Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine-Rock the Red at Emerald Creek Dares

Welcome friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares, and this month we would love to see you 'Rock the Red'! I think that leaves you wide open--just be sure you rock your red! Valentine's Day immediately comes to mind when I think of the color red. Rarely do I use red in my work any other time of the year except at Christmas. When I first saw Emerald Creek Craft Supplies' Fresh Picked Rose, I knew it would adorn my first Valentine's card this year!




The beautiful Fresh Picked Rose image was inked with Olive Archival ink on Mixed Media card one time and a second time with Vesamark embossing ink and heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder. I colored the blossom of the embossed image with Distress Candy Apple ink and a water pen coloring outside the line on purpose. The rose inked in Olive was colored with Distress inks and a water pen (Candy Apple, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn), again coloring outside the lines on purpose. I swiped on Distress Glaze leaving areas that I wanted to look like blue sky free of the glaze. Lastly I blended on Broken China ink and dried with a heat tool. I loosely fussy cut the entire rose inked in Olive and just the blossom of the heat embossed image, and layered the blossom with foam adhesive tape. I like the vintage water color look  achieved by using the glaze and coloring outside the lines.

Three  Antique copper Heart brads (also available in silver or as a mix of the two) were enameled using Ranger Emboss It Dabber and the Candy Red embossing powder. Love these! I nipped off the prongs and adhered the hearts to my card. I added some die cuts to complete my focal image.




I colored the Linked Hearts Charm with Watermelon alcohol ink, and adhered. The seam binding I got from my Mom's stash last weekend (this is really old!) was dyed with Tumbled Glass Distress stain and got a touch of pink from my inky red hands! A Chit Chat sticker saves the day with a simple sentiment backed with red card.



To make the backmost panel, I inked the Kimilese stamp with Fired Brick and Barn Red Distress inks and misted with water. I stamped this onto my card and dried it partially. I spritzed the stamped card with water to loosen up the color even more in random areas and dried thoroughly. I applied Distress Glaze randomly in areas I knew would show around the focal panel, and inked with Distress Broken China, and spritzed and dried again for those little water spots I love. It's looks a little bit of a mess here, but it's mostly covered up anyway.


Here's the how-to:
To make the hearts background, I started by tracing the large Hearts Layering stencil on a piece of Mixed Media card and cut it out. (In retrospect, I should have used this kind of paper on the back panel, too--it takes the water much better.) I do this so I can easily replace my stencil in the proper position for additional steps. I taped my stencil in place on the paper and brayered  Distress Picket Fence paint on the Kimilese stamp. I stamped the image two times down the length of the stencil, re-applying the paint on the stamp each time. I removed the stencil and set the tag aside to dry thoroughly. Be sure to wash your stamp and stencil immediately. 


When the paint is dry, I replaced the stencil and blended Distress Candy Apple ink through it. (You can see why cutting your paper to the size of your stencil makes it easier to realign the stencil. The paint is white, making it difficult to see where you stamped.) I remove the stencil and dry, then wipe the ink away from the hearts with a paper towel.  This leaves a little bit of a ghost image behind on the hearts.




Next, I spritzed the still inked stencil, flip it over and re-apply it to the panel, pressing down with a clean paper towel to transfer what's left of the ink to the tag. Remove the stencil and dry the panel immediately with a heat tool. Please forgive my bad photo below. I had to jump back into my Closet to do the messy part, but Blogger also added that line down the middle of the photo and will not let me make proper margins on this text either.



Last, I trimmed the tag to fit my card, edged with Distress Candy Apple ink and heat embossed with Red Sparkle embossing powder.

 Here are the products used that are available at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies:
Emerald Creek Supplies

Other products used also available at Emerald Creek



That about does it for today! I hope this card inspires you in some little way to get red and inky and join our 'Rock the Red'  Dare at Emerald Creek Dares! Please stop by the blog if you get a minute to see all the amazing ways my teamies have rocked the red! Remember to join in the fun--you have an entire month and there is an generous Emerald Creek gift voucher for the winner and a generous shop discount to the runners up!


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I would like to add my card to the following challenges:
-As You Like It- Your Favorite Flower and Why Roses are my favorite flower because of their beautiful shape and elegant look. They come in many colors and some have the most fabulous perfume! I don't like their thorns or how difficult they are to grow, so I prefer mine from the flower shop and on paper!
Allsorts Week 400-Let's Celebrate! I'm celebrating Valentine's Day!


Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your amazing comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

40 comments:

  1. A fabulous card Sara and it's a beautiful rose image. Thanks for the process pics, great to see how this came together.
    Avril xx

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  2. Stunning Valentine!! I love all the backgrounds and how you pull them together! The rose looks stunning Sara Emily! Always inspiring!

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  3. Stunning Valentine!! I love all the backgrounds and how you pull them together! The rose looks stunning Sara Emily! Always inspiring!

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  4. What a sweet card and a great addition to our challenge. Thanks for Joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio

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  5. I love the mixed media look to this. Beautiful valentine. Thank you for playing in our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!

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  6. Oh Sara Emily! How unbelievably cool and beautiful is this! I'm in love with the Kimilese stamp and your gorgeous inky hearts. What a great dose of inspiration for Valentines, thank you thank you! Hugs, Autumn

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  7. This is just gorgeous, Sara Emily! I love the stamps you used (those green leaves look great against the red) and your hearts background is awesome! Your red hearts and linked hearts are perfect touches, and love how you got some pink on that beautiful seam binding (who hasn't done that?!). You really rocked it! Hugs!!

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  8. Oh my goodness, Sara Emily, this is absolutely stunning!! The misted heart background looks amazing!! The flower is so gorgeous!! I love the beautiful sparkly hearts and the ribbon!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous card this is!! So beautiful, my friend!! The pics of your crafty process are perfect, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  9. Ooooh, I love red, a lot! I love your card too, well what's not to love - red stencilled hearts, a gorgeous red rose and those metal hearts are fabulous! The script stamp is wonderful too. A totally gorgeous card Sara!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. This is beautiful!! The background you created is fabulous! The image is so beautiful and I LOVE that yummy bow and the sweet little heart charms. Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

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  11. It's a lovely feminine creation and perfect for our Let's Celebrate theme at Allsorts, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

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  12. This has such a great retro feel to it. Reminds me of the Valentines my dad used to give my mom when I was little. Way to rock the red, Sara Emily! I might have to join in on this fun challenge! Hugs!

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  13. Such a lovey Valentine, Sara Emily. Red is my favorite color and this is so vibrant. Love the way you did the inky heart background. The rose image is beautiful too. Great to have you playing along again for our Valentine's challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  14. Red and roses...two of my favorite things. Gorgeous card...just a wow.

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  15. Hi, Sara - such an INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS card! I love the reds employed on your masterpiece - especially since they are semi transparent and "bled". Lovely use of the background stamp and stencil - thank you for showing how the effects were achieved! Beautiful stamp image, and I especially like the way you've dimensionalized it. So pretty! Thank you for all the step by step explanations! Wishing you a wonderful day! hugs, de

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  16. Your card is really pretty. I LOVE the heart background. The resist stamp technique through the stencil and mono print is so clever. Thanks for joining us for the "Be My Valentine" challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

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  17. Wow! This is so beautiful, I really love the stenciled hearts and the linked hearts charm is such a great addition! Thanks for playing along with us at DL.ART Challenges!

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  18. Gorgeous. You made a beautiful heart background. Thank you for the detailed instructions. The rose is so pretty thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge

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  19. Beautiful Valentine card, so love the heart background and the lovely rose. Who would not love this card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers!
    Glenda - DT

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  20. Sara this was so impressive. I always wonder how you will be able to feature my products and still show me something new and different. It's an exciting game I like to play because every time I see your creation it's like Christmas morning and I am always surprised. Opening your blog posts each month is the best present I could be given.

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  21. Sarah Emily! this Valentine is just gorgeous! I love the simplicity of it, while adding so many interesting elements and layers! Gorgeous and surely made with lots of love !
    huge hugs,Jackie

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  22. gorgeous work Sara - I adore those hearts - they're beautiful. Stunning work altogether. Hugs rachel x

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  23. Fabulous card Sara Emily! The colours are beautiful and all the elements compliment each other beautifully!

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  24. RIOTOUS RED RIVETING ROCKING RAVISHINGNESS! Just SPARKLING SPLENDID Sara. ANYONE would love receiving this BEAUTY. Xj.

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  25. A lovely design. I love all the detail. Thank you for joining our love challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
    Mary

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  26. What a gorgeous piece Sara! So many wonderful layers, how I do love to see that! Your large rose design is so beautiful and what wonderful work colouring the petals and leaves! The background is brilliant. So much texture and lovely splattery designs, a wonderful backdrop for your romantic elements! The transformed heart charm is just lovely and your shabby bow is a lovely addition, like a sweet rose bouquet!! Such an amazing Valentine's design my friend!! Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful week. hugs :)

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  27. This is so beautiful and romantic! I love how you created the hearts background! Trying to keep up with visits and failing miserably, hope to catch up soon! Chrisx

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  28. Wonderful colors, texture and tutorial.

    Hugs Diane

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  29. What a beautiful valentine card, so much delicious detail! Love the gorgeous little red hearts peeking out and the lovely silver entwined pair of hearts.

    Thank you so much for joining in with my Love, Love, Love challenge this time.

    Lin
    Crafty Cardmakers

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  30. So pretty and a wonderful example of how to 'rock the red'. Sara great work x

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  31. So very pretty and gorgeous, love all of your beautiful card xx

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  32. Hi Sara. Wow! looove the background, the white shadow effect is a great finish!
    Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

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  33. Oh my, Sara, this is super gorgeous Valentine card! That script stamp is awesome and you used it perfectly! Your hearts background is simply fantastic! So vintage, so romantic and so beautiful, my friend! I am completely in awe, my friend! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  34. Fabulous card, beautifully coloured and designed. Love background. Thanks for playing along with Crafty Cardmakers

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  35. Love those spritzed inky hearts with the just the shadow of the handwriting hovering there - so, so pretty. A really clever technique that makes this card stand out from the crowd.
    Alison x

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  36. Fabulous Valentine card with that big rose taking centre stage. Love the shape and all the details in the background. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  37. so many beautiful touches to admire here xx

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  38. Yes this card inspired me! Those little red hearts are the bees knees dearie! Such a wonderful bright and beautiful card you have designed. You sure are killing it at ECD! How do you pack so many details and techniques into a small space like this! Amazeballs and so Wowzers! The shabby bow and the script, be still my heart! Loves it! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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