Countless Sayings Cupids Wreath

Countless Sayings Cupid Wreath Stampin Up MidnightCrafting
Cupids Carnival Wreath

You know, Carnival Art. Those 'cool' shirts you can get at the fair or a carnival, all airbrushed and stylized? LOL Yup. I was going more for a cool graffiti look... but whatever.

I saw this really cool door decor on Instagram, and I loved the idea. But. I did not have the awesome wooden angel wings Kelley has, so I used what I had on hand. Which kind of adds to the crazy feel of it, I guess. (Insert merry-go-round music here) I used this pair of Angel Wings I've had forever, and the Valentines Day Heart Wreath I made (see it HERE). For the sign, I wanted something bright and about Love...

ANYHOW... Despite the mixed reactions I got when I showed it around here, I LIKE IT!!
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I used the Countless Sayings I set to stamp Love in Staz-On ink onto a pennant from the Simply Created Banner Kit. I also used the heart from Countless Sayings II and the one from the January Paper Pumpkin Kit, Filled with Love. I wanted to use my Blendabilities to give it a really dark look, permanent and all... but when I added the first stroke, it kind of bled out into the canvas of the pennant. :-/ hmmm.

So, I figured I would just keep playing with it, maybe I could find a way to use the Blendabilities that would work on the canvas. I don't know why I was stuck on the canvas. I suppose I could have used cardstock and been done! But the more I played with it, the more I liked it! I used the Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. It was neat to see the colors just seep out into the material, how they blended together and changed shades. FYI, the Color Lifter does NOT lift any color, it makes it bleed out more. And, I think I used all the 'ink' in mine playing on this piece. It does nothing at all anymore! The material just sucks up alot of ink.
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To clean up some of the bleeding and give it some details, I used the Stampin' Write Chalk Marker to go over some of the faint shadows to lighten them and give a crisper edge, and then I added the accents to the hearts and swooshes. Just like a real artist! Carnival artist, I guess, but I think for as poor as my coloring usually is, I could get some decent results not being so fussy and line-obsessed. LOL

To finish it off, I added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, and I tried swiping some of the Gold Encore Ink, but it just shows up as a brown-ish smear, dangit, so I rubbed some scraps of the glimmer paper over it and it achieved the gold sparkle I was going for! I added a pom-pom I made using the gold and pink bakers twine from the Paper Pumpkin kit, and some Gold Sequin Trim, a little of the White & Tangerine Tango Two Tone Trim. I colored in some Rhinestones with the Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. The hangers are some Lost Lagoon and Gold ribbon.
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I really love how it came out, and I'll probably hand it up on the mantle, rather than my front door - it gets pretty dusty around here. If you want to try something similar, perhaps try the Memento ink, or try letting the Staz-On dry more, I didn't wait :-) #impatientCrafter and it bled out a little too, but I worked it in...

Happy Crafting!

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