Thursday, February 12, 2015

Together Heart

I decided I better get moving and make a Valentine's Day card for my husband and this is what I came up with.  I know this has a lot of pink on it but my husband has a couple of fabulous plaid shirts that have predominately pink in them and he feels quite confident to wear them so I forged ahead - pink and all.  BTW, he eats quiche too :)

I started with some Recollections white card stock for my blank and then tackled the background.  The background started with a pink and white striped paper from a My Mind's Eye pad called Blush.  First I did some random stenciling - Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink and a TCW stencil called Mini Chickenwire Reversed and then Aged Mahogany Distress Ink from Ranger and a Wendy Vecchi Stencil called Polka Dotty.

Then I used some Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp some flourishes from Wendy Vecchi's Daisy Art stamp set.  The next step was to put some of Wendy's White Texture Paste through a cross hatch stencil that I made myself on my Cameo.  The final step for the background was to distress the edges and add some scraps of a polka dot paper from the MME pad to a couple of torn spots and then run the Aged Mahogany DI around the edge.

Next I used some Glue and Seal from Inkssentials to add a piece of old book paper to a scrap of white card stock.  Once it was dry I used some of the Aged Mahogany DI and a large multi heart stencil from Heidi Swapp to make all the little hearts.  I outlined each one with a black Pigma Micron pen.  I cut each one out and then took some Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped bits on each heart using the Wendy Vecchi Large Collage background stamp that I have cut into sections.  You will notice that the Aged Mahogany looks a little more brown on the old book paper and for a split second I throwing them out and starting over but then decided they were kind of funky and I was just going to live with them.

I took another scrap of Recollections card stock, cut a heart out of it and then ran it through a Tim Holtz embossing folder called Sheet Music.  I rubbed the raised areas with Treasure Gold Rose Quartz and a little bit of Jaygot Silver wax paste.  Next I took a scrap of floral paper from the MME pad and softened it with my crimper until it felt almost like fabric - a trick I learned from my friend Pamellia. Once it was soft enough I stamped it with some Aged Mahagony DI and a Recollections script stamp.

I added the softened paper to the back of the cutout and then added a couple layers of quilt batting cut in the heart shape and then a backing rectangle of card stock so the patterned paper now puffs out of the cutout.

Next I cut some filigree leaves with my Cameo from white card stock and then rubbed them with silver wax paste.  I made some shabby roses from a couple sizes of Marvy Uchida punches.  The little flowers were made from scraps of grey card stock and have Making Memories pewter brads for centres.  The larger flower is made from another paper from the MME pad.  All the flowers have had a bit of white acrylic paint added to the edges.

The sentiment was printed on my computer, cut into individual words and the edges were inked with Aged Mahogany DI.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Love Is In The Air
Make Art Challenge - Hearts
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Think Pink
Penny's Paper Crafty - Embossing
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Sweethearts and Roses
Stampotique Designers Challenge - It's All Love and Hearts - SDC 182
Papertake Weekly  - Hearts and Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Love Is In The Air
In The Pink Challenge  - Love Is In The Air
Crafty Cardmakers - Love, Love, Love


  1. Fantastic Cec! Love the over all design and your choice of soft colors is awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘SWEETHEART & ROSES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  2. Beautifully the colors and all the pretty details!! Thank you for joining us at "The Sisterhood" for our "Sweethearts and Roses" challenge!
    Diane TSH DT

  3. WOW WOW WOW!! Cec, you blow me away every time! I have been staring at this beauty for much longer than I realized!! Crass hatch stencil...amazing!! Love the collage idea you did and your colours are fabulous and funky, just like you said! What a breathtaking Wendy-meets-Cec card! So much talent my friend! hugs :)

  4. Wow Cec this is beautiful, I love how you've done the sentiment. Still can't believe I've not long found your site, I adore your work xx

  5. A lovely sentiment and card. Thankyou for sharing it with us at Eureka Stamps this week. Mary DT

  6. What a gorgeous card Cec!!! Love those pretty blooms and the sentiment is so beautiful!! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs :) Samra

  7. Very nice. Love the layout and design of your card. Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood's "Sweethearts and Roses" challenge.

  8. This is a great masculine mixed media card! I know he will love it! Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  9. This is fantastic, Cec! I love the soft pinks. Gorgeous hearts and flows too. So nice to know your guy isn't put off by pink (and quiche). He sounds like a keeper to me :) Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's ay!



  10. Hi Cec, just popped back in to say Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our 'Love, Love, Love' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  11. Hi Cec, I bet your husband was delighted with this beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at the ATP Exchange Toni x

  12. This is a beautiful Valentine!! Love the pinks but still 'manly!' Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  13. Gorgeous card - love the collage feel to it.
    Thanks for playing along at In The Pink this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  14. Great card. Thank you for joining the Stampotique Designers Challenge. Gez

  15. I love this because it's pink but what I call 'grungy' pink and it works beautifully! Love those little flowers too. Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange for this challenge. Juliax

  16. Beautiful card Cec ! I bet your hubby loved it, pink and all ! Sue C x

  17. Beautiful card love the fabulous detail and design.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and More.
    Hugs Julie x

  18. What a wonderful card for a very special man Cec. Jenny x

  19. Beautiful! Love the sentiment! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  20. I'm loving all that burgundy and cream. I really like the great distressed feel to this.

  21. Lovely quote you have used on your card
    Thank you for joining us at the stampotique designers challenge blog

  22. beautiful card! im sure your husband loved it! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  23. Such a beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    xx Arwen


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