Altered Heart Tutorial

Altered Heart
            Hi friends do forgive my absence from blogland...I will catch up  and visit you all soon!
Some objects do have sentimental values attached to them dont they...This heart shaped piece of card board was the base of  my mom's 67th birthday cake! I saved it and gave it the works !
Altered Cake Base
A coating of gesso and  went to work with stencils and Whipped Spackle  [more about this texture medium here: Whipped Spackle tutorial ]
Whipped Spackle 
Whipped Spackle is creamy and lightweight like real whipping cream and can be smeared on with your fingers or a plastic knife!

Whipped Spackle 
I used a cherry blossom and butterfly metal stencil set that had been lying neglected since ages!
Whipped Spackle painting
       Once the Whipped Spackle had dried [ I left it for a couple of hours] I painted over it with distress inks [ smeared ink on a piece of plastic and dipped my paint brush on the ink to paint!]
Altered Heart
       Sponged over the background with tumbled glass distress ink but took care to leave the Butterflies somewhat un -inked !
Stencilled Butterfly with Whipped Spackle 
        You can actually put several layers of paint on the Whipped Spackle and it will take it all without flattening/ smearing.
Homemade Resin Embellishment
          In some areas I wanted a brighter color so used pearl acrylic paints. The glittery fairy was made at home using Resin[ Resin is my current obsession!] and she is plucking magical blueberries . I made the magic blue berries using something called Foam Putty which is soft , sticky and mouldable like clay and has tiny styrofoam/thermocol balls in it!
Crackle Paint
         The fun thing about mixed media art is you can really layer on different media and mistakes can be either masked or interpreted as art! Hehe my background looked rather shabbily inked so resorted to crackle paint to salvage the situation !The blue glitter you see is from a bottle of my daughter's nail art kit ...love the contrast it gives to the crackled surface!
Beads Gel 
Experimented with a fun texturing media called Glass beads gel using a leafy stencil and painted over it a vibrant green. I later felt the green was too garish so camouflaged it with handmade Thai Clay roses and Heartfelt creations die cut leaves.
Thai Clay Roses
Here is the link to a simple Leaf tutorial . Couldnt resist adding a silver Cheery Lynn  Butterfly 
Altered Heart 

I am still taking baby steps in Mixed media but I do hope you enjoyed this step by step and how my heart plaque finally turned out!

Supplies : from Crafters Corner : Glass Beads Gel , Whipped Spackle, Clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint . Dies : Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf leaf, Cheery Lynn  butterfly

Misc : Resin , Silicon Mold, Foam Putty,Thai clay, Distress Inks, Pearl Acrylic paint 


  1. Sonia this is gorgeous! Love how you are experimenting with different media & products!

  2. Its Beautiful.I love the light blue color and the textured designs look lovely on it !

  3. So pretty! Happy birthday to your beautiful Mom :) She is very lucky to have a wonderful daughter Dr. Sonia! very beautiful card. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Soooooooo beautiful! I love love love love the colors, the flowers .. just LOVE it ALL!!!!!

  5. What a gorgeous heart project! I love that blue ruffle around the edge, so feminine! Wonderful work with the stencils, you have a lot of patience to colour the flowers like that! Happy belated birthday to your Mom. hugs :)

  6. Oh this is so pretty, Sonia! I'm really loving your altered heart and mixed media projects!

  7. Like all things heart-shaped including this bee-utifully decorated heart mixed media project. Like the blue colors.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. This is a beautiful heart Sonia, so much gorgeous detail and texture, I love it!!
    Kevin xx

  9. What a great idea to paint the dried spackle. This is gorgeous.

  10. So beautiful. Love the details. Happy Birthday to your mom.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  11. Fabulous project and tutorial Sonia..Loz

  12. This is really gorgeous Sonia!! I just love the details you've put into this elegant heart project!! Thanks for sharing your steps!! :)

  13. Very pretty Sonia, hope your summer is going well.Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
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  14. Congratiolations with your mom's birthday. You have made a great project with the heart shaped card board.

  15. Oh wow, this is amazing!! I love that you used the base of your Mom's birthday cake!! What a great idea and so sentimental!! The details are stunning!! Wow!! You never cease to amazing me with your talent!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. This is gorgeous Sonia!! Love the stencil you have used!! Very nicely altered!!
    Moxie Craftie

  17. So pretty Sonia..love the textures and colouring and all the details,,,just beautiful.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  18. This is gorgeous Sonia, such beautiful details.

  19. Wonderful recycling heart! The blue glitter that contrast the crackled surface is stunning, love it! All the details are fabulous, great piece of art!

  20. Wow…so many textures and techniques…wonderful.

  21. Simply amazing. Those colors are very pretty. Love all the details.

    Belated Birthday Wishes to your mom.

  22. Oh Doc, this is just amazing love this whole concept of your art, sentiment and the love that shows in it....gorgeous...so many ideas flow my way....on my dad, he is nearly 103 and is so frail and bed ridden and decides now and again he will just 'hibernate' and not eat for days....a worry.xxx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  23. Hi, Sonia. Such a delightful way of incorporating something from your mom's celebration into a beautiful keepsake. Thanks for sharing all the details. xo

  24. Incredible transformation. It's got all the mixed media elements and the gorgeous personalized touches from you! Beautiful work on this recycled heart. :)

  25. what a fabulous heart :)

  26. This is stunning and those rose are amazing! Beautiful. TFS

  27. wow, this is really pretty. You always make the nicest things

  28. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  29. This is really sweet! Glad you are making your foray into mixed media!

  30. Oh my, what a work of art. Your project is beautiful, and considering you started with only
    a cardboard heart shape piece. Wonderful and creative ideas, textures and colors. Just Gorgeous,


  31. Another amazing project - love the berries and the sparkle. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles.

  32. How beautiful- and I love the idea of the heart shape being so sentimental! Another gorgeous- love seeing you dabble in Mixed Media, and Thank You for sharing it in all of the pictures as well!

  33. Wow! Beautiful heart!
    thank you for playing along at BGC!


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