Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's All Love & Hearts!

Kristen Catalano is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "It's All Love and Hearts"!

This is what she had to say about her challenge.
"February 14th is Valentine's Day, so why not create something that is surrounded with hearts and love..."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!

Here's my card, which uses Stampotique's Agatha Heart (Magda Polakow), Daniel's Hearts (Daniel Torrente), Romantic Text (France Papillon), and Smiling Sun (Janet Klein).

Agatha Heart was stamped three times using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. One image was completely colored with Copic markers, then fussy-cut. The heart on the second Agatha Heart was colored with Shinhan Touch R1 and R10 markers, then fussy-cut, flipped over, and puffed out using an embossing stylus. The hands and the wings on the third Agatha Heart were colored with Copic markers, the wings were highlighted with various colors of Spica Glitter pens (Copic), and both the hands and wings were fussy-cut. Agatha Heart was paper pieced back together and set aside while I created a background for her.

A sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was sponged with Titanium White mixed with Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt. Titanium White MFA paint was brayered onto Daniel's Hearts stamp and then stamped over the blue background randomly until the entire sheet was mostly covered with hearts. Titanium White MFA paint was thinned with water and the inside of the hearts were painted to make them look a bit like heart shaped clouds. A drop or two of Primary Magenta MFA paint was added to the diluted Titanium White MFA paint, then painted onto some of the clouds.

Romantic Text was stamped several times onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink. Blue Green Light MFA paint was mixed with Primary Yellow MFA paint and brushed over the reverse (non-stamped side) of the tissue paper. A metal protractor (which finally proved its usefulness!) and craft knife were used to cut hills from the green tissue paper.

Smiling Sun was stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink. Primary Yellow and Diarylide Yellow MFA paints were used to color the reverse side of the stamped Smiling Sun. The sun was fussy-cut.

Multi-Medium was brushed over the "sky" panel to adhere the Romantic Text hills and Smiling Sun to the piece. The entire panel received another layer of Multi-Medium to ensure the tissue paper's adhesion and seal the piece. When dry, the hills were sponged lightly with Watering Can and Emerald Green Archival ink.

The image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the 5" x 7" Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The hills part of the piece was edged with Emerald Green Archival ink and the sky portion was edged with Cornflower Blue Archival ink. Agatha Heart was adhered to the piece.

Love, from the Handwritten set of dies (Little B) was combined with die-cut letters from the Daisy font set (QuicKutz) onto a fishtail flag die-cut from a Fishtails set of dies (Die-namics). The sentiment was adhered over the hills, the image panel was matted with white cardstock that was die-cut with a die from the Card Creator Nestabilities die set, then added to the card front.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge: Love
Quirky Crafts Challenges: Love is in the Air
Glitter n' Sparkle Challenges: Love is in the Air
Come and Get It Challenges: Love is in the Air
Tuesday Throwdown Challenges: Love is in the Air


  1. This is so cute, love the rolling hills with writing. Nicely done!

  2. Love this, especially the hills xx

  3. I love the creative design you used! Adorable! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!
    TT DT

  4. I love the colors of your card, the image and the overall design! What a fun, happy card. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

  5. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Quirky Crafts. Good Luck in the voting, come back and see us soon! Lori - on behalf of the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog DT

  6. Kathi, you combined these images to create a darling scene! Just love it! Love your coloring and fabulous background sky, too! Soooo cute! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  7. Lovely! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge this month x