Monday, 23 June 2014

SDC152 Sentimental

Over at the playful Stampotique Blog this weeks challenge is from Gez:

Hi Gez here, I am delighted to be your hostess for this challenge.. I love sentiments and sayings, they really say it all to me! They make a piece finished! I'd like you to share some of your favourite words with us this week! They can be a main focal point or an embellishment, it's your choice! Say it with words...

Played with my new DecoArt Paints which i purchased last week when i saw them demoed by Andy Skinner and Mark Gould.



They are the best paints i have used so far, and my double sided plaque has been painted only with DecoArt Americana Satin, DecoArt Media Acrylic and DecoArt Chalk paint called Everlasting.

Side One


Plaque is from the MDF man and is made from greyboard. Painted a layer of  Chalk paint called Everlasting to seal the board, when dry added some DecoArt Americana colours, cocoa bean, pumpkin patch, deep turquoise and muted gold. Never used a make up sponge to blend colours before, they work very well with these paints.

Stamped over the background with a Christy Tomlinson She Art word stamp, added more layers with stencilling using Archival cornflower ink pad.

Next painted a thin layer of the DecoArt Crackle Medium and left to dry.

My favourite stencil at the moment is from Paper Artsy and Lin Brown ELB PS004. coloured some of the DecoArt Crackle Paste with Cobalt Teal Hue, Cyan Primary Media Acrylic and Deep Turquoise Americana Satin paints and used a palette knife to spread over the stencil, had some over so place this onto some satin card stock to dry.

When dry added Treasure Gold Onyxite, Indigo and White Fire to the heads and Limited Edition 1 and Aquamarine to the stems, love the way the crackle has turned out.

Used Posca white pen to outline some of the areas on the plaque to give some depth.

Got some doCrafts washi tape and added a couple of strips to the plaque. Stamped Heartthrob from Stampotique, coloured him is using Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens, cut him out and grounded him onto a piece of the washi tape.

When i was happy with this side i applied 3 coats of the DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish, when dry it feels like velvet, such a fabulous finish very tactile.

To finish off i added an embellishment to the top of the plaque which i had cut off from some sandals which i can no longer wear, this enables the plague to be either free standing or be hung up.

A few macro shots of side one:


The sentiment is from Dyan Reaveley stamps set The Right Words.


Side Two

Side two was created using the same colours with the added colours DecoArt Primary Yellow and Americana Satin Eggplant.


Used the paste i had over to create a second set of the poppy heads which i fussy cut then adhered onto the plaque.

Treasure Gold was again added but this time in Indigo, Royal Amethyst and Renaissance.

Moth Fab from Stampotique was coloured using the Kaiserfusion Pens, fussy cut and adhered onto the plaque over another piece of the doCrafts washi tape.

The sentiment if another from Dyan Reaveley stamp set Say what you Mean. The two sentiments i have used are wonderful and positive, something i need in my life at the moment, i hope you like them too.

Added another embellishment at the top of the plaque so it can be seen from either side and will make a more stable hanging point.

The final touch was to add another 3 layers of the Soft touch Varnish, everyone needs this in their stash especially if you are a tactile person, you will keep going back to touch the soft surface again and again.

Some macro shots of side two:


I do hope you have enjoyed dropping by, looking forward to your comments.



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  1. Hi, never heard of the soft touch varnish, sounds fascinating. I too love your fave stencil but haven't got it yet. The list is endless! Love your combination of stamping, fussy cutting washi etc and really love your 2 sided piece. Looks at home amongst the flowers and, with your little stampotique friends you have obviously enjoyed your creation! X

  2. Wonderful plaque with the fun characters. Lovely mix of techniques too and I do like the quotes you used.

    Lesley Xx

  3. Oooh lots of fab techniques used on both side of your fantastic fancy tag, love the top, very classy

    Great images and fab quotes

    Sam xx

  4. This tag is stunning, both sides! Those paints look amazing, so loving the colours you used. Your poppy heads are really good, I love the shading it's so effective and the crackle just adds the finishing touch.

    Love heartthrob and moth fab and the sentiments work so well. Xxxx

  5. I love that you used both sides. What great texture and layers too - love those poppies!

  6. Love the mixture of materials and colour blends on your tag. Both sides are fabulous designs and layered up beautifully xxx

  7. Just gorgeous, love the colours. Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique.

  8. Wow! I love what you did with those poppy heads! The crackle looks so good. There is something so interesting on both sides and the sentiments are good too. Lovely work. Julie Ann xxx

  9. Looks like you "doubled your pleasure" as both sides are wonderful! Heart Throb and Moth Fab are two special characters in my own collection, and you have paired them with perfect quotes for each here. Thanks so much for participating in the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week!

  10. WOW!!! Beautiful ♥♥

    Even more WOW! I saw Mark & Andy up at the Craft Range too!!! I only live down the road... small world!

    Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez

    Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez

    1. Oh boy if i'd known you were going i would have said hello! Had a fab day at Craftrange. Did you try the cheesecake? Enjoyed it so much i asked Micheal for the recipe, he did one better & sent me the mixes he'd used & a how to, what a lovely man.

      Will be going back if Andy/Mark or John Glossop do any workshops so might see you there... :-) xxx

  11. Ooh! This is gorgeous, both sides look amazing! Great techniques! xxx

  12. Very cool tag... and very excited to hear how excited you are about the paints! I'm due on a workshop with Andy in October (was supposed to be two weeks ago but got postponed) where we'll be playing with the new media line... can't wait!

    Fabulous on both sides!
    Alison xx

    1. Have to wait until 2015 for workshop with Andy as he is booked up until then. Have my fingers crossed!

      Can't wait to see how you use the Media paints. I am excited by them because as a beginner i can use them and get fantastic results. Can see your bank balance taking a hit. The Soft Touch Varnish is a must as is the Crackle Paste and oh yes don't forget to get a Glaze or two :-) xxx

    2. I got some of the crackle paste at Ally Pally - but yes, I fear for the credit cards!

  13. Ooo gorgeous! Looks like you have been having fun. I'm hoping to get my hands on some chalk paints too, they just look so fab. Gorgeous!

    1. TheDecoArt Chalk paints are amazing, i only got the white because Mark told us that you can mix any of the Media paint colours into the Everlasting colour & you can make your own colours customised colours!

      Looking forward to seeing what you do with them:-) xxx

  14. Totally fabulous tag, you have really been inspired :D Loving the look of the paints too Hugs gay x

  15. Love both sides of this ..... Fantastic!
    Thank you for joining us at stampotique designers challenge