Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


I have made a few Valentine's Day cards this week and what a relief.  Like last year, I decided to stick with the more generic love-type cards and shy away from crafting specifically for this Red Letter day, quite simply because I can have them on offer for purchase a lot longer than up to the eleventh hour on Valentine's Day should they not sell prior.  But when I dug out this Inkadinkado stamp, I just couldn't help myself.  This focal stamp just speaks to my retro predilections in a major way. I just adore the rose (surprise, surprise) and the mixed fonts.

My favorite way to stamp this and other similar block images is to use Memento Ink (Lady Bug on this occasion) and ink it rather unevenly.  I feel this gives the stamped image a marginally more worn look which I love.  The Inkadinkado image was then cut out using Tim Holtz's ATC die from Sizzix (talk about a nifty die).  I also took the opportunity to heavily ice the edges of the ATC cut image with iridescent gold paint.  Yum.  I then fished out a handy dandy red love heart shaped paper doily from my stash, stamped my Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream card base with the fun Hero Arts Canvas Stripe Designer Woodblock stamp, lassoed that bad boy with a bit of jute, and (as without much conscious direction) dingied up all the edges and that was this card done.  Love that!  Cheap and cheerful.



Thanks for stopping by. Here's to a brilliant day!

7 comments:

Leah said...

SO pretty. The twine is just perfect with this and I love the uneven inking, really adds to the distressed charm.

Marybeth said...

Beautiful stamped in red image.Love the red doily too! Have a good day!

Joyce said...

Wow--pretty and vintage, and just a love of a card. That red heart doily is the best.

Nadine said...

Beautiful focal point for your gorgeous card Jen! Great tip about inking the image unevenly for a more vintage look. I don't do vintage very well so tips like these are really helpful! BTW, I love reading your posts. I feel like we're having a face to face conversation. I'd love to come and visit you and make that happen!

Tricia said...

This is just such a beautiful card. I love the focual image. I can understand how you couldn't resist

Cherry's Jubilee said...

sooo pretty! love that stamped image. cherry

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous card! So very elegant!!

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Melissa