Thursday, 10 February 2011

Heart coasters - practising for the art exchange

I am taking part in an art exchange over on Gingersnaps. For this we have to make 4 heart coasters, which then get exchanged with other participants. So, I decided to start trying. These are not my entries, but they will be similar. I used coasters, gold and bronze structure paste, Stazon ink in timber brown, TH hearts, crowns and wings die cuts, which have been made out of chipboard and gold and copper metal foil, and two beautiful embossing plates from LaBlanche, one with a heart and one with a diamond pattern. Oh, and a small cuttlebug rose circlet embossing folder and die, diverse flying left overs, and some hearts made from cernit.



*Queen of Hearts* has been made from a coaster, thickly painted with gold and bronze structure paste, and then embossed with the diamond pattern plate. The heart was embossed with the big shot, cut out, distressed with Stazon, and fixed in place with silicone glue, which I also used to polster the heart from underneath. Added another small, sparkly heart, and finished!



For *Love Heart and Roses* I first inked the edges of the coaster, embossed some gold metal foil with the diamond pattern in the big shot, stuck it on again with silicone glue and added some roses (Thanks Netty!). The heart has been made from cernit, which I rolled out, cut using a paper heart template, stamped with my love text, and distressed with the structure pastes and stazon after it had been baked in the oven like a cookie!



*Your sunshine warms my heart* has been made from a coaster thickly daubed with the structure pastes, and then dabbed with an old sponge to roughen it up more. I presed the *Sunshine* charm into the paste while it was still wet, and heated it with the dryer, which makes it bubble and gives more structure. After this torture I distressed it with stazon before adding the cernit heart, freshly embossed, baked and distressed, and some more roses.



*My heart blooms for you* has been made by putting another embossed and distressed gold foil sheet onto a distressed coaster, adding a cernit heart embossed in a TH texture fade folder, cut with a cookie-cutter, and then baked and distressed as before. I added some more roses and an acrylic flower, finished.

They were all great fun to make, really great GREAT fun, my kitchen is in chaos, my hands are all colours of gold, bronze and brown, and I enjoyed it all no end, so looking forward to doing the others for the exchange now!

Thanks for looking and have great day, take care, and hope the sun is shining for you!

I am entering these coasters into the Simon Says *Embossing* Challenge

19 comments:

  1. OMG, I LOVE these coasters, Valerie!

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  2. Oh, my goodness gracious! I love these! That top one is my favorite! Just stunning!!!

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  3. Thanks Ladies, they wers uch fun to make!

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  4. These all all look great Valerie and am looking forward to seeing what you make for the swop. Annette x

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  5. Oh Wow Valerie - these coasters are marvellous. So beautifully made.
    Could not pick a favourite because I love them all. Very well done.
    hugs
    Chine
    xxx

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  6. Fabulous Val - and you had a good time making them!
    Hugs xx
    p.s. what is cernit? and do I need it?lol

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  7. Cernit is something like plasticine, you can model things with it, bake it in the oven and then paint it. Yeah, you need it!!

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  8. Love these, they will make nice wall ornaments.
    Hugs, Sarah & kids

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  9. Wow, these look awesome! I love all the backgrounds, techniques and embellies you used.

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  10. Oh.my.goodness. These are stunning Valerie! Gorgeous. I love them all! I love how you try loads of new products and techniques and all with such amazing results!

    Hugs - Carole xxx

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  11. lovely val, very stunning, well done...

    maria xx

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  12. Thanks a lot for the nce commenzs, Ladies!

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  13. Valerie, for once I am speechless! (make the most of it, lol). CoB

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  14. Lol @ Carole - the question is, for how long!?

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  15. These are really, really super-duper great!! Hugs, T

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  16. Stunning coasters Valerie and I love the little easle that you have used to display them too... a perfect finishing touch. Good luck in the challenge!
    Hugs, Sue x

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  17. Beautiful coasters- what is structure paste? Embossing paste or spackle??? I love the look of the embossing- love the great color you achieved

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  18. Beautiful coasters ... you have done a fabulous job Thanks for joining in with the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week ... we hope to see you again soon!

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  19. WOW Val I love them all but the third one would be my favourite

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