A Gentle Heart by Lynne Moncrieff


Character Constructions stamps are all about paper dolls, in all guises but many of the stamp sets contain some of the most beautiful sentiments. The decision to feature the sentiment from Paris Flea No. 1, onto one of That’s Crafty’s MDF hearts, was an obvious choice.

For this Upright I layered various media and yet there was not even the hint of warping!


That’s Crafty! Surfaces:- MDF Upright Jagged EdgeMDF Heart                                       
Infusions Sleight Blue, Rusty Car
Charcoal Stick
Cardstock (scrap only)
Extras:  Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts Dresden Trim Stars Silver, various found papers and fabric scraps, collage image (Redlead Paperworks)


Prepare wing by applying paperclay into Prima mould. Once dry, snap or cut off one of the wings to use on this project.

After applying Gesso add small areas of Grunge Paste to Upright, sprinkle Infusions, generously misting with water. Once dry, begin to rust. During the application of Rust Finishes, stipple areas with Midnight and Terracotta. Dribble Titanium White Fluid Acrylic onto Upright, misting with water, allowing to drip down Upright.

Next, for the MDF heart, follow the above steps except, do not include Grunge Paste or Titanium White.  

For the paperclay wing, the Dresden Trim stars and found papers, apply the Rust Finishes.

At this stage, all the rusted items should be lovely and rusty.

The image I used is from a larger collage image, fussy cutting the child (I adhere to scrap cardstock for stability). Layer child to Upright with torn found papers and fabric scrap, adhering rusted wing. To add the smallest of detail to the child, I adhered a scrap of vintage lace to mimic a collar. Above the child, adhere three of the Dresden Trim stars. 

Move the focus onto the rusted heart. Layer rusted found papers and the stamped focal, the Paris Flea sentiment which I stamped onto calico scrap. Form a circle with twine, adhering to frame the sentiment, allow the twine to flow down the Upright, eventually wrapping around child’s wrist. 

Smudge charcoal around edges of heart and child.

Pop the Upright into the base – project is complete!

Until next week,



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  1. This is really stunning Lynne. The most amazing rusted effects and so gorgeously vintage and detailed too.
    Fliss xx

  2. Fabulous textures and details on the upright Lynne x love all the rusting especially on the heart and the quote is lovely. The sweet child sits happily amongst the torn papers and the addition of the wing is perfect xx thank you as always for sharing the details...love it

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  3. Dear Lynne, what a gorgeous piece,- the texture created with texture paste and the rust is amazing, it is like watching a real rusted piece of metal, and the girl, together with the beautiful sentiment ,resting here, sends love, into the world. So very stunning !! xxxx

  4. A superb piece of art Lynne, your rusted textures are incredible and the sentiment is so lovely! xxx

  5. This is such a treasure. I love the sweet face of the girl, and the rustiness is supreme! Xx

  6. Yummy rusty texture Lynne! A beautiful piece!

  7. Such an incredible surface Lynne.

  8. A stunning rusty creation, Lynne.
    Alison x


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