Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy Valentine's

The January Stamp of the Month is perfect for creating beautiful cards and pages for your sweetheart. With sweet sentiments and stunning flowers, this is a must-have set for all stampers.

With its beautiful blooms, these stamps reminded me of days gone by. I put them to work on a special page for my heritage album.

This layout, about my grandparents in the 1940's, has an antique feel but is also brightened by the colourful roses--perfect for a wedding page.

Notice the different ways I used the stamps? I created a subtle background paper by stamping the largest rose image repeatedly in Cocoa ink on Chocolate cardstock.

I created the embellishment roses by stamping the flowers with Versamark ink and embossing in black. I coloured the images with Cranberry, Sorbet and Olive inks and the waterbrush. Embossing and water colouring are a perfect combination! Crisp black lines and no bleeding.

La Belle Vie papers, with its large rose images in pink and mauve, are a perfect compliment to this stamp set and the old fashioned romantic feel of this layout. Opaque adhesive gems sprinkled around the flowers add a little touch of elegance.

For the Happy Valentine card, I was inspired by the card in the project suggestions that comes with every Stamp of the Month. Again, I created a tone-on-tone background using the largest rose stamp, added colour with Clementine papers and used the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment. Instead of water colours, I used pencil crayons to colour the roses. This is a Valentine I'll be very happy to send to my sweetheart!

The Smitten card features the Emily Bronte quote and Clementine paper. The moonstone gems and canvass badge button, which I stamped with a heart image from the Happy Days stamp set, finish off the card.

Visit my online store and check out the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book for the supplies used on these projects.

Want some more ideas on what to do with the January Stamp of the Month? Visit fellow Close To My Heart Consultant Janet McCormick at her blog, http://worksofheart2011.blogspot.ca/p/stamp-of-month.html, to see what she's come up with.

Happy Scrapping and Happy Valentine's!

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