Monday, February 4, 2008

An Elegant Valentine

I tend to make more whimsical cards than elegant or formal so I decided to give it a try. Not that I have never done them but it seems I have gotten away from them. I wanted to try out the new Distress crackle paint so I bought Fired Brick figuring it was a "valentines" color. I cut out a chipboard heart and covered it with paint and left it to dry. I was watching it...waiting for it to crackle...but you know the drying paint cliche. Anyhoo, I came back a while later to find it done curled up on me! I used really thin chipboard and it didn't hold up well to this technique. When I flattened the heart and then rubbed it with Distress Black Soot to bring out the cracks I pulled off some of the paint. Well, it just looks more distressed now! The background paper is Lasting Impressions. It's a light pink with a white floral pattern on it. I sponged some Distress Ink in Tea Dye all over and then I stamped flourishes from Autumn Leaves Flourishes II on it in Distress Ink Fired Brick to match the heart. I had this great paper with Casanova party invites on it from Rusty Pickle from last year and I never used it. I cut one out and layer it on dark brown cardstock. I layered it onto the background and added a brown ribbon. It really is a pretty chocolate brown but I just don't have the right lighting. Have to get me one of those studio set up's. I wrapped some lace ribbon around both corners. It was white but I coffee dyed it. You know, some left over coffee in the pot...throw in some ribbon, voila! Instant age! I really love the stick pins everyone is using so I decided to add my own homemade one. It's kinda lame...I really need to go bead shopping, but I just used what I had around. I thought it still needed something and found these great embellishments I have been hoarding for at least a year! They are Design Details from Nunn Designs. All of the pieces are separate, branches, flowers, etc, and you add the brads to connect them and attach them. I added adhesive pearls to it also to mimic the pearl on the stick pin. I have posted close ups below of the heart and the invite. I think it came out pretty good...but I will keep working on it. I am really liking the Distress paint so I will try that out again on some other elements.

After crackling I rubbed in Distress ink in Black soot to make the cracks stand out.

Here is the Rusty Pickle dp close up.


My Paper World said...

OMG! it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

Ila said...

Oh Wow!! this is Gorgeous and Elegant!!

Rose Ann said...

The crackling looks beautiful, and I love the lace, hardware....and well...the whole card is wonderful!!