My background was embossed using one of Tim's Texture Fades and a Reflections stamp. I inked with Distress ink and stamped a birdcage image from 7 Gypsies on tissue paper so I could get the bird oriented the way I wanted. This is a great technique to make mirror images of your stamps.
I stamped and water colored the bird from Tim's Bird Feather set--an all time favorite of mine. Today my bird is a bluebird, since they are really prolific here this time of year. I gave him a little shadow and added micro beads to give a sense of motion. The banner is hand cut from tissue and stamped with parts of a collage image.
My flowers are a combination of colored card stock which I inked up a bit and watercolor paper colored with Distress stains. I distressed the daylights out of the paper, soaking, crinkling, folding and pinching and finally shaping into extra tight flowers and left to dry 24 hours. Can you see the dew drops on the petals? Everybody knows that's just tiny drops of Glossy Accents.
A little floral wire, string, a tiny silver heart and pearls finish this romantic Valentine. Hey, I just realized I conquered a line in Annie's Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at A Vintage Journey with twine, die cuts and stains! As always, my inspiration comes from Tim Holtz in his techniques from his Volumes 1, 2 and 3 Compendium of Curiosities and from the versatility of his products.
Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. Warm Valentine hugs!
I would like to enter this into the following inspirational challenges:
Frilly and Funkie "Winter Blooms"
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #9 "Think Pink"
The Artist Trading Post Exchange "Love is in the Air"
Inspiration Emporium "Love is in the Air"
The Artistic Stamper February's Creative Challenge "Love"
A Vintage Journey "It's Time to Play Tic Tac Toe" Wow! I didn't realize I could play along! Yippee! I used the 3rd vertical line-twine, die cuts and stain.
Craft Hoarders Anonymous February Challenge "How I Love Thee"