Friday, 10 February 2012

It's a Love Thing

Another love-themed card today:

"It's a Love Thing"

The background started out as a blank sheet of white card and was inked all over with distress inks before drying carefully with a heat tool on a low setting. The inked card was overstamped using a script stamp with more distress ink, stamping two or three times between each inking to vary the amount of ink on the card, then brushing with gold Perfect Pearls. Other stamps were then stamped with black archival ink. The decorated card was mounted onto a red card blank.


The cupid, heart and three arrows were each cut from patterned paper and red cardstock, the edges distressed with ink, and the diecuts layered to create a shadow-effect as shown before adhering to the background with Pinflair to aid dimension. Picket Fence distress stain was brushed around each of the diecuts to give a "mystique" effect, enhancing the diecuts against the background.

The white lace was dyed by placing on a non-stick craft sheet and using a piece of cut n dry foam to apply distress ink before attaching to the card with glossy accents.


The aperture in a heart-shaped cameo charm with wings was filled with Glossy Accents and allowed to dry before adding a drop of alcohol ink to colour the heart. A small jump ring was used to attach the charm to a short length of chain. A heart-shaped eyelet was fixed to the card and the chain passed through the eyelet,
then attached to another charm on the inside of the card (I used a pegasus charm). In this way, the chain can be adjusted to hang the charms wherever you like.

"I Love You stickers"

Letter stickers were added to spell a message along the bottom of the card.

Tim Holtz "Urban Grunge" clear acrylic stamps
Sizzix Bigz Love Struck die
Letter stickers from Tim Holtz seasonal sticker set
Valentine paper from Tim Holtz Seasonal paper pad
Cardstock: white 160gsm A5,
Cardstock: red 300gsm A4 (folded in half for card blank) + A5 (for diecuts)
Distress Inks: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
Distress Stain: Picket Fence
Glossy Accents
Pinflair dimensional glue
Adirondack Ink: Watermelon
Archival Ink: black
Heart charm
Small length of bronze-coloured chain
Eyelet: heart-shaped
Pegasus charm

Entered for the following challenge:
Joanna Sheen - Love is in the air
Charisma Cardz - Things with Wings
DrsDesignsBlog - Make your own Pattern Paper
Hannah & Friends #131 - Be My Valentine
Divas by Design - Love is in the air
Crafting for all seasons - Love is in the air
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Love is in the air
Simon Says - Love is in the air
Truly Scrumptious - Love and Hearts


  1. What a gorgeous card, I love the colour tones and your attention to detail.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  2. What gorgeous background paper you've created!! Thanks for playing along in this week's challenge at DRS Designs!

  3. It's a wonderful Valentine's card, great elements.

  4. What a great background! I love all the overstamping too! Thanks for visiting DRS Designs! Good luck in the contest!

  5. Gorgeous creation, it looks fab!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Divas this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  6. Such a beautiful Valentine and I love the little charm you added! Thanks so much for playing along at DRS Designs!

  7. Beautiful! Love the script stamp, it looks fab with the perfect pearls over it! Love Jayne. x

  8. Fabulous Valentine card, love the design and all the fab stamping you've incorporated. Thank you for joining us at The Joanna Sheen Challenge this month. Good luck in the draw.
    Suzi DT

  9. Super card. Lovely design and love all the stamping you have done. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.

  10. oh this is one super design Hun your detail is always amazing hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

  11. This is fantastic Maddy. I love the script stamping with the gold perfect pearls over it. Lee xx

  12. Blog hopping today, and love your blog. This is a beautiful creation Maddy. Ditto with the gold effect writing, love it. Michelle x

  13. Great card. Love the stamping technique.

  14. Lovely card
    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan

  15. My goodness, this is so cool. Detailed and with a great vintage feel. Thanks for playing with s at DRS Designs.

  16. oh this is cute, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.
    Shell xx


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