I wanted something masculine but still romantic, so I avoided hearts and lace and stuck with basic ribbon and brads. I "roughed up" the pretty paper with some distressing, so hopefully this is manly enough for my big bear of a husband (who's really more "teddy bear" than "growly bear", but don't tell him I shared that secret!). I waited to post this until after I gave it to him, thinking it would be a surprise. He opened it and said, "I figured this one was for me." That's when I realized it had been sitting in plain sight after I took pictures for the blog. Oops! But at least I know he pays attention to what I'm crafting!
I started with a natural white (almost ivory) card stock base. Then I used two-sided paper from Authentique: one side I stamped on for the card front, and the other side is the dotted panel, which I heavily distressed to darken the dots and mute the red a bit. For the larger piece, I used a script stamp and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. To get the softer effect, I stamped off first on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped on my card piece. I used a Nestabilities die to cut my scalloped piece. I stamped my sentiment in Rich Cocoa on another piece of natural white, then added more distressing with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I attached the sentiment piece to the scalloped piece and added the brads. I wrapped a piece of brown ribbon around the dotted piece, then adhered the scalloped piece over the ribbon using foam dimensionals.
Thanks for taking the time to visit me on Valentine's Day!
Stamps: Old Letter Writing (Hero Arts); Be My Valentine (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: Authentique Collection: Lovely (used "Greetings" and "Crush" 2-sided paper); Classic Natural White 80 lb. card stock (Neenah)
Ink: Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Tools and Accessories: Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small (Spellbinders); ribbon (Celebrate It Basic-Basic); brads (Recollections); dimensional tape (Scotch)