Saturday, 31 January 2015

Valentine's sentiment

We are invited for a wedding on Valentine's Day. They are friends of the Culinary Consultant, and I don't really know them that well. But I thought I would make a card to celebrate the event. I didn't want to go overboard mushy with the card, as I'm sure a wedding on Valentine's day is all mushy and heart-filled and pink and red enough. So I turned to my trusty stamp friend. I absolutely love the Life's Messages sentiment stamp from Penny Black and I keep using it over and over, it's just so incredibly versatile. And I think it's great for a Valentine's card/wedding card as well. 

When I saw the colour combo over at ColourQ I immediately made a dash for my craft room. It's sooo fab, and I just had to use it for something immediately!! And I can honestly say this is the first time in the history of ever that I have used the word fab about a colour combo which contains orange. Orange, green and yellow are my least favourite colours, and I would never use them if it wasn't for colour challenges. But I thought Calypso Coral went so perfectly with this lovely combo. On a completely unrelated note, I can't figure out how the heels on the wool socks in the picture are made, they look very different to how I have learned to knit the heels. But no more on that subject. I was also completely inspired by this weeks sketch over at My Favourite Things, I think it's absolutely brilliant so I used it for my card. I was also inspired by the challenge over at Just Us Girls which is "Make your sentiment the focal point", and I think the lovely Penny Black sentiment is perfect for this challenge. I'm also entering the card in a few Valentine's themed challenges: Shopping Our Stash (theme Love Me Do), Stampin' Royalty (Valentine's), Time Out Challenges (Valentine's Day with the optional twist of Hearts) and The Card Concept (inspiration photo, I was inspired by the ombre colouring which I used in the background and also on the word Laugh).

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed using white powder. I then used sponges to ink Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush and Aged Mahogany (I don't have Cherry Cobbler) in the background, and spritzed with water. I used a DSP from Venetian Romance for the background, and matted everything onto Strawberry Slush card. I coloured the word Laugh from the sentiment using Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush and Aged Mahogany markers and stamped onto white cardstock for the banner. Last, I stamped the heart from Perfect Postage in Aged Mahogany. I absolutely love this sketch and colour combo, given that I don't really like Valentine's cards, I think this turned out rather good. I'm just so happy about all the great challenges out there and the amazing inspiration from the DTs who do a great job week after week. 

Card: Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Stampin' Up Smoky Slate
Stamps: Penny Black Life's Messages, Stampin' Up Perfect Postage
Inks and Markers: Stampin' Up Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush, Tim Holtz distress ink Aged Mahogany, Tsukineko Versamark
Paper: Stampin' Up Venetian Romance
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing Powder


Chana Malkah said...

Very nicely done! Great sentiment and you have given it a wonderful presentation! Thanks for taking the LOVE ME DO Challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash!
Chana, DT

Beverley said...

Such a lovely sentiment and you've used it perfectly on your card. Thanks so much for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x

Nancy said...

Incredible sentiment for a wedding card! Love that the word Laugh is bold...that is so important! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week...we appreciate it!

laurie said...

I LOVE this sentiment! What a great card, love the design. So happy you joined us at The Card Concept!

sandie said...

Wonderful sentiment, love the background swirls. Thanks for joining Time out

Julie Gearinger said...

The sentiment is perfect for your Valentine's wedding celebration! Great job on all of the challenges- thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept:-)

Judy Woodland said...

What an awesome sentiment - love it. Also love the colors on your card, just gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Just Us Girls!

Susan R. Opel said...

What a special gift a handmade card is for the new couple! They will love it.

Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things

Lisa Elton said...

The large sentiment panel is wonderful! Thanks so much for joining us at the ColourQ!