Hello everyone! I hope this fabulous Friday is treatin' ya well! We're looking forward to warmer temperatures this weekend, and everyone I know is VERY excited about that!! This weekend will be a busy one with Valentine's Day being on Monday. Have you made your Valentine's yet? I have a pretty good stack of them going, and with any luck those will take me as far as I need to go. I have two cards to share today, and I used the same layout for both. I just changed up some of the card stock colors and the die cuts, but left everything else the same. For the first card, I used the Puppy with Valentine die from The Scrapping Cottage, and I strayed from my usual tendency to cut with white card stock and color with my Copics. I cut everything with colored card stock, then shaded by sponging the edges with various colors of Stampin' Up! ink. I added some rhinestones to the puppy's collar, and used a technique I picked up from Barry, who is a fellow designer on The Scrapping Cottage team. Barry shared a tip to bring a pretty sparkle to your projects by using a glitter Gelly Roll pen. Instead of trying to color or fill in an area with the glitter pen, Barry suggests that you lay down a line of color, working in small areas, then take your finger and blend the glitter around. This is such a beautiful effect, and so much easier than dragging out the glitter and a glue pen.
I used the technique that Barry shared for both of these cards along the edges of the die cuts, including the puppy, kitty, and conversation hearts. The Conversation Hearts are a mini die that is also available from The Scrapping Cottage. I used Stampin' Up card stock, designer paper from Making Memories, and Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up! for both cards. I cut the circles and scalloped circles with my Nestabilities, and did a little bit of air brushing with my Copics around the centers of each circle.
You can see the sparkle a bit better on this card. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned, and with any luck, maybe it will include some happy stamping!!!