Seeing the new rag paper hearts on Gwen Lafluer's website brought out my inner artsy-crafty kid. They were in several shades of pink, and pretty all by themselves, but I knew I wanted to embellish them. After all, Valentines are meant to be over-the-top and schmaltzy, aren't they?
|Lots of new supplies recently arrived. I used the new stencil, pink hearts and scrap cherubs |
and flowers for this year's valentines.
|White acrylic was sponged through the Ornamental Petals Mask stencil onto a pink heart.|
|A Deco Border looked surprisingly good on the hearts, and covered up some blobs of paint that |
leaked out when I printed the Ornamental Petals.
|On a mauve heart, a pink Decorative Folk Flower looked just right.|
|The Ornamental Petals Screen looked good with shades of pink on a mauve heart.|
|The Ornamental Petals Screen was carefully lined up with the point of the heart before printing.|
|The Deco Border has a 1960s look when used with pink paint on a peach heart.|
|Here the Decorative Medallion stencil was applied in light pink on a mauve heart.|
|This valentine has a peach paper base, with the Deco Border and Decorative Medallion stencils. The white blobby misprint didn't matter once the center hearts and wings were added.|
|The stenciled paper hearts could have been left un-embellished, but what's a Valentine |
without words, or cherubs or flowers or lace?
So I pulled out my boxes and bins and rifled through my stash of ribbon, trim, brads, buttons and lace looking for things that said "valentine." I "auditioned" different arrangements to find the right harmony of color and design.
|My work table...creative chaos!|
|"Auditioning" various elements to see which to place where.|
|The beautiful, hand-spun pink yarn matched the paint nicely.|
|An awl was used to punch holes, then the yarn was carefully threaded through.|
|After the yarn had been threaded through, I added white Nuvo Drops between each stitch.|
|Fabric covered brads were placed along the edges of one valentine. The placement was planned on the back of the valentine, and an awl was used to poke the holes.|
|An elongated metal folk-art heart was the template for some pink paper hearts.|
|This valentine had a border made of punched paper flowers with a mini brad center.|
In February, many of the Gwen Lafluer Artist Tribe are showcasing creations that honor Chinese New Year. You can check out their work here, and also save 15% on any of the items in the Exotic Orient section of the website with the coupon below.