Thursday, 5 February 2015

Love is in the Air ~ New Challenge at The Artist Trading Post Exchange

Hi everybody! there's a new challenge over at The Artist Trading Post Exchange, chosen by the very talented Yvonne and it's 'Love is in The Air'. Ha ha! a very popular theme at this time of year, so we hope to see plenty of your creations ! The challenge lasts for two weeks and if you hop over to the ATP blog you'll  see Yvonne's gorgeous work as well as plenty of inspiration from the rest of the DT. We are a mixed media challenge and all we ask is that you to include some stamping on your entry. That will also make you eligible to win a fabulous £10 voucher for The Artist Trading Post and with all the new goodies starting to arrive, how can you resist!
I've made this shabby chic wall hanging, with a nod to that wonderful city of romance, Paris. I've only visited Paris once, and that was a very long time ago, I'd love to go there day!
The base of my hanging is a piece of corrugated card. I firstly painted it with White Gesso, and added some Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil. once this was all dry, love those fine crackles ! I painted it with Vintage Lace Fresco Finish Paint and left it to dry. I then embossed a piece of card, to which I had applied some foil tape. I've got a roll of plumbers' aluminium foil tape which I've been working my way through.
I used one of the Sizzix Book Covers embossing folder to add some texture and painted it with Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, I then die cut the little Movers and Shapers cherub and hearts from manilla card and used a piece of left over foiled card to cut and emboss the Eifel Tower.
As you can see, I painted the cherub and hearts. I added Clear Rock Candy Stickles Distress Glitter to the surface of these which I had coloured with alcohol ink. I used Cloudy Blue for the Cherub and Shell Pink for two of the hearts. Once all the elements were prepared, I started to assemble the pieces.
I lightly sanded the embossed foil and cut out the centre oval shape. I stamped a piece of card with the lovely French script stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Papillon Set . I used Watering Can Archival Ink. for the stamping.
I added a die cut frame which I had firstly painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.  A bit of distressing here and there completed the background. I then adhered the embellishments with dimensional tape.
I applied some silver embossing powder to the edges of the card, and heat embossed.
 As a final touch I added die cut letters to the centre to spell the word 'love'. I think I am turning into a bit of a romantic in my old age ! I hope you'll find time to embrace your romantic side and share a  project with us, we'd love to see your interpretations because there is definitely a lot of 'Love in the Air' out there in blog land ! x
If you'd like to purchase any of the products I've used from The Artist Trading Post, Just click on the highlighted links and you'll be transported straight there .


  1. The Cupid and his sugary coated hearts are a perfect embellishment to the lovely vintage background. Beautiful Toni! Ruth x

  2. I really love your gorgeous background Toni - grungy, layered and loads of texture. I haven't used my metal tape for ages and I feel the need to get it out after seeing your wonderful embossed background. A real stunner Toni!

  3. Fabulous layers and textures, love your take on the theme, with a romantic visit to Paris.
    Yvonne xx

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the framed part...excellent! Fabulous background too!

  5. The design of this piece is wonderful, I love all the layers, the beautiful colours you used - and just the romance of it all! I have only been to Paris once too, but it is amazing how it sticks in the mind.... Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Toni , your textures are just delish!! Love the frame and that Background is out of this world!

  7. Beautiful project Toni ! Love the texture you've created and the cherub chasing the floating hearts is fabulous ! Sue C x

  8. The texture is amazing on this Toni, I love it!!! Also love how cupid is holding the balloons and the fab dies you used on this gorgeous creation. xx

  9. Texture, shimmer, glitter, design, gosh, what more could a girl want! This is stunning. Jenny x