Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Aristcellar Sacred Hearts Stencil Series

It's Tuesday again, which means I will be sharing a project created with Artistcellar Sacred Hearts stencils.  I thought it would be fun to do a wall hanging with a flying heart, something with a Steampunk flavor to it.  Here is the finished project and I will follow that with a short tutorial if you are interested in seeing the process behind it.

 I started with a 6" by 6" piece of 140# watercolor paper.  Then I taped the stencil down on top of the paper on my craft sheet.  The outline was done with a magic pencil, an Aquarellable Stabilo pencil that can be activated with water.  After I laid down the dark lines I applied Pan Pastels to the heart and around the edges of the paper.  Leaving the stencil in place I stamped the new LUV heart from Stampendous through the stencil onto the heart.

I used StazOn Jet Black permanent ink to stamp a "stitched" border around the edges using an old Stampers Anonymous stamp that I picked up for $1 somewhere.  That didn't seem like enough stitching so I used my sewing machine to stitch around the borders and around the heart too.  Some of the threads were left hanging to give it a grunge feel.  I gave it a little pop of color with Smooch inks using the Berry Punch color.

I dipped the edges of the watercolor paper in water to make them more pliable, then I inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blended the ink to distress it.  I rolled and folded the edges of the paper to make it more interesting.  At this point I glued the canvas to the burlap covered 6" by 6" canvas that I got on sale at Michael's last week.  Red line tape works the best for this, I tried other glues but the tape really holds it in place.  I have a drawer full of knobs that I have purchased over the years so I attached a brushed bronze one to the top with a screw, that way I have something to attach ribbons to.

To bring in the Steampunk look I decided to glue on some Idea-ology metal cogs.  I had some lovely wings in my stash that my daughter made for me with clay.  She was going to throw them out because she burned them a little but I told her I liked the burn marks.  It saves me time so I don't have to ink the to simulate burned wings.  The red line tape holds the wings perfectly in place on either side of the heart.

I tied some ribbons on the top and Voila!  Fini!  I can use this as a wall hanging or set it on a stack of books on my bookshelf.  Either way it was fun to make, wouldn't it be a cute series of hearts using all four heart stencils?  There were four burlap covered canvases in that pack.......we'll see.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I love it when you leave a comment.  Talk to you soon~Renee


  1. Wow, Renee, that canvas looks fantastic! A terrific rustic look for the steampunk style. The heart looks amazing. I love all the designing you did with it. The border stitching too is a fab detail idea. I love stitching added to paper.

  2. What an amazing piece of art, Renee! Love the steampunk color palette with that strong red as an accent. Great use of this second in your heart series using the Artistcellar stencils. I love the stamps you have used, as well as the metal to enforce the theme. Love it!

  3. All I can say is HOLY MOLEY.. that's beautiful. Wish I could touch it. I love the AC stencils.

  4. Renee thank you so much for sharing this fun project with us! Great job with explaining. I almost f feel like I could do it myself because of your explanation.
    Cheers! Gina

  5. STELLAR!!!! Love every stenciled bit! The red wings are so wonderful and unexpected! Way cool!!!!

  6. I love your design! So creative. I really like the panpastels too - I might need to break them out soon.

  7. Gorgeous Renee! Any chance we could turn it into fabric?! I would love to wear it ;D

    These stencils look amazing-I will have to check them out!

    Thank you Renee

  8. Renee,
    this has to be one of my most favorite pieces! grungy, but no too grungy and just enough steampunkery!
    A really beautiful canvas- i love it! And thanks so much for sharing your techniques- it's always fun to learn new things from other Artists! xo

  9. Fabulous new piece Renee!!! Hugs, Coco xx

  10. Fabulous! Love what you've done with that gorgeous stencil. Pinning your beautiful piece right now.