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Mon 26

New Valentines
by Laura Fulcher

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Hello everyone.  It is so hard to believe that we are already at the end of December.  Where did the time go?  The good news is that Memory Box has new stamps and dies to start thinking about Valentine's Day, love, and friendship projects.

For my card today, I wanted to share a heart and sentiment from the new So Many Things to Love clear set.  What I really like about this set is that it is great for Valentine's Day, but it has images and sentiments that can be used year round for so many occasions.  I love anything that is practical.  Want to see more of the Valentine release?  You can see the whole release here.

Before I start showing you how to color the image, I wanted to show you the difference adding a little white pen can make o a project (especially on kraft cardstock).  Here is the before picture without the white:

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To make the card, I started by stamping the heart and sentiment onto one of the brand new chipboard notecards with black Versafine ink.  The chipboard notecards are great because they have a really nice thickness for single-layer cards.  Plus, chipboard is rather hard to cut, score and fold by yourself.  It is nice to have some that are already pre-made in a pack.

Once I gave the ink a long time to dry, I colored the outside edges with a dark red Prismacolor pencil.  Notice how I colored really heavily on the outside edges and then with lighter pressure as I moved towards the center of the heart:

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Next, I added a medium red color of Prismacolor pencil so that it was heaviest where the two reds met and then lighter towards the center:

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Finally, I added a pink pencil in the center with heavy pressure to finish out the coloring.  I didn't use any Gamsol to soften the colors of the Prismacolor pencils.  Some people use Gamsol with wax-based pencils for easier blending, but I find that it gives a bit of a watercolor look that doesn't show up quite as dynamically on kraft cardstock.  I wanted to use the pencils themselves to blend and add a thick, opaque layer of color that looked more like acrylic paint when I was done than pencil.

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I finished the card by coloring the leaves and flowers with more pencils and then embellished with a white gel pen and some yellow Nuvo liquid pearls.

How about you guys?  Are you ready to start projects for the new year?

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