I've had this chicken wire picture frame for about six months. I had so many ideas for it when I ordered it but I've barely touched it except for moving it from one side of my craft room to the other. Until now! I've decided to prepare for Valentine's Day by adding little love notes to it from now until February. Then it will be all ready to celebrate the month! YAY! Here's how I made my first love note for the display.
I learned the most wonderful technique from this previous Faber Castell Design Memory Craft post by Jill Foster. When I saw her beautiful card, I could not believe that she started with a white sheet of paper and an embossed stamped image. I had to try it...and you should too because it's awesome! So, first ink up a stamp with Versamark. Next cover that image with embossing powder and heat it up with a heat gun.
This is what an embossed image looks like. What's super cool about it is that it will resist whatever I do to it next. That's great because I want it to be the main focus of the note but I still want to add a lot of things to it.
Here's where the first part of awesome comes in. After I heat embossed that first stamped image, I covered a chevron patterned background stamp with a Big Brush pen in Deep Scarlet Red and stamped right over the heart.
I used the watermelon Gelato to color in some of the area of the heart. I liked it so much I added more to the edges. Next, I rubbed it in. You can use your fingers or a tissue covered finger or whatever works best for you to do this part. The Gelatos blend so well. It's fun using them.
Wipe off the embossed image. The stamping and Gelato will come off of it. Amazing! To make my love note really resemble a note, I used a notebook paper punch.
To give more shine to the heart and really make it stand out, I added Glaze to the middle of it and sprinkled clear glitter over it.
YAY! Simple love note number one for my Valentine's Day mantel display. Woo hoo! I hope you'll try these techniques and make something that you love!
- Pitt® Artist Pen Big Brush: Deep Scarlet Red 219
- Gelato®: Watermelon
- Love Stamp
- White Card Stock
- Clear Glitter
- Notebook Paper Punch
- Red Embossing Powder
- Heat Tool (heat gun)