Saturday, 3 November 2012

The Lonesome Pine

Hello everyone, today is a special day for me as it's my birthday! Won't be sharing my age though as I've got to the stage of wanting to forget about it lol.
We're off to see Skyfall tonight and I can't wait as I love James Bond films and it's been too long since the last one. No meal out today as the film is an awkward time so I hope we'll do that sometime soon. I'm planning on some crafting today and also will be sorting out some goodies as candy is rather overdue.
I have a project to share with you that is my inspiration for today over at Studio 12 Creative Team.
My decoration started life as a rather cheap wooden whitewashed rustic style heart (from The Range) and after the makeover, here's the finished result - ta da!

It was quite difficult to photograph the heart hanger to show the full sparkle so there's a second pic with the tree detail so you can get the full Frantage effect of the stunning embossing powders I used here. A bit of the sparkle does show but I was a bit light challenged!

I gave the heart a wash of very watered down periwinkle blue and sage acrylic paint and when dry, dry brushed on a little antique white. Because I used a wash, the original wood still shows through to add loads of texture.
I then got to work with a Versamark ink pad to add streaks on the raised areas, sprinkled on the amazing new Ranger sticky embossing powder, heated it to melt and then added Ranger clear Rock Candy dry glitter which sticks to the embossing powder like magic. The photo doesn't really do justice to the amazing sparkle you get so you'll have to trust me there!
I then printed out one of the pine trees from the Gingerbread Twist Cd twice on to strong card and cut out one whole tree and alternate sections of the second, starting at the top.
I embossed the complete tree with Frantage Aged Green embossing enamel and the sections with Aged Silver. Just one coat is all you need for this effect. I then glued on the silver sections over the top of the corresponding green sections as shown in the photo.
I altered some snowflakes which came from a pound shop snowflake garland using Pear Green and Amethyst Promarkers to add a little colour and glued everything in place on the altered heart.

Hoping you have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

PS: I listened to the Skyfall theme by Adele on You Tube last night and it's amazing so do listen if you get a chance - probably the only song from the lovely Adele that's been Bonded up!

Some challenges for my altered heart:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Add Texture
Delicious Doodles - Embossing - Heat or Dry
The Stamp Man - Emboss It


Caroline said...

Beautiful Fliss love the embossing and the colours are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

Buttons said...

"Happy birday to you..." hope you have a great time crafting and at the cinema.
This heart is such a wonderful transformation. The two varied textures on the tree work superbly. Hope this gets pride of place in your home this Christmas. Hugs, Buttons x

JayBe said...

Happy Birthday, hun! What better way to spend your day - a bit of crafting, followed by James Bond :)

Love your project for Studio 12 - I can't believe how many different ideas we all have using the same CDs.

Hope you enjoy your day,
Big hugz, Jan xx

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday Fliss. I saw Skyfall in the week and loved it. Tried to upload Adele's Bond theme on my blog but it was taking forever so I abandoned it. Love your upcycled heart, great texture on the embossing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss and Happy Birthday (or is it Belated Birthday Wishes?)
This would make such a beautiful gift for Christmas, that is if you can part with it.

susie said...

What a great Christmas decoration and that tree glistens beautifully. Thanks for joining us over at CSAYL xxx

Claire Boelema said...

Happy Birthday Fliss!!! Have a fab day hun.

Beautiful heart, love your textured paint effect.

Claire x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous project.
Hope you have had a lovely Birthday.
Yvonne x

Sue said...

So classy and it looks so much like metal-work...I am into this style at the moment, not in my makes , but for home is lovely Fliss:)

Ephemera said...

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Hope you enjoyed the film Fliss, loving your altered hanging so pretty and beautifully embossed. X

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous technique.

Fabiola said...

hello, thanks to play with us at CSAYL this week, your card is gorgeous and so cute, hope to see you next week, biz

Beth M said...

Gorgeous project :) hope you enjoyed your birthday! . Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week :)