I thought I would share a Valentine’s card today.

  1. To make this card I used one of my nesting heart dies to cut a heart out of a piece of cardstock sized to fit just slightly bigger than the front of my card. To make it easier make sure you cut the heart where you want it placed on your final card.
  2. I adhered my card front to my surface using sticky grid to hold it in place. I love using sticky grid when I am going to stencil, add pastes or really anytime I don’t want my base to move at all while I am working on it as it helps secure my project.
  3. I then placed my die cut heart over the card front and secured with some removable tape. I used some distress oxides (in this case Candied Apple, Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick) and some blender brushes to apply the ink onto the card front with the die cut acting a stencil masking off the rest of my card front while I inked.
  4. Full disclosure, I was going to use a stamp and heat emboss in the heart next so I used my Versamark to in a stamp but once I applied the embossing powder I wasn’t happy with the stamp I had chosen for this particular application so I brushed off the embossing powder and let the Versamark dry for a more subtle watermarked look.
  5. I then decided to use the new Tiny Hearts stencil from Simon Hurley to apply more candied apple ink over my heart for a double stenciled effect.
  6. I removed my paper mask and added the XOXO. To create the XOXO I layered black fun foam and cardstock together and used double sided tape to adhere them together and on the back of the fun foam then I ran this through my Big Shot. This gave the title more depth and make it easy to adhere it to the card front.
  7. To finish it off I added a small sentiment from the Paper Roses All Occasions sentiment sheets that I popped up with some foam dots.

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