Monday, 21 January 2013

I Love You

Hi Bloggers.

I'm on Create & Craft today at 3pm (with Zoe) and 6pm (with Martyn) - as long as snow permitting I can get there! Hope you can join me. The theme is love as we have 2 new Heart themed stamp sets and Valentine's Day is just around the corner but I also have another set of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders on the show - Pinks & Purples. They are gorgeous and I'm planning to use them in all of my demos to give you a real good look at the colours. For those that asked, I am planning to use the stamp in the hand technique in the 6pm show.

This card isn't a demo but it's in what I'd call traditional colours - most of the demos cards I've made aren't traditional at all!

For the background, I randomly stamped one of the large heart stamps from the Creative Expressions Hearts Entwined Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival onto some Coconut White Card. I made sure the ink was dry and then ran it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Damask Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the pattern - it doesn't exactly match up but it's such a busy pattern that you can't really see the join especially with the stamped background. I inked around the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam.

There are some frames on both of the new heart themed stamp sets. I find it easier to stamp the sentiment first and then line the frame up around it. To do this you will need to cut the excess rubber away from the centre of the frame stamp so you can see through the middle to position it correctly. I did this using Jet Black Archival. I did not emboss this one. I used a Matting Basics Die to cut it out and inked around the frame with Aged Mahogany.

I cut the burgundy frame using Matting Basics B with Labels 4 in the centre. At the emboss stage I added the Heart Confetti Mask. I cut a black mat using Matting Basics A.

I tied a bow using 2 lengths of Red Sheer Wrinkled Edge Ribbon. I added a Fancy Pearl Embellishment and a couple of Black Decorative Stick Pins.

I assembled the card as shown adding some Self Adhesive Pearls and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Berry Red around the edges.

Hope you can tune in later. Emails welcome as always.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, this card is absolutely stunning. Love the framed sentiment, and the colours are very traditional. Good luck with the shows. Bx

  2. Morning Julia what s lovely card i like the background that you have done. And i love to use red card. I do hope that the weather is kind so you will be able to get there.. we are now snowed in. So i will be able to stay in and watch tbe shows as well as record them. Xx

    Debs Artliff

  3. Morning Julia, stunning card - love the background! Carole Z X

  4. Morning Julia, Love this colour combo, black, white with pops of red, gorgeous. Love the frame effect, it looks lovely.
    Hope your journey is OK into the studio, looking forward to your stamp in the hand technique.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  5. like these stamps already.Can't wait to see the shows.Laura O

  6. Simple card but stunning x thank u x

  7. Hi Julia. Lovely, lovely card. Looking forward to todays shows. Hope you can battle through the snow.

    Val in Spain xxx

  8. Morning Julia,
    These stamps are on my list will be checking out the powders to.
    Have a safe journey to Peterborough.
    Amanda x

  9. Good morning Julia
    Love the design of this card very much, but not sure about the black.Hope all goes well for you today take care.


  10. Morning Julia,

    Not sure about this one.

  11. Morning Julia,
    Great card love the colours and the layout. Hope you are able to get the the studio.

  12. Morning Julia, nice colours but something missing from this card for me can't put my finger on it though.xx hazel

  13. Love this one, the large heart stamp is gorgeous! xx

  14. Morning Julia. Great card hope you make in alright keep safe.
    Nancyd xx

  15. Looking forward to the shows Julia if you can get there safely.

    Brilliant card

    xx Sandra

  16. Morning Julia, lovely card, love the embossed frame. Good luck for the shows and a safe journey.Emma

  17. Morning Julia. Hope you get to C&C OK today, have set my recorder for both shows.
    Love the colours on this card, although I'm not really into hearts on cards much, despite my daughter's birthday being on Valentine's day and I'm planning a heart aperture on her card! I expect there will be a few on the shows today. I always enjoy your techniques and learn a lot from them - thank you.

  18. Pretty card Julia, I'll be watching your shows today too.

  19. Morning Julia,
    Lovely, the frame stamp and sentiment are great. Love the background, but then you are the background queen.
    Hope you are able to travel, I have a day off today, as my customers have cancelled, yipee!!!, then again no money today, lol.
    Have a safe journey.

  20. Hi Julia,
    A great card today and just in time for valentines!
    I am really looking forward to your shows. Are you using the pearl glue on your backgrounds today? was hoping to see you demo this as i missed it last time.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Joan B.

  21. Hi julia this is a lovely dramatic looking card and I really like the way you have framed the sentiment.looking forward to your shows later,as long as you manage to make it to the studios!! Love lesley xx

  22. Hello Julia, A striking card, very dramatic, love the background and the colours. Looking forward to the shows and can't wait to see the stamp in hand technique.
    Safe journey and stay safe.
    Hugs June xxx

  23. Julia,
    This is a lovely card and a good kick start to begin the Valentine ones. Thanks. Hope you got to the show. I miss seeing you on TV I am still in Texas with 70 degree weather and no snow.

  24. Hi Julia, A lovely inspirational card for Valentine's day. Just finished watching you on tv some more fantastic demo's and must buys! I'm reaching my card limit!
    jenny x

  25. Hi Julia ,a very yume card ,if yume is a word lol, love the red, so rich I am recording your shows so I can watch and start and stop,drive carefully

  26. beau-tea-ful card as always. I shall be watching at 6 :-) x

  27. Hi Julia love the card you have done today iam watching you on tv now as iam writing you this blog thankyou tracy w x


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