Hi everyone, and welcome to our Make Art blog hop featuring art from the eTeam and special guest, Wendy Vecchi! We're delighted to have Wendy joining us today, to not only share her products but also to share in her unique artistic style and to be inspired by each of the hop participants.
During the hop the team is going to be sharing the projects that they created with Studio 490 products but maybe more importantly we'll be sharing our experience of working with the products, how we created our projects, and what inspired us to create our piece.
The eTeam is a wonderful group of talented women, each with their own style. Some of us are clean and simple card makers, others love scrapbooking, and still others are drawn to altered art and mixed media projects. The goal of our hop is to bring each of these designers and their favorite mediums together and to share how we've used these products to express our own individual styles through our work.
But...that's not all...eclectic Paperie is also offering a few specials during our hop.
- This week only save 25% on all Studio 490 products, this includes Wendy's stamps, stencils, Art Parts, Book, and Blossom Bucket embellishments. Use code WENDY25 when checking out.
- During the hop, comment on each blog and you'll be entered into a drawing for a prize package worth $50! Your package will include a collection of Studio 490 products as well as paper and embellishments from the store.
- We want to hear about what inspires you! Share your thoughts about why you create, what styles you're drawn to, even share a favorite project on our Facebook page. Next week I'll randomly select a winner from those who have commented on our Make Art Facebook posts and give away a $25 gift certificate to eP! Now...are you ready for some crafty goodness? Let's get hopping!
eclectic Paperie - The beginning of the hop
Thank you so much for joining us and make some time this week to create art and craft your story...
I was giddy with excitement when I received the Wendy Vecchi - Studio 490 - Art Parts Hearts Love & Stars to
play work with for this hop. You might have figured out that I love to alter stuff for home décor items so this was right up my alley! When thinking about what I was going to do, Valentine’s Day came immediately to mind, since there were hearts and LOVE involved. But I didn’t want to do Valentine’s Day. I thought about Christmas. Almost did something with that. But, in the end, I decided to do something that I can use year ‘round in my home—it will hang on a cup rack under a shelf on my newly painted yellow dining room wall. We don’t have to have an occasion for LOVE, right? It’s there all the time and *I* love how this little wall hanging expresses that constantly—every time I look at it. I’m simply in love with it :)
OK, I started by covering my larger heart with Kraft corrugated paper. To do that, I simply applied my adhesive to the heart and slapped it down on the back side of the paper. Then I trimmed around the heart with a craft knife and sanded the edges with my Idea-ology Sanding Grip Block.
Next, using my Adirondack Paint Dabber – Aqua, I put a coat of paint just on the tops of the corrugation so I’d have some contrast. Then I went around the edges with my Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pool. Just a little darker shade for more contrast, then I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and my Inkssentials Foam Blending Tool. Here’s a closer look at that.
You can also see that I used some bling—LOVE vintage/distress mated with bling. Love. It. This is a Prima Doodle Deux Swirl and I used the whole thing ;-) I cut it up in pieces and sorta just filled in where I needed pieces to cover the large heart.
On to the smaller heart. I covered it in the same manner as I did the large heart, but this time I used Echo Park - For the Record (Documented) paper. I sanded the edges and sponged them with distress ink, as well. Before I adhered it to the larger heart, I tied around some vintaged-up seam binding, embellished with one of these Maya Road Trinket Pins - Vintage Pearl.
Then I adhered the small heart with hot glue and went about embellishing it. I painted the LOVE sentiment with a Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pitch Black and popped it up on Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, cut into little strips. I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a little hint: if your foam will show, color it with a marker to make it blend in to either the background or the popped up element. In this case, I colored the visible edges of the foam with a black Copic marker.
I finished my project off with a die-cut flower and a wire handle—perfectly embellished with a button from the Buttons Galore and More Ice Collection.
Thanks so much for stopping by! If this is your first stop on the hop, be sure to check out what the rest of the designers have to show you—you’re SURE to be inspired, and, you know, you might win something ;-)
Paper: For the Record 2 (Documented) (Echo Park)
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Pool, Pitch Black; Prima bling, Wendy Vecchi Art Parts, floral wire, button, foam tape, sanding block, foam blending tool