For some reason, I can’t seem to create a card with the Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits dies and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set that isn’t a little on the vintage side. Maybe it’s the lacy look of the stamp and the dies. Maybe it’s because I always use Blushing Bride, which (in my opinion, anyway) is a perfect vintage pink. Whatever the reason, here’s my latest Vintage Valentine.
I die-cut the heart from one of the sheets of the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. The little flowers and the strip at the bottom of the Crumb Cake layer are the new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. (Gorgeous!!)
When I placed the heart over the Crumb Cake card stock, it was pretty, but a little boring. So I punched up the Crumb Cake with a little texture. First I stamped some images from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set, then embossed it with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I sponged a little bit more Crumb Cake over the layer until I was happy with the look. In retrospect, the little circles (like coffee rings) could have been stamped in a little lighter color, I think. I used Early Espresso, and it takes away from the heart. Perhaps if I had attached the heart with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals instead of the Fine-Tip Glue Pen it would have looked better.
One tip – it’s very difficult to attach anything to the glimmer side of the glimmer paper. Multipurpose Liquid Glue works great, but you have to hold it for a few seconds (like 10) to get it to stick. You can also use a glue gun, but, seriously, do you want to heat a glue gun for one little strip of paper? So I glued the glimmer paper strip to the card, then used Fast Fuse Adhesive to glue the Crumb Cake layer to the card, slightly overlapping the Glimmer Paper. If you really look, the bottom of the Crumb Cake layer isn’t attached, but the sides, top and middle are, so it’s not going anywhere.
For a few final touches, I added pearls to the centers of the glimmer flowers. Since those are open in the center, the pearls adhered quite well, because they’re actually “stuck” to the paper underneath. And then I stamped the banner image on vellum in Blushing Bride ink. You can’t see it really well, and it was hard to cut out. Again, in hindsight, I should have used a little darker color. “Love” is stamped in Rose Red. I used a couple rolled up Mini Glue Dots under the stamped flowers on the banner to attach it to the heart.
This, of course, doesn’t have to be a Valentine. It could be for a wedding, anniversary, or just a card for your sweetie. I’ll probably give this to Mike to give to me on Valentine’s Day. I know – kind of weird. He likes to give me cards, but I don’t like for him to give someone else money for a card. So I make them and give them to him to give me. (And then he usually loses them or forgets to give them to me. *sigh*)
I know a lot of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have husbands (or wives, or significant others) who stamp cards for them on special occasions- and it’s sweet. Even if they do a horrible job, the demo loves it. Mike is not that kind of husband. Whatever he does, he does well – and if he tries something new, he keeps practicing until he can do it well. Stamping is not something he wants to do well, and I’m happy that he doesn’t want to use up my supplies practicing. Our arrangement works very well for us and we’re both quite content. Honestly, I like the fact that everyone (except the cat and my pilfering granddaughter) stays out of my stamp room. Besides, Mike can already do almost anything – and he does it all very well. Playing the piano and stamping are the two things that I know I can do better – simply because he’s never tried – and I enjoy having an edge in at least two areas!
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