Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine "Love" Hanging

It's week two over at the CHEERFUL STAMP PAD's
"Romance Is In The Air" Challenge.
For my newest submission, I created this little Valentine's Day hanging.
The base is a red metal sign that I picked up from Hobby Lobby when they had all their Christmas stuff marked 80% off ...I paid just 29 cents for it!  I took an old paper doily and attached it to the sign using matte medium and then distressed all over with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  The image is from Tim Holtz's Seasonal Stash Pad and I put it into a chipboard frame that I first painted with Fire Red Ceramcoat acrylic paint then added a coat of Distress Crackle to.  I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter into the Crackle coat and once it was dry, distressed with Walnut Stain.  I then added all the elements. 
TIP (For Top Tip Tuesday):
I'd like to share a tip on the roses.  I've been picking up odds and ends of those white "bridal" flowers from thrift shops lately for next to nothing.  Probably because if someone's not going to use them for a wedding, why buy them, right?  Well, grab them!  With Distress Stains (or DIs), you can make them any color you like.  And the secret to a nice looking rose is color variation.
Here's how I made the ones on my hanging: 
 I got out my Fired Brick and Vintage Photo DS and a water pen.  The water pen makes it easy to get the color in just the right places but you could just add the stain right from the bottle.  If using the pen, press out a puddle of stain onto the craft mat and pick up from there.
Start by "hitting and missing" with the color all around the flower. 
Some spots are heavily inked and others are lighter.  Then go into the folds and crevices with Vintage Photo.  That adds more shading to the flower.  As you can see below, I added touches of Rock Candy Distress Stickles here and there to add some sparkle.  I also did the little leaf the same way using Forest Moss and Vintage Photo DS.
Another way to use your Distress Stains or Inks is on white Seam Binding.  Again, just color the binding to match your project and you have the perfect ribbon!
 
Some other elements I added:  a little flower doily (also distressed with DS), string of pearls that I colored with Gold and Copper Mixative alcohol inks.  I added red and gold beads to the heart headpin and dabbed on the same AIs to that and the heart button.  Finally I cut a strip of cream cardstock and lightly distressed with Vintage Photo.  I stamped the sentiment using Festive Berries Distress Ink.

21 comments:

Elaine Stark said...

A beautiful hanging. A great tip and love how you have demonstrated how it is done. Thanks for sharing and joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

nelda said...

This is great. I picked up a few metal wall hangings and was just thinking about what to do with them. Thanks for the super tips!

Kathy Eddy said...

This is gorgeous!I hunted for an hour and a half for several packs of paper doilies I bought this summer and did NOT find them today! Oh well, I moved on without them and got most of my tip-in page done.

Vicki Romaine said...

I am in love with this. It is gorgeous; great detail.

Glenda said...

Beautiful wall hanging! Love the framed photo! Flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at My Sheri Crafts!
Glenda
http://glendascards.blogspot.com/

Paper Squirrel said...

BEE-U-TI-FUL!
Great tip on the roses. I never would have guessed that they're the bridal aisle ones! They looks so nice and distressy now.

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, this is absolutely stunning! Thanks for the tip on the flowers ... they look amazing!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Fabulous design and how I love the pretty transformation of the flowers! Thanks for the visuals!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

How pretty.

DebbiB said...

This is so pretty - your creative juices were really flowing well!!!

Ann Whitfield said...

This hanging is stunning! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Dorothy said...

That is sooo pretty!

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your wall hanging! What a great idea to start with the discounted sign - I'll keep my eyes open for them. I love how everything hangs off it, too... it's so interesting. Great tip on the rose coloring, thanks.

Uta said...

Your love hanging is so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at By the Cute and Girly.

Hugs, Uta

Lisa M said...

Fantastic project for Valentine's Day! Love that you only paid 29 pennies for it....FABULOUS thrifty find and the renovation on it is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the flower tutorial tip too.
Great creation all around. :)

Thank you for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday.
Hugs,
Lisa xx

Naomi said...

the hanging is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Debs said...

top tip and a very pretty creation :0)..thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenges..hugs Debs x

Sharon said...

Great hanging - love how you have coloured the little roses - very effective.

Evelina Wikberg said...

Amazing. And what a lot of work you have put into that fab creation. Thanks for joining in with us at Dream Valley challenges. Hugs Eva.x

Samantha said...

Awesome Door hanging I LOVE LOVE the Roses and love the way you have coloured them! fabulous tutorial... wanna get some distress stains so I can have a try! tehehee.

Thanks for joining in with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge this time, Hope you can come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)

Kate said...

What a lovely and unusual project, very unique. Thanks for sharing with us at By The Cute And Girly This month, hope you'll join us again tomorrow for the new March theme.

** Kate **