Love is the Key

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hi Friends! One last card before I finish packing up for my trip to visit my Savannah friends! Yaaaayyy! :~D
I made a Valentine's card today, using the Viva la Verve January 2013 Week 2 sketch, and since distressing in any form is my favorite technique, I made this one vintage-y. I used a pink Glitter Finish embossing powder to emboss the Lace Heart image onto a dp that already looked aged, then I ran the edges through my Distrezz-it-All (I love that thing!). After inking the edges with Distress Ink, as well as sponging it along the edges of the back, I misted water onto my craft mat, then dragged some of the edge through it, both to make the ink run, and to soften the dp so I could roll it up. When I do that, then hit it with my heat gun, it dries and becomes very crinkly and stiff, as though it really is old. I did the same thing with the two die cuts behind the heart. For the bg, I layered two pieces of cs, distressed the edges, using Picked Raspberries Distress Ink along the edges of the light pink cs, to make it appear to have been stained from the darker pink cs. Then I did some sloppy sewing. I randomly switched my machine from straight to zig zag, varied the width and length of the stitches, and pulled some of them loose. I added a thick twill ribbon, then tied a key charm to it using brown jute.

In the lower left corner, just below where the lock hangs, I stamped an old fashioned lock with Distress Ink, then scratched it up with a rasp.

For the inside, I created a sentiment in Word, printed it onto a transparency, then rubbed it on.

I die-cut the heart from red textured cs, spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mist, distressed the edges, then stamped the Je t'aime sentiment. I stamped the 7 Gypsies text image onto the pink cs after adhering the heart so that part of the stamp "dirtied" the edge of the heart.

Well, that's it for me for a few days. I'll be stamping all day on Saturday, so I may have a few cards to share with you next week.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Flourishes Love Letters Challenge, FLLCJan13
Viva la Verve January 2013 Sketch Challenge, Week 2
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Embrace the Old

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty weekend!


Stamps: Lace Heart, Hearts & Flowers (Flourishes); Under Lock & Key (Our Craft Lounge); Venice (7 Gypsies)
Paper: Kissing Booth (Basic Grey); Que Sera Sera (K&Co) 
Ink: Distress, Memento
Dies: Labels Three, Lotus Pendant, Postage Stamp, A2 Matting Basics, Classic Hearts (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Decorative Tile Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Glitter Finish Embossing Powder (Zing); twill ribbon; key charm; jute; Perfect Pearls Mist; sewing thread; Distrezz-it-All; transparency rub-on
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Cheryl! Wonderful design! Enjoy your weekend away!

Maria said...

Ohhh...fabulous card with gorgeous heart, Cheryl! Hope you have a great time away visiting with friends! Take care, hugs!

Heather Jensen said...

So pretty! Love the distressing and darling little key. :)


Sue Lelli said...

Oh MY! This is just GORGEOUS, Cheryl! I just ADORE that FAB heart and the inside is just as pretty as the outside! Have a great trip!

Sandra said...

What a stunning valentines card! Love the distressed look of it! And the key is such a nice touch. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, neat distressing and stitching, like the layering and pretty heart, great inside piece too!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Gorgeous work of art my friend!! LOVE your stitching details with your charm and elegant heart! Thanks for sharing! HUGS ;)

Lisa said...

Hi Cheryl,
Your Valentine's card is perfect. I'm a big fan of distressing and this couldn't be more beautiful. Awesome... Colors, lo, sentiment, the wonderful glittered lace heart, the adorable mini key!!! Oh and I almost forgot, I love the messy stitching too!

dpkennedy said...

Love this shabby chic creation! Thanks for playing with Flourishes!

Theresa said...

I'm not big on Valentine's day, but this card is drop dead gorgeous. I love the heart and the key charm. So gorgeous.