Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Cold Heart!

Hello again, crafty friends! This Valentine is for my sister, and she 's not much into love and romance these days.  But it was one of those situations, if you don't make a card, it means you don't care. What started off as a traditional pink and red Valentine went blue and grungy.

I started with a store bought invitation which I covered with distressed card stock on the back and distressed, painted and layered papers on the front. See the pink? Oh, my, what was I thinking?  Not for Kim!

For my top layer, I chose heavy watercolor paper, since I was going to be doing a watercolor technique. First I stamped with a script stamp from Personal Stamp Exchange in Watering Can Archival. Then I used a negative from a Tim Holtz Heartfelt die cut, and traced around the inside of three of the hearts with a red water color pencil and spritzed with water. Not much happened, and then it dawned on me that was because Kim would be sickened at the sight of a traditional red and pink Valentine.  So out came the watercolor crayons and my hand fell on the blue.  I again traced around the inside of 3 different hearts from the negative and this time I spritzed with Pewter Perfect Pearl Spray Mist.  I dried this and blended on some Hickory Smoke Distress ink. I flicked some water at it and dried. I went back over the hearts again with the crayon and used a waterbrush to soften the edges.  This took away some of the color from the ink and spray, so it looks as if I have used white somewhere in all this mess--I didn't!  You can see some of the original red water color pencil poking through.

I decided then the pink background paper looked horrible, but it was too late, so I just went over the edges with the crayon and added a little water to soften it. I added the Small Talk sentiment and added a shadow around it and the hearts using my water brush and Hickory Smoke Distress marker. And there you have it.  My rather UN-Valentine-Valentine for my non-celebratory sister.

I would like to enter my grungy Valentine into the following inspiring challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Spritz and Spray I used Perfect Pearl Spray Mist in Pewter.
Cards 4 Guyz Challenge # 106 Valentine or Love I know this is 4 guyz, but my card is masculine for my sister who is anything but froo-froo!.

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!  I read and appreciate each one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Its the season of love indeed. And a great piece of work, very nice. Greetings!

  2. So beautiful - I love the colours.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!! The hearts look amazing!! I love the colors and design!! Spectacular as always my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. I like that grungy look. Thank you so much for joining our 219th challenge at Word Art Wednesday this next fortnight. Your creation is inspiring, beautiful and very much appreciated. Blessings, Carole

  5. I love the bits of script and the blue edging! Thanks for playing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  6. Fantastic card Sara! Love the trio of hearts! Surely your sister will treasure this!

  7. What a wonderful un-Valentine's day card! Thank you so much for sharing it at Emerald Creek Dares.

  8. I'm with your sister Kim about the non traditional colors. This one with the blue/grey/unintentional white is hot diggity dang good! I bet she loves it! Love that you are sharing your watering coloring techniques. Looks like something I have to try! What weight is the paper you use? It looks sturdy! Fantabulous design on all three of these gems dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

    1. So awesome to see you pop in here! I love these non traditional things everyone is creating!

  9. You may already know that I adore using non traditional colours and that's why I love this one the most! What a beautiful subtle tones and great watercolor techniques, Sara! An amazing piece of art! Your sister will love it, I am sure! Who wouldn't! Oh, my dear friend, you are such an inspiration! Huge hugs and lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  10. A brilliant un-Valentines card, I'm not into the hearts and flowers thing for Valentines day either so this really speaks to me. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz


  11. That is so cool! I'm in love with how you started with a store bought invite. Great use of other materials! Sara you make me smile all the time.

  12. So very pretty, Sara Emily! Love this blue version just as much. Hugs, Autumn

  13. The day you have a cold heart is the day that I will see pigs fly! What a clever idea to start with a store bought invitation. I would love to come and stay near where you live to be able to come and watch your create. I know that what real creativity is - to come up with all the neat steps that you do. A great big experiment - right!
    Love all that you do Sara Emily.
    Sandy xx

  14. Very pretty! These hearts look amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck. Hugs, Robin

  15. I hope your non-from-froo sister likes this - it is lovely! Those blues ... perfect! Love that pewter spray, and what happened with the water! Keep up the great creativity - always fun to see your work! xxx Lynn

  16. wow - I can't believe you send so may valentines - its so lovely - it doesn't seem to work like that here - I think your sister will adore this. hugs Rachel xx

  17. How lovely to create this for your sister, I do love the un-valentine colours, blue was such a great idea and I like the texture of the watercolour paper too. Hugs, Anne xx

  18. Aah! But did the air turn blue? I love how this turned out, and I love seeing pink and blue together -and I'm sure that your sister will be impressed...but I sense a little frustration in the making! Hugs, Chrisx

  19. Wow! A lot of really cool techniques were used on this card. I love the blue outline on the hearts. I am sure your sister will appreciate her unvalentine card! Thank you for joining us this time at Crafty Cardmakers.
    :) Pam

  20. Such a pretty card. Love how it turned out. Great idea to make this lovely card for your sister. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  21. Personally, I'd take blue and grungy over pink and red any day - even at Valentine's... your hearts are absolutely lovely, Sara, with great depth and beauty.
    Alison xx

  22. Beautiful card and so nice to see some non-traditional Valentine's colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  23. Beautiful Card. Love to see the non-traditional colours. Thanks for joining us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  24. This will mean more to her than she will ever let on. You did the right thing...and you did it beautifully! Hugs!!!!

  25. Hi, sweet Sara!
    I absolutely LOVE your sweet project, and I couldn't be happier than to have you stop by and share your artistic talents with us. I'm so grateful to have you play along in our challenges. Please stop by again soon, and I will look forward to visiting your blog again to see your next work of art. You are always most welcome to join the fun!
    Karen Letchworth
    Word Art Wednesday


  26. A great card.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz for Guys

    Helen x

  27. What a gorgeous creation, and so many techniques to create it.

    Thank you for sharing in our Love, Love, Love challenge. We hope to see you back again.

    Crafty Cardmakers

  28. What a lovely card! Sis must have liked it!
    Thanks again for joining us at Artistic Stamper this month.


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