Saturday, February 25, 2012

{Heart} Attack!

As Valentine's day approached this year, I started to psyche myself out -- overthinking the card I would give to my special someone, worried that it wouldn't measure up.  Of course, this anxiety is all in my head, but at the time, it was giving me a very real creative block!

At the 11th hour, I was inspired by this Weathered Wood tutorial by Wanda Cullen and out popped this masculine-ish masterpiece.

I started out with Very Vanilla Cardstock, scored at every inch on my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Then I just smeared different inkpads directly to the paper. I used Sahara Sand, a little bit of crumb cake, and an even littler bit of Always Artichoke.  The beauty of the score lines is they don't collect ink because they are depressed, but in a good way!  ;-)

I added in some of my background stamps (Wonderfully Worn in Real Red, and (retired) Sanded Background in Sahara Sand).  I {heart} my chunky background stamps sooooooo much!  I then tore and sponged the seams and edges with Sahara Sand and Always Artichoke.

It's hard to tell on the background, but I've stamped the swirl from Creative Elements, and then dabbed Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over top to add a bit of glitz.  Then I hit the whole thing with my Color Spritzer tool using a Sahara Sand marker.

Once I had those two elements figured out, everything else was easy --  hearts, hearts, hearts! I used a mix of embosslits and punches to create the heart vignette, then tied it all up with some Linen Thread, and finished with some little tags.

This was the first card I made in a LOOOOONG time that wasn't slated for a class demonstation, so I used more products and techniques than usual.  It was incredibly freeing to be able to "go shopping" in my craft room and use whatever I felt like, lol!

I need to get inky like this more often ;-)

Thanks for taking a peek!

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Stamps: Creative Elements, Tiny Tags, Wonderfully Worn, Sanded (retired)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Ink: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Big Shot, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die and Embossing Folder, Linen thread, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch


  1. Oh, gorgeous card! The paper inking you did looks great!

  2. Wow, Michey! What a fabulous technique! I love how you have used the new embossing folders and edgelits! The Linen Thread and tiny tags are the perfect touches!

  3. Double WOW, I love all the techniques you have used on this card. Absolutely stunning


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