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Wedding present

Recently we were invited to a wedding reception and not wishing to go empty handed I put my mind to making a gift as we knew the bride-to-be loves handmade items. Something to hang on a wall was decided upon. The couple are both religious, love nature and so this is what I made:

two wood based hearts joined with chain

two wood based hearts joined with chain

From Ebay came two wooden heart bases, these were a good weight too and made from birch wood, it was almost a shame to cover them up! The wood was given a coat of acrylic paint , I mixed lemon yellow with a touch of white, when this was dry and having a further lighter mx of lemon yellow and white ready diluted pva glue was brushed over the first coat and left until tacky dry before adding the top coat of the lighter mix to get a nice crackle effect. My main drive was to make this gift light and airy hence the light colours used.

close up of first heart

close up of first heart

The blossoms were stamped onto crackly tissue paper and coloured in with pencils before being adhered to the base. The butterflies were stamped once on the bases in Stazon and then on to card stock, coloured with mica powders, cut out and then glued over the stamped images; a stamped sentiment added and then a handmade ‘flower’. To the first heart I also added some extra chain and charms. Before adding the chain, charms, butterflies and handmade ‘flowers’ I sprayed varnish over the surface.

close up of second heart

close up of second heart

The only snag I hit was not having large enough jump rings to go through the holes drilled in the wood! After hunting out some suitably thick enough I had to learn to make that wire into jump rings! Fun and games and many deformed circles before I had created some jump rings I was happy enough with. Just hope they prove strong enough.

Ingredients:

Inks – Archival black, Stazon, vintage linen Distress Ink

Paint – Daler Rowney System 3 Lemon Yellow and White acrylic

Varnish – Plasti-Kote clear polyurethane

Crackly tissue paper by PaperArtsy

card stock from my scrap box

chain and charms from craft stash

Stamps – Hero Arts Antique Engravings; Aspects of Design Japanese Plum Blossom; Inkylicious Oriental Awakening; Creative Expressions Flower Phrases.

Thanks for looking x

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9 thoughts on “Wedding present

  1. What a lovely gift Lynn. I love seeing how other crafters come up with projects, this is something I wouldn’t have thought to make. Love your handmade flower and the butterflies are beautiful and they are something I think I’ll have a go at. I have a set with matching dies I got with my gift from my parents and have been wondering what to do with it. Hope you are doing well. Is your gardens all blooming? Our warm weather is finally here and everything is blooming. It is just so lovely…. finally.
    Take care
    Hugs, Shelly

    • Hi Shelly, lovely to see you here πŸ™‚ Thank you for the nice comments. We are both fine thank you and the garden is blooming well too but the weather is still messing about and set to become colder towards the weekend and, of course, it is a holiday weekend!!!
      Hugs
      Lynn xx

  2. Very pretty, Lynn. I love the blossom stamp.

    Maggie

  3. Beautiful Lynn! A lovely hand made gift is always best for any occasion.

  4. Well they are a very lucky couple, they’re gorgeous Lynn xxx

  5. A beautiful gift Lyn I am sure it will be treasured.

  6. billiescraftroom on said:

    Fabulous!!! What a stunning result. Looks like the paint went to a good home πŸ˜‰ Glad you are having such fun with it.

    I’m sure the happy couple will treasure it.

  7. Truly beautiful – and a permanent reminder of their very special day

  8. Scrapmate on said:

    What a beautiful gift from the heart. I’m sure they will be thrilled and it will still be around well after the toasters and tea sets have gone.

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