Monday 18 March 2013

A tale of two hearts

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "water".  I wanted to make a couple of tags that contrasted warm-heartedness and cold-heartedness and took advantage of this week's theme to weave a few watery techniques into the piece as I progressed through it.

I started by cutting a rectangle of white cardstock for the centre of each manilla tag.  I spritzed them with water and then applied distress stains in a range of warm and cold colours to give the blurred, colourful backgrounds.

Next I stamped the heart and hand on each panel.  I used neat distress stain and a water brush to paint the hearts.  I thinned some white gesso with a little water and painted over each hand stamp.  After drying the paint I stamped the hand again in the same position, to give the final effect.  I could have used a stamp positioner to try to get the hand in exactly the same place but I didn't, as I find the fact that it can be a little out of position merely adds to the interest of this technique.

The sentiment was stamped on white card and selected words cut out and fixed in place, including adding "IM" to one of the "possible"s.  The panels were fixed in place on the tags and then I used a black promarker and a white pen to decorate the edges.  I had a lot of fun with this one, I hope you like it! :)

Supplies I used included:

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Candy C said...

Dan...WOW! This challenge project is deep! :) I love your idea and how you created both the possible and the impossible heart! What a creative way of using Tim's sentiment from his stamp set! I love all of the steps you went through to achieve such a cool final result! <3 Candy

Rossella said...

I love these, the black and white edging is really effective
Rosie x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your possible and impossible heart Dan and the red and blue work fabulously. Very dramatic tags, love the design and those hearts are very eye catching. Tracy x x

misteejay said...

Great tags Dan - I always love seeing things done in different colours because it is a reminder of how we can make very different items with the same materials but by just changing the colours.

Toni xx

ria gall said...

what lovely tags and I love the contrast between the two. Great techniques used to achive a fantastic result

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Wow, Dan! What a really cool and well thought out project! I love the outcome---really neat :)

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Sandra said...

This is stunning, Dan! Love the opposites. Hugs, Sandra

Maura said...

Great pair of tags...kind of like the ying and yang of the heart.

dena ann said...

These are just stellar, love them.

fatmonica said...

I love the idea behind these and the blue/red tags are both stunning.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Very cool Dan! I've had this hand image forever and have never used it. You've rocked it and I love how your mind cool with the hot and cold! Gorgeous tags!

Cheryl said...

Very cool! Love the contrast between the two tags, both intellectually and aesthetically.

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