Thursday, 19 February 2015

Unlucky In Love................. Tunnel of Love

Hi Everyone
This is my piece for last weeks Stampotique's Designers Challenge, I missed the weekly deadline but will enter into the monthly draw as there is still the chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique Store.
The Theme was "Love & Hearts" and I took a sad twist on this theme.
So starting with a corrugated cardboard packing corner from a flat packed piece of furniture I set to.

I cut out the centre of it to make my tunnel and then ripped off some of the paper to add some texture. I then added texture paste through Tim Holtz Hearts stencil. Then added various acylic paints to create my rusted look. I brayered the red paint onto the hears once I was happy with the look and then added black paint with a large dry paintbrush.

here you can see one of the sides. the other side and the top are the same. I have used "Dwindled" by Stampotique as she always looks to me like she has been jilted at the alter! Hence the "Unlucky in Love" Title which has been typed and added to the bottom.

and my rusted hearts growing through the Tunnel.
To make the hearts:-
Using rusty wire I twisted the wire into a heart shape and leaving a stalk on them.
I had prepared a piece of dictionary paper with acrylic paints using a rust colour, red and black.
I then laid the hearts onto this prepared paper and drew round the inside of them with a black stabilo pencil to add shading to the hearts. Then holding the hearts within this shadow I filled the hearts with glossy accents crackle accent and left them over night to dry. Once dry I then cut around them and sanded the edges for a neat finish, Finally to then highlight the cracks in the glaze I rubbed on decoart patina green antiguing cream, let it dry for a few seconds then wiped it off leaving it in the cracks only.
Other additions are barbed wire die cut  - given the rusted treatment.
Padlock charm and Tim Holtz idea-ology piece all given the same rusted treatment.
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon
Amanda X


  1. OUT OF THIS Valentine make EVER. Wonderfully creepy and those hearts I'm in love with.....going to make some are an inspiration,girl ;))
    Big rusty hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. WOW Amanda i am just picking up my jaw off the floor! Am stuck for words to describe your Stampotique wonder... So much exquisite detail and colour, i am definitely in love with your ArT piece.

    Will be back to look again and again... :-) xxx

  3. Gosh! this is stunning, Amanda!

    I am truly gobsmacked by this ingenious make of yours! Wowowow! Pinned!

    Claudia x

  4. You are so talented, I just love your quirky style :)

  5. What a fabulous make Amanda ! Love those hearts ! Must try them.... Thanks for joining us over at Stampotique !
    Corrie x

  6. Wow, a fabulous project. Loved the style and all the amazing details.
    Yvonne xx

  7. This is so fabulous, I love how it looks all rusty and grungy, really loving the way the hearts pop out of the center too. Nicely done!Thanks for joining us over at Stampotique this week.

  8. I also love the rust and grunge, the textures are fabulous, beautiful project! Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

  9. Jaw well and truly dropped - and yes, I think Donna is right - best Valentines make ever! Your dark Tunnel of Love has completely won my heart... the fabulous textures and deep shadowed colours on the corrugated exterior, those stunning wire hearts inside - utterly brilliant, Amanda! I'm blown away.
    Alison xx

  10. Wow this is amazing Amanda, those rusted hearts are genius, thank you for the step by step as I will definitely be trying this out. I love your (slighty sad) tunnel of love! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Stampotique. Sue xx

  11. I love this, what a great Valentine's twist. Just amazing!

  12. Just BRILLIANT!!! I love it Amanda!
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    xx Arwen


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