Tuesday 12 February 2013

Lacy Heartsy Valentines At Frilly And Funkie

Just to prove that not all my valentine pieces are scary, I've made a more traditional project - but still funky I hope - for the challenge at Frilly And Funkie. We are asked to show lace and hearts so that's exactly what I've done on my tag. I couldn't leave out the stamping, inking, paint, flowers and crackle though could I?! I also decided to choose the lovely combination of red and black - saucy but oh so yummy! (I'm told. . . ).

The design team over at Frilly & Funky have produced some beautiful work so if you haven't yet visited, make time and pop over to have a look - you won't be disappointed.

Here's the tag I made with a number of 'love' type features!

The light was a little dodgy for photos but hopefully you get the idea!
The flower was made from card coloured with dylusion and shimmer spray. Some die cuts were used in various sizes and the flower was constructed. The the centre of the flower is sari silk which has been shredded. Under the flower I placed some loops of black book binding thread because it's fairly rigid and holds the shape.
The heart was die cut from board, painted with acrylic, stamped with versamark and perfect pearls were brushed on. Crackle was then applied plus some acrylic paint to emphasise the cracks. The edges of the heart were coloured with a krylon pen and the back was coated with a fresco paint to avoid untidiness. You can also see part of the die cut flourish which was embossed with various enamels and a little gold paste was added here and there.
The tag shape was cut from watercolour paper and coloured with dylusion spray and various distress inks. Shimmer spray was applied. Some stamping of hearts (TH) and text was added using the same distress colours. Some pattern was added with black soot distress and a stencil. The tiny flowers are punched, inked, shaped and a little bling added.

A piece of board was painted with acrylic, die cut twice to fit the top of the tag then stamped and inked. I chose scallops to fit the lacy theme. You can see more of the background stamping and stencil work here.

The 'sentiment' was stamped onto inked card and cut out. Some water was flicked and dried then the edges were inked. A few more hearts are included as part of this stamp.
For the lace I chose to use two different layers. The top layer was punched from dylusion sprayed card, stamped, stencilled and the edges were inked. The bottom layer of lace is real but was sprayed again with dylusion ink and then left to dry (for ages. . . . . !). I wasn't sure if I liked the effect at first but when I put it next to the tag I thought it worked so on it went!
Finally, some card was inked, stamped with appropriate 'love' text then cupid was stamped and cut out. A little water was flicked and dried. Foam strip was added to attach him to the tag - I wanted him to stand up a little from the base layer.

Hope you are all well and keeping warm in this cold weather. I really don't like these grey days - they match my hair (when the dye grows out!!) and they simply make you feel grey don't they? Roll on summer or a visit to somewhere warm!


  1. Wow!! I don't know where to start ....... it is all breathtaking! I love every bit of it and there are so many different techiques. Stunning work as always Julia!

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous tag Julia, love the wonderful heart and the black lace trim is divine! Hugs, Anne x

  3. Amazing Julia! This is truly stunning. I love the colours and details. I particularly love the flower with the book binding loops and the crackle heart is just beautiful.It has certainly given me a lot of ideas. Thanks so much for sharing Love and hugs Laura xxxxxxxx

  4. Julia l this is beautiful, that flowers a real stunner and the colours are full of life and a really yummy make.There areso many wonderul details, simply gorgeous!hugs trace x

  5. This is just gorgeous, so much to it - you've definitely demonstrated that you can do un-scary and beautiful. There's nothing wrong with a scary Valentine, though....XXX Keren

  6. Ooh!!! Lots of fabulous details on this beauty Julia!
    I took a look at Andy's post, & couldn't stop laughing, so funny!
    Was lovely to see you Sunday, hope your health issues are sorted soon.
    Alison xx

  7. This is stunning Julia. Gorgeous embellishments and I love that heart

    Annie x

  8. ...wowzers Julia, this is one super stunning super sexy tag, the black, red & gold theme is simply delicious...great techniques beautifully executed come together as an awesome visual delight...I'm in love!!...Melx :)

  9. Beautiful tag sweetie, fab use of text and crackle, I love it.
    Ooh, hope you don't mind but I have nominated you for a liebster award via my blog if you are interested??
    Huge huggles x x x x

  10. Hi Julia
    How I've missed viewing friends' art.
    What a stunning creation with so many elements, a true feast for the eyes.
    Thank You for the visits and lovely comments on my Blog. I've appreciated it so much that in my absence friends like you take the time to still support my Blog.

  11. A great valentine tag Julia,lots of gorgeous details...I'm in love with that heart :-)

    hugs, Alie :-)

  12. Wonderful, dramatic, passionate ATC - the black and red is so dynamic, and the crackle on the heart is just to die for. Stunning flower and stunning lacy detailing at the bottom... wow!
    Alison x

  13. WOW... Stunning tag.. Fabulous textures... I adore that heart!! Love it all.. Hugs May x x x

  14. Wow gorgeous valentine tag ! Love the texture and composition. Happy Valentines ! Shirleyx

  15. Wow this is gorgeous love the crackled heart, thanks for sharing..

  16. A fabulous tag, great texture on it. Love the cracked heart and the wonderful flower.

  17. A great and beautiful Valentine tag Julia.
    Love every detail.
    Greetings Janny

  18. What a triumph Julia! I adore the details in this and the depth of colour you've achieved. The lace trim at the bottom and the text tag topper frame such beautiful work, including that delicate embossed background, the darling cherub and sentiment and extravagant flower. You are so clever. Thank you for your kind thoughts and for entering the Frilly and Funkie challenge this time. Hugs, Jenny x

  19. BEAUTIFUL tag Julia, I love it, and especially the dyed lace....just scrumptious! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving me a comment, it's much appreciated! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  20. Julia, this is a beautiful tag! I love all of the details that you added and the flower you constructed is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  21. Oh, hon, this is absolutely stunning in every way.... so many gorgeous details!!

  22. Julia, your tag is just gorgeous, I love the colour and all the details.
    xxx Hazel.

  23. A really beautiful tag and absolutely Gorgeous heart! Thanks for joing us at Frilly and Funkie! Trace x

  24. Oooh, I'm a huge red fan and this is just delicious! I so love that stamp set too and you have used it beautifully - especially the stamped border across the top of the tag. The touches of gold are pure icing on the cake! Thanks so much for joining the fun with us this time at Frilly and Funkie!


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