Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Challenge at ME and Me - Valentine

I have been making so many Christmas cards, that it was fun to get out of that mode and try my hand at my first Valentine for 2015.  Wow where has this year gone?

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I have 3 or 4 Mama Elephant stamp sets none of which are Valentine themed; so I needed to be creative.  I decided to use Waterblooms and a mask to create my card.  I cut a heart from a folded piece of copy paper and taped the negative portion onto my white card panel.  Then I grabbed some inkpads - Simon Says Stamp in Green Leaf, Blue Violet, and Lipstick Red. I also grabbed Hero Arts inkpads in Neon Pink, Passion Flower, Pale Tomato and Silver.

I pulled a few of the stamps from the ME set, and began stamping. I started with the leaves, then the bigger flowers. The dots were added at the end in neon pink and silver to fill gaps.  Then I masked off the heart with the center piece I had cut earlier and added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Primrose.  I have to admit I love splatters, but wow the card was way too bright.



Vellum saves the card front, I heat embossed in white a Craft Smart Valentine sentiment onto the vellum and wrapped it around the card front. Then it was too muted!  So I glued down parts of the vellum over the stamped flower images. This allowed more of the images to show through the vellum.  I added small moonshine sequins from SSS to cover up the glued places.  I  added some red to frame the sides of the card.

Tired of making holiday cards? Give this challenge a try, its open until December 29th!

Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

  1. Oh so pretty, love how the vellum adds a softness! So glad you could join us at Mama Elephant & Me!

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  2. really pretty Cat - i love using vellum to soften colors - wonderful trick!!

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  3. Clever idea to make a mask to adapt your card to a valentine theme! Love the flowery heart and vellum layer - very romantic :)

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  4. Really beautiful, Cat! Love the use of vellum and colors! Your design is fabulous!

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  5. So pretty. And yep, I'm so over Christmas right now.

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  6. Gorgeous card, Cat! I love how you stamped the flowers and stems and the color palette is just beautiful! Love how you added vellum, too...so feminine and lovely!

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  7. Creative & sweet--wonderful stamping, Cat! I'm about ready to start Valentines--you've inspired me!

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