Handcrafted Valentine's Day Card - Hearts and Flowers

Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Hearts and Flowers

Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Hearts and Flowers on a kraft paper card blank.  A few different challenges that I follow inspired this card.  Take a look at the end of the post for a list of each challenge inspired this card.

The focal image of this card is an alcohol ink background with a beautiful rose and sentiment.  First, I started with a piece of acetate.  I dripped Tim Holtz Cranberry, Watermelon and Current Alcohol Inks from Ranger and Adirondack on the acetate to create the colorful background.  Then, I moved the color around with an applicator with Ranger’s Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.  Next, I sprayed the acetate with Shimmer Mist and added a few drops of Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink.

I flipped the acetate over and pressed the whole thing into a piece of white card stock because the color wasn’t vibrant enough.  Then, I ran the two layers through my Big Shot with the Rectangle Stitched die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.  I love this die set!  Next, I adhered the acetate to the card stock with Super Gloss Brilliant Mod Podge.  Finally, I used Jet Black StāzOn Ink to stamp a rode from the Flower Garden stamp set from Tim Holtz and the “Once upon a time…” sentiment.

Alcohol Ink Background with Flower and Sentiment

Alcohol Ink Background with Flower and Sentiment

Next, I used a wide decorative mesh from my stash to decorate the card base.  I slathered a great amount, probably too much, of Vintage Mod Podge on the card base and pressed the mesh into it with a craft stick.  Then, I clamped the craft stick my work table to hold the mesh in place while the Mod Podge dried.  Since I used too much, I let it dry overnight.

Mesh with Vintage Mod Podge

Mesh with Vintage Mod Podge

In the morning, I removed the clamp and craft stick.  I added a small border of red foil lace to the bottom of the focal point with a glue stick.  The focal point was then attached to the card base with some more  Mod Podge.  A small strip of heart burlap ribbon was attached to the left side of the card.  Lastly, I used three clear rhinestones on the upper right corner to add a bit more sparkle to complete the card.

Handcrafted Valentine's Day Card - Hearts and Flowers

Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Hearts and Flowers

Challenges

I used the following challenges for inspiration for this card.  Please take a moment to check them out for yourself!  Then, start joining challenges yourself because they are a great inspiration and way to meet fellow crafters.

Challenge #57 – Sketch and/or Color from Your Next Stamp.  This card was inspired by the sketch for this week’s challenge.  Your Next Stamp has so many great stamps and dies.  They rock!

YNS-Challenge

YNS-Challenge

Anything Goes – Optional Red from the More Mixed Media Blog.  This blog is great, too!  I love all of the wonderful inspiration.  I used mostly reds in this card for this challenge.

More Mixed Media Blog

More Mixed Media Blog

Challenge #4 – Love is All Around from the Crafty Purple Frog Blog.  If you know me, you know I love frogs and I couldn’t help but join this challenge!  This is a Valentine’s Day card that is all about the love that is all around us.  This is another great blog and challenge place.

Challenge # 402 – Hearts and Flowers from the Allsorts Blog.  As you can see, I was inspired by this blog challenge by adding the heart ribbon and the main flower focal point.  This is a new blog that I just started following and so far I love it!

Allsorts Blog

Allsorts Blog

Challenge # 38 – Anything Goes from the A Bit More Time To Craft Blog.  I love the name of this blog.  I joined this challenge because I can always use a bit more time!

A Bit More Time To Craft Blog

A Bit More Time To Craft Blog

Simon Says – Fantastic Florals from the Simon Says Wednesday Blog.  Simon Says rocks because of their awesome challenges and store.  Make sure you check them out!  This cards main focal point is a flower for this challenge.  I loved using it to make the alcohol ink background pop!

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Challenge #335 – Anything Goes from the Crafty Creations Blog.  I love to enter these anything goes challenges just because of the great differences in projects I get to see.

Crafty Creations Blog

Crafty Creations Blog

Challenge #156 – Anything Goes from the Little Miss Muffet Blog.  This is my first time joining this challenge blog.  I want to thank them for the great challenge, shop and inspiration.  Once again, I join the anything goes challenges because I love the diversity in entries.

 

Little Miss Muffet Blog

Little Miss Muffet Blog

 

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