Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Simon Says... A Tutorial promised, I am back today with a link to the tutorial I have done for Simon Says Stamp & Show. All the deets are HERE. The challenge is open to all and... don't forget, there's candy to be had for one lucky entrant. I have to say again, thank you to the lovely peeps at Simon Says Stamp for allowing me to be a Guest Designer on their fab challenge blog... I am so chuffed... and ver, ver honoured.

Being as all the deets on how I altered the frame are already on the SSS&S blog, I thought I would just do a quicky on how I finished my frame. The frame is one of those RAM ones from IKEA, you know, the fabby wooden ones that are now discontinued *sad face time* Once I had covered my frame with the Tissue and Washi Tape collage, I moved onto decorating the insert. I cut a piece of card to fit inside and painted it with the same bit of Cut & Dry I had used to do the frame. I left this plain so the heart embellishment would pop more but I did add some darker colour paint where the point of the heart would be sitting so it adds shading to it.

I cut a heart out of thick card - I have made myself a little template so I can get a heart to be equal on both sides. This is simples, just draw half a heart on the edge of a piece of card and cut it out. Then when you come to make your heart, draw around the half, flip it over and draw around the other side, that way you get the same shape on both sides. I added strips of tape across the heart along with a border punched bit of card and then painted over the top with the same bit of Cut & Dry I used for the frame. I added some darker paint around the edges, blending it in so there was some more shading. Once this was dry I added a smidge of gold embossing powder around the edge to make it a bit fancier. I popped some Prima flowers onto the heart, along with some metal bits and bobs to jazz it up a bit and spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer spray to add some bling. I like to make things that have words on them (yep, as well as flowers lol) and Tim's Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers are perfect to add that little something that doesn't overload a design. I have stuck mine onto card, edged them with a black Paint Sharpie and then bobbed them onto 3d foam. I know I have said this very lots of time but... I am totes inspired by Finnabair - I don't think I have ever seen her make anything that I don't like - click her name to see her blog.

And there you have it. A simple collage technique that looks really pretty. And you don't just have to do this on an alterable piece, you can use it on cards, tags, ATC's - the list is endless :O) The majority of the goodies I used are available from Simon Says Stamp.

As ever, thanks for looking... I am still suffering today *grrrr* so I have planned myself a day in the Room of Stash *yayyy*... a good old play with ink and stuff always makes me feel better. Have a good day yourselves... TTFN

Hels x


Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, sorry your still suffering, im sympathise, like you i find crafting takes me mind of the pain.
I love this frame as just love turquoise. Im going over to SS for a peep.

inkypinkycraft said...

Sorrybyoubare suffering, hope you still manage to have funin the room of stash! Trace x
Oh , fab make , love it! Tracevx.

Sharon said...

Sorry you are suffering, hope it eases soon. I'm having a day in my craft room also and you've really inspired me with this piece. Just beautiful! All my favourite colours! Now off to play...... x

Lillibelle said...

Oh that's wonderful and a great ARTwork.

Lottie said...

Oh wow - you are so generous to share your techniques - especially so when you are in so much pain. Fingers crossed that it eases soon - I so admire you gritting your teeth and trying to 'work' through it

Michelle Webb said...

I'm suffering because I'm not in my room of stash! Does that count to make me come out of work, and have some crafty therapy? I hope so. Love the colours Hels, you always make it look gorgeous. Michelle x

Marleine said...

Hiya Hels,
Thanks for the tutorial. Lovely art work.
Wishing you well. X

Kaz said...


Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Thank you so much for showing us and telling us how you made this. It is so beautiful and the colours are gorgeous.
I do hope you are feeling better soon,
I was crafting this afternoon and the handle on my GC broke, I've only had it 6 months and not used it that much, I am devastated. I emailed C&C to ask if there is anything I can do, am waiting now to see what they say.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Maura said...

This is one gorgeous work of art!

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