Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Notes

Good morning!  Here is a card made especially for my brother in law and his lovely wife.  They are a fun couple, so I wanted to make them a fun, non-traditional Valentine's card.



The background is embossed with tim's Texture Fade.  I swiped on some gesso with a credit card and when dry inked it with Distress inks in Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw and Spun sugar.  I wiped it with a damp baby wipe to get this cool variegation.

                                                

I added Tim's foil tape to grungeboard and embossed with the same folder.  Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress paints were wiped on and spritzed with water to blend and dried. I rubbed the surface with a kitchen scrubby thing to remove some of the paint, and scratched randomly with a pick. I backed this with burlap ribbon.



The big pink/purple heart was made with Tim's marbling technique using Distress paints in Spun Sugar, Picket Fence and Seedless Preserves, followed with a couple of spritzes of Brushed Pewter stain in my mini mister while the paint was still wet for an amazing effect. I cut the heart free hand and edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.


The black and silver heart was left over from another project; painted with Distress paint and Rock Candy Distress glitter.  For this card I added Black Soot and Brushed Pewter distress paints  to the heart and moved the colors around with my finger. Another very cool effect.  The smallest heart is chipboard that I had tried using Distress Glitter on, but didn't like the look, so I covered it with some more foil tape and used alcohol inks to color.  I think the glitter under the foil gave it a nice distressed look. Looks as if there might be a nice chocolate wrapped up in there!


And for my metallic textured heart, again I covered grunge paper with foil tape and embossed with one of Tim's Texture Fades--either Regal or Damask and painted and distressed same as the Valentine strip.  I added a spinner arrow which I treated with Distress paints--Gathered Twigs and Black Soot.


I glued on a couple of Chit Chat stickers and gave a coat of Glue and Seal.  I outlined them with Distress marker, and then swiped them with my finger.

For Annie's Tic Tac Toe challenge at  A Vintage Journey I was able to complete the first vertical line including metal embellishment (spinner arrow), paint on the foil tape embellishments and foil tape.

This is hands down my favorite Valentine's Day card I made this year.  I'm very pleased with how well all the techniques worked out and how putting this card together was purely a joy.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day with your sweetheart on this Valentine's Day.  Thank you for taking time to come have a look and for leaving all your lovely comments! I read and appreciate every one, and eventually I reply.  I apologize I am a little behind in my replies right now, but I've read all your wonderful, encouraging comments. Please be sure to check back on Monday evening to see if you are the lucky winner of my random draw. I will be posting one more Valentine, hopefully, tomorrow. I finally finished my husband's this evening. Hugs!

Sara Emily

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

A Vintage Journey "It's Time to Play Tic Tac Toe" As noted in the text above, metal embellishment, paint and foil tape.

Inspiration Journal "Love is in the Air"

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #9 "Think Pink"

Craft Hoarders Anonymous February's Challenge "How Do I Love Thee?"

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #8 "Love"

35 comments:

  1. Wow Sara, this is fantabulous!!! Love the Seedless Grapes, what a great colour choice (oddly, the only colour I don't have). I am completely stealing your technique with the Gesso and the credit card, what an amazing effect you got doing that!!! Love your wonderful layered hearts, so many different textures! Beautiful work with the foil tape too! Just gorgeous my friend! big hugs :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia! What a HUGE compliment coming from you, my mega talented, technique junkie friend! The gesso/credit card got lots of use last Valentine's Day where every card I made had the same background! It comes out different everytime so you can get a completely different look--a big crafty bang for the buck! And yes, I love the foil tape, too! I wish I could foil everything in my home! Ha! Thanks for your amazing compliment! Hugs!

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  2. WOW!!! This is absolutely stunning creation!! Love all the layered hearts and all the texture! I am sooo behind with commenting on your fabulous blog, but know that I do love all your creations and look at them with great pleasure, just did not get a chance to sit down and comment. Thank you for visiting my blog Sara and always leaving such heartwarming comments! I truly appreciate you! Big hugs from Vegas :)

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    1. And "WOW" back to you, Samra! What a lovely comment and HUGE compliment on this project. I am particularly warmed by it because you are such a talented artist. It means so much to me to know you drop in to have a peek regularly! By the way, I am in love with your flower and doily card and that ombre effect. Hugs from Wilmington, NC!

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  3. The texture in this is off the charts! And the colors are soooo beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day to you, my friend! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Kathy, You must know that I appreciate your heart warming comments on my blog. It always seems like you are sitting right here picking up my work in your hands and having a good, interested look at it! (Wish you were!) Hugs!

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  4. You are on fire with St Vals card!! Love what you've done with the background again, and the little heart in the centre of the big one is just to die for with that embossing!! xx

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    1. Thank you, Georgie! I did have a lot of fun with this one! And I do love that foil tape! I hope your weekend is going well! Hugs!

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  5. Great card!! Love all the layers and the colors you used, especially the pink. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  6. I agree with everyone else, you have achieved such wonderful texture on this piece! Just lovely! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you, Glenda! You've really made my day with all your sweet comments!

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  7. My goodness you have been busy with Valentine projects and this is stunning too. Love the background, textures and layers. I am sure it will be treasured ☺️
    Great to have you aboard again at AVJ

    Hugs Annie x

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    1. Thank you so much Annie! I think I'm ready to move onto something a little different from the hearts and sweets now!

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  8. Nice card, love the embossing and all the elements you added to the card. Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

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  9. A lovely Valentine's card - and so refreshing to see something different! Great embossing and a lovely use of all your embellishments. Thanks for sharing it with us at A Vintage Journey for our Tic Tact Toe challenge. Jennie

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    1. Thank you, Jennie! What a great big smile you have put on my face this morning!

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  10. Wonderful mixed media Valentine! I love the layered hearts. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders!

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    1. Thank you, Amber! I'm so happy you like my hearts!

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  11. Wonderful card! Love the colours and texture. Thanks for playing along at the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shirley; I really appreciate your compliment!

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  12. Beautiful! Love the embossed background. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! What a wonderful compliment!

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  13. A gorgeous layering of hearts on this Sara - so many wonderful textures with the wonderful background - thanks for playing with us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Julia!

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  14. Beautiful card! Fabulous use of color and the many techniques. Thanks for sharing the details and playing in the MMCC challenge!
    ....Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan, for your comment and for picking my card as a highlight at MMCC!

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  15. lucky family, everybody is getting a beautiful card from you! this one is my favorite, too! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thank you for your very kind compliment! I'm so happy you like this one, too, Rachel!

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  16. Huge congrats on the Highlight at MMCC!!! Your card is gorgeous and of course it was noticed by their DT.

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    1. Wow, Thank you, Samra for the head's up! I was beginning to think I was never going to win another challenge!

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  17. Congratulations on your card being chosen as a highlight at Mixed Media Card Challenge! This was one of my favs, so well deserved my friend! hugs :)

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    1. And a HUGE congratulations to you on your LOVEly card! I think it should be a winner in every challenge you entered! Thank you for your support, Pamellia! Hugs!

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  18. Another vintage beauty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

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