Monday, January 6, 2014

Spunky's Valentine

Spunky, along with his friend Rocco, is making his debut this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  They will become regulars and will have lots of adventures.  This set is called Spunky Skunk Valentine (#521).

After stamping and fussy cutting out the image, or parts of the image, three times, I colored Spunky with Copics and added Black Ice glitter and Twinkling Clouds Sparkling Flock to his tail.  I then pop dotted his body onto the image base and finally pop dotted the heart to the second layer.  The sentiment on the heart is also covered with Black Ice glitter. This paper tole technique gives your image lots of dimension.

The mat was created using a Spellbinders die (A2 Polka Dots) and then I used the Emboss Resist technique, using one of the other stamps from this set.  After stamping with VersaMark and heat setting with Clear Detail embossing powder, I used Distress Inks to color the background.  I also blinged up my brads (they were originally silver) using the SNS Bling Your Brads technique and White embossing powder.

The lace flower was quick and easy to do and I have a few photos for a quick step by step tutorial.  The first thing you need to do is to make your own large glue dot with the Mega Tack Glue.  Save some of the backing papers from the Super Adhesive Sheets or even the sheet that you get with all those address labels you receive for free.  Just apply the glue to the backing sheet and make a circle as large as you want.  The hard part is that you have to let it dry over night.  As you can see by the photo, it starts out white, but when it dries, it's clear.  (You can also make homemade regular sized glue dots this way too.)  Once it's dry, your ready for the next step.

Cut a long piece of lace (or ribbon or fabric) and start pushing it down onto the glue dot, going from the outside edge and continuing in a circle until the entire glue dot is covered.  I also scrunched mine up just a bit as I was adhering it so I would have a small ruffle.

I added a couple vintage buttons to the center of my lace flower and tied them together with some embroidery floss.  I also glued them down to the lace with the Mega Tack Glue.  That's it!  Easy, easy.

You can also view more detailed instructions in my SNS Art Gallery, here.


Shona Erlenborn said...

Great card Anne. Love the lace flower - thanks for sharing how you did it!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Anne, I love the image all the hearts and the lace flower
Kevin xx

rachel said...

that lace flower is grogeous Anne and I do love the sparkly tail! Hugs Rachel x

Lori Kobular said...

I LOVE this card! I want to take a class from you to learn all these great techniques!!

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous card Anne, love the lace flower and the image is adorable.

Linda xxx

Lisa said...

This is so stinkin' cute!! (Sorry, I couldn't resist ;) That little guy is adorable!! And I love the lace flower - thanks for the tutorial!! Gorgeous card!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

First of all.....your card is just too stinking cute!!! How precious!
LOVE the way you made that flower and will have to try it now. I wonder if I can use any type of tacky glue or if it has to be that certain brand since I don't have any of it. May have to try it anyway. Much easier than me trying to use a hot glue gun!

Annie said...

Hi Anne :-) what a stunning card............they are really cute guys. Love the vibrant colours and your flower is fabulous.

TFS and Best Wishes

Annie x

Brenda said...

Sweet card and love the lace flower that you made!

Tammy said...

Sweet card and lovely flower! Thanks for the tip on making the lacy goodness!

nwilliams6 said...

Cute image and I love that lace flower - cool quick tutorial. Darling and fun Valentines card. I am cold just thinking about tomorrow - hope you stay warm. Hugz!

Patricia St Martin said...

Awesome card and thanks for the tutorial, your lace flower is fantastic. Love how you 3D your image, really nice job.
Hugs, Pat

Pia S said...

What a cute card! Love the 3d look of the image and the skunk's sparkly tail, and your own made lace flower is beautiful!

Joan Ervin said...

Your card is sooo cute, Anne, and what a gorgeous lacy flower!!! Thanks for the tutorial...I'll be giving this a try, for sure!!!!

Eret said...

Anne, this card is so beautiful with your adorable 3D Spunky. Love his sparkling tail. Your flower is fantastic as well. Stunning work.

Lena's Creations said...

Aww, he's just too stinking cute :) I love the lace flower - thank you so much for the tutorial. I'm going to give it a try.
Lena’s Creations

MiamiKel said...

Oh this is a wonderful tutorial, thank you! You made it look so easy and your card and finished product is certainly gorgeous! TFS!