Friday, February 15, 2019

Trust Your Heart Panel -- Guest Designer with Bleeding Art Challenge Blog

Hello friends! Today I have the honor of creating for Bleeding Art as their Guest Designer where the current challenge is 'Show Us The Love'. I decided to work with my beloved Tim Holtz Sizzix Faceted Heart once again--I hope you aren't getting tired of it! Here is my step by step process followed by closeups of my finished panel.

First, I used the Paint Resist technique for my background panel that will later be adhered to a 5 x 7  wood panel. For a complete tutorial on this technique, I'll refer you to the master--Tim Holtz. I used Picket Fence Distress paint to stamp the Ornate stamp from his Ornate & Lace set. My ink colors are Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap. There might be a bit of Seedless Preserves at the center where I  tested my colors.

Next, I cut the Faceted Heart from some textured thick vellum I had in my stash and folded it up. This was really difficult material to work with, but I find that if I give the crease lines an extra score and then fold the creases back and forth a couple times, it gets a little easier to assemble. After it was assembled, I painted it with Brushed Pewter paint and Caramel alcohol ink. While I had the paint and ink out, I colored just the edges of a black card stock panel in the same way.

I worked on another panel here, which is a wooden panel from my stash. It had an original oil painting on it and it was somewhat warped. I didn't enjoy the painting or the fact that it was misshapen, so it went into the bin to be altered at some point. I smeared DecoArt Crackle paint through a Tim Holtz mini stencil and allowed it to dry. Then I applied DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in black and brown one color at a time in this fashion: apply, dry, wipe with damp cloth. I wet the back of the wood panel with water and pressed it for several days under a stack of books and other weights to flatten it back out.

In the meantime, I created another panel by embossing a piece of thick canvas with Tim's Botanical 3D embossing folder. I pulled the threads from the edges to fray it a bit and colored it with Distress Oxide Victorian Velvet and then just the raised portions with a skim of Prima Metallique Waxes in Brushed Iron and Rose Gold. Addendum: I prepared the canvas so long ago, but I'm pretty sure I gave it a coat of Prima's sculpture medium to give it extra body, because it was a little stiffer than my other pieces of canvas in my stash.

Even though I stamped with my Stamp Platform, my images turned out blurry, because I had to keep reapplying paint and stamping repeatedly, and I'm afraid I gave my stamp CPR. It's all good, though, because I know this will be mostly covered up with the additional panels.

I adhered the Paint Resist panel to the wood panel, sanded the edges and inked them with Frayed Burlap. Then I flipped it over and adhered, sanded and inked a panel of design paper from my stash.

I needed something to provide contrast to the heart and stenciled panels, but didn't need anymore pattern in my design. My solution was to cut a Stacked Baroque panel and match the colors.

Now here are some close ups to show the detail of how it all came together. 

Thank you to Cathy and the Bleeding Heart Design Team for inviting me to create with them this month. I hope you'll pay a visit to this  mixed media challenge blog where there's a ton of inspiration to be had and a fun challenge to play along with! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and blessings, Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
SanDee&amelie's February 2019 Steampunk Challenge Please delete if it's not industrial enough.
Card Mania Challenges CMC#113 Love is in the Air
Double D Challenges 'HEARTS'

Scrapy Land Challenge #107 Anything Goes  I used 2 Sizzix dies; I'm not sure of the maker for the greens; the cuts were a gift.
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes with optional Red I did not do the option.
Love 2 Create Challenge #2 Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge - Heart it! Stamping in paint on my first layer.
Crafts Dreamy February Mood Board Challenge

Also playing along in Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook group Current featured Tim Holtz technique: Paint Resist

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  1. Such lovely layers on this gorgeous card! One of the prettiest cards I've seen using that Faceted Heart -- so lovely!

  2. Beautiful creation Sara! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Hearts’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  3. Oh wow, this is so stunning, Sara Emily!! I love the layers and colors!! It's so creative and beautiful!! I love how you used the faceted heart!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Sara Emily, I have enjoyed every moment reading about how your amazing Valentine panel came to be. What a magnificent display of layer upon layer of loveliness. Seeing your process makes me love it even more as some would be horrified at all those textures covered up bit it makes me love it even more as I know deep within there has been much love and affection been put into this. The stacked baroque panel is a clever addition and really brings that faceted heart to the forefront.. you are a genius!! Thank you for sharing with us all.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

  5. Beautiful mixed media creation, I'm curious as to how the embossing stays in the canvas? Do you have to put a stiffener on it?

    1. Hi Lagene, thank you for your question. I think I did put Prima's sculpture medium on there. I did it so long ago, I forgot what I did! Amending my post. Thanks, again, my friend!

  6. Wow! Such a gorgeous creation! Love the layers and great pictorial! Thank you for playing with us at Crafts Dreamy Challenge! Hugs Sunila & Aditi

  7. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous Sara! I love that faceted heart, the colours and the fabulous layers! Each panel is gorgeous in its own right and then, when you put it all together, it is spectacular!! Thank you for sharing the process!! Have a great day!! hugs xx

  8. Your heart creation is very unique, gorgeous! Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

  9. Oh Sara, be still my beating heart - literally! The backgrounds you created are all gorgeous but for me that thick vellum heart really is the star of the show, you have done such a brilliant job with the vellum and it looks absolutely stunning! I really need to open up my heart die and try it out, thanks so much, as always, for the wonderful inspiration! Hugs, Anne xxx

  10. Beautiful card, Sara Emily! You are always so clever in coming up with new ideas. The vellum heart is fantastic. Hugs.

  11. A beautiful creation Sara Emily, love all the gorgeous layers and the faceted heart looks amazing. Xxx

  12. I would never get tired of your facetted heart creations Sara, all I have seen have been amazing. This more romantic version is another winner!!! Love the soft colours and such a super cool idea to add the flowers!! A really gorgeous make and of course congrats on your well desrved GDT spot! xxxx

  13. Such a beautiful card. I love the design and all the well thought out elements. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
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  14. Congratulations on your GDT gig, Sara! You have done some marvelous things with the products - especially in the colors of your gorgeously textured background. I am positively in love with the deep layering techniques of the textured mats - they are incredible! Wonderful card! hugs, de

  15. Beautiful card ! texture and colors are perfect. Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.

  16. You really outdid yourself with this amazing dimensional mixed media valentine! WOWZA! I love every amazing detail and the sheer creativity put into this. Love you to bits, Autumn

  17. What a beautiful Valentine card!
    Thank you for playing with us at Card Mania Challenge !
    Hugs, Veana R.-DT

  18. Oooh how did I miss this one!!! Gorgeous - love grunge and pink combo - stunning !xxx

  19. Love your tutorial, thank you for sharing a fabulous project, thank you for sharing with the DT from We Love To Create, good luck, Hugs Terry (DT)

  20. What a fabulous floral guest piece for Bleeding Art - amazing textures and dimension, as always, and the tiny flowers adorning the brilliant heart are adorable.
    Alison x


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