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“You Make My Heart Sing"

by: Candy Colwell
February 6, 2020

“You Make My Heart Sing

Valentine's Day is that special day when we express our love through candy, flowers, sentiments and gifts. What about giving a gift from the heart; something you took the time to create and think about your loved one while you were creating it?

For my first project of 2020, I created this sweet vintage envelope measuring 4 ¼” x 5”. This envelope could be used to enclose a little love note, a gift card or adorning the inside pages of a homemade book or junk journal. The possibilities are endless.

With the DecoArt Media line of products, you will create an envelope you will be proud to give to anyone! The products are so dependable that you always can rest assured if you can imagine it, you can achieve it!

So let's get started on this sweet little mixed media envelope!

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Translucent White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Craft Twinkles Writers 2oz - Gold
  • Watercolor paper
  • Various paintbrushes
  • Stipple brush (for cloud work)
  • Plain 4.5x5 envelope with top flap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Napkin with music images
  • Pen nibs
  • Various ink colors
  • Small water spray bottle
  • Scrap flowers or flower stickers or images
  • Baby rose buds
  • Heavyweight cardstock (white)
  • Glue
  • Adhesive pop pads
  • downloadable PDF pattern

Instructions :

Step 1: Choose images of children and the moon and size to fit the envelope on the computer. Print out on Heavyweight Cardstock and carefully trim around the pieces. Also tear a rectangle that will fit on the front of the envelope but leave edges of the envelope showing on all sides. Tear towards you so that the rough part of the torn watercolor paper will be visible on top.

*See PDF pattern above.

Step 2: Brush a light coat of DecoArt Media White Gesso over the entire envelope and the front side of the watercolor paper. If you want to mix just a little bit of water with the Gesso before brushing, that will allow the Gesso to flow every easily over the paper envelope. Heat set to dry.

Step 3: Mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue with a little water and lightly brush over the watercolor paper, adding more color as per your preference. Heat set to dry. Then using a smaller brush or a stipple brush, use almost a dry brush technique onto the watercolor paper when adding clouds. Just randomly add them on either side of the watercolor paper. If you paint too many, simply brush over them with the Prussian Blue.

Step 4: To really define the edges of the watercolor paper, add a touch of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold to your finger and gently swipe your finger on all of the edges of the watercolor paper. Repeat until you achieve the look you want.

Step 5: To add that celestial touch of sparkle to the edges of the watercolor paper over the gold, shake and squeeze out a little Craft Twinkle Writers Gold onto a craft mat and swipe it over the gold edge using your finger. Also paint little stars randomly in your night sky using the Metallic Gold Paint and brush over them with Craft Twinkle Writers Gold sparkles.

Step 6: Your background is now ready for all of your sweet vintage embellishments you will be adding. Set this to the side.

Step 7: Brush DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide mixed with a little water over the entire envelope. If a little of the white gesso shows, that is fine or you can add more paint to completely cover it. Personal preference. Heat set to dry. Then make a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber and water. Swish an old toothbrush in the wash and then hold it over the envelope with the brushes facing the envelope  Using your index finger, run it across the bristles of the brush allow the brush to randomly spray little dots of the brown color onto the envelope. Repeat this until you like the appearance. Heat set to dry.

Step 8: Brush a generous amount of DecoArt Media Matte Medium over the front of the envelope. You must work fairly quickly as Matte Medium will begin to dry. Then lay a piece of musical napkin that has been separated from the 2 plys of the white backing paper over the envelope front. Carefully lay the napkin over the matte medium to remove all of the wrinkles and air pockets. Then brush more Matte Medium over the napkin to seal it in place. Heat set and tear away the edges. Add Matte Medium to the edges and turn them under to the underside of the envelope. Repeat for the backside of the envelope. The edges will blend into the envelope with the Matte Medium so you can tear them and simply let them overlap onto the other side if you wish. I even left some of the yellow and speckled envelope exposed with no tissue covering it. Personal preference. Heat set to dry.

Step 9: Mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue with a bit of water so that it will run down the envelope. Then take a brush and brush across the very top of the envelope body (not the flap) on the front side. Then hold the envelope vertically and let the paint run down the envelope. Spray with a bit of water if needed to help it run and then heat set as the paint is running down the envelope. You can lay the envelope down to finish drying if you like the way the runs look. You can repeat this process until you are happy with your results. Repeat for the back side of the envelope and heat set.

Step 10: Just as you did with the Metallic Gold paint on the edges of the watercolor paper; to define the edges of the envelope, use DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and your finger to swipe it along the edges of the envelope; including the top and the crease where the body and flap of the envelope meet.

Step 11: To colorize the little vintage children: first brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium over them to seal them and heat set. You can also spray over them with a matte sealer if you prefer.  Then using pen nibs, rub them over the surface of the Ink Pad to add color to the pen nib. Then gently rub the color onto the area you are colorizing. Keep adding more color as you wish. The supplies section tells you what colors I used on each part of the children. Since this Ink is water soluble, if you don't like something you've done, you can easily remove it by using a dampened fingertip and gently wipe it away. Then add more color. You will add so much personality to your children through this coloring.

Step 12: I added new closures to my envelope but you don't have to do this. These closures are metal discs. Butt anything would work. YOU can also see the way your mixed media envelope will look at this point with the yellow background, brown speckled layer and musical napkin layer.

Step 13: Let's add one more layer to the back to make it even more interesting! I added a piece of German Scrap Roses but any type of sticker or image would work. Simply brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium onto the surface you are wanting to add an image and then brush over the back of the image if it won't tear apart when brushing it. Then lay the image over the envelope where the Matte Medium is and press in place. Brush over the image with more Matte Medium to seal it. Heat set to dry.

Step 14: This is the finished back of your envelope. It's beautiful and yet so easy to do!

Finally, I glued the half moon in place directly onto the watercolor paper using a regular glue. Next I laid the girl and the boy on their spots to make sure the spacing was correct and then I added pop dots to their backs. I then pressed them in place so that they would be raised from the surface of the envelope. I generated the sentiment and cut it out. I added just a trace of black around the edges of the sentiment using my finger and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black. I raised the sentiment as well using pop dots. Just to make the envelope even a tad more romantic, I added three little rose buds and a scrap of tulle by gluing them underneath the little girl's legs. Finished!

I wish you could feel this envelope! It is very sturdy and feels more like a very expensive card than an inexpensive little paper envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by The DecoArt Mixed Media Blog! I hope this tutorial has given you some fun new ideas and ways to use your Media Line products.

Happy Crafting!

Be sure to visit Creativity Is Contagious for more projects and to learn more about Candy Colwell.

Comments

Beautiful project!

Cath

February 8, 2020

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