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I absolutely LOVE the "Fresh Picked.." series of dies that Spellbinders released this year. Each set is just as beautiful as the next and I find myself struggling with which set to pick for a card. For my final Valentine's Day card for this year I selected "Fresh Picked Anemones" and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.

I started by cutting two of each of the greenery dies from Spellbinders' "Fern" cardstock. I decided to go with two layers for the stems since they are a bit fragile and I didn't want to bend them when I started applying them to the card front. For the flower petals, I cut the highlight die from Spellbinders' "Pink Sand" and the shadow layer die from Spellbinders' "Fruit Punch" cardstocks. Then for the flower centers, I cut them from Spellbinders' "Dune" and "Sunkissed" cardstocks.

For the card front, I used the Reverse Confetti "Folklore Cover Panel" and cut it out of Spellbinders' "Indigo" cardstock. I attached the cover panel to a top folding A2 card base.

Now that all the pieces are die cut I can start the assembly line process of assembling the flowers. I glued all the flowers together and attached them to their stems and began positioning them onto the Indigo cover panel. Once the final locations for the flowers were established I glued them to the card front.

I decided to add a foiled sentiment for this card. I used silver Spellbinders' Glimmer Foil and a Simon Says Stamp hot foil die called "Love" for the sentiment. I foiled the sentiment using a scrap piece of Spellbinders' Indigo cardstock for the silver foiled sentiment and it always surprises me when it foils perfectly the first time. I fussy cut around the foiled sentiment a put thin foam squares on the back to adhere it to the card front panel. For that final touch, I added a sprinkling of Dress My Craft "Heart Droplets" around the sentiment and that wraps another card up for the 2024 Valentine card making season.

I appreciate you checking out my blog post, until next time... Happy Making!

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For the background, I used a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and taped it to a watercolor hardbord and liberally sprayed it with water using my Distress Sprayer. I lightly sprinkled two different colors of Lindy's Magical Shakers - "Have a Scone Heather" and "Pemberley Pride Purple" - all over the panel and aided the water moved just a smidge with a small watercolor brush until the entire panel was covered in color. I set this aside to dry naturally.

Once the watercolor panel was completely dry, I used light tack tape to tape the Waffle Flower Bokeh Heart Stencil on top of the watercolor panel. I put a small scoop of Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Glitz Glitter Gel onto a piece of acetate on my work surface. Since I wanted the gel's base to be less red, but yet keep the red glitter, I added about four or five drops of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink Reinker to the Glitter Gel and mixed it until I ended up with a more purplish base to the gel. Next, I used a palette knife and craft scraper to spread the Glitter Gel mixture across the stencil and onto the watercolor panel and set it aside to dry while I moved on to the sentiment.

For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Fancy Love You" dies and cut three dimensional layers from random dark purple cardstock I had in my stash; however, I cut the top/fourth layer from beautiful cardstock I received in subscription Box 4 from Your Paper Insider called Fashion Purple Silk. The shadow layer was cut from a piece of White Iridescent Vellum, also from Your Paper Insider, that came in their subscription Box 6... beautiful! I love picking and choosing the perfect papers from their subscription boxes - so much fun. I glued the sentiment layers together and then adhered the sentiment to the vellum shadow layer.

I cut an A2 size matting layer of the Your Paper Insider Fashion Purple Silk cardstock and adhered the watercolor panel to the matting piece. Then used strong adhesive tape to adhere the card front to an A2 top folding card base. Once I glued the sentiment to the card front this card was completed.

I hope you enjoyed today's card! Until next time... Happy Making!

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Working with Distress Crackle Paste in conjunction with Distress Embossing Glaze is such a satisfying process. I love watching embossing powders melt under the heat tool in general, but sprinkled over wet Crackle Paste... it elevates the melting to a whole new crackly level.

I started by taking a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock (smooth side) and placed it on my Waffle Flower 6x6 grid mat. I laid the Simon Says Stamp "Large Falling Hearts" stencil over it and proceeded to apply a thick layer of Distress Crackle Texture Paste over the stencil. I carefully removed the stencil and sprinkled some Distress Embossing Glaze in the colors Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry over the wet Crackle Paste. I set this panel aside to dry... and crackle. Once the panel was completely dry, I heat set the Embossing Glaze to reveal red, pink and white shiny, crackly hearts. Next, I placed the cardstock panel in the Splat Box and sprayed it with Distress Mica Stains in the colors Winterberry, Peppermint Stick, and Hocus Pocus. Before that could dry, I liberally sprayed the cardstock with water to get all the colors blending together and playing nicely. I set the panel aside to dry while I worked on my stamped images.

Using AALL & Creates "Forever" stamp set, I placed a piece of scrap white cardstock in my Misti and stamped two of the strung heart stamps and one each of the little girl and dog. I colored all the images with Copic markers and cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut.

I trimmed the watercolor card front panel to measure 4" x 5-1/4" and placed thick foam strips to the back side to help flatten the panel and adhered it to a white A2, top folding card base.

I put thin foam squares onto the back of the banner, girl, and dog images and placed them onto the card front to get a visual idea of where I wanted to place the images and how much space I would have for my sentiment. For the sentiment, I used Studio Katia's "Lovely Words" dies and cut the sentiment twice from 110# cardstock that I glued together for dimension. I used Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink for the heart in the middle of the sentiment and blended Black Soot Distress Ink over the other two words. To make the heart pop, I decided to add a layer of Ranger's Stickles in the Christmas Red color on top of the red inked heart. Lastly, I added a thin layer of Glossy Accents over the Black Soot portions of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed today's card! Until next time... Happy Making!

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