Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hugs & Kisses

Today I am sharing with you a Valentine card I've made for my Mom.  There's a ton of glitter and vintage pinks and purple (my Mom's favorite color).  This card started with a scrap of Designer cardstock I had in my recycle pile.  I ran it through my Big Kick with Tim Holtz' Valentine Texture Fade.  I spread a little gesso on a credit card edge and swiped it over the raised letters and let this dry.  Next, I inked it with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and gave the entire panel a thin coat of Glue and Seal and sprinkled it with Rock Candy Distress Glitter from my vintage salt shaker.  This is a technique Tim used for his 12 Tags of 2014-December, and I haven't put away my RCDG since joining in that challenge.



The pink layer beneath is pink card stock stamped around the edges with Tim's flourish image from Boundless Flight in Walnut Stain Distress ink.  I distressed the edges and swiped on some more Walnut Stain ink.


The gray layer is Designer paper (I'm trying to use more of this in my work--one of my crafty New Year's resolutions) which I distressed and inked as above. These 3 panels were adhered to a pink card base.

I swiped some Distress paints (Spun Sugar, Picket Fence and the teensiest bit of Seedless Preserves) on my craft mat and spritzed with water and dragged a scrap of white cardstock through the puddle and swirled it around to get a marbled effect.  Before it dried I sprinkled with more RCDG.  I allowed it to dry on it's own.  When dry, I cut a flourish from it with Tim's flourish die and hand cut a small heart.  Both were edged in Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The brown heart was cut using a Sizzix die from Designer paper scrap.  I heat embossed Tim's script from Urban Grunge in pink embossing powder.  I swirled some more Distress paints (included lots of  Seedless Preserves this time) on another scrap of white card stock and sprayed with Ranger Perfect Pearls mist.  I hand cut a heart out of this card to back the brown heart and distressed and inked the edges.


For my largest heart I used Tim's Rock Candy Distress Glitter Technique found on page 55 of his book A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3.  There's a fabulous party going on over at Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 called Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge where she chooses one technique from Tim's book each fortnight and challenges us crafty bloggers to create an original piece of art OF OUR CHOICE using that method.  You have to work from your own book; out of respect to Tim they are not divulging the ins and outs of the technique, but the good news is you can get your own autographed copy from Tim on his website. You still have time to join in, so grab your copy and your glitter and get to work!  You'll be so happy you did, because not only will you learn a simple, but effective Tim technique, there are TWO prizes up for grabs:  If the Curiosity Crew picks your entry as their favorite you will win an incredible array of Tim's goodies donated by Tim and Mario, and if you are the lucky winner, you will receive a very generous $50 shopping spree to Inspiration Emporium donated by owners Joy and her family. What are you waiting for???

I can't tell you how I made my heart, but I can tell you I used the same image as my pink layer and the heart base is actually cut from a Designer paper.  I took the brightness out by swiping it with Old Paper Distress ink and edging with Vintage Photo. It's hard to pick up that wonderful shimmer on camera, especially on a dark rainy day like today, but this card is practically ready to take off on it's own!

Annie is hosting a fun Tic Tac Toe challenge at A Vintage Journey, where the idea is to choose a line from her game board and include at least one of each element from each square in that line.  I chose Ribbon (seam binding), die cuts (Flourish and heart), and  stains (Distress) AND metal embellishment (key), sprays (Vintage Photo Distress spray and Perfect Pearl mist) and ribbon to complete my horizontal and vertical lines(what can I say, I'm an over-achiever!).  Don't despair, you only have to complete one line!

I used Distress stains to color my seam binding (Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves), I also added a little Spun sugar Distress Paint and crumpled it up to crinkle and dried it partially with my heat gun.  When it was still slightly damp, I gave it a squirt with my one and only  Distress Spray--Vintage Photo and allowed that to seep in, then gave it another heat gun blast to halt the blending.  I tied this up into a little shabby bow.


My metal key embellishment started out silver and was recovered from my stash.  I gave it a little alcohol ink coloring using Teak and Snowcap.  I attached it to the bow using a jump ring.


The pretty little silver and purple heart started today as a gold-toned plastic button from my stash.  I removed the shanks and used silver mixative to color the entire button.  When dry, I added a little Currant alcohol ink to the recessed areas.  When totally dry, I swiped on some Vintage Photo Distress spray with my finger to give it an antique quality.

The edges look a little green here--not the true color!

I hope you like my card, and I hope my Mom will like it, too!

I realized I hadn't distressed the edges of my base card, so after doing so, I took another shot.  This was taken at a different time of day, so the coloring of the  is a little different. Neither is the true color.

That's it for today!  Thank you for stopping in and for leaving your lovely comments! They mean so much to me! Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this into the following inspirational challenges:

Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #21 Rock Candy Distress Glitter

A Vintage Journey "It's Time to Play Tic Tac Toe!" I used ribbon, die cuts and stains, as well as practically everything else!

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #8 "Love" I've included the optional element-buttons.


The Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge "Love"

Inspiration Journal "Love is in the Air!"

Artist Trading Post Exchange "Love is in the Air!"

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #9 "Think Pink" Pink is used throughout my card.

46 comments:

  1. A stunning project, so many beautiful details and textures. Thank you for joining us at ATP Exchange this time.
    Yvonne

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  2. Can't stop looking at this... loving the little key in amongst the seam binding. So much technique, it's amazing when it's all pulled together!! Your mum will love this card Sara xx

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    1. Thank you, Georgie! There sure is a lot going on here! I was afraid it was too much! Hugs!

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  3. Ooh I am loving this Sara, such great colour choices, textures and embellishments. Nikki x

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! I'm so happy you like it!

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  4. Absolutely stunning Sara! I've looked at all the photos several times each and I keep finding new little things to ooh and aah at! So much glitter and glimmer and so many wonderful Tim techniques! Such a fabulous Valentines make! Your Mom is going to gasp when she sees this beauty!

    PS, just so you know how in tune we are, my next post is also called Hugs and Kisses!! Great minds and all that, right! haha! hugs :)

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    1. Hi Pamellia! I'm seeing we have a few things in common with our Valentine's this time! But isn't it great how we interpret them so differently? I'm not sure if my Mom might gasp and say "what's happening here?" Thank you for your generous compliment! Hugs!

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  5. Fabulous Sara! How lovely to make a card for your mum. The colours and textures are just gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at The Artist Trading Post Exchange Toni x

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    1. thank you, Toni! I really appreciate that!

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  6. Oh my gosh Sara, that is amazing! Your Mom is going to love it, fabulous job!

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  7. Sara, this is one of my favorites from you! I absolutely love all the layers and textures and you got the glitter technique down pat. You mom will love this and keep it forever, I'm sure. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Awe, thank you, Cheryl! What a sweet thing to say! You made my day!

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  8. Wowzers you have been so busy, LOVE the layers, all those details and elements and finishing touches just make this perfect... Thanks for playing along with the CC3C x

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    1. What generous praise, Hels! Thank you!

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  9. Sara...your mother is going to LOVE this very sweet and feminine Valentine. I really love what you've created here. It's got so many lovely layers: the torn edges, the embossed background, the sweet hearts, the lovely shabby bow and the metal additions. This is really lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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    1. Candy, you always say the nicest things! I always look forward to your comments which leave me with this incredible sense of accomplishing what I've set out to do with my projects! Thank you!

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  10. Amazing Valentine card! Love the colors and texture! So beautiful!
    Branka x

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  11. Amazing card, Sara!! Your Mom is going to love this!! XOXO-Shari

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  12. very pretty!! Thank you for joining us at Inspiration Journal this month. =)

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  13. Beautiful texture and layers, wonderful card!!

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  14. Gorgeous card Sara, I adore your shaded ribbon, fits in perfectly with your shabby design and soft vintage shades. I'm sure your mum will adore this. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

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    1. Thank you for the very generous compliment, Julie!

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  15. Gorgeous card! Love all the layers. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  16. Fantastic Valentine make Sara and your details are amazing. Great to have you join in with us at AVJ and thank you for letting us know which elements you chose from the TTT grid

    Best wishes
    Annie x

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    1. thank you, Annie for your complimentand for the fun challenge!

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  17. Ooh, what a lovely card!! I love all the attention to detail - I just keep looking back and seeing new details each time! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

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    1. Wow, Karen, what a HUGE compliment! Thank you!

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  18. Late to this party, but what a great card! I hope your Mom loved it also :-) Thanks for all the step outs.....loving all your layering here! xx Lynn

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  19. Aww, that's so nice, Lynn! Thank you for visiting and for your comment!

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  20. What a beauty Sara! I love that button you've altered too! Gorgeous details. Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange for this challenge. Julia xx

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    1. Again, you have left a huge smile on my face with your sweet comment, Julia!

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  21. What gorgeous vintage layers, Sara - and I love the sparkle on the embossed background panel. Fabulous ribbons - an absolutely charming Valentine for your mother! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey and for playing along at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison xx

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  22. Thank you, Alison! What a lovely compliment to read!

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  23. Beautiful! Love all of the layering and textures. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I really appreciate your kind words!

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  24. Another stunning make Sara! Such a fabulous piece, really love what you did here, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly challenge!

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    1. Wow, Astrid! What a lovely compliment coming from you! You have really made my day!

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  25. beautiful card, sara! i'm sure mom was blown away. love how you distressed all those elements to make it so shabby chic. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! She was pretty happy to receive a home made card!

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