Monday, 23 June 2014

Hearts For Stampendous And DecoArt

 Hello everyone. Today I am honoured to take part in a blog hop with Stampendous, DecoArt and Princeton Artist  Brushes. There is lots of information to absorb so you may need to make a coffee/tea before you start!

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Here's the introduction to the hop:

'Our great friends at DecoArt , Princeton Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe are joining with us this week to show you what you can do with stamps and acrylic paint! You'll be amazed how these simple craft items make amazing things! Artists from all over the world will be playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton. Prepare to be amazed!

Of course, there are prizes! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid Acrylics, Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is supplying a Select Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can practice all the great techniques you'll learn this week!'

There is also another treat for all you blog hoppers. The amazingly talented Andy Skinner (Creative Director for DecoArt amongst other totally creative things!) has produced  a piece of art which will go to one lucky person who comments on the blogs this week. The name will be drawn on Thursday and announced on Friday - wish I could comment too! Here's the gorgeous prize:

A mixed media piece using DecoArt Media Products.

For today's hop, I decided to alter a wooden heart tag using products from Stampendous and DecoArt:


I made a print using the Stampendous Creative Palette and three of their wonderful rubber stamps and DecoArt Media acrylic paint. I used an interference colour to subtly change the appearance of the print. I love the interference gold from DecoArt! 
I decided to use a wooden heart shape so prepared it first with several coats of DecoArt gesso.

The print was glued onto card and the heart was used to cut out the exact shape required. This piece was then glued onto the wooden heart.
DecoArt have brought out a wonderful new Media range and one of my favourites is this translucent white paint. I used it to tone down the magenta on the print. Note how the design still shows through clearly.

The remainder of the print was used to die cut some flower pieces. The piece at the bottom right is the scrap from the cutting process. I cut this down to a small margin to use behind the flower. The edges of the die cuts were edged with dark ink. Some DecoArt crackle glaze was added when the flower pieces were dry. Burnt umber was applied once the glaze was dry.

The flower was constructed and applied to the tag. 
The centre of the flower was created from a rusty bell and some twine. The bell was first flattened with a hammer!
The scrap from the die cut was coated with a further layer of DecoArt Interference paint followed by some Crackle glaze.
Some die cut 'trellis' was cut from card painted with warm cream Traditions by DecoArt. This was followed my more crackle glaze. A black pencil was used to shade some areas of the print and tone the colour down.
Rusty wire was curled and used here there to complete the heart.
I made a heart from Fimo clay. This was stamped whilst still soft and allowed to dry. When dry, the heart was painted with DecoArt Metallic paint, followed by a wash with carbon black Traditions paint, then finally it was crackle glazed.
The word Heart was made on a little old label making machine.

Hope you like my first blog hop piece! For more details of the hop, scroll down for all the information. Remember, there are prizes to be won even for those in UK so why not click on those links and get started?

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!

Please repin our projects onto your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) - we'll be tracking. Your comments on the designers' blogs are your entry into the drawing! We'll randomly choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package. BUT I have a few bonus goodies hanging around my office for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins! We'll draw three winners with U.S. Mailing Addresses. BUT because we have so many international players this time, DecoArt has agreed to mail out three nice sample packages to international commenters as well. YAY! Ready for your trip around the world??? Let's get Hoppin!

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (Suffolk, UK)

Julie Robertson (UK)

Asia King (Oxford, England)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

Kathi Rerek (New Jersey, USA)

A few of the bloggers this week are new to hopping, so if you have an issue with any of the links, here's a little tip! If you get a page that says "Sorry that Page is not here" or something similar, try clicking on the header of the blog, or look for something that says Home. The hop page should be near the top of the day's posts. We will fix broken links as the day goes on, as well, so check back here if you are really lost.
The Official Rules are here.

62 comments:

  1. Amazing! My head just doesn't go in this direction! So much to learn! TFS!

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  2. The flower is gorgeous. The color is so bright and vibrant. The heart and the gold embellishments are wonderful.
    Love this project. Andy's project would be welcomed into my home with open-arms. Beautiful too.

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  3. This is so gorgeous. I am amazed at all the detail and love the flower and all the embellishments you created. Thanks for the step by step tutorial! This is truly a little masterpiece.

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  4. I must have caught this post of the blog hop right out of the gate, as I have been #1 comment several times. This is so exciting because it may be a lucky #1. Your heart is gorgeous and thanks for the tut. Deco Arts new products look like fun and I cannot wait to use them with my Stampendous stamps. Thank You.

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  5. You made such a pretty, no...exquisite project! Very well done - I thank you for posting how you made it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3 con

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  6. Oh my!! Love the hot pink!! What a beautiful flower you've created! Just stunning!

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  7. Gorgeous project, Julia! Love this project and your tutorial is terrific! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us this week and for playing with Stampendous products!

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  8. Fab project, love your embellishments, especially the hammered bell! Wonderful project for the hop, congrats. Suz xxx

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  9. What an amazing piece, Julia!

    LOVE it to bits!
    Hugs,

    Claudia xx

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  10. so detailed, that is just beautiful. WOW. I love the pink!

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  11. Really Pretty Julia, love it!

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  12. A gorgeous heart Julia! But Mr Andy also made a stunning piece!
    Hugs, Alie

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  13. I love this; so talented and creative.

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  14. I love that you are sharing the possibilities, it makes it seem achievable. Thank you.

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  15. How inspiring! This paint looks to be amazing. Andy's piece is amazing as well!

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  16. Wow! What a stunning heart.I love the textures, layers, and colors!

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  17. LOVELOVELOVE your tag and the flower is delicious! Andy's piece ROCKS! TFS!

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  18. This is fabulous! I really like your techniques for it's creation. Definitely trying this one.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your stunning piece of art with us. I love the flower.

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  20. This is just wonderful! Love the colors and all the details!

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  21. LOVE your altered heart! It's wonderful! Love the honeycomb and flowers!

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  22. Fabulous altered heart. I like the flower.

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  23. Love your heart tag! love all textures texture and thanks for sharing

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  24. LOVE your altered heart, honeycomb and flowers!

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  25. Beautiful projects! I love seeing all the different ways to use all these fabulous products.

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Your piece is gorgeous! Am off to shop your products at my nearby Michaels!

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  27. Absolutely delightful, a great piece of art as usual, wow!!! Fabulous prizes also, the artwork by Andy being the icing on the cake!! Coco x

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  28. Love it!! Every little detail of it.....an amazing result with the Creative Palette.
    Love the crackle effects XX

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  29. What a great project! I love how you used the rusty bell and wire, most of us would just throw them away. Your design is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing how you made this.

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  30. Wow, that's a breathtaking piece of art.

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  31. I soooo [heart] your heart! Beautiful colours and stamping!

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  32. Did you really used a hammer? (:o) Your creations are always outstanding and unique. Love the vibrancy of your project and i'm never missing a spot of rust ♥

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  33. now i want to learn this technique too! it amazingly bright and subdued and never loses its layers. thank you so much for creating a beautiful piece of art and the tutorial.

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  34. Beautiful heart with a gorgeous dimensional flower!

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  35. Fabulous inspiration and thanks for a chance to win :)

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  36. Oh wow fantastic would love to try this product...

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  37. So cool! And looks like great gun!

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  38. Great project. I especially love the flower.

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  39. I LOVE this vibrant project fll of colour and life. its very gorgeous Julia. <3

    (this comment is not an entry to the draw Z x)

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  40. Loved the way you flattened your bell with a HAMMER! Lovely project Julia ;)

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  41. I love all the layers and texture! And that bright pink is my favorite!

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  42. Oh my! All the detail you put into this. Just stunning. Can't wait to try some of your ideas!

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  43. Beautiful! So much fabulous detail and crackle textures
    The colours are so lovely and vibrant, love the tutorial on the flowers
    Absolutely stunning, thank you for such a detailed tutorial

    Jools x

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  44. Love your gorgeous project! I love the new paints and everyone has done a fab job of showcasing them. I'm a pink girl though so this one is a delight for me. :) Thanks for all the photos!

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  45. Wow...what a beautiful wooden heart...so much awesome detail...love it!!

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  46. Drool these flowers are beautiful

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  47. Love the close-up shots! What a gorgeous flower and I love the rusty metal curly bits too.

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  48. This is gorgeous!!! All these creations are just Divine!!!!! AMAZING! <3

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  49. Wowzer - I see what you mean about being busy, but what a trio of brilliant makes, Julia - you make the new line look incredibly desirable! Was supposed to have had a chance to play with them already, but the Andy workshop had to be postponed because the products weren't going to arrive in time... so now I have to wait until October, but oh boy you've whetted my appetite! Amazing inspiration, thank you.
    Alison xx

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  50. Lots of texture in your work. It's so eye catching.

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  51. I think this is wonderful. The colours & stamping are exquisite. I love the flower & the circular stamp with squiggles at intervals. Really enjoying this blog hop

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  52. What a beautiful piece! loving all the effects you can get with these new products :o)

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  53. Not a fan of hearts, but you may have converted me! I love you mixed media steampunk take on this heart tag. Beautiful!!

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  54. Ahhhh!!!! I can't get over the beauty of the flower!!! The ♥ shapes, too! What talent!!!!

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  55. Your heart looks amazing with that fabulous flower and the wonderful background! Thanks to your terrific step by step photos, I've added to my 'shopping' list!

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  56. I love the colors, the dimension and all the layers

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax