Hello everyone, well, I was lucky enough to get hold of a complete set of Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Dreams set. It’s been my first experience of using Heartfelt products and I have to say that the quality is second to none. The papers are just beautiful and such amazing quality, and I have found myself enjoying rubber stamping for the first time in years. Got my Phill Martin embossing powders out and my stamping platform and these stamps are just an absolute dream to work with. I’ve fallen in love with my stamping platform. The best thing was to be able to stamp an image, emboss it and then use the corresponding dies to cut them out. It has blown my mind. I cannot believe the results. I need Heartfelt Creations in my life, the designs are just beautiful. Anyway, I felt that to do these beautiful things justice I would create if you like a larger than life scrapbook page but on a heart shaped canvas.
You will need:
  • 1 x large heart canvas (I’ve used one from Craft Buddy).
  • A selection of inch wide lace
  • Photographs of your choice
  • Sanding block
  • High tack red liner tape
  • White gesso
  • Wet glue
Stage 1: Apply a thin layer of gesso over the whole canvas, just to give it a bit more firmness when you apply the paper. (This is an optional step not a necessity if you do not have gesso).
Stage 1 Heartfelt
Stage 2: Carefully apply your paper. To get this effect, I’ve cut two pieces of paper with the same design on and stuck one upside down on the canvas to create a mirror image like effect. I’ve used Dawn Bibby’s glue to stick this down as it dries super fast. Allow to dry and sand off the edges to create a more professional finish. If you do this when the glue is still wet, it will make the paper lift up. Next, cover the paper joints with your lace using red liner tape.
Stage 2 Heartfelt
Stage 3: Choose your photographs and mat and layer, I’ve used one of my Tonic layering dies to create a decorative element to the photographs. Stick them down onto the canvas with high tack tape so they don’t fall off.
Stage 3 Heartfelt
Stage 4: Rubber stamp and emboss your open winged butterfly and cut it out and arrange on the canvas. Stick down the body part using wet glue and bend the wings so it looks like it’s flying.
Stage 4 Heartfelt
Stage 5: Rubber stamp and emboss the closed winged butterfly to match the one on the paper. Again, stick down the body part using wet glue and bend the wings so it looks like it’s flying.
Stage 5 Heartfelt
And it’s as simple as that. Remember to take your time and move slowly when creating this master piece. I have used photos of my two Cairn Terriers – Millie the cream one who is 5 and Isla the grey one who is 3.  The loves of my life and my fur babies. Without them I’d be totally lost. Those of you who are wondering what Cairn’s are, they are the same breed as Toto in The Wizard of Oz! One of my favourite films.
Anyway, that’s it for this time, hope you like my project. It’s a little larger than life but can be adapted to fit any size of canvas/scrapbook page.
Love Tracy


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