Old New Ways to Think

Back a million years ago, my riding coach used to say to me ‘Don’t be so scared of making a mistake that you don’t do anything!’  (I used to ride in the hunter classes and instead of making a correction (because I was afraid of making a mistake) I wouldn’t do anything and then it would snowball into a disaster…I had to learn to try…I didn’t get in trouble for doing the wrong thing if I at least did SOMETHING!)  This is a problem in my wider world too and I often think of my coach’s advice, hence, the title of this post.

cracked heartThis is one of the new tags from That Craft Place Laser Cuts. I embossed the bottom layer with my x-cut machine (on offer at the mo from TCP), painted with yellow and orange, sanded back to reveal the first coat on the highlights, thought it was too bright and wanted to try a black wash, but am all out of black paint so tried soot distress stain which made it this lovely rich dark colour (which was then a bit too dark when I finished off the next layer so I dry brushed with white).  The top layer is done with stucco texture paste (love this stuff…used it one of Mark Gould’s classes and had to have it!)  then there’s lots of colours of paint and touch of yellow dylusions too (looks like I put some yellow dylusions on the bottom layer around the edges), and some more white dry brushing to bring out the textures.  The heart was liberally spread with crackle texture paste (DecoArt), painted with deep burgandy (my fav colour at the moment), and wait for it…dry brushed with white paint.  I love the saying (see above, lol) from PaperArtsy and stamped it brown archival ink on cream card.  I glued it all together with DecoPage glue from DecoArts and then used that to seal everything because I love the finish.

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28 thoughts on “Old New Ways to Think

  1. *very beautifully done, thank you for joining us at crafting from the heart, good luck
    Caroline dt

  2. Wow! What a great post and I really love that “life lesson” that you described. It is indeed good advice for all of us and I love the concept of it being okay…and necessary…to make mistakes to succeed. I also really like how your tag turned out! It is such a beautifully subtle mix of colors and I like the shapes you achieved. The heart is incredible and I enjoyed reading about your creative process. Thanks for your inspiring post and for sharing your project with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  3. Hi Erin great project hun love it and your comments are so true – thanks for sharing your riding experience too – the last time i was on a horse i sat still for 20 minutes and then didn t know how to get off hugs Judith x

  4. cool ATC as well as being an AWESOME motto for creative life! (& regular life for that matter lol!) thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (chipboard!) STASH with us this week! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for the Sweet Pea Stampers embossing challenge – hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  6. This is gorgeous – I love how you’ve done the heart, the beautiful colour combination, and sentiment 🙂 Thank you so much for joining us over at Flatfriends, hope you have a lovely week, Em xxx

  7. Gorgeous project, love your design with the colours…Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x DT

  8. This is great mixed media project! Amazing colors and very creative. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  9. Nice to see something a little bit different and your saying is definitely true for card making and scrapbooking. Thank you for joining us at BMD, good luck xoxoxo

  10. Theres lots of texture in this, the rough grungy look is fab particularly as you’ve softened it with the heart and the colour combination – I think its great
    Thank you for entering in the Sisters of Craft Challenge
    Pixie (DT member)

  11. What a lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. I hope you get to join us again in the near future.

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