I am determined to be ahead of the game this Valentine's Day. So... I've been studiously making Valentines. This post is inspired by a terrific project by The Frugal Crafter. Lindsay made cute little Valentine pockets to hold lollipops.
I immediately wanted to try this project. Of course, I had to put an artsy, mixed media spin on them. Here's how I made mine:
Using the "Hearts Flowers & More" stencil, I created this page using color copy paper. (Mary Beth Shaw turned me on to this paper and I really like the weight of it.) I have to say that I LOVE this stencil, and the Alice in Wonderland feel it has.
Using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Quinacridone Red and Glazing Medium, I reduced the contrast on the page, while keeping the design peeking through.
While this was drying, I carved a heart stamp, using my Speedball carving tool and carving block, and stamped up an entire page. (To learn how to carve your own stamps, check out Julie Balzer's great online class.)
Next, I took plain 3 x 6 manilla tags and folded them almost in 1/2 to make pockets.
Using different shades of distress inks and a blending tool, and the Hearts, Flowers and More stencil, I inked up the fronts and backs of the pockets, and the sides.
I punched hearts out of my stenciled and glazed paper, and then cut out my stamped hearts. I also stamped some other sentiments, and used a mini-tag punch to cut them out. I layered them onto the punched hearts, and adhered everything with my UHU glue stick.
I thought about sewing up the sides, but instead sealed the sides with wash tape from my stash, and punched a hole in the bottom of each one with my Crop-a-Dile . Now, all I need are the lollipops!
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