One of my Yahoo groups, All Things Tim, is having an altered art swap with a Valentine theme. The requirements are to make 10 copies of a 6x6 inch page using Tim Holtz supplies and techniques. Most people make the same page 10 times, I make 10 similar pages but not identical. We mail these to a swap host who sorts out all the pages she receives and mails back to us 10 different pages created by 10 different creative folks.
The last time I participated in this type of swap was for a Halloween themed project in which I took an old photograph and altered it. I loved how my page came out and the pages I received in return were stunning in their detail and creativity.
My Valentine project took many steps to create. I chose a patterned cardstock for the background and wanted to emboss it with the TH Rays texture fade folder. That did not work out the way I wanted it to, so instead I cut some fun foam into a stamp. I embossed the foam in the texture fade folder, cut out the design with scissors and adhered it to an acrylic block for stamping. I stamped the rays design so that it overlapped slightly in the center and had rays emanating all around.
Over this I stamped Tim Holtz's angel wings with embossing ink and heat embossed with black powder. I wanted the wings in the center over which I would place the heart I made.
I cut hearts from paint chip sample cards (using my Sizzix and the wonky hearts die) and heat embossed a design in the center. These were adhered with foam tape for some dimension. Using some glitter glue, I outlined the heart for some extra pizzazz.
Gale C. Lewis