5 March 2012

All that glitters...

The new theme at Crafty Boots was chosen by the lovely Dionne and is 'All that Glitters'. Now I must confess that when I read the brief I my heart sank a little as I really am not keen on glitter. I like it to look at but not really to use - it goes everywhere and makes such a mess (ick!) so I came up with a gazillion ideas, all a play on the whole phrase 'All that glitters is not gold' but I couldn't really avoid the inevitable! I found a jar of Stampin' Up Champagne Glass Stamping Glitter (p111 of the current catalogue!) and thought I might do a version of the amazingly talented Shelley Hickox's Glitter Tutorial
I die cut a heart (from the Tim Holtz Love Struck die) on kraft paper, covered it in Glossy Accents and poured the glitter over the top. I let it dry and then gave it three coats of clear UTEE powder. I cut out the word 'heart' and then added a final coat. The heart had naturally curled slightly whilst it was being made and I quite liked the effect so I didn't straighten it! 
I really like the black and muted gold colours together so I clear embossed dots on a small Art Part frame and then used a coat of Black Soot Distress Stain on top. The background is kraft paper stamped with a ticket stamp in Black Soot Distress Ink. I found that the larger glitter flakes were much more controllable and i didn't make the usual mess so I think I might have changed my mind about glitter! Thank you Dionne for taking me out of my comfort zone! I hope you like my little heart and I am really looking forward to seeing what you make  - I'm certain it will be glittery!
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12 comments:

Kirsten Alicia said...

Beautiful! The heart looks gorgeous. I agree with you about glitter, but I think these larger pieces are much better. Not just because they're less messy, but they give a terrific texture as well.

Helen said...

Don't like glitter?! What do you do at Christmas.... you need some stickles - less mess!
I love your heart and think the black/gold is very classy.

Bev said...

What you mean is you are a less is more girl! i might have to enter this one as I am a more is MORE GIRL!! Super I love this heart!!

emma mitchell said...

Gabrielle you always come up with such amazing projects.This is beautiful
hugs
Emma xx

Shelly Hickox said...

Gorgeous!! Love that gold glitter - your piece is wonderful!

Dee's Craft Room said...

For someone who doesn't do glitter as a rule you have certainly done an amazing job here, wow!

It seems a bit late to mention it now but the idea of the brief was for anything glittery, it didn't have to actually be glitter! Opps, should have been a bit more specific, sorry.

Still, your heart is fabulous and is going to inspire a lot of people.

Dionne x

Marjie Kemper said...

Super job, Gabrielle! I'm not a glitter fan either but I sure love how you've used it. That heart is awesome!

Sara Jansen said...

OOO so cute. What a grand idea...the glitter, the utte, the sparkle and the shine all look fab. And you made just the right background for it! Nice job.

Kitty said...

Em saw this over my shoulder and her first words were that's pretty. I agree, I too don't like glitter, as like yourself tend to get it everywhere. Love the less is more too.

victoria h said...

Beautiful, love the idea of using utee over the top to stop the glitter falling off.

Stephanie-Emma said...

i LOVE this!! :) absolutely fab as always! Can't believe you don't like glitter I love the stuff (I buy it by the kilo!!) and our whole house (and usually dog) are always covered in it! might have to try the SU one though this gold is gorgeous! xxx

Jo said...

Love the colour scheme on this - classy!