Elegant Valentine's Day Card

Hello crafty friends,

Today's card is one of those times where I had to experiment with different colors before I settled on this gray/silver monochromatic color scheme.  I tried silver on black, but after things started coming together, the gray and silver version became more appealing.  That's the interesting thing about the creative process, sometimes you think you will like it better one way then you change your mind :)

I used a Hero Arts stencil from a past monthly kit since it had a stars and moon design perfect for the sentiment I wanted to make the focal point from So Suzy Stamps.  This design could also be an  anniversary or love card.

The process was pretty simple.  I took gray cardstock and applied some Faber Castell Texture Luxe in Pearl pretty heavily over the top of the stencil onto the cardstock with standard ink blending tool.  The finished result is silver in appearance even though the color in the jar is definitely pearl (must be due to the underlying cardstock color.  I applied more heavily in the corner and lightened it up towards the opposite corner.  I allowed it to dry overnight.

As you can see the result of the stenciling is not super smooth - I wasn't trying for the perfect look here and for those of you who would like very crisp lines from stenciling may prefer applying a metallic ink instead.  The ink used to paint the moon (further down in the post) could have also been used to ink the background, I just chose to do something with more dimension.

The next thing I did was create my die cut moon.  I did not have a special die for this shape so I used a circle die and cut a half circle out, then I die cut the half circle again with the same die to create a sliver of a moon.  I then painted it with Ranger Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter.   I was going to leave it that way and then I thought how cool it would be to cover the moon with a bunch of sequins that were not silver or gray to make a unique embellishment for my card.  I wasn't going for realism here and took creative license - ha!

The sequins were glued on using glossy accents since I was trying to get as many on the die cut as possible and not have the adhesive look obvious.  I put the glossy accents all over the die cut then sprinkled and smoothed on the sequins.  L-O-V-E  the way it turned out.

There are a few of the new sentiments from So Suzy that would be well complimented by this look in my opinion.  My suggestions for alternate sentiments for this design are: 1,2 and 3.

I die cut what I'll call a "sun" out of a cool paper I had in my stash that coordinated well with the background - it had a silver metallic accent on it and placed that off on the left hand side.  I used a strip of vellum to stamp the sentiment onto with Versamark then embossed with a silver detail embossing powder.  To adhere the vellum I sprayed the back with a craft adhesive spray so it could be stuck straight down onto the card and not show through.

The moon was glued on with Tombow mono multi adhesive so I had a little time to adjust the positioning.

If you have not had a chance to see the new stamps from this release I taped a new release video (first time I've ever done this so I'm sure I will get better at it).  I don't have all the new stamps from the release and some of them I cannot show to you just yet since we will have a surprise stamp to reveal every month in 2018 that you can get free with any order.  May is my birthday month and that's when you'll see what I personally designed.

In the meantime - here's the release video of what I do have!

Special deal during February 2018 only at So Suzy Stamps 15% off all masculine, transportation and western stamps Free coffee cup stamp (shown in video) or the sentiment (shown in video) with every order in February 2018.
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