Monday 18 February 2013

Heartfelt Transformation

Simon Says Stamp and Show are looking for your touches of METAL this week, anything from foil, to metal brads, metal embellishments, gold glitter, any way you would like to incorporate metal into your project.

We also have a special guest this week Janeen at SuburbNgypsy who has created a fabulous Easter project.

I have set myself a personal challenge to use up all the alterable items lying around my craft room and this bracket book cover was crying out for a transformation.
Metal foil is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of metal, I love the texture, the flexibility and the Riveted Patchwork Technique from Tim's Compendium Of Curiosities Volume ll works fabulously in combination with the metal. This is the second bracket book cover I have altered, a kind gift from fellow team mate Suzz so I decided to give it some TLC, hence I used hearts cut from thick card using Wendy Vecchi's Large Heart Stencil and Distress Stains mowed lawn and salty ocean, two favourites of mine at the moment. Hearts are key in this piece, using hearts from Simon Says Die and stamp set Plenty Of Hearts and Simon Says Mini Heart Set Craft Die. I think I have given this neglected piece some LOVE don't you!
Once I had cut the large hearts from thick card I then applied mowed lawn and salty ocean Distress Stains to my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and mopped up the colour with the hearts. I then tore the hearts in half, stitched one back up with black twine and stapled the other together using the tiny attacher. I cut the tiny hearts from metal foil using the Simon Says Mini Heart die, coloured each one with ginger Alcohol Ink and rubbed over each with wire wool to add to the aged/industrial feel. For further interest I also added Chitchat stickers to one of my hearts.
I added a large crown to the top of one of my hearts for further dimension and interest, colouring a little with black Paint Dabber. I used Simon Says stamp and die set to add hearts and stamped hearts around my piece.
I added two Alpha Cards (XO) which I crumpled a little to add to the aged feel, colouring with a little peacock feathers Distress Ink. I also tore a few of the edges around my heart to continue the aged feel to the whole piece. A wooden arrow has been added for further interest, again coloured with peacock feathers Distress Ink.
This is a sentiment that has never been inked up, goodness knows why, I love it and it works perfectly for this piece. Something else I am determined to do this year, use all my products!
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Metal Foil Tape
Tim Holtz The Mind Stamp
Tim Holtz Compendium Of Curiosities Volume ll
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chitchat Stickers, Regal Adornments, Alpha Cards,
Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers
Wendy Vecchi's Large Heart Stencil
Distress Stains - Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean
Simon Says Die and Stamp Set Plenty Of Hearts
Simon Says Mini Heart Set Craft Die
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Tiny Attacher
Alcohol Ink - Ginger, Pitch Black
Paint Dabber - Pitch Black
Studio Calico Hearts and Arrows


Juls said...

Wow that's fabulous, so many gorgeous details. Hugs Juls

Helen said...

I bet you use this sentiment loads now you've finally inked it!! (I know, I do that too!) This is gorgeous, Tracy.

Anonymous said...

Your work is painstakingly artfully eyecatching, even to this stamping novice! Have just added you to my Blogs I Love list!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! I love what you did with both covers! The hearts are lovely in the blues and greens which paired with the foil is a perfect color combination! Lovely sentiment. I am with you on using everything in my craft room!

flutterbycrafter said...

So gorgeous x

Terry said...

Heavy Metal greatness! Love the hearts and stunning metal work! Enjoy the week! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

You photographed this so beautifully allowing us to see the texture you created and the wonderful reflective properties of the metal.
The crown is a fabulous addition.

Candy C said...

Tracy...I am in love with this piece! I love the grungey metallic background. Love the greenish-patina looking hearts against the grey metallic background. Love a if the detailing you have done on top if the hearts. The entire piece just works do we together!! As always, a lovely and creative work of art! Hugs, Candy

Gillian .... said...

Metal, Hearts, Stitching & the touches of Green Patina ... what's NOT to LOVE:) xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

You really are the Queen of Hearts my dear! Love the stapled heart...I know mine has felt like that a time or two! The colors of the hearts are fabulous, and all the minis inside the bigger...well that's one to ponder and I'll leave that!!! Love love love your metal riveted background so fabulous and awesome! PINNED!

Annie said...

Love this metaltastic make Tracy. The rivets are fab and the hearts/colours work so well


Annie x

Terry said...

Hey there sweets, what a fabulous heartsy piece of ART you made love the different colors of the hearts absolutely fabulouness and the metall mmm completely fabulous Thanksss sweets for sharing Hugs Terry xxxx

gayle said...

Ooh this is fab, loving the colour against the metal, and the patchwork effect :)

email: said...

Tracy this is so pretty! The metal/silver combination with turquoise is over the top stunning!!

Simon Says Stamp!

Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous colours and shapes here Tracy. Love the tiny hearts and also the way you tore and put the big hearts back together. Fabulous.
Hugs Brenda xox

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW!!!! LOVE the impact of this piece!!! The colors are stunning!!!!!!!

Julie Shearer said...

Beautiful !! TFS.

Artmadnana said...

Love your tag - unmistakeably you with all those hearts!

Words and Pictures said...

I'm in love with this one Tracy - it may be my new top favourite of yours... The vivid hearts are so amazing, and the tearing and re-attaching makes them so full of meaning and texture. The tiny hearts are beyond glorious (there's a die that's going on the list!) - a wonderful, wonderful piece altogether!
Alison x

hazel said...

An amazing piece Tracy - great textures and colour, I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Sandra said...

This is amazing, Tracy! Love the metal with the turquoise! And the hearts are fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous details and colors!!!

Michelle Webb said...

Fantastic book cover Tracy, I love the riveted metal work. I've yet to try this technique, but this book cover makes me want to try it out. I really love the design of your hearts too. Michelle x