Sunday, February 1, 2015

House of Cards February 2015 Challenge - Love

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new monthly challenge here at House of Cards.  I so enjoy seeing all the creations each month, not only from the design team, but also from you, the challenge participants.

This month's challenge is ...

                                            FEBRUARY 2015
                                  Word Cue Challenge

I love the vintage, and even shabby chic style, and I thought it would be fitting for my LOVE card.  I think this would make a wonderful Valentine's Day card, don't you?

Die cut Stampin'Up heart with red card stock.  Swipe Tarnished Brass DS over heart (see finished photo above).  Swipe Picket Fence DS over corrugated kraft heart.
Mist kraft heart with Dylusions Calypso Teal and Polished Jade.  Mist with water to disperse colors.  Wipe off excess and dry.  Swipe Tarnished Brass DS over corrugations.  Allow to dry, then apply DecoArt Media Crackle Paint along edges.  You can see the paint picking up some of the teal color beneath as it dries.
Add a light coat of the Bolivian Blue Silks acrylic glaze over the crackle paint.  Below you can see where I added it to the lower section only.
And here, you can see the crackle paint covered entirely.  Isn't it beautiful, the way it adds such a nice shimmer to the crackles.  
Blend Antique Linen DI over Love Bingo card, blending towards center, then edge with Vintage Photo DI.
Die cut the ornate frame from eggshell watercolor card stock, and the smaller frame from the Prima script paper, using the Regal Frame die set.
Die cut two butterflies with the Nature and Texture Blocks die, using doubled piece of script paper.  Glue together and color with  Stormy Sky DI, then edge with Vintage Photo DI.
Now, let's put it all together.  First, make a base card measuring 6" x 6" from light aqua card stock.  I like to use my Xyron 850 to apply the adhesive to each of my pieces.
Heavily distress the edges of the 6x6 print paper, edge with Vintage Photo DS.  Adhere to card front.  Adhere both Regal frame pieces to center, fussy cut a journal tag from the Prima paper pad and adhere on the right, beneath the Love Bingo card.  Add the two heart shapes, as shown, with the fern die cut and a scrap of lace.
Add the colored-to-match ribbon bow with a few mini roses and a metal filigree embellishment.
Turn the butterfly wings upward and attach each along the bodies only.  Add a line of the Opal pearl pen down the center to form their bodies.

Supplies used:

Spellbinders S4-446-Regal Frame die set
Tattered Lace fern die
Stampin'Up Embosslits Scalloped Heart of Hearts die
Eggshell, light aqua, and red card stock
Prima Madeline collection 6"x6" paper pad
Love Bingo Card (Kaisercraft Miss Match collection)
Xyron 850
Off white seam binding
Kraft corrugated heart die cut (Recollections)
Dylusions ink sprays:  Calypso Teal, Polished Jade
Distress Inks (DI) and Distress Stains (DS):  Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Tarnished Brass
Bolivian Blue Silks Acrylic Glaze
DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
Opal Pearl Pen (VivaDecor)
Metal filigree embellishments
Mini roses (Hobby Lobby)

I am also entering this in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog January Challenge.  I have used paint, lace and ribbon,  die cutting and mixed media, chipboard, flowers and ephemera to meet the challenge.

I am also entering this card in the Mixed Media Card Challenge #8 - Love.  

I hope I have inspired you to play along with us and to get some great cards made using LOVE for your challenge theme.    I can't wait to see your creations.

Come back each Monday this month for more inspiration from the DT.  We hope you will join us and share your beautiful creations.  Click HERE to be taken to the original challenge post to link up!  Please check the House Rules HERE before linking up.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!

Barbara xoxo


  1. Beautiful card! LOVE all the layers and its lush design!

  2. Wonderful layers and fun embellishments! Great style!

  3. Very vintage! Great Valentine's card!

  4. Barbara, I love it! I'm so honored to be your GDT teamie at HOC this month! Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Em. We are so happy to have you as our GDT teamie this month!!!!

  5. Beautiful, beautiful card Barbara! Love all the layering and fabulous embellishments!

  6. Beautiful card Barbara, love all the layers and textures, fabulous use of the crackle paste. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Blog.

  7. thanks for sharing how you made your piece -- it is fantastic! and love is the perfect theme for this month, thanks for the inspiration. xo

  8. this rocks!!! love your stunning project!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. Great card, love the mixed media vintage feel.
    Lorry :o) xx

  10. Beautiful card! So many amazing embellishments, esp. like the addition of the blue heart and ribbon! Enjoyed the tutorial too. Donna HOC DT

  11. Absolutely AMAZING, Barbara!!!! The texture is so fabulous and the colors you used are beautiful! LOVE this shabby card! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  12. Oh my Gosh Barbara
    I love all
    the heart with paint the other heart and all element on your card looks like a vintage card
    this is an AMAZING WORK
    love this much
    hugs, Monika (teammate HOC)

  13. This is just stunning! I love all the layers and texture you have achieved here! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  14. Beautiful shabby chic, vintage project. Love all the elements and layers you added. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. Such a fabulous shabby chic design! I always admire people who can do that! Lovingly assembled! WOW!

  16. Love the crackle on the heart, lovely card, very shabby chic.

  17. Beautiful colours, great texture and fabulous collage! Thanks for joining us at the MMCC.

  18. Oh, Barb...this is stunning! I love your painted corrugate hearts...and the colors you chose are wonderful! So many yummy layers, too! Fabulous textures...and then you top it all off with that scrumptious still my heart! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  19. I admire your fabulous shabby chic creation! It's really gorgeous!!
    Rosi x

  20. Beautiful mixed media card!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  21. Barbara, I know I've seen this pretty card come up before and I left a comment earlier. But I keep on coming back to it for inspiration! I just love all that detail and texture!
    Take care!
    Michele - HOC DT

  22. WOW this is stunning Barbara!! I love all of the gorgeous textures you've used and all of the beautiful details, such a fabulous Valentine's day card!
    Hugs, Tammy

  23. WOW this is stunning Barbara!! I love all of the gorgeous textures you've used and all of the beautiful details, such a fabulous Valentine's day card!
    Hugs, Tammy

  24. Very pretty Barbara! Great desing and OH so many details! I'm so glad to be part of this talented team! Hugs, Gracie. HOC DT

  25. Great card, love all the embellishments. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  26. Such a wonderful vintage card. I love the pops of blue! So unexpected and pretty! Thanks for joining the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

  27. I am in awe of your shabby chic design! very cool!

    HOC DT Teammate

  28. gorgeous! i really struggle with this style but admire those who can do it so well!
    HOC DT

  29. Such a pretty card! Love all the texture!
    HOC DT

  30. Nice to see how you build up your great cards.
    DT HOC teamie Merethe :)

  31. FABulous layers Barbara. SO glad you joined in the fun @ Mixed Media Card Challenge!