Love Animals

Hey there 🙂 Hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day 🙂 As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was seriously anti-Valentines/love/etc. this year, so had to go with some other interpretations for “Love” themed projects. This is my inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge….with the theme of Love/Valentines/For Someone Special. Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a deep love of animals…..often preferring their company to that of many humans!! With that in mind, I thought that Ching-Chou’s image, “Furever Love“, would be the perfect choice to use for a decor piece. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to print the image on some old parchment like paper I have. OY!!! It was fun coloring and blending, with the old paper soaking the ink up (the back looks almost identical to the front)! I like the final result, though, as it does have a vintage look to it, but I won’t be trying it again in a big hurry!!! I tore the edges and inked them with Distress Ink to add to the look.

I had a wooden “canvas” in my stash that I’ve been waiting to use. I gave it a light coat of green paint, then distressed it with some brown stain. When this was dry, I stenciled some hearts with Distress Inks. Then I moved the stencil off a bit and did some with molding paste. While the molding paste was still wet, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder on parts of it and heated it up. The paw prints were die cut, then inked to give them some definition. They each represent an animal that I have been lucky enough to love <3 I die cut some outline hearts and sprinkled some gold and peach embossing powder on the, then added some Distress Ink after I embossed them. To finish the hearts, I added a layer of Ranger Sepia Accents (do they still make this stuff????). I dry embossed the center part of one of these hearts, then inked and heat embossed it. The piece needed a bit of color, so I punched some blossoms with a MS punch and arranged them on the hearts. The sentiment is one I printed on the computer….perfect for this image, and something I believe strongly! After I had everything attached to the canvas, I sprayed the whole thing with an acrylic fixative. This was so there would be no smudging and smearing when I layered on a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything up. While the Mod Podge was still wet, I sprinkled some gold beads here and there around the image to give a final touch. The Mod Podge gave the image a painted look that I love!!

I attached some eyelet screws to the sides of the piece, then tied on some twine for hanging. Loved getting all inky with this piece!!! I really have to remember to make a mess more often, lol!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog – #24 It’s a Love Thing

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – February ATG with a Critter

Crafty Gals Corner – #204 Add a Heart

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #244 Love/Valentine Sentiment

Crafty Catz Challenge – #493 ATG with optional twist of Critters

Double D Challenges – Hearts


  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! Firstly, I completely agree about preferring animals over humans, and the privilege of loving them. Give me fur over skin any day! Preferably kitty fur, but any fur will do!

    Your creation is spectacular! I love the effect you’ve created with your image on parchment type paper, and the gorgeous textured background is eye-popping! Love the teeny beads, precious paw prints, pop of colour with the flowers and beautiful sentiment. I love it all!! Thanks for sharing this with us at Digi Doodle Studios!

  2. Absolutely stunning, Susan! Incredible painting. Time for a DT hat or 2 – It’s wonderful to see you playing in and supporting our challenges at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and at Digi Doodle Studios this month. Good luck in both draws.
    NanaConnie DT

  3. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don’t Mess With Me, I’m Scrappy {My Blog}

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