Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Just Two More Distressed Valentine's Day Cards--I Promise!

Happy Valentine's Day! Yep! That's right. It seems I forgot two very important people who would LOVE a hand made Valentine card. So I whipped this pair up in just over an hour from idea to licked envelope. That might not be a big deal for many, but being the slow crafter that I am, it's a record.

I was inspired by the plaid background on a heart on a very special Valentine card I received in the mail yesterday. I used one of Tim's mini stencils and Festive Berries Distress ink to make the pattern on Spellbinder's heart and to make the monoprint background. I die cut a pair of hearts from black card stock for some contrast.

The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers which I heat embossed in Ranger black powder. The script on the background is an old Stampin' Up background stamp inked in Distress Archival ink. I added some staples with Tim's Tiny Attacher on one and 'stitching' on another with a BoBunny stamp.

Easy Peasy, but made with love!

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Sara Emily

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rusty Embellished Monoprint Valentine with Tim Holtz Dies and Oxides

 Hello friends! It's almost Valentine's Day, and I have one more Valentine card to share with you. While I had my Valentine crafty goodies out for my rusty card I made for Frilly and Funkie HERE, I decided to make one inspired by this tag by my fabulously talented Frilly and Funkie teammate, Zoe Hillman.  I've used Distress Oxides to create a monoprint background and made lots of rusty embellishments with die cuts, paints,crayons, embossing powders, and inks.

  I gave these two good friends a good vintage vibe with my distressing tool, Vintage Photo Distress ink (of course!) and a splatter of Walnut Stain Distress Paint. I added texture to my heart background with an old embossing folder.

The flowers were taken from a vintage hat I picked up at a recent estate sale. The actual hat is standing in as a prop for my first photo. A Quote Chip was chosen for my sentiment, and I layered it on a couple of lace die cuts and some vintage lace from my stash.

  I love Tim's index clips. I altered this clip and tucked in a Remnant Rub. 

That's it for me today! Here's one more shot of my completed Valentine. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Sara Emily

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Love So Ir-Resistable!

Welcome! I had a little fun just playing around when I made this Valentine. I pulled out my long neglected  embossing diffusers and a couple of embossing folders. Starting with the Dotted Bullseye folder and the outer portion of the heart diffuser, I made my first pass in my Big Kick. Next I used the Dots folder and the heart shaped portion of the diffuser and made the second pass, creating two separate textures. Sadly I didn't like how it turned out once I colored it, so I flipped it over and used the de-bossed side for my project.

Lesson learned from the flip side, this time I covered the heart with Distress Micro Glaze, and buffed with a soft cloth. I dipped my card in Distress ink puddles of Black Soot and Festive Berries, drying between colors. I love how the colors are more intense in the recesses of the bullseyes. I wiped the heart off, revealing a nearly white heart. The microglaze resists the inks quite well, leaving it just in some random de-bossed dots. While this was just my first try with this technique, and my card has it's imperfections it's inspired me to play more with the glaze and my embossing folders.

Oh, how I love this LOVE die cut. This, and the Tutti hearts and butterflies frame was included in some die cuts Autumn sent me last year. Thank you, Autumn! I don't have much in the way of Valentine's dies, so without your help, all my cards would look the same! Like I said, I am in love with the LOVE die cut, and since it was my only one, I wanted to make it special. I colored it with Festive Berries and Black Soot and heat embossed. I pared it with a large Chit Chat sticker to complete my sentiment.

The Tutti die cut was covered with BoBunny Licorice Glitter Paste. The shimmer on this die cut is really amazing in real life. Linda offers this in several colors at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and I can't wait to try more of them!

I backed the embossed panel with one of Tim Holtz Christmas papers, and tucked in portions of his Lace die cuts between the red dotted panel and my card blank. Ranger Multi Matte medium is a great glue to use with these fussy cuts. I spread some out on my craft mat, and press my die cut back into it, then place the glued die cut on my card. Because the heart is so delicate and not exactly the size of my heart diffuser  it was a little tricky to place.

So here's another Valentine, already in the mail. It's for my daughter, and I hope she feels the love that is sent with it!

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Thank you for stopping by today and for all your thoughtful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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