Heart Tag Fun

Hello Karen Bearse here today with a simple Valentine’s Day tag tutorial. You can also alter this for any holiday. Shamrock & green for St. Patty’s… First off, not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day. It is all well and good if you are in mushy love or have someone to share the holiday with. There is also the other group who may find themselves lonely or unattached on this romantic Hallmark holiday. Whether by choice or not, if you have no hearts coming your way, this holiday can be darn right annoying. This fun tag is for either group but designed for the latter. I suggest you make yourself a Valentine celebrating what you love. I made this and just added a few things that bring feelings of warmth, contentment and happiness. I have to say it was very therapeutic just from a crazy, busy, hectic life standpoint to take a few moments and visualize myself with my toes in the sand, in the sun at the beach. Here is a close-up of my tag.

Starting with the Linnie Blooms tag- don’t you love these? I added flexible modeling paste using Seth Apter’s stencils. I like the flexible variety on things like canvas or in an art journal as they stand up really well to the project being bent and moved without the paste cracking off.

I cut out a heart from cardboard and layered it with modeling paste then let that dry. I added a second layer to the heart, through another of Seth’s stencils and let that dry. Now it was time for some color.

Using Glimmer Mist I spritzed my tag with 2 cool colors. That way I can avoid making a muddy color, if the 2 colors blend together I will get a 3rd color. Another easy way to remember this is blue + yellow=green, therefore my blended color will be a shade of green. To make my heart pop I went with warm colors, pink and purple but this time I used Glimmer Glam so I got the bonus of glitter on my heart. Glam acts like a glaze and gave my heart a shiny rich color. When that was dry I simply hit the high points using DecoArt Metallic Lustre the copper kettle color. Once the Lustre is dry buff it with a soft cloth and it will shine!

To make cool ribbons that matched my tag I took a piece of white yarn and a piece of white ribbon. I colored them using the same sprays in my tag background. An easy way to do this is take a piece of plastic wrap and mist your ribbon on it. Now it is easy to get color on the ribbon and not your fingers!

To finish off the heart, a broken zipper piece was added with a piece of wire wrapped around the heart. Glue the zipper after it is in place to hold it there & put a piece of tape on the back of the heart to hold the wire in place.  

Time to assemble! Just adhere the heart to the tag, add ribbons. Finally my sentiment was added after outlining them with pen, using words from a 7gypsies paper American Vintage. That is it for today. If you have any questions feel free to leave it in the comments. Now go get inky!

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Learn to Dance in the Rain

Today's tutorial comes from Designer Karen Sessions.  You can learn more about Karen at Art & Soul.  
Supplies: canvas mini album (Linnie Blooms), Gelatos -Watermelon, Guava, Peach, Butter Creme, Kiwi, Elderberry, Fig, Strawberry, Acqua Dolce (Faber-Castell), Glass Bead Glitter Gel
(Faber-Castell), Texture Card #5 (Faber-Castell), Stencil 101 Collection dots (Faber-Castell), clear shrink plastic (Shrinky Dink), Stazon black ink (Tsukineko), Life clear stamp (Kaisercraft), heat gun, water, paintbrush, texture paste, clear thread, hole punch
1. Apply blue gelato to the canvas background. Add a spritz of water to help blend the color with a paintbrush to create a splotchy background. Set aside to dry.
2. Use permanent black ink to stamp a quote onto clear shrink plastic. Punch a small hole at the top using a hole punch so that you can hang the charm. Use a heat gun to shrink the stamped quote.
3. Apply, white texture paste to the canvas and use texture card #5 to make horizontal striations to form the rain. Allow to dry. Next, add a cloud like mound of texture paste to the top of the canvas. After the paint has dried, apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel to add sparkle to the clouds.
4. Next, use gelatos to color the rain in a rainbow pattern. Dip the paintbrush in water to help spread the colors. Lastly, when the paint has dried, apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel selectively through a limited scattering of spots while holding the dot stencil securely.
5. Finally, embellish the rainbow with translucent buttons and hang the shrink plastic charm from clear thread.
Visit Linnie Blooms to see their range of wonderful canvas based products to embellish.
To see more of Karen's projects stop by her blog, Art & Soul

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