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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.