be true to you

hello everyone!!  today I am here to share with you my take on the unvalentine theme for Emerald Creek Dares (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek

i started out with the intention of doing a piece with a photo of my son and i…. but quickly changed my mind as I started working through my project as you will see

so these are the main products I used other than the inks and paints and sprays… I love the Sizzix paper leather sheets !!


i ran a piece of leather sheet through the vagabond using one of the texture fades to which i had applied distress paint directly to prior to placing the sheet in the folder. i then sprayed with stainIMG_5386i then cut the sheet out to fit onto a cardboard heart. before the paint dried i sprinkled a generous amount of copper leaves embossing powder to the heart


here is the sheet after i heat set the embossing powder.. isn’t burnt copper amazing!!


now i am not sure what i am going to do with the heart yet so i moved on to the canvas. i applied a nice layer of clear texture past through a stencil and then sprinkled some burnt copper and set it aside to dry.

IMG_5390once it was almost dry i decided to heat set it…. you can see the video on my instagram feed!!

now back to the heart

i decided to add a layer of ice clear rocky candy to the entire heart to give it the ‘aged’ look

IMG_5401how cool is this!!.

you can see some of the red along the edge of my heart. I had originally painted my heart red along the outside before deciding to add some of the leather sheets and paint and well embossing powder.

IMG_5403now i went to heat set some of the distress crackle and look what happened.. loved the effects!! a happy accident i’d say

IMG_5406i then found the perfect quote for my project.. i love me some Shakespeare! i also cut and added one of tim’s arrows to each end of my heart which you will see better in the final photo

IMG_5420as my surface was quite textured i wanted to find a way to ensure my words stayed on my heart.. Ice Resin to the rescue.. love the shine/protection it will give my piece for years to come

IMG_5454i then wanted to add wings to my heart..because really what is a heart that doesn’t fly !! so i cut out a butterfly from the leather sheets and I painted  and then applied a light layer of ice resin to them. I am sorry I don’t have the photo’s for that but basically the same as the first step of my heart.

and now here is my project.

close up of heart close up of left wing close up of right wing

and the completed picture!be true to you

now it’s your turn to enter the challenge over at Emerald Creek (http://blog NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.html) and check out what the rest of the amazing Design team have created.
Cathy Potosky (http://amethystalcove NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Claudia Neubacher (http://vonpappe2 NULL.blogspot NULL. NULL. NULL./valentines-is-not-in NULL.)
Karons Krafty Korner (http://karonskraftykorner NULL.blogspot NULL. NULL. NULL./hello-thursday)
Katelyn Grosart (http://katelyngrosart NULL.blogspot…/valentines-isnt-in-air)
Julia Chupik (http://paradiselostyyc NULL.blogspot…/love-is-not-in-aireme)
Shilpa Nagaonkar (http://nagaonkarshilpa NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
You could win a $25 gift certificate to the Emerald Creek Store (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek – so why not go check it out.
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9 thoughts on “be true to you”

  1. Those leather sheets are awesome and I love the way you transformed it! Wonderful!

  2. Beautiful Diana! Love the texture different type of texture you created on the heart!

  3. Absolutely fabulous grungy detail! This is super cool and such a clever composition!

  4. Amazingly beautiful texture, Diana! Love love love this piece

  5. Amazing piece, Diana!! Love all the texture on the heart & the wings are beautiful.

  6. This project is amazingly awesome! Love what you did. The textures are incredible and I am totally digging the burnt copper!

    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comments! How nice of you!

    Have a great weekend! Hugs

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