We all get a bit lovey-dovey around Christmas time but any time of the year should be the right time to express those special feelings. This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we are all heart. Next to the flowers and butterflies I think hearts are definitely many a crafter's best friend. Be they grungy or girly, who hasn't got one in their stamp collection???? So, there's no excuse for not joining in this week. Especially when I tell you we have the totally amazing and uber-talented Jim, aka, The Gentleman Crafter sharing his wonderful art!!!!
I designed a hanging heart which could be a gift, or in another style, the ideal Christmas tree decoration. I also found another opportunity to dig into the piles of cardboard under my desk. I drew my own template and cut out three hearts from scrap cardboard. I glued them together and bound them together with Tissue Tape.
I wanted a whiter effect so I applied a few coats of gesso and then over-stamped the Tim flourish (which I luuurve) in Ranger Coffee Archival ink. I edged the heart with Distress Ink to give a more aged effect. As the Tissue Tape already has lots of detail I thought it best to stick with a simple design and it wasn't long before rusty metal and fluttery things found my hand.
I stamped the butterflies onto Grunge Paper, coloured them with Distress Ink and cut them out. Then I shaped the wings to make them appear more life like.
I wrapped some rusty wire around the heart, added a few stamped words taken from a larger Mr. Tim sentiment and added a string bound, rusty key which I had coloured with Alcohol Inks. I just had to add a string from which to hang it. Simples! All done with my inky love for this week. What sayeth your inky heart o ye crafty folk??? For oodles more inky inspiration, hop over to the Simon Says Stamp & Show Design Team Blog and feast your eyes on all the loveliness my great teamies created.
It's great to see all your takes on the challenge and you can also win this fabulous $50 prize!!! Every week we also choose are Top Three Artists.... which could be you! Alas, I must now love you and leave you.... Thanks for being here. Have an inspired week. Sarah.
A simple gal with a passion for imagery, composition and detail. Enjoying the freedom, adventure and sanctuary of dabbling, stamping, paper art and...just being. Hope you enjoy your visit, do linger a while.
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Thank you very much for taking the time to be here. I am grateful to all the artists, renown or yet undiscovered, who inspire me. I am learning, discovering and creating everyday and I hope you may also partake in this journey. I strive to find my own originality and creativity to produce individual hand-made pieces. If you would like to refer to any of my designs or photographs, it would be greatly appreciated if you would please credit them to me and this blog. Thank you.