She says:

"I love getting messy with mixed media and a project like this is perfect. Small enough to wield quick results, but big enough to allow you to get your arty mojo going!

 

If you’re not keen on twee, gooey sentiments, Valentine’s Day can be a difficult occasion to make for. If you’re stuck for Valentine’s ideas, an arty card may be the way to go. Just letting your creativity flow and seeing where it takes you, can result in unique and truly personal artwork.

My inspiration for this project was a previous textural heart make. Here I have changed the colour palette and the base material as well as the design layout. Sometimes reflecting on past pieces is a great way to find inspiration for something new as well as revisit some of your alternative variations that could be just as successful. "



MATERIALS LIST

Stamps Georgie used...

  • 49 and Market: Wherever You Go…

Other materials...

  • Prima: Art Stones; Art Stones Mini
  • Prima: 3D Gloss Gel; White Gesso
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray: Tibetan Poppy Teal; Ocean Breeze Blue; Tilt-A-Wheel Teal; Gossamer Gold

 

Step-by-step… Textured Valentine

Mix 3D Gloss Gel with Art Stones and spread outwards from the centre of the card.

Whilst wet, add more Art Stones and press lightly into the gel. Leave to dry.

Apply white gesso. Use a thin layer over the stones but add a thicker coat around edges.
 

Spray light blue and spritz with water to let the colour bleed outwards. Develop colour, working from light to dark.

Using white gesso again, dry brush a thick layer over the top to highlight.

Cut a heart from corrugated card and add FlitterGlu and MegaFlakes to the raised areas.

 
 

Spray the rest of the heart with the darkest blue spray. Dry thoroughly.

Add black thread in a swirly pattern to add an organic element to the design. 

Apply cheesecloth and heart using 3D Gloss Gel. The cheesecloth helps  to grab onto the stones underneath.

 

To finish the project: Finish with a sentiment. I find word stickers are great to use, especially if you don’t feel confident with focal stamping, or background stamping is more your thing!

 

This project first featured in the February 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine