Hi there, I have a rather angelic tag to share this week featuring Donna’s beautiful Serena stamp set and I have a rather quirky way to use the heart shaped balloon in the set which I hope you’ll like.
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Long Hearts Background, Large Circles Background, Circles Background
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Banana, Bubblegum, Cherry Blossom, Blush, Cherry Red, Wisteria
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paints – Blue Calico, Pink Flamingo
Pink Crochet Trim
Old Store Card
The first thing I did was to give the tag a coat of gesso as this makes the further layers much easier to apply. When this was dry, I applied the Banana, Cherry Blossom and Wisteria paints with an old store card, scraping on patches of each colour in turn until the surface was roughly covered. I then added swipes on top using the side of the store card with Bubblegum paint.
I then added stencilling in patches using the Blue Calico paint with the Large Circles Background and the Banana paint with the Circles Background partially over the top of the blue circles. I used the hearts stencil at the top with the Bubblegum paint and knocked the colour back a little with gesso as it was a bit stronger than I wanted. I added a few swipes of gesso over the painted surface to bring everything together.
I decided on the placement of the girl image and balloon and stamped them directly on the painted tag with the black ink. This was to help avoid tricky cutting out as my eyesight isn’t up to it anymore! It has the added advantage of giving dimension too.
I next stamped the girl, balloon heart and 2 extra plain hearts without strings onto mixed media paper with black ink. I stamped the love text on the balloon, as happily it’s a perfect fit. I then painted all the images with various of the paints listed aiming for stronger shades than the background for contrast. I painted the 2 plain hearts and the dangling heart with glitter glue over the top of pink paint for a touch of sparkle.
I cut out all of the images except for the balloon string and the curly bit in Serena’s hair then added them to the tag over the stamped images with a mix of foam tape and glue to give dimension. As you can see, the heart shaped balloon minus the string makes a great single heart or even a pair of wings! I finished off with a couple of rows of pink crochet ribbon from my stash.
Have a great weekend and see you next week.