Last year, I took a wonderful online class given by Marjie Kemper called "Inventive Inks." I had accumulated lots of beautiful tags as I practiced her inking techniques.
If you have some pretty backgrounds laying around, here's a quick project to make unusual Valentines. (Somehow, my Valentines are always quirky, as you can see here.)
First, over-stencil your backgrounds using a deeper version of the color you have underneath. I did this with more distress inks, or you can use paint. (I used my Hearts, Flowers and More stencil but you can use something in your stash.)
Then, create some embellishments by stenciling or stamping using black ink or paint on music, book or ledger paper. (I used motifs from my Coffee, Mugs and Love, and Teacups and Teapots stencils on old music paper.) If your paper is fragile, as mine was, first give it a coat of clear gesso or matte medium to strengthen it.
These motifs are from the Build a Villa collection at Rubbermoon. I painted them with Peerless watercolors.
Then, let your muse take over as you cut out your motifs, assemble, embellish, doodle and add words.
Have you made Valentines this year? I'd love to see them so please leave a link in your comment!
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