I hand cut the large heart from some scrap cardstock and cut strips of paper to fill it up. I cut strips of ribbon and washi as well. I used some white gesso on my background paper before I added some Shimmerz Paints. I didn't want to do too much mixed media work on the background since the heart was so busy & colorful.
After I got all the strips and ribbon glued down, I did some machine stitching in white and pink through a lot of it. I also added some white gesso over some of the heart. Here you can see the texture from the ribbon, rick rack and stitching. I also added some tangled thread.
There is some foam under my photo so it has some dimension, and this allowed me to layer in those circle flowers pretty easily. I punched the leaves with an old Martha Stewart punch.
I made these pretty flowers a few months ago for one of my Shimmerz Shortz videos. I was showing how to recreate the flowers from the Illustrated Faith She Blooms collection. I added a flair button from A Flair For Buttons here, too. I stitched right onto my using pink thread, and I layered some blue tissue paper, green patterned paper and pink cardstock under it. That "love" brad is from Prima.
I have been hoarding these awesome Thickers for quite a while, and I finally used one...woo hoo! I paired "darling" with a Dear Lizzy speech bubble sticker. I'm usually not a bow person, but this blue glittery one was too perfect to pass up! I also added in some clear MAMBI stickers. I have a few booklets of MAMBI clear stickers I got from Michael's. They're perfect for little embellishments like this.
More strips, more stitching, more stickers, more ribbon...I love how this turned out. I'm so glad I finally started using ribbon again. I honestly don't know how I accumulated so much over the years!
Here's one last close-up. I used an MME rub-on here. It went on nicely over the gesso and watercolor. This created the perfect spot for my journaling.
Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out. I had a blast making this...I hope it gives you some fun ideas to try with your stash!
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