Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vintage Valentine

Hello crafty friends!  I've got another Valentine's Day card for you today.  I took a stab at vintage/shabby this time.  I was really inspired by the lovely Design Team over at Frilly and Funkie using all their pretty printed papers this time for their theme Love is in the Air". I just had to look through my stash for something romantic and somewhat current.  Well, I don't have any of that, so I just had to make do.

I started with a store bought invitation, gessoed around the edges and topped of with some papers; the first layer given a pattern with Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and Victorian Velvet Distress ink and the next layer blended with Tea Dye.

I used some coordinating papers from K and Company that I've had for years, and pulled out my newest stencil from my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique--Tim Holtz Valentine to add some Valentine's text to the background.  I used Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste, allowed it to dry, and then blended with Distress inks in Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet and Ground Expresso.

The tag is hand cut, distressed and  heat embossed with hearts from a Plaid stencil. The frame is made from two Spellbinders dies and the arrow is also Spellbinders.  I inked just the heart with Victorian Velvet and clear embossed three times.


The three hearts are from Sizzix Heartfelt die.  The two smaller ones are stamped with Tim's Lost and Found dictionary page in Ground Expresso and Victorian Velvet and blended with Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen.  The larger heart is inked first in Victorian Velvet, then topped with a script stamp from Personal Stamp Exchange.

The flowers were made with the Sizzix Tattered Flowers Garland die, sprayed with Pink Gumball Perfect Pearls Spray Mist and inked with Victorian Velvet and topped with half pearls. The flourishes are Impression Obsession and butterflies Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy. By the way, I purposefully left off  the lace because this is for my husband, believe it or not! I hope he likes pink! I did give it a final flick or two of watered down white acrylic paint.

That's it for tonight, but I'll be back tomorrow with one more (or so) Valentine card.

I would like to enter this card into the following inspiring challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge # 35 Anything Goes I used three Spellbinders dies, Impression Obsession, and three Sizzix dies.
-Country View Challenges-February-Make Your Own Background I had a teensy bit of help, but I made it my own with the stenciling and inking.
Craft Stamper Take It, Make It February-Text Me! My text background stamps are on my hearts.  I don't know if the stenciling on the background counts.

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


  1. Sara, dear, I absolutely love your vintage Valentine's card! Such a lovely soft pink colour and your flowers are amazing! Great choice of die cuts! Stunning design, my friend, as usual! Can't wait tomorrow to see your next stunner! You are such an inspiration! Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

  2. Just saw this over at Craft Stamper's Feb challenge. Nice composition!

  3. Love the design and gorgeous colours xxx

  4. Wow this is gorgeous Sara!! I love how you did your back panel with the subtle stencil work, it's a great backdrop with lots of interest, but not too showy! Love the's the perfect amount of Frilly and goes so well with your lovely blossoms!! I really love that itty bitty heart that you added to the middle of the arrow, what a precious little detail!! A wonderful card my friend, a little vintage, a little shabby, a lot romantic!!

    While I'm here - Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Love is in the Air' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  5. Gorgeous card! I love all the layers and textures on your card! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

  6. Beautiful flowers! I love the feeling I get of looking through an old fashioned window when I look at this very pretty card. The enameled hearts just pop off the page, and your heart with the script inside is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly & Funkie "Love is in the Air" Challenge!

  7. Love this vintage look! Great layering of dies and love the distressed palette. Beautiful. You are on a roll! I can feel the love you have for your friends and family. SWEET!

  8. Such a beautiful vintage look to this Valentine, so pretty.

  9. Gorgeous card !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT MEMBER

  10. This is stunning, Sara!! The texture and details are just amazing!! I love the vintage look!! You did such a fabulous job!! Gorgeous, gorgoeus card!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Hi Sara!
    I had to chuckle when you said you had to 'make do', because you totally ROCKED it with this vision of shabby beauty! The embossed hearts and the soft pink flowers are sooooo sweet and romantic. I love the way you artfully layered your papers and embellishments. Magnifique!

  12. amazing texture Sara - really pretty make - and thanks for joining us at countryview challenges this month! Hugs rachel x

  13. Gorgeous card! Love those flowers and the beautiful embossed hearts! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. Gorgeous card with such beautiful soft colours. Lovely layout with such dimension. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  15. So beautiful! Thanks for joining at Creatalicious: Love is In The Air

  16. Lovely card Sara, love the heart tag on the front combined with the lovely Spellbinders die cuts, florals and butterflies! Deb xo

  17. Make do she said! Hahaha! Well you sure did "make do" and a bag of chips! Vintage shabby with a hint of grunge (pink heart with the script stamp) all rolled up into another Sara doll original! Whoot whoot! Love the dies and the flowers and the little bitty pink heart right in the middle of the design. Awesome sauce!

    I have stepped away from trying shabby for a looooong bit. It just doesn't feel like "me" but you sure do make me think about it again. Anyhoo-Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  18. Love the neutrals with just a hint of pink - and I love the texture of the canvas tag.
    Alison xx

  19. Love this Sara love the dies and the beautiful textures.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  20. Love your use of die cuts and muted colors Sarah Emily- Beautiful! xoxo

  21. Love your vintage card. The details are beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Crafty CardMakers this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. DT Judy

  22. Awesome card Sara! Love all the different textures that you paired together. Thanks for joining us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  23. Lovely valentine - soft and feminine. Love the die cuts, stenciling and the pretty flowers. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  24. Gorgeous valentines card Sara! I love the stencil background that's just peeping through and the different textures and layers. Thanks so much for joining us for the Frilly and Funkie "Love is in the Air" challenge. :)

  25. Beautiful vintage Love card !
    Thanks for playing with us at The Artistic Stamper's heART challenge, wishing you good luck to win !

  26. Lovely soft layers and beautiful shabby chic inspired card. Love how you have layered the die cut with the tag and other embellies. Thank you for playing along with the "Love is in the Air" challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge.

  27. Love all the different embellishments and die cuts you used. Thanks for joining the In The Pink challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    In The Pink DT

  28. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "love is in the air” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

  29. Great design and textures; a really lovely card! Thanks for joining LLC for our "love is in the air" challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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