Thursday, February 4, 2010

Let Your Heart Take Flight; Handmade Valentine's Embelishments

I mentioned a few blog posts ago how I love to use found objects to create my own embellishments for my cards. There are definitely an assortment of amazing products out there to use, and I have, but there is definitely something very satisfying and fun to flexing your creative muscle and coming up with your own.

The first card I would like to share was made with mainly papers and embellishments from K & Company's Madeline Collection. I just love the shabby chic feel to this line and how it all comes together on this card.

This adorable heart with butterfly wings really lends to the shabby chic appeal of this card and it was so much fun to make! The wings are made of chip board which I covered with a page from a vintage French book using Modge Podge. After the Modge Podge dried I distressed the pages a bit further using Ranger's distress inks and then I applied a layer of clear embossing powder to add a bit of shine. I then layered two material hearts and a vintage button and attached them to the wings. The hearts, button and pink seam binding were all Etsy finds, such a wonderful source for unique and interesting materials for all of your crafting needs.

This second card was made with papers from Making Memories, ribbon from Stampin' Up and a piece of black damask paper that I found via an Internet source over a year ago. I have it saved as a digital file on my computer and whenever I need a great piece of damask it's ready and waiting to be printed out and used.

This heart embellishment was made using Tim Holtz's Grunge board which I then painted with Ranger's distress crackle paint in brick. I love the way this paint dries. The thicker the coat you apply the more cracks appear. The wings, also grunge board, were first painted with a cream colored acrylic paint and then glitter was applied with heat and stick powder. I have to say that I really like the way this sweet little winged heart pops out against the black, red and white background.

I hope you enjoy,

1 comment:

ddsharp50 said...

I love the way this red crackle paint looks on the black and white background. You did such a nice job on this card!!! Thanks for the inspiration.--dds