I have been trying to get a jump-start on "things" in life, but it hasn't been working too well for me yet - LOL! In preparation for Valentine's I wanted to get going a couple of months early in hopes of being more ready for the "sweetest" day of the year this go round. I designed everything, made certain that I had everything necessary for the packet and then of course life got away again - so finally here are the directions for this months Stamp of the Month - "Tart of Hearts".
It all began with the image, ribbon and brads. A couple of months ago I discovered these yummalicious Bon Bon sugar coated brads and knew they were perfect for the "chocolatey feeling" that comes with Valentines. Next I found the soft pink (it may look white in the picture, but in real life it is the softest pink that coordinates perfectly with Cotton Candy) and red edged ribbon - my color scheme was determined Ü. These coordinated beautifully with Flirt 6x6 paper and Cotton Candy and Vanilla Bean Memory Box cardstock.
Coloring this month's image is super easy. Only four Copic colors were used - RV11, R29, E31 and E27. I began by coloring the image with the lightest colors - RV11 and E31. I then added red highlights (R29) to the upper left side of each heart.
Use a white "palette" to scribble R29 on to it. Pick the red up using Copic RV11 to blend the heart colors and add color to the background behind the hearts, the doily and the polka dots and stripes on the stand.
The chocolate highlights (E27) were added last. These were added by using the lighter color (E31) to pick up E27 from the palette and add shading to the image as shown in the first photo above. Red Glitter and Clear Glaze were added to the Hearts and stand for that little extra pizzaz.
In placing the image on the card front I left plenty of room for you to add a sentiment beneath the tart (I would stamp this in a rich Espresso color). "Be My Valentine" is the first idea that comes to mind, but "Thanks a Bunch", I Heart You, or "You're the Heart at the top of my Tart" could also be fun. You may even want to color one heart a different color and put something to the effect of "You are Special". How about cutting or punching out one of the little hearts and add a "Missing You" sentiment? What other ideas do you have for this little stack of hearts? I would love to hear them.