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Valentine Embrace

I have decided to start grabbing my reds and pinks and leap into the amour of making  Valentines.  I sincerely hope it doesn’t turn into the late night stamping fest I created for myself the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  Next year, I swear (and oh, how I did making 4 dozen cards those two weeks–pardon me), I will start before Thanksgiving 🙂

To begin, I snipped and sponged the edges (Chocolate Chip) of 3 rectangles of 3 different patterns of Cerise Designer Series paper and adhered them to Very Vanilla, layered over a Chocolate Chip card base.  I then added a 4th pattern from the Cerise series on Chocolate Chip to create the horizontal "ribbon." The chocolate scallop border is created in short order using the corner rounder punch.

The Embrace Life rose was inked in Basic Brown (more waterproof than Chocolate Chip and better for watercoloring) and stamped on watercolor paper.  Watercoloring was accomplished in a flash with a Real Red marker and an Aqua Painter, which swishes the red around for a more realistic look. My Sanded Background stamp (one of my favorites) was stamped off once (meaning on another piece of paper first) and then stamped over the watercolored rose.  I punched out the rose image with a Marvy Mega Circle Punch and layered it on a Chocolate Chip Scalloped Circle (Giga).  The sentiment (Vases in Vogue, retired) is stamped on  watercolor paper (for the sole purpose of having the same texture as the main image) and punched with the small oval punch (also sponged on the edges).  I layered it on a Chocolate Chip large oval (these oval punch guys are simply indispensable).

This card is categorized under "The Perfect Touch" because I wanted to demonstrate how it’s the little details that can jazz up a card that seems a tad too "naked."  In this case, I attached (using a Mini Glue Dot) a stylized pair of "leaves" using some swirly hardware from Hodge Podge Hardware.  I also added some Real Red Ribbon with a bow for the "empty spot" in the top left corner.  Please note that the bow is a complete and utter cheat.  I merely tie a bow separately and adhere it with a Mini Glue Dot.  So easy, balanced, perfect.  Finally, I set the sentiment oval slightly off center on the chocolate oval (it’s, OK, you can do it . . . asymmetry can be your friend) and added a stick-on rhinestone for some bling, bling, bling on the side.  Delicious.

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

Stamp Sets:  Embrace Life (111011), Vases in Vogue (Retired Hostess), Sanded Background (109294)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Basic Brown (104315), Real Red (Marker, 100052)
Paper:  Cerise Designer Series Paper (retired), Watercolor (105019), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Cool Tools:  Aqua Painter (103954), Large (107305) and Small (107304) Oval Punches, Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Sponge Daubers (for sponging edges, 102892), Marvy Giga Scalloped and Mega Circle Punches
Perfect Touches:  Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109034), Hodge Podge Hardware (Pewter, 101515), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Non-SU Stick-On Rhinestone

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