Monday, January 23, 2012

Cupid, Let Your Arrow Fly

What a fun challenge we have going for you this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  We want you to show us your project based on a song.  I picked "Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go" by Sam Cooke, listening to it on YouTube while I worked away on my project.   

This was a marathon project and I'll skim lightly over the details.  The stand is an empty ribbon spool and I covered both top and bottom platforms with designer paper.  The core is wrapped with white paper twist ribbon.  The flowers were made with the Tattered Pinecone, stamped with Tim's  Sheet Music stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink and the branches are from the same die and were gold embossed.  
I used Shelly Hickox's Faux Crazed Porcelain technique on the four hearts that I cut from white chipboard.  I need practice on this technique.  Shelly's comes out awesome, but I was less than pleased with my results.  Two things I want to remember the next time I try it is to use much thicker chipboard and less crackle paint.  My chipboard warped so badly.  I kept straightening it but it just warped again.  I put the crackle paint on too thick resulting in cracks that were larger than I preferred and I think the heavy layer of crackle paint contributed to the warping.  The arrows are from the Love Stuck die and gold embossed - shot straight into the heart - great aim, Cupid!
The topper is two sided so I made two exact topper pieces and glued them to a dowel which extends down into the stand.   I cut thin chipboard with the largest Spellbinders scalloped heart, gave it several coats of Picket Fence Distress Stain, and when dry, ran it through the BINGO texture fade.  Then I sanded it with my Sanding Grip.  The Paper Rosette was stamped in Vintage Photo with the Tim Holtz Sheet Music stamp and then ink distressed on the edges with more Vintage Photo.  That sweet cupid was cut with the Love Stuck die from white chipboard and then ink distressed on the edges with Vintage Photo DI.  I liberally smeared him with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi-Medium Matte and sprinkled coarse chunky white glitter over it.  

Okey dokey...I think that pretty much covers it, but if you have questions, please leave in the comments section and I will update the post so everyone benefits.

Now it's time to stop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog to see what amazing art my teamies have made for the song inspired challenge.  And don't forget, it's just like clockwork - every week our generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, gives a $50 shopping voucher to a random winner.  So what are you waiting for.  Show us a project inspired by a favorite song!

A reader asked:
- how tall is this piece?  It stands 11 inches tall.

34 comments:

May said...

WOW, This is just STUNNING Linda, I love everything about it amazing creation, you clever girl, Hugs May x x x

Inessgold said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Это просто необыкновенно: красиво и очень оригинально!!!

Pam said...

Stunning project!

Lisa M said...

Linda!
My gosh woman....this is spectacular! I don't care what you say about those hearts, they look amazing. :) I love the deep crackles in it. I am going to research that technique however.
This looks completely ginormous, but what is the actual height of it?
Completely stunning project and thank you for the detailed tutorial. Just love what you inspire my brain to try and get my hands to do. :)
hugs to you,
Lisa xx

Candy C said...

Linda...I am in love with your piece. There is so much detail that could not be picked up on just one overall picture! I love all of your products that you used and how you applied them to make this a truly wonderful piece. Your tattered pine cone flowers turned out AMAZING! Love how you stamped the sheet music first and then made those adorable flowers! Love your Cupid. Love the base that everything is perched on. This is a truly beautiful, well thought out and completed piece. <3 Candy

Susan said...

Oh my gosh. This knocked me over. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing. Susan

jude said...

OMG>>>>WOW...This is absolutely stunning hunni!Gorgeous .It's amazing what we can create from recycled items.
hugs judex

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Your creation is stunning Linda, I love love the hearts and your Cupid . The lace is gorgeous, I need some. Beautifully embellished piece, I love it. Tracy x

Nadja said...

OMG that is just amazing. You have such talent! Absolutely love this!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Holy Mackerel, Linda! This is so gorgeous.... the hearts that aren't your favorite ARE mine. I love them. Cupid is awesome, the arrows are great, the ribbon spool as stand is inspired... I'm just amazed over here!

Nancy Wethington said...

WOW Linda, this is gorgeous! Love the monochromatic color scheme and all that detail . . .the lace, the bling is all just perfect!

Darlene G said...

OMGosh!! This is absolutely beautiful. It looks like you had fun.

Anita Houston said...

I would love to be transported to your planet just once, and see what goes on there!!! This is WOW, AMAZING, FANTASTIC, SPECTACULAR!!!

MarcyK924 said...

Now that I picked my jaw off the floor, WOW!!! I did start singing that song as soon as I saw this! :))
I can't get my crackle to do that - I think they are perfect. I can see your piece on a mantel! Love that it's not pink and red! GORJUS!!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is stunning, Linda! Love, love, love! So want to try this project ... thanks for the inspiration!!

PS: The hearts rock!!!

Kate said...

Amazing!!! I love your color scheme with the vintage flair. The roses are beautiful!!! Fun, fun, fun!

Tammy said...

This is A-MAZINGLY stunning!!! Thank you so very very much for sharing and allowing me to glean from you---wowzers ---what a privilege! be blessed
Beyond Measure
Tammy
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email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

A beautifully clean and gorgeous project!! I am adoring the chunky glitter on cupid!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Paul Browning said...

This is absolutely stunning! So beautiful. Love all those different techniques. I especially like the coating of crystals on the cupid. Must try that myself. You are a whizz at pulling together all those layers of mixed media. I love visiting your blog. Truly inspiring. Px

Jolanda said...

Ohw wow I am totally in love with this project. Cupid´s arrow has landed right on top of me :):):)
And I also think your crackle heart worked out just gorgeous this way!!

Sue C said...

Stunning project Linda, love all the different techniques you've used. The lace really adds a delicious touch to a perfect piece of art ! Sue C

Shelly Hickox said...

This is just over the top spectacular - where do you come up with this stuff??! I totally love this piece.

So glad you're having fun with the faux porcelain! The best tip I can give is to go with the heaviest chipboard/mat board you can cut. Mat board seems to be the least warpy that I've used. I've also doubled up my cuts and glued them together. That can help too.

So amazed at your talent, Linda!

pooky said...

Wow!! Love this! Those flowers are gorgeous! I have to get me some more crackle paint!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

OMG! This is BEAUTIFUL! Your creativity carried you away and it s so AWESOME.

Sue said...

Well it is just stunning Linda, I could use many hyperboles, but this I think covers them all.
Smiles:)

Karen Aicken said...

OMGoodness, this is fabulous. That sparkly angel? The flowers? The whole idea is amazing. Wow!
Thanks SO much for sharing your talent with us.
Cheers, Karen

Terry said...

Linda my goodnesss I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about your project, the hearts are spectacular and the little CUPIDO is AMAZING.....and wowwzersss the lace....I am soooo glad that you told me you got it from your own Etsy heheheh...could not resist, thanksss for sharing sweetie...xxxx Terry

Hanne said...

This is fantastic Linda!

Lori said...

Linda, it's been a while, but I see your art is as stunning as EVER! This is gorgeous!

Sarah said...

This is a terrifically fabulous and amazing creation Linda! I think it should be given centre stage on the head table at a wedding party!!!! No one does vintage white like you do and all the layers and the fine details are wonderful...I actually like the curved hearts which echo the spools curves ! A little in and out looks just fine (like any good woman...)

Gillian .... said...

OH MY WORD ... Linda this is the most beautiful project ever. I so love your attention to detail on projects, everything you create is so vintage chic.

Payne Holler Cards said...

this is just toooooo incredible!
you truly leave me in awe!
and where in the world do you find the time to create like this !!!
amazing GF just simply amazing

Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow what an amazing project !!> I adore this so much detail am in awe. I even tried out the faux porcelain technique and it worked beautifully so thank you so much.

Marie

Theresa said...

omg Linda....this is absolutely stunning! just when i think you couldn't possible out do your last creation...you do! i think the hearts are fantastic with the big cracks and the bit of warping just adds to the shabbiness.

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