I love leaving little notes and stocking stuffers for loved ones on the days before Christmas, so I thought why not do something similar for Valentines Day? Who doesn't like chocolate and what could be better than the anticipation of a special treat? Well, when today's Dream Scheme challenge, Love in the New Year, was announced I knew exactly what I was going to do. There are so many beautiful Valentine's Day stencils that I haven't even scratched the surface. The possibilities are endless.
For the background papers I used Ranger distress inks and an acrylic block and applicator tool. In both cases, I applied the ink directly to a splat mat and then spritzed it with water. For the paper on the left, I used an acrylic block as a stamp and after dipping it into the ink, applied it directly to the paper, giving it a mottled look. For the paper on the right, I used the alcohol ink applicator tool with a cotton pad, and applied the ink in a circular motion, leaving some areas darker than others.
After allowing some drying time, I attached the Heart Swirls stencil (LL567) and applied metallic gold ink (Splendor by Tsukineko).
The Tole heart stencil (LL3010) reminded me of the beautiful scroll work you see on Victorian lockets so, with a bit of cutting, I made one! First I taped the stencil to the background paper and applied metallic gold ink (Splendor by Tsukineko). Then I carefully traced the outline of a heart and cut it out with a craft knife. A photo was attached to the back before adhering it to the darker pink mat.
I still want to try the double glitter technique, and maybe another heart with flocking. Then I thought I could ink the back of the stencil and run it through the BigKick for a different look. And maybe next I could try . . . . oh, you get the picture.
Don't forget to visit the Dreamweaver Stencils blog, DREAM it UP, as well as the blogs of the other fabulous designers. Then, mark your calendar and be sure to stop by next Thursday for another round of Dream Schemes.
Wishing you all the best in the New Year, and be sure to add some crafting time to your New Year's resolutions!