Monday 11 February 2013

Texturised Heart and Messy Fingers!

It's time to get MESSY with Simon Says Stamp and Show this week. Whether you use your ink spray, Distress Stains, splatter paint or drip paint, tear paper, we would love to see your interpretation of this weeks challenge. Roll up those sleeves and let's get messy for the sake of our art!

I got in touch with my messy side to create and inky background to showcase my textural heart.
To say I created a mess for the love of my art this week is an understatement; my fingers were covered in ink and glue and so is my garden table! I sprayed my inks outside on my garden table so that I could go mad and spray to my heart's content, using vibrant turquoise and melted chocolate Dylusions Spays. Adding into the mix a little sea salt, well if you are going to make a mess you may as well go the whole hog right. After mopping up my mess I began again this time with the textural heart cut from card using Wendy Vecchi's Stencils for Art Large Heart and covering in kitchen towel, hence fingers now covered in glue. It's so invigorating to just let loose now and then.

I love the background using sea salt, this is an old technique which I have not used in a while but I will be using again, it gives a fabulous mottled effect.  I simply sprayed my watercolour card with vibrant turquoise and melted chocolate ink and whilst the ink was still wet I applied the sea salt and then left to dry. It is important to remember to apply the salt to wet ink. I loved the perforated trims on the watercolour card so I simply cut those from the top of the paper and added to my card for further interest. I also added red machine stitching around the edges to bring in the red from the heart. I added Memo Pins to add the word HEART to the bottom of my card.
I cut a heart from thick card using Wendy Vecchi's stencil and then applied kitchen towel to the top of the heart. I simply scrunched up the paper and then adhered using a mixture of PVA and water. Once completely dry I then sprayed with vibrant turquoise and postbox red Dylusions sprays. I then added a little gold Paint Dabber to the raised areas to add a touch of opulence. I added a keyhole to the centre of my heart, again coloured with gold Paint Dabber. A heart cut from white card using Simon Says large heart craft die, coloured with postbox spray has been added to the top corner of my heart, adding a Chitchat sticker to the top.
Two further hearts have been added to the bottom corner again cut using the Simon Says large heart craft die. I have also added more strips of the perforated card from the top of my sheet of watercolour card, stapled into place using the tiny attacher. I have also dangled a key from my heart attached with jump rings.

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:

Dylusions Ink Sprays - Vibrant Turquoise, Melted Chocolate, Postbox Red
Wendy Vecchi's Stencils For Art Large Heart
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Memo Pins, Locket Keys, Chitchat Stickers, Jump Rings
Gold Paint Dabber
Simon Says Stamp Large Heart Craft Die
Tiny Attacher


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

That textured heart is a beauty Tracy! Love the deep color and the key hole! Fun piece!

Inkypinkycraft said...

The textured heart is yummy , love the contrast of colours and that technique sounds fab! A real eye catcher! Trace x

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful inky piece Tracy, fab colours and textures, the sea salt worked perfectly.
Hugs Brenda xox

Paula Whittaker said...

loving the texture and colour

Anonymous said...

You certainly made sure your 'heart's content'! Double entendre intentional?

This time of year is full of crafted hearts and I have to curtsy to the intricacy of yours, Tracy!

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic colors and love that you took it outside! Means serious messiness! The texture on the heart is beautiful and I love that strip of edge along the bottom! (Brilliant idea)

Sandra said...

This is amazing Tracy! Love the inky background and that textured heart is stunning! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

Candy C said...

Tracy...your heart piece is very cool! I love the sea salt background! I have yet to do this...but have the sea salt sitting on my work table! haha I love your deep green-ish background. Love the textured heart with the keyhole in the center. The Gold Paint Dabber really shows the texture you'd achieved by crumpling up the paper. Love the paper tabs in the background. That is amazing how much texture and interest they add! I also love your memo pins with "HEART" stamped inside them. As always, a very cool, textural and colorful piece!!! And of course, it has a HEART on it! :) Beautifully done! <3 Candy

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful Tracy! Love the colors and added texture!

Anonymous said...

that green with the red = perfection!!!

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, the colours you have achieved on this piece are gorgeous!! The crumpled heart is stunning with it's keyhole and the salt technique has added so much interest. Love the textures too. Cannot wait to see what you do with Sam's houses now - they too look wonderful.... Hugs, Anne x

JansArtyJunk said...

Fabulous textured heart, Looks like you had a lot of fun getting messy Tracy!! :) x

Alison said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous colours & texture Tracy! Absolutely love this!
Alison xx

Jeannette said...

WOW!Absolutly Georgus,beautiful colors and texture,stunning!

Hugs Jeannette

email: said...

Cool project, Tracy! I'm really loving the thick texture on this project and you embellished perfectly!

Simon Says Stamp!

Annie said...

Looks like lots of fun Tracy. Love the background colours and the textured heart is amazing.


Annie x

fairy thoughts said...

wow this is fab.... so textural I bet you had a blast (no pun intended) sorry I didnt read it all but I love the pictures, I could almost feel it

Gillian .... said...

Awesome Tracy, love the sea salt background and the textural heart is a winner in my eyes. xx

Unknown said...

I love the unusual colour combination of your card Tracy. The background reminds me of malachite. It is a piece you just want to get your hands on to feel the texture.

butterfly said...

Such an amazing colour combo, and the texture and gilding on that heart is just fan-tas-tic!! Love it!
Alison x