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Monday, December 8, 2014

heart

For this forthnight’s Q&L challenge (which apparently is the penultimate, I had to look that one up, thx I learned a new English word) I choose the word heart.
A couple of weeks ago I bought Julie Fei Balzer’s carve, stamp and play book because I admit I am a stampaddict and am intrigued by making my own.
She is also having a challenge called #carvedecember, you can find everything about this here.
The first project in the book is carving a heart.
As it goes with addictions I couldn’t stop at making just the one and I made 5, actually I only made 4 but the negative makes also a great stamp.


For my spread I started by free cutting heartshapes out of bookpages. 


I added some textures with texture paste through a dot stencil, there was a happy accident as I don’t clean of my stencils, the dots became blue. I then stamped the different heart stamps (I like the stitched one the most) across the middle of the page.


I wanted to keep it simple, because I was liking the left over white space (normally I fill everything up with color but not now), but it was missing something and that something was a ribbon.
I stamped my favorite heart stamp along the ribbon and created a focal collage underneath it with a doily, a vintage picture, some feathers and a heart gem.
The ribbon I didn’t glue but sew on ( can you believe I sew it, I am absolutely rubbish at sewing but I like the look and well I figured I can only get better if I practice, right?)


Here’s a close up of the collage


Last but not least I wrote the quote A heart that gives, gathers from Tao Te Ching on tissue paper. I used acrylic paints in handy bottles with a fine tip (from Ikea).
The paint did take forever to dry however(overnight).


I also will be linking to Inky Dinkly Doodles sunday sentiments.


32 comments:

  1. Fantastic project, Vicky! I loved your walkthrough and your handmade stamps are superb! That book of Julie's is on my wish list - sounds like it would be worth buying! Great idea to write your sentiments with acrylic paint! I've got some of those squeezy bottles too - I'm definitely going to try it! Your sentiment is very touching too! Thanks for linking!

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    1. Thx Ssan, the book is definitely worth buying, clear instructions and it builds up from easy to complicate

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  2. Love your stamps, Vicky...I'm heart-obsessed myself. You're an inspiration with your carving. I'm still thinking about my first one!

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  3. Vicky, these are gorgeous stamps, I just love them, and your spread is super, loved all the layers and the stamping!

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  4. thx Ruth, I think I can feel a new addiction coming on, carving stamps, I just have to watch out for my neck and back because sitting like that for long time is no good.

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  5. Fabulous hand carved stamps - love them. Something I've not tried myself - maybe I should! Great quote, and just love the whole composition.

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    1. Just a warning kaybee, ones you stat you might not want to stop lol

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  6. This is great. I just love how the page has come together and well done on making your own stamps.

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    1. Thx Fiona, I think I have a new addiction, euh passion, carving stamps

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  7. Love everything about this! I have not tried carving stamps...you've inspired me to give it a go! The quote is lovely too! :-)

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    1. Just go for it Beth, it's not hard at all, i can really recommend the book of Julie.

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  8. Lovely vintage feel to the page. Fab carved stamps. :)

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    1. thx, I love vintage but don't often succeed in the style, so glad I did here.

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  9. It's a gorgeous page but it's the stamp carving that has me intrigued... would love to be able to do that!

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    1. I'm sure you are able to do that, it's no rocket science.

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  10. Great stamps you've carved. I love your quote - it's a new one for me.

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  11. FAB - U - LOUS!! Awesome carving; I love the stitched heart best :o))

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  12. Great carved stamps, and the collage finishes of the page beautifully - great quote too :)

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    1. Thx Carol, I'm very pleased with how my collage turned out.

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  13. Your quote is simple and beautiful and i love that it has been written on something delicate too, reflects the words and how we should be gentle in our gathering.

    Congrats on the carved stamps they look amazing :-) xxx

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    1. Didn't think of it that way, thx massofhair.

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  14. So many beautiful hearts, that's a fabulous piece of art.

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  15. I was not only impressed with your stamp carving abilities, but your truly stunning handwriting, which made the quote even more poignant.

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    1. I have a confession, it is not my handwriting, I used a stencil, I wish I could write like that though.

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  16. Lovely entry with a lot of heart(s) :-)

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  17. A super page and well done on carving your own stamps.

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