Wednesday, 20 January 2016

2016 #2 A Little Bird Told Me {by Chris Cresswell}

 2016 Topic 2: Hearts
Hi everyone, Chris Cresswell here, joining you this evening with a post featuring, 'Squiggly Ink' stamps.
These were among the first PaperArtsy stamps I started collecting 'way back when', and have proved invaluable for the various birthday, valentine and engagement cards I have needed to create since then. They've even crept into my mini journaling!
I started my creative journey with stamping and, along with art journaling, it has remained a firm favourite. The wall hanging that I'm blogging tonight is really a tribute to one of my first craft tutors: Sarah Martin, who co-owned a local craft shop with the talented Tracy Evans: Craft Addicts. Sarah taught all the classes and introduced me to stamping (and a lot more) in her varied and creative workshops. This wall hanging that I have made for tonight's post was inspired by something similar that I made with Sarah. It was the first thing I thought of making when I chose these particular Squiggly Ink stamps to 'play' with for this theme.


Step One: The substrate I have used is a piece of corrugated cardboard, measuring 12" x 7", ripped in various places to reveal the corrugations, gessoed and then painted with Caribbean Sea. I then cut a piece of Ranger's Specialty stamping cardstock (12" x 4") and, using South Pacific and Limelight, I brayered over the card having first wrapped several rubber bands along the pad. This produces a resist effect. I then stamped the pretty trailing leaf vine from SIFF6 along the borders, mounted it twice and adhered it to the painted corrugated cardboard.



Step Two: Next, I used Tango to paint over three large wooden hearts. Then, using the Tim Holtz lattice work stencil I added Autumn Fire over the top. I broke up three lollipop sticks to roughly the same length, painted them with Caribbean Sea and stamped the trailing leaf vine once again across the length of each stick with Cobalt Archival ink.


Step Three: I then prepared the background papers for the paper hearts that would dangle on wire from the three wooden, painted hearts. I painted and stencilled two sheets of 240 gms Smoothy card with Caribbean Sea, Hey Pesto and Limelight. I then stamped various images from the stamp sets: SIFF1, 4, 5 and 6 in complementary Archival ink colours to complete the backgrounds.



Step Four: Now they were ready for punching out and assembling. I punched out 84 small hearts as I need six to fold and glue together to make each heart shaped flower (more detail about this on my blog). This gave me 14 heart flowers in all. Using Ranger's Alcohol inks, I coloured six, tiny, glass fragments from the Tim Holtz ideology range and stamped them with 'love' and 'birds' from inside the large heart stamp on SIFF1.



Step Five: The next step was to stamp out various birds and the butterfly from the four SIFF sets already mentioned, and colour them with my prismacolours. I stamped the butterfly three times on a Gelli print design I'd made previously with Fresco Chalks. Unfortunately, I can't remember which colours I'd used! Using Ten Second Studio tools and PaperArtsy's metal on card, I stamped the bird on the branch from SIFF4. I tried hard to remember how to 'puff up' the key elements of the image from Lin Brown's wonderful workshops, then coloured the whole image with alcohol inks.



Step Six: Now to assemble everything! I added PaperArtsy grunge paste, mixed with South Pacific, around the edges of the corrugated card and rubbed over it with Treasure Gold (Emerald). I found some scrim in my stash to tuck behind the painted wooden hearts, adhered these in place, glued the lollipop sticks on each heart then added all the cut out stamped images. I had already made holes in the top of each heart to insert one end of each piece of wire. I cut 6 lengths of wire ( no idea of the gauge I'm afraid) and rolled each one around a glue stick. I added two paper heart flowers and a tag to each length of wire then glued two lengths of wire to each wooden heart with silicone glue to fall either side of it.



So there you have it! I'm really pleased with the result although I now wish I had triple embossed each wooden heart or added crackle glaze to them. Ah well. I do hope you are encouraged to re-visit these gorgeous stamp sets and perhaps have a go at making your own paper heart flowers. Thank you to Sarah Martin for that technique!

Many thanks for joining me here tonight, 
Chris Cresswell 
@artmadnana on Twitter  

What a wonderful idea Chris, its so nice to see the Squigglies again. I too have a bit of a soft spot for the Flora and Fauna set, love what you have done here! That bright and cheery colour scheme is gorgeous, and the hearts on the wire are totally brilliant!!! ~Leandra

We would love to see how you interpret this Hearts  topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #2: Hearts, on this page HERE.

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29 comments:

Helen said...

Thus is gorgeous Chris. will have a good look on the pc after dinner

Darcy UK said...

Fabulous Chris, I love those little punched out hearts, such patience to contruct all those lol

Claire said...

Oooo lovely project - so bright and cheery on a cold winter day! X

Julie Ann Lee said...

I so agree with Claire above! This really brightened my day with its cheery colours and I love the 3D aspect, which really makes the whole creation pop! Lovely piece! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous debut Chris...like the rubber band technique and it falls into place together beautifully! Congratulations! Xx

Maremi's Small Art said...

This is so so so cute ! I love all the details and this stunning colour choice, well done such a pretty piece ! love it, Marta xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, Chris! I love all the clever elements and the gorgeous colourscheme. So effective!

Lucy x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely textures and colours Chris. Love the little birds too. Tracy x X

Team Clark said...

What a fun, fun idea! This is such a great stamping project!

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous..love the colours and the bouncing flowers, such a fun and creative idea x

craftimamma said...

This is a really lovely fun piece Chris and a fab colour combo. Love how you used the Squiggles and those heart flowers are so sweet! The Flora & Fauna set was part of my first ever PA purchase :-)

Hugs
Lesley Xx

JoFY said...

Great project! :o)

Lin said...

Oh chris this is pretty well done you!!your attention to detail is fantastic xxx

Ruth said...

Brilliant, adore the hearts on wires, really creative! Ruth x

Lauren Hatwell said...

It's great Chris. Gorgeous colours and loads of interest. Fab! Lx

Chris Cresswell said...

Oh Thankyou so much everyone for your lovely, encouraging comments. I was really nervous about this. Your comments mean such a lot. Thankyou xxx

Kirsten said...

This is so lovely, Chris! I love the layers & the colours. The heart flowers look great & the little birds are very sweet.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Chris this is fabulous. Love the colourfulness and your birds are soooo cute. Love it xx

Florence Adam said...

what a cutie cute piece of work Chris !! When I first saw it I thought that the wooden orange hearts were in felt but there are definitely not! Very creative !

Catie Cuddles said...

Chris this is truly stunning work! Love it and would truly be happy with this if it was on my wall! You clever girl!
Catherine xxx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Chris
The bright colours and joyful appearance is such a tonic on a "dreich" January night! Love the whimsical style and the variety of techniques you managed to display on one piece of art.
Fabulous!
Wishes
Lynne

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What a gorgeous project Chris. The little hearts are so cute and great idea. Lovely colours look delightful spring time. xx

Jo said...

Ho,ho, love the "funness" of this, especially the lolly stick branches! Jo

Joi at RR said...

Oh oh oh ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - your project is just DELIGHTFULLY INCREDIBLE Chris. The colors, the whimsy, the uniqueness, the yumminess of it all has me smiling BIG. What a JOY this was to see today. PRECIOUS and FUN. j.

Wanda Hentges said...

Fabulous project, Chris!!! It is so fun and bright and cherry!!! Love it!!!

Coco said...

This is a wonderful project and wall hanging, totally adorable!!!!!! Love it too!! Hugs Coco xx

Susan Carol said...

What a wonderful project. I love the heart flowers and the birds and the colours and.... all of it!

Sarah B said...

I've only just managed to have a proper look at this - so fun and bright - can't believe those little heart flowers - you must have so much patience x

Julie Bell said...

Absolutely stunning Chris, you are on a fantastic creative roll xx

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