Minted Copper wooden Heart

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I have been inspired by a lot of trends lately, but one trend that has stood out is colour – and specifically green and mint. Not strange at all as that is the
Pantone colour of the year and all shades of green is popping up everywhere. So instead of kicking against it (lets face it green is not my favourite colour)
I am embracing the beauty of it and making it work for me.
This week I played with some gorgeous wooden cut out shapes and also working no a little decorating project – so the 2 tied in perfectly.

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Wanted to give the wood a distressed look on some way and opted for a variety of failed attempt until i got to the one look that I truly loved.
I say failed attempt as nothing is ever wr9ong or right – it’s just not quite what I liked. So after a few hits and misses here is what I truly love.

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step 1 – Paint your wooden product is 2 layers of Minted Pop Paint.
TIP: Since the paint is a really nice creamy thickness one layer is really enough, but for a nice solid colour I added 2 layers
and leaving the paint to dry between layers.

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step 2 – Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the heart with 60grit sanding paper. I just sanded it by hand until i was happy with the look
and with how smooth the surface felt.

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step 3 – Add a small amount of copper paint and brayer the paint onto the heart.
I ended up brayering in different directions to give me a nice random effect.
TIP: Because of the uneven surface the paint onto took in certain areas which I loved.

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step 4 – Using white texture paste through a stencil add wording or images to your heart.
Carefully remove the stencil and let the paste dry completely.

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I love the crispness of the white paste against the copper and mint.

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The perfect accessory for your home or office and even a gallery wall in shades of copper and mint.

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The warmth of the copper really compliments the mint paint in the background.
TIP: You can also add some wax to the heart one you have stenciled it for protection against dirt and grime.
Until next time – happy painting and decorating.

Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506
Other: Wooden heart (Short Cuts Craft), copper ink (Delicata), roller, stencil (Kaisercraft), texture paste.

Classic Layout With A Pop Of Neon

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Every now and again the wild side of creativity takes hold and I find myself drawn to neon colours bright and bold – but only so often. And so it was on this occasion that I had some left-overs on my desk with some really bright and bold and colours, a newly acquired bright pink embossing powder and some printed photos…well what else to do than create and use all those beautiful stash.neon-pop-layout

What inspired me was to combine all of those gorgeous colours with the classic feel and Basic Essentials Egyptian Gold paper from Lady Pattern Paper.
I love how this layout turned out – simple, classic but with a touch of oh-my-gosh added.

The barcode strip in gold hearts was perfect as a side border to balance the gold chevron paper strip on the left hand side of my layout. Repetition after all is a good design principle.
detail1Over the gold chevron I added a layer of green paint using a credit card to smooth out the paint and give me a nice thin application.
detail5The pink inked stars make for a nice statement against the green painted background and also looks great with the slightly vintage feel of the 7gypsies patterned paper.
detail4Red, pink and yellow paint splats combined make for a stunning effect but also pulls the colour combination together.

The pink embossed chipboard title looks great and completes my visual triangle by picking up the lighter shades of pink in my stars.
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But at the end of the day it is the Lady Pattern Paper that shines brightest on this classic layout even against the bright and bold colours and accents used – the gold enables me to create a busy layout without overwhelming the design of distracting from my photos and the story I am telling – and after all that is what this visual storytelling is all about.
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Mixed Media Cards | Pop Paint backgrounds.

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Welcome to another blog post with the inspiring range of POP Paints from Chiswick.
This week I am in the mood for Mixed Media – which pretty much means I am in clean up mode and using everything on my desk
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Today I am sharing some cards I made using POP Paint for my backgrounds.
These cards have a fun and playful theme to them, pretty much anything goes.
The soft colours were totally inspired by the background – who says Flamingos have all the fun?
card1step 1 – Paint your white cardstock background using a single colour – I used Flamingo.
I left some open spaces and also added water to my brush to get a thinner coverage in certain places.
step1step 2 – Use a stencil and texture paste and add a pattern to the background.
step2step 3 – Add ink splats using water colours paint as well as enamel glaze. Leave the background to dry
or heat set with your heat gun.
step3step 4 – Cut circles freehand from coloured pieces of paper and patterned papers.
Add stamped images and words across the background in a random fashion.
Then use your sewing machine and sew randomly across the background in white thread.
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step 5 – Cut the background into smaller squares and adhere to the front of a folded card.
step 6 – Adhere flowers and decorative clips to the front of your card. Finish off with coloured diamante.

step 7 – Use Zest POP Paint and a wooden skewer to add small coloured paint dots on your card.
How perfectly does the colour match the insides of my flowers? And it is the perfect accent colour for my design.
Finish off your cards by sewing around the outside edge.
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For my second card I used another corner of my background I created and ended up with a strip of
white on the right hand side – which in its own way is perfect too.

card2Notice how the placement of the texture paste stenciled flowers at the top of the cards compliments the design perfectly.
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And there you have two quick Mixed Media background cards in a gorgeous array of pretty and feminine colours.

Products used
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Flamingo pp0002
All your favourite colours of POP Paint is available from your local craft store in a perfect 28ml size just enough for
all those paper crafting and mixed media projects. I got mine from Short Cuts Craft in Sandton.
I hope you are inspired on how to create your create play projects into gorgeous mixed media cards.
Until next time – happy painting!