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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Something a bit different

Hello folks.  I hope the weather hasn't been too bad where you are today.  We've had torrential rain this afternoon, which has left our garden water logged again!!  I have heard that there's going to be another mini heat wave soon, so we'll look at this as a blip!
Now on to a recent project.  I decorated an MDF heart that I bought at the NEC last year.  I don't know why it takes me so long to use my new stash!  Is anyone else like this or is it just me?!!

I painted the heart with purple acrylic paint, then applied PVA glue and painted a layer of cream acrylic paint.  Heating with my heat tool gave me a lovely crackled effect.  I learnt this technique at a Sheena Douglass workshop and this is the first time I have got it right since!
Next, I stamped the Sheena Douglass swirls and butterflies with various Adirondack and Distress inks.  The final layer of stamping, including the sentiment, was with Brilliance pigment inks which I then embossed with clear powder.

I covered the back of the heart with a pretty mini daisy print paper and used the off-cuts to make roses and cut swirls with a Marianne die. 
For the finishing touches, I sprayed the plaque with a protective layer of gold Spray & Sparkle, then I coloured cream seam binding tape with Distress ink and attached it to the top of the heart.
This was a present for an incredibly brave family, for whom butterflies hold a special meaning.
I really enjoyed making this plaque and am looking forward to doing another one.
Hope you're all having a lovely, crafty weekend xx 


Mary b Mcpherson said...

I lso buy things then take ages to get round to using them but this was worth the wait it's Beautiful, Mary x

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Louise, love the colours and the stamps look fabulous. Loving the flowers you have made too.

Linda xxx

Heike said...

A fab project. It will make a beautiful wall decoration.
Hugs, Heike xx

Jo Rice said...

Don't worry you are not on your own....I buy lots of things and yes some stay on my 'to do ' for ages. Love your MDF heart and I am sure the recipients will do too. Hugs. Jo. X

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