thin and move it.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint came next, thinned again with water for some lovely translucent washes of Primary Cyan, Green Gold, Yellow Green Light and Cobalt Teal Hue, drying in between so the colours didn't get muddy.  After I was happy with the layers I added some dry brush highlights of Titanium White.

A layer of stenciling came next (ignore the leaf mask in the picture above, I ended up not using it in the end!) and I used multiple stencils from Seth Apter, PaperArtsy and Tim Holtz plus some sequin waste with the same colours of DecoArt Media paints plus some Cobalt Turquoise and Prussian Blue Hue.

A wash of diluted DecoArt Media Titan Buff acrylic paint was then applied over the whole sheet to blend it all together.

Time to add stamping, I used a multitude of background stamps from Seth Apter, Finnabair, Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz with inks from Stazon (Midnight Blue), Ranger Ink (Leaf Green and Forget-Me-Not Archival), Simon Says Stamp (Olive) and Color Box (Frost White).

With all the lovely birds and their glorious songs returning to our part of the world, I decided to add some die cuts made with Sizzix's Birds die, cutting them from a variety of green scrapbook and cardstock papers from my stash.  They were adhered with Distress Matte Collage medium and then the whole page was given another coat overtop to seal it.  The birds were then outlined with Forest Green Distress Crayon.  Have to admit I loved this background so much at this point that I had a heck of a time cutting it apart!

But cut it apart I did and applied it to one of Tim's new small Etcetera Thickboard tags with Distress Matte Collage medium, sanding the edges once it had dried and shading the edges slightly with more Forest Green Distress Crayon.  I say a small Etcetera tag but they are definitely not small, this Thickboard tag measures 10" tall by 5 1/2" wide.

And then it was time to embellish and in my usual style I got on a roll and forgot to take any in process pictures so will show you some closeups.  Everything was adhered and sealed with Distress Matte Collage medium and shaded with either Forest Green Distress Crayon or Distress Marker.

A moth from Tim's Thrift Shop Ephemera pack had a bit of Stickles Glitter glue applied to it's wings to echo some glitter on embellishments at the bottom of the tag.  That lovely sentiment from the new Clippings Stickers was framed under a Fragments Finding that was aged with Mushroom Alcohol ink and the wee metal bird was a piece I got years ago, think it may have been from Michaels?

Some Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress inks and secured through the hole at the top of the Etcetera tag with some green wire from my stash.  The wording on the head of the 'treasure' Trinket Pin was enhanced with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The nest charm (think it was from Michaels again) was first coloured with Snow Cap Alcohol Ink Mixative and then coloured with Stonewashed and Mushroom Alcohol inks and attached with a jump ring to the Trinket Pin.

A corner spray of florals from the new Botanical Layers Ephemera pack was added to the opposite top corner and a Heirloom Rose was coloured with Stonewashed Alcohol ink and then had some Snow Cap Mixative applied overtop to tone down the blue colour.  The 'wonder' sentiment is another Clippings Sticker, I adore those new stickers, so many fabulous inspirational words and phrases!

More Heirloom Roses coloured in the same manner here and I nestled one of them inside a Wishbone since I am really, really wishing for Spring to arrive soon!  I then layered multiple floral ephemera pieces from the Botanical Layers and added that wee robin on top of them all.  And that wonderful sentiment is again from the Clippings Stickers.

A butterfly from the Botanical Layers, I gently bent up one wing and only adhered it on one side so it appears to be about to lift off in flight.

Lots of assorted bits and pieces here at the bottom of the tag, a lovely vintage label image from the Botanical Layers was inserted into a Memo Pin and a chipboard butterfly embellishment from K&Company was adhered overtop of the Memo Pin loop.  The ephemera images layered underneath are from the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack.  More Crinkle Ribbon coloured in the same manner as at the top was tied in a bow around the bottom of the tag and the Memo Pin was inserted into a pretty blue egg chipboard embellishment from K&Company.

The nest chipboard embellishment from K&Company just happened to be the exact same size as the image of the nest on the Thrift Shop Ephemera piece below it, love it when it when things like that happen!

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the details on my Heart Whispers Spring Decoration, I had a lot of fun making it and am hoping that Mother Nature will enjoy seeing it too and will hasten Springs arrival for us!

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Make Your Own Background

Stamps and Stencils - Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep

Craft Stamper Magazine - Make It Take It Challenge March

Country View Challenges - Inspired By Tim Holtz

Thanks as always for stopping by today and have a great week everyone, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. So many great textures and embellishments!! Thanks for all the photos too!

  2. I love this wonderful Spring collage! You've managed to pack in all sorts of Sring themed bird and garden details. That will chase away the snow blues for ya.

  3. This is so lovely and full of hope! And what an absolute treat to be able to see pictures of your creative process, too! It is stunning and I have always admired your knack for combining elements from different places to form something so cohesive and lovely. The colors in the background itself are so yummy and it does make me get giddy for Spring! We'll keep our fingers crossed that the snow melts fast! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Fabulous results using such a variety of techniques and collage elements, you have brought everything together beautifully. Love the whole Spring focus xxx

  5. Loving how you did that background. The whole tag is just wonderful. Nice to see something that isn't wintery. Especially since they're predicting a big snow storm to start later today

  6. What a fabulous collage depicting Spring x Love it Deb xx love the background and all the layers of new ephemera from TH

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie x

  7. I adore this Deb. You have put so much love into your layers. It is happy and joyful and springlike! Thanks for joining in with us at Country View Crafts.

  8. Beautiful tage Deb, so much to see ! A really lovely Spring tag ! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  9. Lots of great spring images on this tag. You got more snow than we did but the big storm last week stayed out over Lake Ontario - thankfully. We did see our first robins this week sitting on a little patch of grass showing in the front yard but boy were they ever having a big fight. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  10. Gorgeous tag .... so many fabulous details. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  11. What a great way to transform your "ho hum" paper stash! Love it! You used Tim's ephemera so well. Truly beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamps & Stencils.


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