I then stamped swirls, circles and dots with different Unity stamps in Jet Black Staz-On ink. I often randomly stamp in mixed media, but this was a bit different. I kept in mind how the designs would look after the heart stencil process, so I had to visualize a little more than normal for me. Next, I laid down my heart stencil where I want it to be and sponged around the entire stencil with ColorBox chalk ink in Dark Cherry.
This is how it looked after I removed the stencil....
Next, I took a Black Gelato and traced around the heart, then used a tiny bit of water on my finger to blend it in. After it dried, I traced around the outer side of the black line with a White Gelato and rubbed it with just my finger, no water at all. (dry blend technique)
Now, time for more stenciling! Here I used a variety of stencils (I can't reference the stencils, sorry) with black, white and gold inks. I also added interest to the canvas with a bit more stamping.
Nearing the end of the process, I needed another stencil (or stamp) that I don't have--it's that one that looks like circle stains from the bottom of a coffee cup? Anyhoo, I decided to try and be resourceful, lol. I took the top of a SU! button container and brushed white Gesso around it, then used it for a stamp. I did it on the top of the heart on one side, then the bottom of the heart on the opposite side.
It didn't turn out half bad and it was free (my favorite price) ;)
Finally I chose THIS really good sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. and cut it in half, layered it on black cardstock, then glued it to opposite sides of the heart, much the same way I did the big white circles.
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