Monday, May 9, 2011

Love Ya! Artwork and Techniques

It’s the time of year for expressing your love and affection to family and friends. And what better way to send your Valentine’s wishes than using our new My Acrylix® Love Ya! stamp set (D1460) and Sweetheart paper packet (X7134B) on cards and gifts. Consider making this darling artwork we spotlighted at our January Team Builders conference.

On the wall hanging, we stamped directly on the three Dimensional Elements hearts using Cranberry ink. We also covered the Dimensional Elements letters, L-O-V-E, with Cranberry cardstock and then stamped a whimsical heart image with Cranberry ink on the cardstock. Love that tone-on-tone!

Ever wonder how a light color ink stamped on darker colored cardstock shows up? We stamped “Ya!” in White Daisy pigment ink on Chocolate cardstock and then punched out the sentiment using the 2" scallop circle punch to make it stand out even more!

We repeated that same technique on this “Love” card, stamping with White Daisy pigment ink directly on kraft cardstock to make the image look vintage and shabby chic.
Kraft is such a hot trend right now, so we used it in this “I Adore You” card, too. For this card, we stamped the same heart image three times, cut them out and then layered them behind the top left corner of the pink paper, like they’re peeking out! We created a focal image for this cluster by stamping another heart with a swirl—the swirl is just the edge of the “So this is” sentiment. Then we popped up the focal image with 3-D foam tape.

We used hearts as accents on this layout, too. Did you notice the purple hearts on our layout? How did we get that distressed look, you ask? Easy! We skipped the ink pad and sprayed the stamp to ink it up, using a spray pen containing a mixture of water and Petal re-inker. Then we just stamped the image and cut it out.
We hope these tips will leave you inspired. This February, create your own messages of love using the 16 images in our D-size Love Ya! stamp set (D1460) and our Sweetheart paper packet. It’s a great time to celebrate relationships, and at Close To My Heart, that’s what we do best!

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