In My Heart

Morning guys, my turn again for DT Tuesday

This project all started out with a little resin Stamperia frame given to me by Denise Williams. As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to do an altered tin so that it would be like the old fashioned photo carriers that people used to use when they were away from their families.

As the frame was done in the frosted resin the first thing I did was to paint the frame with heavy black Gesso thinning a little to get into all the crevices. Once dry I covered the whole piece with the matte charcoal wax to give it a tarnished feel. I finished the frame by adding some dry brushed brushed iron wax over the highest points to give the impression that they were shiny due to being touched.

I applied the same treatment to the resin key.

For the background I used some Stamperia 12×12 papers cut to fit in the tin. I darkened the edges of all the papers using vintage photo and black soot distress inks.

For the faux letter I tore a piece of tea dyed paper which I stamped using a text stamp before gluing in along with some tickets.

For the decoration on the front I used some of the clear resin which I had mixed with gold mica powder which I had from a previous project and a metal fluer de lis. To make it fit the colouration of this project I added a light dry brush of matte charcoal and brushed iron waxes.

For finishing touches I added Tim Holtz quote chips which I darkened with vintage photo and black soot.

The entire piece was assembled using gel medium.


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My name is Gareth, I’m a man (obviously) and I have been crafting now in some form or another for about 15 years.  I started off making beaded jewelry then progressed on to making cards, and from there its jumped to art journalling and mixed media projects.  My personal style is quite vintage distressed with plenty of grunge thrown in.  Every now and then I like to mix things up and try and make pieces from different styles so that I can challenge myself and grow in experience.

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