Saturday 7 February 2015

February Make Art Challenge - HEARTS

On the Make Art Challenge Blog they celebrate all things Wendy Vecchi.
For the month of February the Challenge is "HEARTS"

Thanks to the Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring a prize.

I made a wall plaque as a home decor piece.

I started with a chipboard base, over which I smeared a random thin layer of Metallic Gold embossing paste with a palette knife (which dries almost immediately)
Over this I spread a layer of Crackled Texture Paste. Varying the thickness & coverage.
The photo below is of another piece I covered at the same time but it gives the general idea.
Leave to dry overnight for the best crackle finish.

The Gold embossing paste shines through the cracks and areas thinly covered with crackle.  
The size of the cracks vary with the thickness of the Crackled Texture Paste.
Wendy has a video demoing this technique at CHA 2014 by ScrapTime Videos.


The Lace background stamp was applied with Black Archival Ink with the center masked out with a circle cut from scrap typing paper. 
Makes a 'fancy spotlight frame' as Wendy describes this technique on her blog.

The Lace border Stamp from Beauty of Art set was stamped in Vermilion Archival on the top & bottom of the piece. 
Mesh background Stamp randomly applied with Watering can Archival Ink

The background was colored using Wendy Vecchi Sunray & Tim Holtz Flourish Stencils & various Archival Inks (Cornflower Blue, Dandelion & Sap Green) (Orange Blossom & Dandelion) with a finger dauber sponge. 
Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks also lightly rubbed over to bring out the crackle finish.

 The Heart Embellishment was made from Corrugated cardboard covered with strips of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape & then cut out.
Colored with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink & sprayed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. 

The Small Rosette was diecut from Graphic 45 papers.
Gold Embossing paste was used through Wendys stencils to add the row of stars to the heart & the larger star to the rosette.
Once dry the edges of the plaque, the rosette & the heart were all swiped with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to match the Gold Embossed stars.

 The Sentiment was stamped in black Archival ink & clear heat embossed. The words are a combination from various Studio 490 stamp sets.
The wire came from my stash & was shaped by coiling around a pen.  The butterfly was a wooden laser cut colored with archival ink, & finally added some of Tim Holtz's Linen Ribbon.

I really loved the backgound technique used in this piece. I found it hard to cover it up. Wanted to leave most of it exposed.  Lots of texture. Really fun to make.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  Hope you are inspired to try some of these techniques too.


  1. I DID take time to read the entire post. I found your art process so inspiring. This is a stunning piece! Helene

  2. Very nice! I have never masked a stamp because I had never thought too! WOW just thinking what I have missed. Thanks for sharing! Vickie

  3. Oh dear. This heart plaque is lovely. Lovely texture. Also love your wires,...they make it so grunge looking. Super result !!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spainw

  4. Oh wow! This is the awesome in art my friend!

  5. This is completely fabulous, Debbie! Love how you developed all the layers in the background and it's not really covered up. One can see most of it. Your tissue tape heart is really wonderful too. Fantastic hanging !

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