I think I may have finally figured out how to make Décopatch look old. If you're not familiar with Décopatch (and I haven't seen it much in the States) it's a great product to work with. You can cover just about anything with Décopatch paper and it gives it the look of paint (see my jewelry post here). The one thing I haven't liked about Décopatch is that it always looks so...well, so new. I like a bit of grunge, it gives things character.
I used Décopatch paper as the base on this heart, but instead of using the Décopatch glaze, I used Plaid Royal Coat Sepia Decoupage finish. It gave it a nice shabby look. Plus I didn't worry about smoothing the paper as I applied it.
I used vintage papers (the sheet music is from 1915) that I distressed the edges of. The front pink heart is an upcycled coaster. The flowers are from a bracelet, believe it or not. The key and the cameo were new so I used Sophisticated Finishes Rust Antiquing set to age those. The pearl drop I've had forever and I just knew one of these day's I'd use it; I picked it up at a flea market long, long ago. Here's the cameo detail after.
And here's the before (I like it better with the rust).
The heart base before looks naked, doesn't it?!
And here's the Décopatch paper I chose.
There's a little hook on the back of the heart to hang it on the wall.
Stamp—Florilèges Je t'aime
Paper—Décopatch paper, vintage papers, coaster
Dies—Sizzix Framelit hearts
Embellishments—pearls, cameo, key, crinkle ribbon, vintage lace, upcycled flowers
Other—styrofoam heart, hanging hook