This lovely valentine from my friend Marilyn of Crafts and Beyond blog was a surprise in my mail last week. The verse on the tag (by Quietfire Designs) is a beautiful quotation from Dickens. The tag holder design along with the tag itself, the lattice diecut by Tim Holtz, and all the hearts and lace makes such a pretty card.
The image is cut with a Heart Spellbinder die from a sheet of 12x12 paper with different vintage images. I coloured the image heart with Cinnamon Twinkling H20 paint and also the little bit of paint on the girl's palette. Then I edged the heart with Red Stickles glitter. On the background paper, there are random hearts (Ranger Clear Medium gel paste coloured with a tiny bit of Barn Door refill distress ink, applied through the Tim Holtz Heart stencil).
I layered other diecut hearts, some heart gem embellishments, a heart border cut from blue dotted paper (to match the girl's dress), and some red rickrack ribbon. The verse is by Hampton Arts, cut out with a Spellbinders die and given a heart gem. I purposely went off the edge of the layers with a heart and the verse to give some visual variety.
As with most of my cards, I kept it fairly flat for mailing.
Hello everyone: I started this tag last night following Tim Holtz' February, 2016 tag for the background, and put the finishing touches on it early this morning. Couldn't sleep, so got up and headed for my craft room with a cup of tea at 4:30 am! I once saw an unmounted stamp verse that said, "What's that thump, thump, thump in the middle of the night? A stamper!". Well, that was me! LOL
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On a kraft tag, I sponged Pumice Stone distress ink over Tim's doily stencil. Then using the TH heart stencil, I painted in a few hearts with Cinnamon Twinkling H20 paint. The paint has a sheen which doesn't show in my picture. I stamped a heart scroll border along with bottom with Fired Brick, distressed the edge, then sponged Fired Brick and Pumice Stone along all the edges.
The love tag and date (2,heart,14) are from my stash. I think they might by Authentique paper? I slightly sponged over them with Antique Linen to age, and sponged along the edges with Pumice Stone ink. On the love tag, I overstamped with a french script stamp in Pumice Stone, and adhered a red heart embellishment. The red heart on the date tag was outlined with Red Stickles glitter.
The red doily heart is by Cottage Cutz, and I used several other hearts - gold stickers, and a heart cut from red glitter paper.
The little centre heart is a plastic ribbon tag that I coated with very light beige acrylic paint, and stamped the verse in Memories Black ink. Luckily I had two of them, because the first one I didn't have the script centered evenly. It is an Impression Obsession stamp "Friends Heart" that was one of the first valentine stamps I bought years ago - the script fit the tag perfectly! Then I went along the edge with gold distress paint daubber, added a gold locket sticker and ribbon.
Finally, I cut a lock and key out of grunge paper (TH mini alteration die) and applied his "rusted grunge" technique using Pumice Stone distress embossing powder, Ground Expresso ink, and Gold distress paint daubber.
A bit of light cream crocheted lace finishes off the bottom of the tag.
Another storm is on the way with up to 30 cm's for our northern area in Nova Scotia - it seems every weekend since mid- January we've been hit with snow! Last Friday night we had 43 cm's of heavy wet snow causing a lot of power failures. Thankfully it rained on Wednesday reducing the snowbanks.
We have plans to go out to dinner tonight with friends to celebrate my birthday. It is already starting to freezing rain, so am keeping fingers crossed for later.