Friday, January 23, 2015

Hoo Hoo...Will You Be My Valentine???




"Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched."
                                                                  --------------Miguel de Cervantes

Hi, Friends.....

I'm here with my second post of the day.  This is a fun little Valentine I made for my hubby.  He never looks at my blog, so he'll never know!  Ha!!  :)

 

I used the Unity Monthly "Be Inspired" Challenge colors for this.  Aren't these just delicious????  I love the twilight look of this combination and thought it would work well for a masculine Valentine.  What do you think???







First, I made my twilight woods background.  I dry embossed some extra thick white cardstock with my Darice - Birch Tree folder.  Then I employed my favorite technique of heat embossing the daylights out of everything with tons of different powders.  

I Versamarked it over and over....sometimes with and sometimes without my brayer.....and sprinkled and zapped layer after layer of purple, deep blue, pink, and white embossing powders.  YUM!!!  After I got the effect I wanted, I sponged Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves all over it and gently wiped the excess off the embossed areas with a baby wipe.  I totally am a mad chemist when it comes to embossing powders!!!!  Bwaaaaahahahahaha!!!!!  :)

Hubby and I both love owls and this is not the first owl card I have made for him and posted.  Here's one I made a while back.  For today's card, I used a cute little Unity owl I got in a grab bag.  I wanted to put her on a stump or a limb or something, so I snagged a stamp from my Lawn Fawn - Into the Woods set.  I heat embossed (same purple and blue EPs used in background) and fussy cut both images from scraps and snippets of white cardstock.  
 
To make it look like she actually was perched there, I cut the image below her tummy and put her tail behind the stump and her body in front.  Do you like how it turned out?  I think it looks pretty good.



Now, since it is a Valentine, it must have hearts, right?  I took some of the fun Scrapbook-Adhesive adhesive foam hearts and covered them in some blue glitter.  This was the first time I had ever tried doing that.  I was surprised how firmly I had to press the hearts down into the glitter to get good coverage.  But I love how they look on the card.



Finally, everything got mounted on some Core'dinations blue cardstock and then put on a white card baseI just love how it all turned out.  I think hubby will like it, too.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by to look at my projects.  I love all your comments.  If you feel so inclined, I would love for you to become a follower, also.  It is a tremendous encouragement to me to see my little sidebar thingy fill up with your sweet portraits!!  :)  

Have a lovely weekend!!!

<3
Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Unity Be Inspired Challenge - Jan. 8 - Feb. 11 - Color Inspiration 
2.  Unity Happy Friends with Flair Link-Up
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart   

4.  Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #228 - Embossing  
5.  Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 160 - Use snippets/scraps

48 comments:

Ruby said...

Great use of the colour scheme this month.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great colors and texture. I just want to rub my fingers over it!

Elina Strömberg said...

Your card looks great! Love all the colours and the textures you have made with embossing powder.
Loved the sequin heart card below, too! ♥

Linda said...

That cute love the hearts

Janis said...

Thank you, Ruby. I love that palette!!

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Janis

Carol L said...

The sparkle and texture on this fun card looks amazing! NJ!

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Mary Anne!! I love making these backgrounds!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on both cards, Elina. I am so glad you stopped in.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Linda!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Carol. It was fun adding the extra sparkle on those hearts!!!

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Janis

Caroline D. said...

Saw this on the Unity Friends with Flair. The texture on your background is fantastic! Beautiful card!

Sue D said...

Great background--I have been wanting to get this embossing folder. Cute owl too.

Di said...

What a lovely card Janis - a darling owl and some great techniques used too!

Hugs

Di xx

Stampsnob. said...

Love the non traditional colors and the OWL is super ..........Lis

D- said...

Your card is beautiful. Love your background. Thanks for sharing.
I'm stopping by from Unity's Friends with Flair.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
Designs By Dragonfly {blogspot}

ScrapYourWorld said...

love what you did with this with the embossing touch. I love owls!!!
Paula

Karenladd said...

So darn cute and what a striking background with the double embossing again! You are an expert with that technique. Then when you add glittered foam hearts...wow! I have baggies of those foam shapes that I keep on hand for my grand-daughter to use but now I'll have to sneak some and add glitter. When I first saw your little owl perched on the stump I thought the tail (which you tucked behind the stump) were talons. This made me think that the owl was hanging onto that stump for dear life and it made me giggle! So I must ask for more detail on how you made your background. Do you do the pink, blue, and purple embossing powders first...zap it and then add the white just to the trees? I'm thinking that's what you do but then I do see some bits of white EP in among the deeper colors as well. Oh, and combining the birch tree embossing folder with the sweet little owl and stump image makes for a really cohesive design in addition to it being adorable. Your hubby is going to love this!

Gaylynn said...

Janis, this is awesome the way you made the background and owl. :)

Janis said...

Thank you, Caroline!! I appreciate your kind words!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Sue!! JoAnns is always having these folders on sale for $2.50 or less. I have a ton of them. lol.... This one is quite versatile....love it.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, dear Di!!! I appreciate your sweet comment!!

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Janis said...

Thank you, Lis, for mentioning the non-trad colors. I really love them and thought they would be great for a masculine valentine....no pink! Well, actually, a little bit of pink! Hahahaha.... But I disguised it. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Dawn!! I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Paula!!! Aren't owls just the cutest???

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Karen!! Hahaha...I hadn't thought abt the tail looking like talons hanging onto the stump.....but I totally see what you mean!!! If you've seen owls perched on stumps and such, that really is sort of what the talons look like. Ha. This is what I mean abt you seeing things in my cards that I don't even notice.....talons and alternate universes!! :D

Thanks for asking abt my background! I usu lay down my darkest colors of EP first.....as I did here. I VM all over the piece with no brayer, sprinkle the powder, and then zap it. Let cool...and repeat with more layers of background colors...same or different. Then I brayer my VM on to highlight the raised portions of the pattern with my lighter colors....in this case the pink and white. Since I wanted the birch trees to be significantly lighter than my background, I gently swept off most of the white EP that clung to other parts so only the trees got the white....for the most part. I don't always sponge ink over the finished piece, but in this case I wanted any unembossed areas of the white cardstock to be dark, so I used the deep purple ink to accomplish that. Sorry for the lengthy explanation. Hope it makes sense. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Gaylynn!!! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.

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Janis

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant card and love all the embossing colours and owls -the glittered hearts look fabulous
Carol x

Tanya/Nonna said...

This card is so pretty - I love the embossing and great colors!

Donna K said...

The background on this is just amazing! Love your colors and that wonderful owl stamp! Fabulous design! Thank you for sharing with us at Tuesday Throwdown Have a beautiful day! ~Donna K

Donna K said...

Janis...I was here once, but had to stop by from the Unity FwF link up to say hi again and let you know how cool this card is. Perfect for the color challenge!!

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

I love the work you did to make it look like the little owl is sitting on the log. Super cute card.

Confessions of a Paperholic said...

Great card. I love the layers of texture. And nice take on the Unity Color Challenge. TFS

Lady Bug Stampers said...

What a beautiful card. Looks like a lots of work but worth it.
Thanks so much for Joining us this week on Tuesday Throwdown Challenges.
Linda K. DT

ionabunny said...

Love your embossing the daylights out of it. A lovely effect. Cute owl. Great card. Hugz

Janis said...

Thank you so much!!! I appreciate your wonderful comment. Hope you have a lovely week!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Tanya!!! Those colors are just fabulous in that palette, aren't they!

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Janis

Janis said...

Donna, I am delighted you stopped in. Thanks for you lovely comment!!!

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Janis said...

You are so sweet to leave another wonderful comment!!!! Thank you so much!!!

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Janis said...

Thank you so much. I was tickled with the little owl on the stump, too, so thanks for mentioning her. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you! I love layering the embossing powders like that. Mad chemist, me, you know! :)

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Janis said...

Thank you so much. I love doing those backgrounds, so the embossing challenge at TT was right up my alley!!! :) I appreciate you dropping by!!!!

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Janis said...

Hehehehe......thanks, Gail!! Your sweet comment means a lot to me!!!

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Janis

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Janis! I love the texture and the sparkle is so pretty.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Janis said...

Thank you, Mandy!! I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

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Janis

Kim said...

This is so cute. Love what you did with the background. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown. Hope to see you next week.

Kim - TTDT
Lily Patch Stamps

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Kim!! I appreciate your very lovely comment!!

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Janis

Karenladd said...

Yes, this made perfect sense and thanks for the detailed explanation because that was what I wanted!! I'm guessing you use a tiny brush to get rid of the stray EP and this is something I'm going to try as soon as I get my Ott Lite fixed and can actually see those bits of stray EP!

Janis said...

Yes, I use an inexpensive small watercolor paint brush to whisk away the powder on the parts I want left unembossed.

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Janis