Hello friends! It is Anna-Karin here today with a mixed media art journaling tutorial, using new Valentine's dies by Echo Park.
I really like dies that are versatile, and that is one of the things I enjoy with Valentine's themed dies. Hearts and many of the Valentine's sentiments are images that work year around, and certainly not only for Valentine's projects. Here I used new Valentine's themed dies by Echo Park. I was in the mood for an art journling page today on the theme of how a little bit of kindness can make a big difference, and turn a bad day into a beautiful day. You can use the techniques for many types of projects.
Today, I am using new Bigz dies by Echo Park which contain an array of wonderful hearts, banners, tabs, and tags, and two great silhouette images. Since they are Bigz dies, you can use them to cut through thick material, such as chipboard. From the top left: Hearts #6, Key To My Heart, Love Silhouettes, and Love Labels. I ended up not using the latter.
Start by coating the background with gesso. I worked in my large Ranger Dylusions journal.
Here you can see the four great heart shapes you get from the Hearts #6 die.
Use a stencil and white paint to add detail to the heart. The Paper Leather is very durable and works great together with many different mediums.
When the white paint is dry, add some Lime in the same way, but off-set the stencil a little, so that the white will form a highlight on the one side of the heart. Die cut sweet heart banners from Paper Leather using the Key to my Heart die. Stamp with a sentiment stamp and white ink. Also stamp the stenciled hearts with white ink and a circle stamp. I used stamps by Wendy Vecchi.
Stitch the hearts and banners on a sewing machine. It works great to stitch Paper Leather.
Use masking tape or tissue tape to mask a line across the top third of the page. Paint with Lapis using a palette knife. I couldn't find my masking tape, but tissue tape works just as well. Later, I added some black to the blue.
Again use masking tape to mask off the top of the page, and paint the lower part with Lime, Turquise and a little bit of Lapis and black. Before it is entirely dry, rub some of the paint off through a stencil with a moist cloth.
One of my favourite ways to use dies, is to make my own stencils and the Love Silhouettes are perfect for that. Die cut from masking paper. I only used the stencils, but the masks would also be great for a project. If you don't have masking paper, you can use sticky-notes.
Place the stencils on the background.
Apply paint through the stencils with a mini round ink-blending tool. I used a combination of Lapis and Black.
When the paint is dry, stamp the page with black and white ink. Dry the pigment ink with a heat tool.
Add some mist to the moon with white paint. and glue the hearts to the page.
I really liked the look of the silhouettes, with the paint layers underneath peaking through.
Here you can see hearts under the silhouette. The silhouettes were also stamped with letters using white ink.
The Paper Leather is such a fun surface to work on and works great for many techniques. The smaller heart was die cut from white Paper Leather and painted with Lime.
I love this sentiment by Wendy Vecchi. It was stamped in several places on the page.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it will help you look at Valentine's themed dies in new ways.
Other Materials Used:
- Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi stamps - Flowers for Art, Happiness & Art, Textures for Art
- Ranger Dina Wakley Media Paint - Lime, Turquoise, Lapis, Black, White, White Gesso
- Ink - Ranger Archival In Jet Black; Ranger Pigment Ink Glacier White
- Stencil - Ranger Dylusions Small Hearts
- Ranger Dylusions Journal
- Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper Label