Black Heart Valentine

Being divorced for more than 10 years, Valentine’s Day generally just leaves me feeling kind of meh. I was resisting the whole idea of making a card for Valentine’s Day simply because I knew I didn’t have a significant other to give it to. Then I remembered a technique using Gelatos from Faber-Castell that I’ve really been wanting to try. I figured I could incorporate that technique into a card and enter it in some of the myriad card challenges going on right now with a valentine/love/hearts theme.

Mel's Card Corner | Black Heart Valentine

For this technique, you’ll start with a piece of black cardstock and the embossing folder of your choice. I chose this Doodle Hearts folder and embossed it using my Big Shot.

Once embossed, apply a liberal coat of the Gelatos metallic color of your choice. Since this was for a valentine, I went with Metallic Melon which is kind of a pinkish-red color. You then want to use your finger, sponge, paper towel, etc. to work the medium into the paper. The shimmer from the metallic Gelatos really pops on the black cardstock and gives the paper an amazing sheen with a hint of the color. It’s pretty cool, I think! In fact, if you use a bit of a heavier coat of the gold or silver Gelatos, the paper will actually end up looking like metal.

For the sentiment on my card, I took a narrow piece of white cardstock and stamped the Happy Valentine’s Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up using black ink. I snipped a small fish tail banner on one end and then matted it with a bit of random pink patterned paper from my scrap drawer.

Mel's Card Corner | Black Heart Valentine

I adhered the black panel to a white card base using some tape runner. I then adhered the sentiment which I popped up using a bit of white fun foam and Scor-Tape. To finish off the card, I added a scattering of 5mm & 8MM crystal sequins.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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