This little heart of mine …

Howdy! I’m up over on the Art Glitter blog today with a how-to create this glittery little Valentine’s Day canvas.

It is super quick-n-easy and makes a cute little shelf-sitter.

Jump on over and take a look!

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And, here’s a link or two for a few other Valentine’s Day ideas: http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/glittering-candy-jars.html and https://linda-neff.com/2013/01/10/lovin-this-little-box/

 

It’s clearly a cover-up …

I’ve spent the better part of the day playing with rubber stamps, inks, paints and Globecraft Memories to create this cute little piece of wall art. Globecraft Memories makes these great bubbles and frames that protect dimensional memorabilia but I created dimensional art to display in mine. Here’s how:

Supplies: Globecraft Memories globeframe, Ranger Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Butterscotch, Espresso, Willow and Gold; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Inkessentials Glue N’ Seal (matte finish), 5X7-inch canvas panel, Studio 490 stamp (LCS048) A Form of Art, Crafty Secrets stamp (SS15) Material Girl, Ranger Archival Inks in Coffee and Sepia, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, Designer Dries Clear (Art Institute Glitter), embossing folder, envelope punch, wire, dimensional foam dots, needle and six mini buttons.

Prepare the background canvas by painting with Aqua, Butterscotch and Willow paints; spritz with water and blot randomly with paper towel; let dry or heat set. Brush the painted piece randomly with Gesso, ink script stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and stamp into wet Gesso. Be sure to immediately wash your stamp before Gesso dries.

              

Emboss Globecraft Memories outer frame with embossing folder. Paint with Willow, randomly brush on gold paint and let dry briefly. Go over with Espresso paint and rub into design; wipe off with damp paper towel then rub with gold paint and wipe away gently. Paint smaller decorative frame with same paints and techniques; Set aside to dry.

Stamp images on white cardstock with Coffee Archival Ink; heat set. Cut all images out using detail scissors. Hand write or stamp jewelry tag with phrase. Using ink applicator, ink all pieces with Antique Linen Distress Ink and edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

      

Emboss punched envelope with embossing folder and ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink then edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink; fold and wrap with ribbon. Wrap stamped thread spool with thread and weave a needle through. Adhere six mini buttons onto stamped and inked rectangle.

Lay out finished images onto background (I used a vintage postcard) until you’re happy with the arrangement. Attach dimensional foam pop dots to back of some of the images to layer and stack. Fit into Globecraft Memories bubble and frame, glue frame pieces to bubble and bubble to background with Designer Dries Clear and use binder clips or clothespins to secure till glue sets.

     

I stamped a quote with Coffee Archival Ink onto tissue paper, tore it out and adhered to the canvas with Ranger’s Glue N’ Seal. Punch two holes in top and add wire to hang. Tuck a little secret note into the envelope, edge the canvas lightly with gold paint and hang to enjoy!

Giving a collection of memories …

So my daughter Facebook’s me the other day and asks if I could make a gift for her to give to her best friend who is moving away soon. She’ll send over the photos and a paragraph from a song that holds meaning for the two of them. I received several really nice photos of the two of them to use and the words from the song then set to create.

The challenge was to make it young – these girls are in the 20’s and I’m not. I went digging through my stash of papers and hit the craft closet for something thick that would stand up – she wanted something that would sit on a shelf versus a book.

I pulled out three, 5-by-7-inch canvases and kept digging through the papers to find the perfect ones when I hit upon the beautiful Gabrielle line from BoBunny – it was perfect! The papers were cut a bit smaller than the canvas pieces, distressed and inked before adhering to the canvas. I searched through at least three trinket and ribbon bins to find the perfect buttons, lace and Prima flowers. When there were holes to fill I added a Ranger Memory Frame with a BoBunny Gabrielle sticker placed between two pieces of memory glass, an Idea-ology metal corner and an old Making Memories heart ribbon slide. The top scallops over the center canvas were made with a Martha Stewart border punch mounted on dimensional foam squares.

The canvases are hinged with ribbon before I adhered the papers onto the backside. A pretty ribbon is attached under the title and the entire piece accordion folds and ties shut with the ribbon.

It’s always a sad day when you have to say goodbye to a good friend – they’re far and few in-between. I really hope they stay in touch and that this gift eases the pain a little.