My Heart is at the Seaside!


I’ve a canvas to share with you today.  Well, I say ‘canvas’ but actually it’s made using the cardboard top of one of the Through the Letterbox craft boxes!  It’s always fun to think of a crafty idea for using the actual box the goodies come in, isn’t it? It may not last for ever, but as soon as I’m bored looking at this one, I can make something new!

If you use the top and the bottom of the box you get two base boards.  I cut down a couple of pieces of white 350 gsm card to leave a few centimetres of margin all the way round.  Using the box-board as a guide I drew a pencil mark all around and then used my scoring board to make nice deep crease lines.

Next  the box board was glued into it’s position and I folded and creased the remainder of the white margins around to the back.  The corners were mitred then all was glued down and my  base board was ready to use.

I used a lot of ink and water plus heat on the background and it held up really well to it all.  Then there’s  texture paste, glue and gilding, wooden shape, photo, beads and flowers, but it kept nice and flat, so I was happy.

I used Distress Oxide Inks for the background, then dried it off with a heat-gun before adding a thick layer of Texture Paste when I planned to scatter the sequins and beads. I left it overnight to dry.

The wooden heart was also covered with texture paste and left to dry before adding just a little colour with the same inks.  Once these were dry I used a finger to wipe some PVA glue fairly randomly on the background and the heart and then added some silver gilding sheet over the glue.  You need to leave that to dry, and then use a fairly stiff brush to remove the excess.

I chose and printed out a photo, matted it onto blue card and then  onto the heart, using some thick chipboard pieces to even out the depths before gluing onto the baseboard.

I made three flowers from die cut red card and pulled all the colours together with the bunting.  There are some wavy lines of glitter glue and Glossy Accents too

To finish I chose a ribbon from the craft box which matched that of the die cut leaves to make a bow, and used a piece of twine to make a hanging loop.

From the ‘Hooked!’ box I used

Sequins and Beads

From the ‘Love Is…’ box

Large Wooden Heart

Cardboard from one of the old craft boxes itself

From my stash I used, inks, card, texture paste, gilding sheet,Baker’s Twine

You can get your “Hooked!” box for just £9.95 from HERE

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting

Kathy xx

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