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Fri 24

Memory Box Valentine's Day Card with Selective Coloring
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today sharing a Valentine's Day card that uses typical supplies in a less than typical way.

By now, I am sure you all know of my love for gold foiled cardstock and papers.  I wanted to create a card that shows you one of the reasons that I love white and gold foiled papers in particular.

Last week I was in the city for an appointment and I had time to run into Joann's as I was looking for Sateen Supima Cotton in a certain color and the particular store I was in has a much larger fabric selection than the one near my home.  I didn't find the fabric I was looking for, but I almost always do a quick walkthrough of the Scrapbooking section on my way out.  I was pretty excited when I saw this 6 x 6 Mat Stack from Die Cuts With a View that contained all white and gold foiled cardstock.  It doesn't have a GSM or weight on the paper but it's comparable to Text Weight Papers if you want a comparison.  Anyhow, there were two of these at 60% off and I grabbed them both.  My total came to $4.00 and some change.  

While I do love the gold, I also love the things you can create using White & Gold papers like these.  You can do ink blending on them to get the exact background color you want, or you can use any one of several coloring media to make it your own, which is what I did today.  

I grabbed my drawer containing all of my Red and Red Violet Copic Markers and sat down to start coloring the sheet seen above.  I have a stacking four drawer unit that has all of my markers in them and those two color groups are in the same drawer.  

I knew I wanted to use a favorite Memory Box Die to create this card but I wanted something other than a solid color behind it so I started coloring in the flowers.  I could also have colored in the leaves, but I didn't want that look, so I only colored the flowers.  Let me just say, I am not a person who has "Mad Coloring Skills" as they like to say in this industry.  But I was really only looking to enhance the white paper by adding bits of color.  My approach would have been different if I wanted to use it for the whole background, but for what I wanted, this was great.  

The single 6 by 6 sheet yielded two hearts for behind the La Rue Heart.  In order to get the correct sized heart to go behind, I used the negative piece from the Die Cut Gold La Rue Heart as my template. 

If I would have used the die for my template to trace around, it would have been too large, so I traced the negative opening and then fussy cut them.  Yes, I did actually fussy cut the two hearts!  Most of my followers know that I detest fussy cutting, but sometimes you just have to do it.  I slipped the extra heart into the stamp pocket that has the La Rue Heart in it for future use.  

After I did that, I also had this long diagonal piece left to use.  I used it to put a band across the bottom of the card for my die cut Love Airy Script Die.  I die cut a background panel from red cardstock for the base using the largest Basic Rectangle Dies.  I cut the second largest rectangle from some scrapbooking paper in a similar color to the flowers that I colored with Copics.  It's not quite red, but not quite coral either.  And with the gold foil accents, it was perfect! 

I love how this card turned out and there won't be another like it anywhere.  That is one of the many advantages of using White and Gold Coiled cardstock and making it your own. 

 This made such a striking card!  I love that I could add a single little gem to the center of the La Rue Heart for that additional touch of bling. 

In case you'd like to try this technique for yourself, I did a few other examples of adding color to White and Gold Foiled Papers for you here. The sky is the limit.  I also love that many times the patterns for this are geometric because most guys like geometric patterns.  You can make make stripes in straight or diagonal, quilt patterns or any kind of random coloring you want.  Use Ink Blending Brushes, Mini Round Ink Blending Tools, Markers, or even paint if you have the time and desire to do that.  The amount of time you spend is up to you.  I hope you enjoyed this post and if you try this out, be sure to tag us on social media!  

Don't forget this month's challenge is a friendship card and this would be a fun way to make something special.  





So beautiful, Vicki!

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