Friday, 2 February 2018

Melt it! A Valentine's project for A Vintage Journey #62

Hello friends, - busy days here at the moment....
Today I am sharing a project for A Vintage Journey where the challenge theme this month is "Melt It".
I created a Valentine's card, - it is February afteral...
This month the lovely Julia is our host, and this is what she had to say about the challenge:

This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

Well, Let's start with the heart:

 I took out my long neglected UTEE and created the heart which holds the central place on my card. So I'll start by explaining how I did that:
I traced a heart shape on some scrap chipboard, painted it dark brown and when dry covered it in 3 layers of UTEE. While the final layer was still molten I pressed a text stamp into it, leaving it in until the UTEE had cooled a little. That way the UTEE won't stick to you stamp and does not damge it in any way. The final step to the heart was to blend some Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz and Wild Fire over the heart, to show the ridges up more.
The background to my card was created using a geli print. I used a mix of Paper Artsy Fresco and Decoart Media paints, as well as my all time favourite Golden Fluid Payne's Grey.
I also did some additional stenciling and added some further colour using both paints and Doxide Inks. The sentiment was obviously stencilled too.
I added some strips of washi tapes and book pages (always a favourite) and this sweet couple from the paper dolls by Tim Holtz. Adding some subtle shading always helps to integrate them into the page/background.

A little flower cluster to tie it all together
And then matting and layering onto some dark blue and and a grey gold 7" folded card and that was it.

If you haven't been yet, do check out the challenge blog to get inspiration from my talented teamies, and please join us in our challenge, we would love to see what you create!!
Happy weekend everyone


Bev. Wilson said...

Astrid - impressed with that Utee heart! nice piece. :)

Kate Yetter said...

Your card is so vintage and beautiful. I love the texture from the heart and that lovely border around the card.

Julia Aston said...

Such a lovely celebration of love Astrid - your heart is so textured and colorful - wonderful text stamped into the UTEE, your Geli print background is the perfect backdrop for the couple and pretty flower spray! Thank you for joining in my Melt It Challenge with this beautiful project!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece Astrid, your heart turned out really well. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I could just look at this all day Astrid and i'm sure I would discover something new within each peek. I adore your focal heart. I LOVE UTEE and do not use it as much as I should, maybe 2018 is the year.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.. Tracey xx

Brenda Brown said...

This is utterly gorgeous Astrid - the background is beautiful and the perfect backcloth for your collage elements, flowers and that amazing heart - love it xxx

Jackie PN said...

I absolutely will jump in on this one! I just love my embossing powders!!
One thing I have never tried is stamping into them...but you have inspired me to give my Utee and stamps a go!!
Super card Astrid and I love your heart!
Jackie xo

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful card, Astrid! Love the heart!

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh man! This totally makes me want to break out the UTEE and make some embellies! What fun! Such a gorgeous design here. Love the heart, the amazing background and your entire collage design. Beautiful inspiration! Big hugs, Autumn

Dorthe said...

Astrid I love your melt it project, the heart is gorgeous, really !!
And the whole card saying Valentine .... love.... and joy.
So beautiful background with the mottled effect - Gorgeous !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Lynn Harrell said...

I had forgotten about UTEE until I saw your lovely heart. Time to dig out the UTEE and melter and get busy making some cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Redanne said...

The focal point heart looks fantastic Astrid, the layer upon layer of UTEE really make the stamping stand out so beautifully and the was brings out the details wonderfully well. I love your Geli background too, it creates a beautiful background for the heart and the lovely couple! Hugs, Anne xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is absolutely stunning Astrid. The heart is just wonderful with the gorgeous texture running through it and then how you have layered it onto the background and with the gorgeous embellishments. Everything works so well together - something you are just so good at ! A fabulous card! Jennie x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE the nontraditional colors, and vintage feel! You nailed one of my favorite techniques on the heart...awesome!!!

Deb Riddell said...

Beautiful card Astrid and I adore your stamped UTEE heart, I always forget about that technique so thank you for demonstrating and describing it so perfectly! Lovely layers as always and the Paper Dolls were the perfect addition, thank you so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a wonderful card! The technique you used with the ultra thick embossing enamel is such fun, isn't it 😁. I love how you layered the different text pieces in the background too! Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

Meggymay said...

This looks beautiful and romantic Astrid. I love the heart I had one sent to me some time ago, I think it must have been the same technique. I must seek out my melt pot again.
Yvonne xx

A Pink said...

Wow, your utee heart is stunning! Astrid. So textural and rich in vintage colour. It makes for such a a striking embellishment atop your fabulous background and other well chosen, collaged elements.
Such a gorgeous way to celebrate the love .
Have a lovely weekend
Hugs x

Nikki Acton said...

Beautiful design Astrid - the textured, embossed heart is stunning and love how you have embellished around it maintaining such a wonderfully coordinated design xx

froebelsternchen said...

Just BEAUTIFUL dear Astrid - you always made such unique pieces - your style is precious!

Rita said...

Another fabulous piece of Art. Love that heart and the way the text has come out is just perfect. Looks like you had loads of fun creating it too. Hugs Rita xxx

sarascloset said...

So lovely and romantic, I love your unexpected colors for a Valentine. That stamped UTEE heart is amazing and inspires me to reach deeper in my melting drawer for the unloved UTEE jars. Your background is a stunning base for that loving pair and your flower spray. Gorgeous make! Hugs!

butterfly said...

Your fabulous text-textured heart takes pride of place on this deliciously romantic card - a great technique, and beautifully tinted and gilded for just that touch of magical shimmer. Love the colours in the background too.
Alison x

Annie said...

Absolutely adore your beautiful card Astrid and the wonderful details on your heart. Great background using the gelli plate complete with the lovely florals

TFS Annie xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

A wonderful romantic card! The heart is a work of art all by itself! Chrisx

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