Hi There & Hello March!! I could have sworn yesterday was just February-LOL!! Talk about wondering where the heck February went!? And because February flew by so quickly, I didn’t get a chance to share a couple of things I worked on, including the Valentine’s Day card I created for my sweetheart–
A little bit of girlie with a whole lot of grunge and really easy to make! This has got to be one of my favorite Valentine’s projects I’ve ever made. Let me show you a little bit of what I did–
Full disclosure–The finished card I gave to my sweetheart/hubbie, was made on mixed-media paper and is actually the second card I made. I started to make his valentine on a thinner, more textured, water color paper (pictured here), but as things progressed, I didn’t like how much color the wc paper soaked up. So, other than a change of paper, everything I did was the same.
This fun stencil is from StencilGirl-it’s their Heart Striped stencil. I taped it into place then smeared a nice layer of translucent embossing paste through the stencil and let air dry.
This is a picture of the second card, on mixed-media paper, with dry translucent embossing paste. By this time, the first card ‘failed’ (but I still have it and will use it for something else in the future) and from here on out, I didn’t take any more photos! I hate when I do that, because you don’t get to see the funnest part–the Alizarin Crimson Color Burst!!
So, not pictured, is me squeezing Alizarin Crimson CB over the surface of the stenciled heart and then spritzing it alive with water. I heat set the CB and lightly dabbed with a paper towel in places–Isn’t the result amazing?, although, this picture doesn’t really do the vibrancy of the CB justice. I ran the card though my sewing machine to add all of the stitching.
I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI. I outlined the heart with DAM Translucent White fluid acrylic and also splattered the surface with it. I heat set then added an additional splattering of Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s and heat set again.
I added the seasonal Chit Chat stickers and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then again with white gel pen. I added a couple of itty bitty black pearls, and that’s all she wrote!!
This card is more like a big post card, as I didn’t mount this panel onto a card base, but instead, layered another piece of Alizarin Crimson CB-colored mixed-media paper to the back, where I wrote my words of sweet nothings to my Valentine. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by today to have a looksee at this delinquent Valentine’s Day project. But again, Love should be celebrated every day, so in reality, today’s posting is right on time!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
- Heart Striped Stencil (StencilGirl); Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Alizarin Crimson Color Burst (Ken Oliver); Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Translucent White Fluid Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Hunter Grey Twinkling H20; White Gel Pen (Sakura)
- Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Palette Knife; Water Brush; Mini Pearls