A Heart is Happiest…

A Heart is Happiest…

…when it beats for others.

Hi there.

Thanks for popping in.

Today is the first day of our Clarity Craft Club Members HALF PRICE SALE! Love is in the air. So we’re taking a little walk down memory lane – ahead of Valentines Day – and pulling some lovely step-by-step projects for you. Old is GOLD after all!

Also, anxiety levels are high at the moment. So many mixed messages, so much uncertainty. The pandemic seems to be here, then not here. Here, then not here. Then there are lots of changes in our TV Craft world, and whilst I am sure it will all settle down soon, the upheaval is disquieting for everybody involved.

So we thought we’d wrap a huge, comforting cloak of love and creativity around you, me, us, the blog, the sale – around everything.

Before we get wrapped up in an arty hearty project, let me just add this: if you are reading this, then you are alive AND you’ve either got internet or a good mobile phone! Things are looking up!! Hahaha.

On that happy note, let’s dive right in…


Step 1.
Ink up the Doodleology stamp with the black Archival ink pad.

Step 2.
Place the heart shaped stamp board onto the inky stamp.

Step 3.
Cover with a piece of copy paper and rub hard all over.
Peel away the copy paper carefully and voila! A decorated heart of stamp board.

Step 4.
But don’t throw away your scrap! Here’s how I recycled it…
I mounted the piece of scrap copy paper onto a small piece of square shaped stamp board.
Hold them up to the light to position.

Step 5.
Make registration marks on the back, so you know where to wrap.
Clip the corners with scissors.

Step 6.
This is the gear. Brush it onto the stamp board using the flat brush.

Step 7.
Place the stamp board, glue face down, onto the back of the scrap paper within your registration marks.
Flip and burnish. Flip back and add glue to the side flaps as you wrap. Avoid getting glue on the front.

Step 8
Admire your perfect little board. Time to have some fun!

Step 9
Add some colour using an Artistry Ink of your choosing. I’ve used Rich Mocha. Make sure to spend extra time on the corners and edges, brushing from the edge inwards.

Step 10.
Using a Gel Press, add your red ink to the square stamp board.
Using your stencil brush, add black Archival ink around the edges and corners.

Step 11.
Using a blending nib and your red ink, add detail to the heart where you choose.
For example, I have added more detailing to the heart, and blended the red to add some shading to it.

Step 12.
It’s looking a little too red at this stage, so pull out your other ink pads (blues and greens) and start adding your own shading and flare.

Step 13.
Let’s give it a big white frame, to let it breath.
Back it up on a larger piece of square shaped stamp board (from the set of sizes).

Step 14.
Add a heartfelt message of LOVE, and you’re all set! A perfect scrap. Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw that away?!

You could even frame it! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure 😉

I hope you’ll find some inspiration in these step-by-steps. If you head over to the website, you’ll find the ingredients. And some of them will be in the members half-price sale . Might be a great time to join the Clarity Craft Club.
Call Jeannine 01732 868215 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm), or join online x

Ingredients List
Doodleology Stamp (STA-PA-11055-A5)
Archival Black Inkpad (INK-AR-50030-XX)
Heart Shaped Stamp Board (ACC-CA-31040-XX)
Square Shaped Stamp Board (ACC-CA-31038-XX)
Scissors (ACC-CT-30223-XX)
Viva Decor Decoupage Glue & Varnish (ACC-PA-30492-XX)
Viva Decor Flat Brush (ACC-BR-30535-XX)
Artistry Ink Rich Mocha (INK-AT-50270-XX)
Clarity Stencil Brush (ACC-BR-30006-XX)
Pergamano Blending Nibs (PER-AC-70299-XX)
Gel Press (ACC-GP-30373-66)
Fired Brick Distress Ink Pad (INK-DP-50082-XX)
Twisted Citron Distress Ink Pad (INK-DO-50434-XX)
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad (INK-DP-50109-XX)
Feel Good Sticker Collection (ACC-SC-31048-A5)
Copy Paper

Love and Hugs

Barb xxx

18 thoughts on “A Heart is Happiest…

  1. Beautiful artwork. Yes you’re right still alive and loved ones too are ok so
    Much to be thankful for. Hope you and yours are well Barbara stay safe. Oh and hope Eric and Ragnor are thriving. I have a ginger puss he’s a source of comfort too. Take care.

  2. This is a reminder that I have all these things in my stash and haven’t used them for ages (if at all in some cases) time for a play I think. Looking forward to seeing the show later

  3. That is lovely! How could I forget that it was the sale starting today! Oh my goodness, with a birthday coming up, that could be me searching for what I would like!!!! Better get washed and dressed before I start! Still looking forward to todays shows!❤

  4. Hi Barb, watching the first Craft Store show, beautiful stamps, wonderful demos and amazing samples from the talented Design Team! And now a half price sale! Can I resist the temptation to add to my stash? Can I find anything I haven’t already got in my stash! Ha, ha!
    Thanks Barbara and Team Clarity, you guys are the best – you Rock!
    (Paul, hope your back is getting better!)

  5. Thank you Barbara for this beautiful heart!
    Yes I am still alive although I cann’t watch the Shac as much as I would like to do as Paul and Linda too….still busy with unpacking the boxes in the new house. Lots of hobby stuff still in these boxes.
    Take care and stay save, lots of love, Trijntje Huppel

  6. Sorry things are so up in the air at the moment but as you keep telling us: This, too, shall pass. Looking forward to the 1 p.m. show. Take care and safe journey home. Now to have a look on the website! Lol. Hxxx

    1. They are really Lovely! I can’t wait to be able to have a go too. – Horrible times at the moment, but my Mum used to say ‘Everything will be alright in the end’- And I guess she was right because if we think about all our previous troubles and disasters throughout our lives, in fact it does all turn out all right in the end! – We just have to ride the storms and believe it will all turn out alright in the end. 🤞😘

  7. Hi Barbara your artwork is gorgeous. I love it. I hope the show goes well. I am so sorry that there is so much anxiety. I don’t think many people saw the changes in the craft world coming. Oh well we will have to ride out the storm. Take care. Hugs xxx

  8. Love this going to give it a go, thank you for this step by step. Loved the tv shows. Just placed my order and look forward to Monday in the Shac Shack. Have a quiet weekend!

  9. Think someone is trying to stop me buying today!!!!!
    Never mind, still got plenty of time for a sneaky peak and have some birthday money to spend.
    Great project, have the goods, will give it a try over the weekend.
    Stay safe.

  10. Great project. I shall have to have a look at the sale. So many changes at the moment hard to keep up with some of them. Well having dodged Covid for the last two years it has finally found my family, hoping that the jabs do their job and keep my daughter’s family safe.

  11. Hi Barbara
    Absolutely love the step by step demo today, thank you for the inspiration.
    Also I am so pleased that the sale has started, I am in need of some folders, so they are high on my list, but I am sure that will grow too.
    Love & Hugs

  12. Hi Barb, loved the shows, and love this step by step. I need to head over to the sale and have a look, even though I am not meant to be spending. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

  13. Loved the shows – such a lot of hard work. These step-by-steps are just what we need. Thank you. Started looking at the sale yesterday and will continue today. So many lovely things I haven’t got and I have a lot !!!! Take care.

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