Monday, January 28, 2013
Penny Black Love Nip - Valentine's Day card
Hi blogging friends
Today I am sharing a Valentine's Day card. It is AGES since I used the Magic Coloured Pencil/Gamsol Magic technique to colour an image, ie: Odourless Mineral Spirits with Prismacolor/Derwent Coloursoft pencils and paper stumps, having mainly used Watercolour Pencils in recent times. I felt so rusty as it is a completely different technique to watercolouring and I struggled at first but got there in the end. Glad I started with a simple image such as the one I used on my card!
I love this little cat - he makes me smile when I look at him - but I probably say that about all my Penny Black Margaret Sherry stamps! I never get tired of them and they don't seem to go out of style. I am still using Penny Black stamps that are 10 years old! I recently had a clear out of my stamps - some look so dated and I am not sure whether I should try and sell them on EBay or just donate them to charity. There's nothing wrong with them - I just wonder if it would be worth all the effort with the photographing, writing a blurb, paying to list them, then IF they sell, having to post them: I feel tired thinking about it - and I am tired with the ongoing care of my loved one. Anyone have any advice? Is it better to sell them as one lot? I haven't sold anything on EBay before - only bought things. Anyway, onto my card...........
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock and coloured it as per above, then lightly chalked around the cat with blue chalk for the sky and brown + grey chalk for the ground. I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the hearts and the envelope. The image looks a little washed out in the photo. My camera never likes to photograph anything with pink - it just can't seem to cope with that colour and always washes out my image. Cameras can be so frustrating sometimes!
All the layers on the card are designer papers from my Basic Grey 12" x 12" Kissing Booth collection. I would usually use matching cardstock but as my set of Kissing Booth papers has quite a number of plain colours in it, I thought I would use them instead - and of course, they match the floral papers perfectly making the whole process a bit quicker.
The fancy diecut circle is a Nellie Snellen die - so pretty. JUST A LITTLE TIP: This main panel is up on dimensionals because when I had it flat on the floral background, it all but disappeared into the background designer paper, so by popping it up a bit, it stood out from the background and looked 100 times better. I was actually quite surprised at the difference it made, so if a similar thing happens to you, try popping your image up.
The sentiment is from my Wendy Irving Expressions set - one of the most useful sentiment sets I have ever purchased and had for a few years now. I punched a tiny heart from the pink designer paper using my Arrows border punch (the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts) and glued it next to the sentiment.
The ribbon on the side panel was attached in 2 separate elements and I added Fray Stop to the ribbon ends to stop them from fraying.
Lastly, I added 3 heart gems to the bottom right-hand corner. These gems came on a small sheet of bling from Target (Australia) which is meant for decorating your mobile phone or i-Pod, but I use the gems for cardmaking instead as the sheets have quite an assortment of different shaped rhinestones and pearls. I have seen them at Woolworths/Safeway as well and they cost about $2 - $3.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Penny Black and more at Allsorts - Love is in the Air
Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black Love Nip 3776F wood-mount, Sentiment from Wendy Irving Expressions clear set J6412.01
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Designer Paper: Basic Grey Kissing Booth 12" x 12"
Accessories: Big Shot, Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, Nellie Snellen MFD020 die (fancy circle - largest die in set), ribbon, Fray Stop, pink heart gems from Target, dimensionals, Kaisercraft chalks, Odourless Mineral Spirits, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps, Kindyglitz Crystalina, cardstock - KW Doggett Knight white
Punches: EK Success Arrows border (for the tiny heart)