Happy Hearts and Chocolates Day!

     Posted by Norine on February 12, 2017

Part of this post is very old (like, a year old) and part of it is very this-week.  Last February (yes, A YEAR AGO) Lori mailed me some of these gold foil Happy Valentine’s Day die cuts from a die she has in the store, so I could make some cards.  Long before they ever arrived in my mail box, we’d given them up for lost.  Just a weeny little envelope, nothing special for size or markings, but it took 6 weeks to get here!!  So, shout out to the USPS!!  But you get to see the cards they made THIS year.

Let’s have a look see, shall we?

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The first two cards have a piece of vellum layered over top to fade the patterned paper back a little.

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This card has some vellum too, but I cut it into a scalloped rectangle, using a die I have.  Can you see it?  I used some gold/white wrapping paper I have too, as the backdrop to the gold sentiment and the flower and leaves die cuts.

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On this last card, I embossed a piece of grey cardstock with a Sizzix Textured Impressions Roses embossing folder, and kept the adornments simple with just some metallic leaf sequins and some gold acrylic dots.  Such an elegant color combo I think.

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Well anyway, you know what they say about better late and all that.

Moving on, I saw this technique somewhere in my wanderings on the inter webs this week and decided to make a detour on my walk that very morning to stop in at the local Sally Beauty store near my house.

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This a product I knew nothing about!  It’s this super narrow, metallic nail tape, for doing fancy manicures I guess, but IMO they’re put to way more fun use like this!  I laid down an outline of a heart shape on watercolor paper, using washi tape and then added layers and layers of this nail tape to divide the shape into mosaic-like sections.

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Then I watercolor painted.  Once dry, I removed the tape and was left with this fun result!

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And then!?  They turned into these cards!

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(Can you believe how well those die cut feathers match the painted heart??  Not even planned!)  (Those die cuts are from the Pink Paislee line, called Moonstruck.)

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And finally…

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Don’t ask me about the flower embellishments on this card.  They are pure Vintage Scrapbook supplies!  SEI and Making Memories I think?  From before most of you were born.  But the Nuvo drops on these cards are current and available in the store!

So that’s it; thanks for stopping by today!

4 Comments so far

  1. Kim February 12, 2017 7:40 am

    Love the valentines cards !! And once again you show us a new and fun way to use different products !

  2. Brooke February 12, 2017 9:41 am

    Ooh I love the watercolour hearts. Geometric patterns have been so popular lately…this is such a good idea.

  3. Peggy February 12, 2017 11:23 pm

    Lovely cards.  What a beautiful Valentine’s Day die.
    Thanks for sharing that fabulous technique! Great way to use nail tape. LOL

  4. Daria May 6, 2017 10:07 am

    What a wonderful, beautiful set of cards!  I am totally in love with the last ones where you attached the stripes before water coloring–wonderful effect.  Thank you for sharing.

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