Thank you for all your support and votes to get me onto the design team at Heartfelt Creations but stiff competition didn’t get me picked. so as they say try, try again, which I will in 6 months time. It was a good experience and the first time I have tried to ‘break into America.’
Here are my entries and instructions for the final:
This was inspired by my daughter having her brace off her teeth after 2 years. It is a scrap canvas A4 in size.
Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Spellbinder dies:
HCPC 3403 Shabby Chic Lace Precut Set
HCPC 3436 Rye Grass Flourish Precut Set
HCPC 3444 Scenic Vista Precut Set
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border
S5-049 Spellbinder Carnation Creations
S5-094 Spellbinder page/maps labels and tags
Other Products Used: selection of buttons and ribbons, brads, cardcraft candy circle shapes, Papermania bare chipboard shapes-butterflies and dragonflies, Studio 490- clearly for art film, alphabet epoxy sticker, Tim Holtz mini folder, brick and corner masks, Flower loom and white curling ribbon, Cosmic Shimmers Sprays, WOW white, platinum, pastel purple, pastel pink, opaque pastel blue and ebony embossing powders, White shrink plastic, Eco Green white and black acrylic paint, Versamark, Timber Brown Stazon, Black Soot distress ink. Pinflair silicone glue and Creative Expressions Acrylic glue, cut and dry foam, antistatic bag.
Instructions: Use a plain A4 white canvas. Ink up a brayer with white and black paint and roll over the canvas. Heat dry. Paint over again with a wash of white paint lightening the darker areas. Heat dry. Spray Cosmic Shimmer mist in pinks and orange over the middle of the canvas. Then undo the top of the bottle and flick the mist on parts of the canvas. Add other colours if you wish. Heat dry. Wipe an antistatic bag over the canvas. Take a corner mask and sponge through with Versamark. Sprinkle platinum embossing powder onto the Versamark. Tap off excess and heat dry. Take the brick wall mask and repeat the last with white embossing powder in the middle of the canvas. Take the elegant words stamp and stamp through with Versamark on each side of the canvas. Sprinkle pastel pink on one side and opaque pastel blue on the other. Heat emboss after each colour used. Stamp the ‘city’ stamp in the right hand bottom corner with Versamark and heat emboss with ebony embossing powder. Colour this in with a wash of black soot distress ink. Take 2 of your ribbons and place on the canvas. Die cut the lace border in plain vellum, then with pink and yellow alcohol ink and a blending tool, cover the vellum in colour. Stick this over one of the strands of ribbon at an angle. Type your chosen words on a computer and print out onto plain paper. Place the small ‘ticket’ tag die over the words and die cut out . Stamp the elegant words stamp over the ticket as a shadow effect. Glue this to another ‘ticket’ die cut out in clearly for art film and glue onto the canvas over the ‘city’ stamp. Paint the chipboard butterfly and dragonfly with white paint and colour with distress inks. Glue to the canvas. Stamp the lace onto white shrink plastic and cut out. Heat and once shrunk, glue alongside the handmade flower from the loom. Die cut 2 tag shapes from the page/maps labels and then place in an embossing folder of bricks. Use distress ink to make the bricks prominent, and then place your chosen photos onto them, adding ribbon. Use a flower loom to make a large flower with curling ribbon in white. Glue a button and ribbon to the large flower and place on the canvas. Use distress inks to colour the small Tim Holtz folder, then stamp the rye grass on the front with Versamark. Sprinkle with pastel purple embossing powder and heat set. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the folder and use an alphabet epoxy sticker. Glue to the front of the canvas. Stamp out different sizes of carnations onto backing paper and cut out with the spellbinder die. Stamp out the flowers on the ‘clearly for art’ film and cut out. Use acrylic glue and glue the backing paper flowers to the clearly for art flowers. Leave to dry, then heat the flowers and mould them how you want them to look on the canvas. Add cardcraft candy to the centres and glue to the canvas.
This was inspired by a publication in Scrap 365. I sourced the tubes at the local haberdashery store that sells material and asked if they had any cardboard tubes spare what the rolls of material are kept on. The shop directed me to the skip at the back of the store and told me to have what I wanted! I made a donation in a charity box and got 4 differing sizes of diameter tubes. When I got home I cut these up into manageable depths with a saw in the garage…me and a saw do not get on! Anyway I know have enough tubes to make at least 20 displays like this. I really enjoyed making it and it is so versatile for any occasion.
Heartfelt Creations stamps and Spellbinder Dies:
HCD 703 Daisy Patch Die
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles LargeOther Products Used: selection of buttons and ribbons, wire jewels, Tim Holtz idea-ology corked vials and memo pins, beadazzles glitter beads, Eco Green white acrylic paint, WOW bark coloured embossing powder, WOW UTEE embossing powder, Versamark, Timber Brown Stazon, white shrink plastic, watercolour card, cardboard inner tube from curtain material or strong toilet tissue tube, 2 x strong cardboard circles (proportionate to the tube length and width), pages from an old dictionary, sand paper, Pinflair silicone and bookbinding glue, hot glue gun and Creative Expressions Acrylic glue.
Instructions: Cut a piece of cardboard tubing to your required length and cut 2 x strong cardboard circles to match. (when joined together it will look like a cotton reel). Take your pages from an old dictionary (I chose the meaning of God for the base/foundation, Love for the pillar/tube and Kindness for the plinth/top) and cut to size then glued them onto the circles and around the tube. Leave to dry, then paint with white acrylic paint and brush over watered down brown distress ink to make it look vintage. Sand the edges. Die cut a plain scallop circle of white card with the Elegant Swirl, then a circle of pearl card with the ornate die. Stamp the ‘Love is’ circle onto acetate then cut out with a scallop circle die. Use a smaller scallop circle and cut 1 out in the same colour as the ornate circle. Layer all these together and leave to dry. Take a piece of watercolour card and paint a wash of different colours of green and brown distress inks. Heat dry. Stamp the different sizes of daisy onto this with Versamark, then emboss with bark coloured embossing powder. Heat and cut out with the Daisy patch die. Add glue to some of the flower centres and add glitter. Place 2 of the daisies on the front of the ornate layered circle. Glue the top, bottom and tube together with a glue gun. (This will now look like a cotton reel). Leave to dry. Pierce the top platform at the rear and place a memo pin in the hole and glue with a hot glue gun. Glue a piece of lace to the underside top of the reel to cover the join. Glue a length of cord to the bottom of the reel. Paint with white acrylic paint and wash over with brown distress ink. Glue ribbons and buttons to the top, bottom and tube of the reel. Decorate with daisy flowers. Stamp the ‘Love’ sentiments onto white shrink plastic with Stazon and cut out appropriate words. Heat and shrink. Take a vial and place the ‘shrink plastic words’ in the vial and glue this to the bottom of the reel. Stamp out the larger ‘Love is’ sentiment again onto white shrink plastic and cut out. Heat, then once shrunk, place on the top of the reel amongst the buttons. To make the ‘life stone’ on the top of the reel, take a silicone square mould and place melted clear UTEE into 1/3rd of the mould, then put small embellishments upside down into the mould. (I chose the words ‘love is’ from the sentiment, a metal heart charm and a stamped small daisy). Pour more melted UTEE over the embellishments and let it set. Take out the ‘stone’ from the mould and place a piece of backing paper to the rear of the ‘stone’ as the stone is transparent. Affix to the top of the reel. Finally, place the ornate circle into the memo pin.
I had a look on the Heartfelt Creations blog and tried to show techniques that I couldn’t see. This is using craft metal with your stamps and 3d work.
Heartfelt Creation Stamps and Spellbinder dies:
HCPC 3308 Agape Love Precut Set
S5-058 Spellbinder Ironwork Accents
Other Products Used: Ribbon, backing paper, green pearl, brown, gold mirri and white cardstock, Spellbinders Premium Craft Metal in copper, Beadazzles beads, WOW Ebony embossing powder, Versamark, Black Stazon, , Black Soot distress ink, Pinflair silicone glue, Creative Expressions Acrylic glue, cut and dry foam, antistatic bag, stamp positioner, corner punch.
Instructions: Start off with a 20 cm square folded card. Cut mirri card to 19 cm square and use your corner punch, then the backing paper and the green pearl card to 18.5 cm square. Make an embossed line 0.5 cm in, all around the green card. Make a sticky mask from ‘post it notes’ or similar and cover all around the embossed line so that your stamping will not go over it. Run over the green card with an antistatic bag. Put your 3 largest daisies on the green card and position them where you want them. Take one at a time and stamp in Versamark followed by black embossing powder and heat. Repeat with the other 2 stamps. Make 3 masks with the daisies stamp and place over the embossed daisies on the card. Stamp the bella rose leaf stamp onto the stamp positioner in water based ink. Move the clear plate stamp positioner around the green card until you are satisfied where you want the scroll effect and leaves positioned on your green card incorporating the daisies when you 3d them. Once stamped in Versamark, use the black embossing powder and heat. Do this around the card until you are happy with the result. I did it 4 times. Remove the masks on the daisies. Stamp and emboss 4 times the leaves onto another piece of green cardstock, cut them out and go around the edges with black soot distress ink. Stamp the 3 daisies onto metal with black Stazon and using an embossing tool, go around the lines on the daisies, cut them out and using a texture tool on the reverse side to smooth out the leaves. Fill these in, on the reverse, with glossy accents/matt accents and leave to dry. This gives the leaves strength and shape. On the green pearl card, cut out with a craft knife, the areas you want the backing paper to show through. Die cut the ironwork tag in brown and the centre in white card. Stamp and emboss on white card the large love sentiment and cut out the letters L.O.V.E. Overlap and glue them to the front of the tag. Glue the cut out leaves onto the card over the leaves already there, giving a raised effect. Glue the metal daisies onto the daisies already on the card, giving a raised effect. Glue the tag to the card over the leaves. Pour glossy accents into the centre of the daisies and sprinkle beadazzles on them. Leave to dry. Put the card together and place a ribbon down the left side of the main picture.
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