February Zine 2009

This month brings with it the promise of spring, new life and love. It is a great time to finish up projects that have been sitting around all winter or begin something new and exciting. Want to see what other artists have been creating using easy to follow instructions and techniques from "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art"? Check out the awesome book review.

Here is a fun project just in time for Valentine's Day, called: "Serendipty Hearts" by: Sherre Hulbert

Supplies Needed: *Cardstock *Paper Scraps *Security Envelopes *Fibers *Ribbons *Lace *Glue *Rubber Stamps *Permanent Ink *Embossing Powder * Glossy Accents *Colored Craft Wire * Assorted Beads & Charms *Xyron Machine *Brayer and *Jewelry Findings.

Here are some basic instructions to create the base papers.

1. Arrange your scrap papers and other bits onto your cardstock. Glue in a random fashion. You can start with larger pieces and add smaller ones on top. Let dry completely.
2. I like to add some stamping in black using a large text stamp or a scroll design stamp. I also use permanent ink, such as: Stazon.
3. Add some more pizzazz to your hearts, by adding a metallic embossing powder and another decorative stamp or you could forego the embossing powders and use Perfect Pearls mixed into your glaze during that step.
4. Cut your background papers into heart shapes either with a hand punch, a die-cut machine or a pair of scissors.
5. Attach the cut out hearts to a lightweight cardboard backing. (I used a recycled cracker box). First run the front of the box through a large Xyron machine and stick the hearts to the cardboard. Brayer them down and cut them out.
6. Add a layer of Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze. Add Perfect Pearls at this step. Set aside to dry overnight. If the hearts curled while drying, place them under a heavy book for a night to make them lay flat again.
7. Wrap wire around the hearts, add beads as you go. I started with a piece of wire approximately 15" long. Curl the ends around a pencil or a dowel.

You can add other embellishments at this time also, ribbons, lace, whatever you have on hand. Use these heart cut-outs as an element to a greeting card, attach a hanger and wear them as a pendant, hang them as small ornaments from a Valentine tree or add a pin back and wear them as a brooch.

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