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Julia Stratford-Wright - Stampendous! Blog Hop [Day 5]

By: Julia's Stuff
March 11, 2016

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Welcome to day five, the final day, of the DecoArt Media & Stampendous! Blog Hop! Today Design Team Member Julia Stratford-Wright creates a bright and fun mixed media piece.

Another reminder that there are prizes involved! Leave a comment on each post this week to be entered. More details below. Now... on to today's project.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Triple Thick Gloss Glaze 8oz bottle - Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
  • Andy Skinner Stamps by Stampendous!
  • Birch wood cut heart shape
  • Designer paper
  • 300gsm white card
  • Archival Ink in Tree Branch
  • StazOn Ink in Black
  • Hair clay
  • Baby wipes
  • Rusty wire
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Heat gun
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cut-n-Dry foam


Seal wooden heart shape with two coats of Media Gesso. Sand lightly between coats.

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Cut designer paper to fit wooden heart.

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Attach paper to heart using Decou-Page glue.

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Seal surface of heart with Matte Medium.

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Melt hair clay with heat gun and apply a thin layer randomly to surface of the heart.

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Carefully paint the surface of the heart with Titan Buff fluid acrylic – avoid disturbing the hair clay.

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Use script stamp and Stazon Ink on dry painted heart in various directions to fill the space – stamp gently over hair clay areas.

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Once ink is dry, heat the areas where the clay is situated to melt it. Rub gently with a baby wipe to remove the layer of stamped paint. Use neat Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide fluid acrylic over the stamped areas.

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Glue remaining designer paper to 300gsm white card using Decou-Page glue.

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Stamp radiation image onto paper covered card – multiple times.

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Repeat the last step with more designer paper and stamp with crackle stamp in Titanium White fluid acrylic. Stamp toxic/hazard words and symbol using Stazon Ink. 

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Cut out dark sections of radiation symbols to form ‘flower’ shape and brush with Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. Repeat for toxic/hazard symbols and caution word.

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Once glaze is dry, fold up ‘petals’ and shape with a paintbrush handle.

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Cut out chosen image to fit wooden heart shape.

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Use scratch stamp and Archival ink to distress image.

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Detail of stamped scratches. Edge image with cut-n-dry foam and Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic.

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Make pointy hats from toxic/hazard words and symbols. Glue a radiation ‘flower’ on the point of each hat.

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Glue hats into position on image. Add ‘caution’ word and glue into position.

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Attach rusty wire to the bottom of the heart and decorate with more ‘radiation’ flowers – fix into position using a hot glue gun.

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Detail image showing rusty wire and ‘flowers’ in position.

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Attach rusty wire to the top of the heart and neatly twist into a hanging loop.

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Here's even more inspiration from the DecoArt Design Team. PLA Schneider used Andy's new stamps to create the adorable paddle featuring an inspirational quote.

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And here's a bonus blog hop post from Jools Robertson! Create the perfect place to stash your Andy Skinner Stampendous! stamps.

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Thanks for hopping over to the DecoArt Blog. Leave a comment for a chance to win an awesome prize pack from DecoArt Media and Stampendous! Three winners will be selected at the conclusion of the weeklong hop through a random number generator.

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For more inspiration, and chances to win, make sure to visit the other hoppers on today's schedule:

1. DecoArt Blog Post Bonus! - Jools Robertson
2. DecoArt Project Gallery
3. Stampendous! Blog

4. Wendy Price
5. Asia King
6. Pam Hornschu
7. Janelle Stolfus
8. Pam Bray
9. Jamie Martin
10. Louise Healy
11. Alison Heikkila
12. Lea Fritts
13. Amy Hurley-Purdie
14. Tenia Nelson
15. Debbie Cole
16. Laura Drahozal

And if you missed the rest of the week... here are those links. Make sure you leave a comment on each post in order to be entered to win!

1. DecoArt Blog - Andy Skinner
2. DecoArt Project Gallery
3. Stampendous! Blog
4. Asia King
5. Pam Bray
6. Janelle Stollfus

1. DecoArt Blog - Mark Gould
2. Stampendous! Blog
3. Wendy Price
4. Tenia Nelson

1. DecoArt Blog - DecoArt Design Team
2. Stampendous! Blog
3. Jamie Martin

1. DecoArt Blog - Jools Robertson
2. Stampendous! Blog
3. Pam Hornschu
4. Alison Heikkila
5. Louise Healy
6. Lea Fritts
7. Debbie Cole
8. Laura Drahozal


such a creative project


March 11, 2016

Absolutely LOVE your project! Julia Such inspiration use of the products . The Radiation flowers are so cool and the rusty wire hanging so creatively twisted ! Never seen or heard of hair clay before so it was great to learn about this from your excellent tute . Thank you .

Amanda Pink

March 11, 2016

All them are so beautiful!


March 11, 2016

Love love love Julia's project, absolutely amazing and so brilliant as usual!! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial Julia, I will to combine some of your techniques here with my DecoArt stuff in priority, for experiment them and having fun! Thank you thank you!!! :D Coco x


March 11, 2016

Using the toxic radiation stamp to cut out pinwheels is a great idea. It didn't dawn on me. Nice job!


March 11, 2016

love all the projects shown, thanks for the inspiration Commenting on Debbie Cole's blog doesn't seem to work, if you click on comments, the comment box doesn't open so I am unailbe to leave her a comment,


March 11, 2016

Cute & quirky, grungy & gorgeous! Fantastic!

Lyn Gill

March 11, 2016

Do not allow toxic things to alter your heart. I love that. Two great projects.


March 11, 2016

Lovely projects again! (I couldn't even find the comment area on Debbie Coles blog)


March 11, 2016

I love your vintage kite!

Amanda Rhodes

March 11, 2016

I love your vintage kite!

Amanda Rhodes

March 11, 2016

Oh my stars and whirly-gigs.... this is INCREDIBLE Julia. YOU are a creative genius today girl!! Wow. What FUN FUN FUN not to mention the masterful techniques you applied. And yes - inspirational too. Your step by step tutorial was FANTASTIC. Plus - now I need to get some Triple Thick Gloss Glaze after seeing what it did to those "petals"! WOW. Guess you can tell that I ADORE your project!!! So it won't let me leave all my comment at once... more coming in next post!!! XX j.


March 11, 2016

PLA - your paddle is lovely too. It actually makes me tingle a bit - remembering ours as a child!!! Love the rich vibrant colors. Your face is darling and the toxic stamps looks great too. And Jools - I laughed out loud thinking of Andy's stamp sets chained up in this GORGEOUS box. Wonderful box creation and SUPER fun picture!!! Thanks bunches for a DELIGHTFUL post today - loved seeing all three projects! j.


March 11, 2016

Stunning and creative project! My hubby would love this with a photo of the two of us. I'd really love to try some mixed media projects like shown this week. Thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration!

Becca Yahrling

March 11, 2016

This is such a cute project! Love the techniques in here! Hair clay? I wonder if we can get that in the states. Anyhoo - inspiring!

Heather Hart Maxwell

March 11, 2016

Cute id. Thanks for sharing.ea


March 11, 2016

Fabulous projects!!

Sabrina Radican

March 11, 2016

LOVE your heart creation and the two bonus projects are quite awesome also!!!! This has been an amazing week hopping with you and Stampendous and I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of seeing my name as one of the lucky trio of winners for the amazing prize package!! TFS

barb macaskill

March 11, 2016

Love this vintage project, the heart is stunning! Thanks so much for a wonderful tut and awesome Hop! ~kim


March 11, 2016

Wow what an amazing project such a cool background


March 11, 2016

This is a riot! I Love how fun this is!

Julie Curtis

March 11, 2016

Wonderful projects from everyone this week. I am very inspired. TFS

Teresa Godines #6857

March 11, 2016

absolutely amazing project Julia !! love the 'flowers' and the aging on the pic with the scratch stamp !!


March 11, 2016

Ohmigosh, Julia, this is fantastic! What a super clever idea to make hats out of the stamp images... laughing so hard. And now I must go and search out whatever the heck hair clay is. Hope there's a US equivalent! Thanks so much for sharing today!

Laura Weed

March 11, 2016

What a great creation ! Thank you for the detailed explanation. A great tip to make the picture look older, with the scratch stamp - thanks ! The other two projects are great as well !Thank you to the entire DecoArt Design Team for the inspiration and the great blog hop, with such a generous give-away !


March 11, 2016

I have loved all the different and wonderful projects I have seen and have added a couple more tutorials and techniques to my boards which I hope to try out this weekend with some of my DecoArt mixed media acrylic mediums and my Americana paint! Thanks for the awesome art and wonderful blog hop too Karen x

Karen Petitt

March 11, 2016

I love the radiation flowers, fab piece of art.


March 11, 2016

Wow! We are being spoiled today with all of these lovely makes! It is fantastic to see how diverse Andy's stamps can be. I can see them being used on everything from industrial to horror as well as whimsical makes. This blog hop has really opened my eyes to the many ways the stamps can be used as well as the DA Media line. Julia, Your project is absolutely fabulous! TFS how you made it!

Angela aka Lady B

March 11, 2016

I had the same problem as Monique commenting on Debbie Cole's Blog, but I did leave a comment on her you tube page. Also, I was unable to comment on the whimsical paddle project.

Angela aka Lady B

March 11, 2016

This has been such a fun blog hop this week. I'm loving these new stamps from Andy. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing all these great projects.

Judy B

March 11, 2016

These are all such amazing projects! You are very talented and creative! Hugs, Robin


March 11, 2016

Wow Julia, your project is fabulous, you really have thought out of the box for this one - I love it!!

Anne R

March 11, 2016

So many nice projects! So much inspiration! And the products are absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I keep my fingers crossed;)


March 11, 2016

And it's a kite! how very clever - great techniques and stampings - what a fun project Julia!

Julia Aston

March 11, 2016

Great technique used here. This has been a lovely bloghop, so many great tips trix and tutorials.

Merethe Arstein

March 11, 2016

Love your beautiful heart.

Gilda (McStamper)

March 11, 2016

Thanks yet another great tutorial. I really really like the background - very cool technique with that hair clay. /Tina M.

Tina M.

March 11, 2016

These projects are all so amazing! You have such a creative mind!


March 11, 2016

Both projects are marvelous. The hearts - with their tail like a kite - is so fun. Great way to show off pictures of the family. The paddle is so colorful. I'd love to have it in my house. thanks for sharing.

Mary Holshouser

March 11, 2016

Each of these projects are awesome! Julia's piece totally rocks with whimsy! I just love it!

Jackie PN

March 11, 2016

What a fun piece! I love the radiation flowers!! The paddle looks fun, too! Thanks, again, for sponsoring this fun hop!!


March 11, 2016

I love Julia's heart! The vintage couple is awesome. That paddle is a hoot! I love the painting on that. The box is the perfect place for the toxic stamps. Love the finish.

Victoria Banaszak

March 11, 2016

Love this project too So much inspiration

Barbara Rankin

March 12, 2016

Wow! A very cool project! Love it!

Arianna Barbara

March 12, 2016

Fabulous creative way of using your supplies Julia! Great work x


March 12, 2016

Great work Julia. xx

Kathy Gledsdale

March 12, 2016

Each project was really nice!!!


March 12, 2016

What cool radiation flowers on that fab heart kite! That paddle is amazing and the case is uber impressive!

D.Ann C

March 13, 2016

All the projects you shared are so artsy and cool. Well done.

Jean Bullock

March 13, 2016

I love that Scratch stamp. The paddle is So adorable!


March 20, 2016

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