Altered Heart

I'm excited to be back for another Mixed Media Design Team post.... I hope you'll find this a fun project!

Not your traditional colors for this time of the year.... but oh, these digital journal pages were perfect for my "faux wood" heart.
(no affiliate links are used in this post, however, I have received some materials from Mixed Media Supplies to use in this post_)

You'll need:
paper template, pencil, ruler
masking tape.
printed journal pages (Mixed Media Supplies)
Craft knife
Mod Podge® (matte - PlaidOnline.com)
Foam brush (1 inch wide)
digital cutting machine (for words - Sizzix® eclips2 & eCal2)
Lumiere paint,
Mica (blue - Mixed Media Supplies)
Journey Glaze (Fun Stampers Journey)
Glue (Scotch® Brand Quick Dry)

Open the digital journal pages from Mixed Media Supplies.  I did resized and used only one page per printed sheet.  The images were perfect and the resolution was not distorted when I resized to a full sheet printed either landscape or portrait format. 

Cut desired sentiment on your cutting machine.  I chose blessings beyond measure for mine.  Be sure to weld all the letters together if you want one solid word.  The "s" in mine is separate...

Draw a heart shape on the paper.  Cut the shape out and trace onto the cardboard.  Cut the shape using the craft knife.  I didn't want open edges on the sides, so I used masking tape to "seal" the edges as shown in the image below.

Using the paper template, create your design to piece using the printed papers. Number each section and because I something get things turned around, I added an arrow pointing to the top of the cut. 

Cutting one piece from the template at a time, I placed the journal page face down and the template piece face down and traced.  Cut using fine tipped scissors or a craft knife.

Apply a bit of Mod Podge on your cardboard and place your journal page piece in place.  Make sure all edges are sealed.  You can apply a light coat of Mod Podge to the top of the journal page now or wait.  Repeat as needed using the remaining template pieces and Mod Podge. 

Let dry overnight.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the entire front of the piece.  Let dry.  I had a couple of areas that I wanted to add a little more distress to, so I sanded them just a little.

The Lumiere paint was next and with a small brush, I put a little bit here and there and around the edges of the entire heart for a little 'glow.'  I also used the paint on the lettering.  Let dry.  Glue the lettering as desired on the front of the heart.

Add some additional bling if desired with some mica and small accent pieces using some Glaze.  Let dry and sign your creation!

Hope you'll be spending some time in your crafting space this week... Be sure to stop by the MixedMediaSupplies blog for more designs from the team this month.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.