Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Valen-twine's Time

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Greetings friends and followers.  We are kicking off a new challenge this week at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess is Pamellia and her challenge theme is Valen-Twine.  How fun is that?  And it gives me the perfect excuse to indulge my LOVE of RED!  And isn't this red just yummy?  It has a pink hue to it that I am just loving!

I started out with a jumbo manila tag.  I had been over to Wendy Vecchi's blog and she had a little tutorial on a new technique she just devised that she is calling the splattered plaster technique.  Check it out - it's so cool, super easy and not even messy :)  I followed Wendy's instructions but only used one color of archival ink - her Red Geranium, mixed it with the rubbing alcohol and gave it a nice spritz of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.  I stirred it around and sure enough it started curdling.  I smooched my tag in it a couple of times, dried the tag and smooched a couple more times.  It was a little pink so I went over it lightly with a ink blending tool and more Red Geranium ink, then used Tim's heart stencil and additional Red Geranium to stencil on some hearts.  After the tag had dried, I inked up the new Wendy Vecchi Background Stamp - Script with Jet Black archival ink and added vintage style script by rolling the stamp.  That gives it spotty coverage and looks more worn and vintage style.  

The pink flowers and hearts were made the same way only I used more alcohol and less archival ink resulting in pink rather than red.  The flowers were edged with full strength Red Geranium archival ink.  They were cut from white CS using the Tattered Flowers decorative strip die.  I cut three small hearts from Frosted and embossed them with an Texture Fade.  The clear didn't show up so I cut backing hearts fro the same paper that I used to cut the flowers.  I affixed the Frosted over the pink hearts with a new product I saw demonstrated at CHA and ordered for the boutique.   It's by Ken Oliver and it's called StickIt.  You can check out the product and Ken's YouTube video on our shop listing here.

Aren't these little resin heart beads just the cutest?  I actually ordered them just to give away in the Thank You packages that I tuck into each order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  But I thought they were so sweet that I ordered bunches more and have a fun little Valentine's collection available at the Boutique.  It also includes the sweet pink tiny pearly hearts.  
And then there is that yummy new Mays Art ribbon.  I stopped by the May Arts exhibit at CHA and fell in love with a number of styles of ribbon.  I'm a sucker for ginghams and plaids so I stocked the store up on those as well as some more rustic jute type ribbon.  They came in last week and my mom and I have been in heaven cutting and bundling them all up ready to sell.  And I couldn't resist using one of the great new Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.  I sanded the edges to grunge it up a bit.  

To finish it off and break up all that pink/red, I cut some ivy with the Spring Greenery decorative strip die, added Cracked Pistachio ink pad direct to paper onto white CS, spritzed it with Pumice Stone distress spray stain and then gave it a mist of Picket Fence distress spray stain.  It still lacked a little something so I hit it with a pump of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold spray mist.  That did it!  I inked the edges a bit with Vintage Photo and it was good to go.  

The Joy was cut with the Holiday Words:  Script die with StickIt on the back of the card stock.  Worked great!  This was such a fun make.  I hope the glorious shade of red made you smile!  Thanks so much for stopping by!



The products below were used to make this tag.  They are all available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi/Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off MSRP.

18 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh how beautiful! I love how this has come together with that wonderful heart stencilled background and the floral bouquet. That May Arts ribbon looks fantastic here too. Jenny x

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Linda, this is such a gorgeously romantic Valentine's tag, so much to see and discover! Love how you have integrated all those different elements! Stunning flowers (love those stick pins behind them) and those different hearts look wonderful too! It just oozes romance....

Redanne said...

That really is a fun twist on the word Valentine and your tag is absolutely stunning! You are right about the ribbon, it is fabulous and of course, I love the red!! Hugs, Anne xx

Suzanne C said...

Love it! Everything about this tag is fantastic!

Conniecrafter said...

That is gorgeous, love all the details you put into the arrangement!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Linda, there are just so many gorgeous elements here, I'm not sure where to start! I most certainly do support your love of red, ha!! Beautiful flowers and I'm loving that new ribbon, wow! The embossed frost layers over the hearts is such a glorious extra bit and of course, I love your twine bow! Fabulous tag! hugs :)

Cec said...

The word Joy suits this tag to a T because it is so joyful. I love the brightness, all the wonderful hearts and flowers and that fabulous new ribbon.
Hugs!
Cec

Shari Trumbull said...

This is a scrumptious tag, Linda!! I can eat up those little heart beads--they are so cute!! And YES--love Wendy's new (non) plaster background technique, too! This tag is a celebration of color and love!! Just Gorgeous!! XOXO-Shari

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a fabulous mix of colours Linda and those heart beads are just gorgeous! and the flowers are just gorgeous too. Jennie x

Pam said...


Linda, this tag is stunning! The red is to die for and that new ribbom is divine. Love all the fabulous embellies you added.

Terry said...

Yes those shades of red are GORGEOUS! I keep looking at all the layers and elements and am in awe of how you combined all into such a work or art! I love the hearts and flowers and that background is wonderful. I did like the part about not being messy! Lovely tag for Valentwine's Day! Hugs!

wendy vecchi said...

this is so pretty Linda!
I'm glad you tried the splattered plaster technique.

Lisa M said...

I really REALLY think this is gorgeous!!

Darlene G said...

This is absolutely beautiful and so fun. I can just see how fun it was to make.

Anita Houston said...

Valentines are my favorite! LOVE this one...the ribbon, the hearts, the color...so bold and gorgeous and full of love!

Lynn Price said...

Hi, Linda - Sorry for the late posting. This is so beautiful! LOVE the red, all the detail and those fabulous flowers and ribbon! And am thrilled to hear that you are carrying Stick-it! Yea!! And just got those sweet little hearts in my package today - so sweet! Thanks, as always, for terrific inspiration! xx Lynn

Sara Barker said...

Oh, yes, Linda! Your tag did make me smile! Love that red, those pretty little flowers (LOVE!) those tiny beaded hearts...hmmm.going to have to place an order just so I can get one of those little gift packs with one of these! I truly love this right down to the little doodles along the sides.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful! Love the spattered plaster technique and that ribbon is so yummy!

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