I started with a blank tri-fold program that I had purchased at Michael's just after Christmas. They were in the clearance section and on first glance I wasn't going to buy them but then I got to thinking that they'd make up into wonderful tri-fold cards or gift card holders. So into my basket they went (and I am now kicking myself for not buying more of them!). They are a heavy weight cardstock and have an embossed silver border frame on the front page. After much inking, staining, gluing and embellishing, here is the finished card.
I started out by stenciling the hearts in the background with distress paint and then applied multiple layers of distress stain over top. When the distress stain is wiped back, the background hearts pop out since the distress paint acts as a resist. A fun technique courtesy of the talented Mr. Tim Holtz! Layered, embossed die cut hearts (a gift from one of my Mixed Media Studio friends) came next along with a bird die and the branch from the bird branch die. The flourishes behind the bird were coloured with distress stain and then got a coat of clear rock candy distress glitter. I die cut the tiny tag and adhered some alphabet 'X O' stickers to it and placed it in the birds beak, hanging it from a wee piece of button thread. Crinkle ribbon coloured with distress ink was added to tie the card closed and was the perfect place to stamp the 'Be My Valentine' sentiment.
The card opens to reveal the first page of the tri-fold and on the left side, I colored some cardstock with multiple colours of distress spray and then die cut the diamond lattice. I colored some of the diamond offcuts with glitter glue and perfect pearls and glued them on randomly. The scribbled heart and sentiment on the small hang tag are from Tim Holtz's Heartfelt clear stamp set and were stamped with jet black archival ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. On the right, I stamped and embossed the '14' and the word 'LOVE' using the jet black archival ink and clear embossing powder again. I love how the distress paint hearts resist the archival ink as well, so you get some 'ghosting' of the hearts through the embossed numbers and letters. Next came a key and key hole escutcheon from the hardware die, cut from the same colored cardstock as the diamond lattice, and I added some Tim Holtz tissue tape plus some paper tape that I hand stamped with the words 'Je t'adore'.
Here is the card fully opened; I stamped the large filigree heart and key on the right hand panel with jet black archival ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder again. More tissue tape was added to the right hand panel as well. I stamped the winged heart onto the top of the center panel (jet black archival and clear embossing powder again) and I then covered a coin envelope with some coordinating scrapbook paper from my stash and added some cardstock circles with brads, so I could make a wrapped thread closure for the envelope. The fabulous vintage picture was in my stash, I am afraid I don't know where I got it from, it is simply labeled 'Sweethearts'. If you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
And tucked inside the envelope is a size 5 hang tag. I repeated the distress paint resist technique here by applying the paint through Tim Holtz's gothic stencil and then colored it with distress inks.
I stamped the 'true love' and leaves onto the tag with black archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and then added the heart from a sticker set from the dollar store. I will write a special message to my one true love on the back of the tag for Valentine's Day :O)
And finally, here is the back of the card.
I wrapped the bird branch die from the front around to the back and here you can see the crinkle ribbon tie again.
I love how it turned out, it was made with much love for my wonderful hubby who is so tolerant of all the time I spend on my crazy crafting projects, thanks babe!
I'm linking this card up with all the challenges listed below, lots of Valentine and heart challenges around the blogosphere right now!
Our Creative Corner - Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I used the left upward diagonal on the grid: Lace, Ribbon, Twine, Cord; Stamps; Embossing Powder)
Thanks as always for stopping by and hope you are having fun creating something special for your sweetheart. Happy creating everyone!