Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Queen Of Our Hearts Mixed Media Plaque

Hello and welcome!  Deb here for Mixed Media Wednesday at Mixed Media Mojo and today I have a tutorial for you on how I made this 'Queen Of Our Hearts' mixed media plaque.

In keeping with our June challenge theme of Fit For A Queen with the twist of adding Gems or Jewels, I made this mixed media plaque to gift to my sister-in-law for her birthday.  Read on to see how I made it.

I started out with a chipboard Automaton doll that I purchased at Paper Whimsy, she seemed sufficiently regal for the theme!  I painted the body and arms with quite gesso first,

and then painted her hands and face with Ceramcoat AC Flesh and her body and arms with Americana Avocado Dip acrylic paints.

I then stamped her arms and body with a script stamp and Jet Black Archival ink and heat embossed the stamping with fine line black embossing powder.

I resized and printed out one of the Beautiful Faces (sheet 326) from Paper Whimsy and glued it to the Automaton's head, trimming and sanding the edges of the face once the glue had dried.

Since every Queen needs a crown, I took a chipboard crown that I purchased at Michael's and gave it a coat of gold embossing powder.

Some Jambo Lace Tape was used to embellish the Queen's collar and cuffs and a flat back heart gem from my stash was chosen to cradle in her hands.

I further embellished the crown with a red flat back gem and a line of midnight blue embossing powder and adhered it to her head.

A small chipboard fishtail banner was painted with black acrylic paint, the sentiment 'Queen Of Our Hearts' was printed out on the computer and cut to size and glued onto the painted banner.

For the plaque backing, a piece of heavy chipboard packaging was cut 5 1/2" square and two Maya Road flourishes were adhered to it.  The entire piece was then given a coat of white gesso.

I then dripped, painted and smooshed various colours of Distress stains onto the gesso painted surface (Old Paper, Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint), diluting the stains with water and letting them drip and pool.

After drying the surface thoroughly, I then stenciled texture paste through Tim Holtz's Rays Layering stencil and while the texture paste was still wet, sprinkled on more of the gold embossing powder (click here to see Tim Holtz's tutorial on this technique).  After the texture paste had dried, I heat embossed the embossing powder and intensified the colours on the plaque with Distress crayons in Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron and added shadows and contrast with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

My apologies as this is where I got on a roll and forgot to take any more in process pictures!  You can see the embossed rays in the photo above and I also ended up adding some small gold stars (star confetti from the Dollar Store) scattered here and there over the plaque.

The Queen was adhered to the chipboard background and the flat back heart gem was nestled in her hands.  Her head was surrounded with some flat back pearls after she had been adhered into place on the chipboard background.

The flourishes were given a coat of Distress Crazing collage medium and the tiny cracks were highlighted with some Vintage Photo Distress crayon.  I further enhanced the flourishes with an outline of Moss Green Distress marker that I softened with a water brush.

So that is my Queen Of Hearts mixed media plaque tutorial, I do hope that you have enjoyed it.

I also hope that you have been inspired to join in our June challenge, Fit For A Queen,

I can't wait to see what you make!  Happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. This just turned out ROYALLY ELEGANT with a soft touch Deb. So glad her face is not stern but soft and pleasant. And WOW - what fabulous dimensions/textures. LOVELY and UNIQUE - your SIL will be thrilled. j.

  2. What a wonderful queen you created Deb - love all the texture in the background! Love this! Julia xx

  3. What a brilliant plaque - the Queen is marvellous, but it's still those incredible sun's rays which have stolen my heart. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  4. Beautiful ! A real Queen of hearts.

  5. Lovely texture and design on this plaque fit for a Queen! I'm sure your SIL loves this! Hugs!