Monday, 2 January 2012

Mr. Inventor For Valentine's Day

Hi Bloggers.

You know how much I love Mr. Inventor and I'm always looking for more ways to use him on cards. Well, I decided to see if he would work on a Valentine's Card - I think he does.


I used Sue Wilson's idea with the Spellbinders Heart Circles. I cut one out in black, white and red. I cut in between each heart on the red one so that I could fold them forward giving more dimension. I layered each die cut on top of each other offsetting each one slightly so that the previous layer showed through. I edged the inside of the top red piece with some faux stitching using my Inkssentials White Pen.

I stamped Mr. Inventor from the Creative Expressions Vintage Inventor Stamp Set onto some white card using Jet Black Archival Ink and cut him out leaving a slight border all round. I swiped some Barn Door Distress Ink onto my Creative Expressions Craft Sheet. I added a little water to the ink with my paint brush and painted the areas shown on Mr. Inventor. I added him to my heart circles with 3D foam.


For the background paper I used the Stamps by Judith Stubbie AAA-04 Dots available in the UK here or in the USA here. I stamped it randomly over my white card using Barn Door Distress Ink and edged it with Barn Door using Cut & Dry Foam.

I cut 2 borders out of black card using the Spellbinders Parisian Accents border die. I added this to my stamped background offsetting the borders slightly and leaving a gap between them of approx 5mm.

I dyed some American Seam Binding using Barn Door Distress Ink and dried it thoroughly.

I added a strip of Hi-Tack Tape along the gap between my Parisian Accents borders and ruffled a piece of the dyed ribbon along it. I tied a very tatty bow using 2 lengths of the ribbon and nestled it into by ruffled ribbon. The American Seam Binding is a much stiffer ribbon than the Vintage Ribbon and by scrunching it up when drying it, it becomes really tatty. The flower was made from a Marianne Designs die and was the perfect size for my bow. I added a couple of Creative Expressions Black Pearl Decorative Stick Pins.


I added a swirl made from Creative Expressions Pearlescent PVA Black Pearl and 3 hearts from the waste from the Heart Circles die. I finished the card off by doing some faux stitching with my Inssentials White Pen.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges -
Penny Black & More - Love and Hearts
Stampavie & More - Hearts
Crafters Companion - Love is in the Air
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Make It Monday #70

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you've enjoyed your visit.

Julia.

16 comments:

  1. What clever use of the image Julia and how perfect for a male Vantines card which are always so difficult.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More Challenge this month, good luck and wishing you a Happy new Year.

    B x

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  2. Great masculine valentines card, fab. I love S Wilson' work - I really want to do more of her ideas this year.
    Happy New year and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x
    DT

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  3. What a stunner Julia . Love the dramatic colour combination.Love your work with the diecuts . thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

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  4. Saw this on make it monday, what a fab card x x

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  5. Your card is fantastic Julia.. I LOVE the layering technique..Saw this on MIM..Loz

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  6. Hello Julia.. Saw this fantastic card on MIM..Faye

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  7. Gorgeous combination of colours, great creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  8. Fabulous card love the red and black so sexy just right for valentines! Popped over from MIM to get a good look at this XOXO Zoe

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  9. Fabulous card Julia, love the colour combo it's really striking.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our anything goes challenge.
    Happy New Year
    hugs Mandy xx

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  10. I think this is absolutely gorjuss, black/red is my most fav and your detail is amazing, love it!!
    Saw this at MIM and had to get a closer view.
    lotsa luv

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  11. Lots of details, love the colour combo. Found you on make it Monday.

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  12. Fab!

    Thanks for joining in the Crafter's Companion Challenge this month.

    Happy New Year

    Ali x

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  13. Nice classy layout. Saw your project on Make it Monday and had to come over and take a closer look.
    TFS
    Paul
    Crafty Blogocks
    DT Member for Catch The Bug

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  14. Wow I love how you've used blacks and reds. Your design is gorgeous. Saw it on MIM and had to come in for a closer look. Glad I did. TFS. Bettina xx

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