Happy Sunday!! Here I am with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost (I just love saying that)!! I’m going all romantic on you today with a musically inspired Valentine’s Day card I’ve entitled ‘Love Potion #9’. I could have made up something like, ‘Dr. Love’ or ‘Bottle Full of Love’ for this post title, but those don’t have the playfulness or fun the title & lyrics of the song “Love Potion #9” evokes 🙂
I’m featuring two Artistic Outpost stamp sets in this card; Apothecary & Secretary Pool. In the Apothecary set, there are 6 different stamps that you can use for the bottle label, making this set extremely versatile for creating for any season, for any reason. The ‘Love Potion #9’ stamp got me singing the song (in my head, of course!) and thinking of Valentine’s Day (less than a month away….nudge, nudge-wink-wink)!
I worked with the bottle first as this had some drying time involved with its creation. I stamped the bottle image with Jet Black StazOn ink onto WV modeling film. I fussy cut the bottle then colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an oldie-but-goodie bottle of alcohol ink, that I’ve had since the very beginnings of my craftydom, called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon. I let those colors blend together and air dry. I stamped the text onto tissue paper then glued to the inside of the bottle and heat set. I then molded the bottle by using my embossing heat gun and my fingers, carefully–it’s HOT!! Then, I treated with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the entire surface and let air dry. Love those cracks!! I rubbed Black Soot DI over the crackly surface to bring those wonderful cracks out!!
I think this could be the guy in the song who visits the fortune teller for his bottle of Love Potion #9!! He’s been unlucky in love, went to the fortune teller, got the bottle, went back to his office, compounded his own tonic, and now, he’s prescribing his own concoction of ‘Love Potion #9’!! This gent is stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival ink and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Picket Fence & Weathered Wood. He was fussy cut and mounted onto a little piece of black stock, fussy cut again and adhered to the card with foam squares.
I was playing around with different positioning options for this card–at one point, I was going to place the Dr. onto the prescription, but thought that too obvious (oh, he’s prescribing himself, is he?)! Instead, I thought a bloom of love, sitting atop a prescription of love, to be more romantic and subtle. I’m using my Tattered Florals die to cut out my stamped stock and painted & inked pieces of tulle. I layered them together and attached to this heart shaped metal flower embellie with a mini silver brad.
This is a good shot of not only the glittery hearts bursting out of this bottle of Love Potion #9, but look at that background!! I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of this before I started layering-DUH!! The background is white stock brayed with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains. I spritzed with water and heat dried, then used the Blueprint texture fade to emboss, then I rubbed Black Soot DI over the entire surface.
Take 2 ‘loves’ and call me in the morning!! I’ve used the alphabet stamp from the Secretary Pool to create these two sets of words–stamped several times onto white stock with Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Black Soot & Worn Lipstick DIs.
This was a lot of fun to put together and other than drying times, pretty fast to make. While I let the bottle do its crackly thing overnight, I had everything else assembled and ready to go, so the next day, placement, another round of letting things dry (but quickly) and done! OK–I’ll tell you now, this won’t be the last time you see me using this Apothecary set!! There are still stamps in this set that I haven’t put to use yet, and it’s only January!! 😉
Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to have a visit with me! If you’ve got AO stamps, then don’t forget to fit the monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge onto your creative calendar. You’ve got a chance to win a $15 AO gift certificate, so why not?!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Apothecary & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
- Surfaces: Red, White, Black Card Stock; Mixed-Media Stock; Modeling Film; Color Core Stock; Tulle; Red Glitter Paper; Tissue Paper
- Distress Inks, Paint, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger); Ink-It Alcohol Ink (Studio 2); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
- Hearts Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Brayer & Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet & Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); 26 Gauge Wire; Metal Flower Embellishme