Our Stories are our Journey ....... by Dorthe Hansen


Hello and a wonderful Monday to you all!
As usual it is my day here, to post a creation and I built it from one of Lynne's beautiful Affirmations.

Starting with one of the great white/greyboard panels with rounded corners, which I love creating on, as it takes both paints and water so wonderful. 

First it was covered with a layer of gesso and after it had dried, I mixed the black and white Multi Surface Paints to create a light grey tone  for the whole background. On top of that, I used the beautiful Poinsettia Tree stencil, with Fired Brick Ink. With the Dinky stencil Harlequin, a frame was created with Jet Black ink.

Then I used the Dinky Stencil Hearts, in the left upper corner, with texture paste and left it to dry overnight.

I have fallen in love with the Hearts Greyboard Bits and Pieces and used a middle size heart. It was painted with white and then covered in leftover grey paint, in spots and left to dry.

Next, I used Distress Crackle Paint over the heart and while drying, one of Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Dolls - a wedding pair, was distressed using the very thinned Brown paint.

The heart dried, was then given a coat of the Fired Brick ink and rubbed away with a baby wipe, several times, over and over, till I was satisfied with the tone. Next I did the same with diluted Black paint until I could see black lines in the cracking surface.

I rolled an old page from a dictionary, held it together with string and adhered it to the heart with lace, dipped into grey paint, together with a pair of ‘flower buds’. The rolled document was also distressed a bit with Fired Brick and diluted Brown.

The stenciled hearts carefully were covered with Fired Brick, using a finger. Also, a little doodling was done with a white Posca around the heads of the couple, the perimeter and in the stenciled poinsettia flower.

One of Lynne’s lovely Affirmations from Set 3 was stamped onto coloured copy paper, cut out to fit the panel and glued on.


Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils: Harlequin Background TZ020, Hearts TC038
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints: White, Chestnut Brown, Black
That’s Crafty! Texture Paste
From the stash: Old lace painted with diluted grey and Fired Brick, Artificial Flower Buds, Copy Paper Painted  

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  1. Absolutely adorable. I just love using the Paper Dolls, too. Keep creating, my friend - your work delights many.


    1. Thank you so much Sue, for your kind words,- yes the paper dolls are lovely to use, for many occations .
      xo, Dorthe

  2. This is so full of love Dorthe, not only for you loving those chosen products but the who concept of your creation. From the structured heart, stencilled hearts and intricate embellishments this would make a wonderful gift for an Anniversary couple celebrating their special day.
    What a beautiful way to start Monday.. Big Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Oh Tracey, your words touch me, thank you so much, for being so kind, and for liking my panel. I`m happy - and hope your day has been a VERY GOOD ONE !!
      Warm hugs- Dorthe , xxx

  3. An absolutely beautiful little art panel Dorthe, so much wonderful detail and texture in the background and embellishments and love how you altered the paper doll couple too. They fit in so perfectly and the white detail is such a lovely finishing touch.
    Fliss xx

  4. A beautiful piece perfect for the paper dolls to star in.
    Amanda x

  5. Such a beautiful, romantic creation, Dorthe. I love the wonderful blend of textures and shapes. xx

  6. Sooooo beautiful Dorthe, I especially love the way you add all your little embellishments to fit in so perfectly with your themes
    Donna xx

  7. Very true about our stories becoming our journey and our journeys becoming our stories. This is lovely and once again your attention to details and layers brings it to life. Creative Bliss Miss Dorthe...xo

  8. Lovely words from Lynne's stamp sets, and you've built such a romantic story out of them - lovely panel!
    Alison x

  9. Sweet Dorthe! Your designs just amaze me! How you put together these wonderful pieces- adding just the right elements to marry everything perfectly!
    This is just beautiful and would look lovely in a memory journal!
    Jackie xoxo


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