Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mother Love by Chris W

With Mothers’ Day on Sunday a special piece of art for Mums seems apt. This piece is made using a cheap 5” x 7” ‘photo frame (£4.50, TU at Sainsburys) some alcohol inks, glassine paper, some general stamps, a few treasures, buttons and the beautiful flowers using the Daisies Framelits with stamps set from Sizzix.
The flowers are made simply by using the stamps then the dies to cut them out. Edged with Crystal Ice Stickles and centred with buttons or microbeads, how simple do they get? You’ll see on the larger flower that the size lent itself to me really curling the petals to make more of a feature.
I have some pseudo scrabble pieces in my treasures but they could easily be stamped or printed letters you’ve cut out or metal letters like the Idea-ology Muse Tokens or irresistible Type Charms, whatever you have in your cupboard. The nibs are also available as part of the Idea-ology collection.
The ‘love’ embellishment was made by simply cutting a heart from greyboard and adding a wire word but if you’re looking at them and thinking “I don’t have either” then once again you can improvise. Cut a heart from ordinary card and lift it a little by using decoupage foam pads and replace the wire word with a printed, punched or stamped word.
I love the technique I’ve used to ink the frame, it really doesn’t matter what colour set you use the gold really makes it zing. If you normally shy away from anything non-vintage looking then take another look. This piece demonstrates that you can make the most contemporary stamps and dies into something vintage looking if you want to and they can be as great on altered art as on greeting cards.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have the time. Chris xx


  1. A lovely gift for Mothers' Day. The alcohol inks really do pop and provide a fabulous vintage frame for your piece.

  2. The flowers are so cute, and I love the glowing colours of the heart - a lovely make, Chris!
    Alison x