Wednesday, 8 February 2012

valentine challenges

I am trying to cover several challenges with one hopefully male card here............
The base card is a 7.5"square in white (easier to use this than fiddle around with A4 card), with a 7" sq mat in a bronze shimmer card - no idea where it came from, other than at the Thetford papercraft show last year, but I love it. The retired script stamp from Stampin up was embossed in pirate gold onto early espresso card (I think, I will have to remember to leave the labels on the card in future!) and torn out. The main panel started out white - the bella toile stamp (also SU retired) was stamped in early espresso ink, then liberally spritzed with water until the colour ran, leaving greeny patches. Once dry, I sponged wild honey DI over the whole piece to hide any white patches, then sprayed it with glimmer mist in suede. Torn out again, edges embossed with more pirate gold EP. I stamped the same stamp again onto chocolate chip card, and tried embossing with cosmic shimmer ancient copper EP - this is an ultra thick powder, and I wasn't sure it would work, but it did - it also added a bit of shimmer to the whole card, as a bonus. I cut out 2 heart shapes from this piece, went round the edges with a versamark pen and more pirate gold powder. Sentiment from the SU just believe set was embossed in gold on a scrap of the chocolate card, over stamped with the script stamp in versamark, and brushed over with the cosmic shimmer EP - i left the versamark to dry too long, so the script doesn't show up, but the shimmer is there! I punched it out with a SU label pinch, went round the edges again with versamark and gold EP.
The challenges are Make my Monday - romance - love letters
                            Simply Stampin - heartfelt
                            Snazzy's DT challenge -love/romance


  1. Gorgeous decadent card with the lovely deep reds and golds....fabulous. Thank you for entering the Make My Monday challenge! Suzanne

  2. This is a fabulous card. I particularly like the middle layer panel (edged in gold), but all the colours work well together. Kate x

  3. Hi Veronica, this is a sumtiously gorgeous card ... it looks sooo expensive and chocolatey, yummy
    thank you for joining in at MMM
    suzi b :)

  4. Wow great card. What a lot of work you have put into it and it's very chocolatey !! Thank you for joining us at Simply Stampin' this week. A xx

  5. This is a fabulous male romance card Veronica. All that lush embossing on the lovely pearl card is gorgeous. I looked at the close up and what a pity that beautiful script stamp is discontinued. I have a real weakness for scripts, lol! Thanks for joining us in the first Snazzy's DT blog challenge and good luck with your entry. Well done for being brave and making one of those most difficult of cards too!

    Lesley XX

  6. Fabulous card Vronnie. I love the colours and all the textures in the layers. Jean x

  7. Hi Veronica, love the deep rich colours and texture to this card, thanks for sharing it with us at Snazzy's DT challenge.

  8. Gorgeous card, loving the script background, Thanks for playing along with the 1st Snazzy's challenge x Good luck
    Minxy x

  9. Wow!!! Look at all that amazing gold embossing! This is stunning! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  10. wow, I'm loving all the embossing, valentines is definitely a good excuse to go all out!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Simply Stampin'
    Kelly xx

  11. Fabulous card. I love all the texture and shades of colour you have created. Very manly!

    Janet xx

  12. A really lovely rich coloured card and love the gold embossing detail.
    Thanks for joining in with Make My Monday this week and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss x

  13. Very sumptuous with the copper & gold combined with the rich cardstocks. That gold embossed En Francais reallt adds such elegance & I like the way you have used the torn edges without getting all grungy.
    Paula (PEP)

  14. Lovely! The gold embossing really shows up well against all the dark muted colours! Thanks for joining in the SSC! x

  15. Wow, what a great project and you really have achieved the masculine look, yet not lost anything of the elegance and beauty of a really special card. Great project and thanks for entering it in Snazzys first challenge!

  16. Hi Veronica - great card and very rich dacadent colouring. Just right for a man.
    Thanks so much for sharing at MMM this week.


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