Saturday 6 June 2015

Shabby Wicker Heart

Good morning! I've scheduled this post for this morning as I'll be out at the vets with my sweet little guinea pig Winnie for her post op check following surgery to get 2 huge lumps removed. Thankfully she's doing fantastically well and now we just have to wait for the biopsy results to really know what the future holds for her.

So, this project was made with my wife in mind. She very much admired the Shabby chic heart I made a couple of weeks ago, but have away to my Mum! So I was feeling rather guilty and made this for Claire instead! Thankfully she is very pleased with it!

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I used the following materials:
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD: Greyboard birdcage, greyboard feathers, greyboard key.

MEDIUMS USED: Gesso, PVA glue, Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade), Archival Ink (Watering Can), Glossy Accents. Acrylic paints.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: Gold embossing powder, gem sprays, giant gems, other gems.

All products above available from my favourite craft shop ever, That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE: Wicker heart from Hobbycraft. Old book pages. Greyboard owl from stash. Alphabet stamps. Brown twine.
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Summary Process:

All greyboard prepped with gesso.

Birdcage distressed with Watering Can Archival Ink.

Feather 1 crackled using PVA glue crackle technique. Undercoat of grey/brown acrylic paint. Then a thick coat of PVA glue followed by the top white coat of acrylic paint. Edges then inked with Watering Can Archival Ink.

Feather 2 stamped with script stamp and edges inked with Watering Can Archival Ink.

Owl painted with acrylic paints.

Paper flowers cut by hand. Inked with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Archival Ink in Watering Can.

Gold embossing powder applied to the gem sprays and loose gems as well as to the greyboard key.

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Here are some more photos:

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  1. Hi Sam this is gorgeous I am pleased that Claire will loved it. I hope your guinea pig is ok. Hugs Jackie

  2. I adore all the elements you have added to your heart and am not at all surprised your wife, Claire, loved it. Hope Winnie is recovering and on the mend. Lou x

  3. This is fabulous Sam, love the embellishments and gorgeous flowers. I hope Winnie is okay.
    Linda xxx

  4. Love this! So much love and attention to the details and there are so many details! Stunning and exquisite! xx


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