04 February 2017

Warm Heart

Baby, it's cold outside, but 'you warm my heart'. A lovely wintery Valentine.


Putting It Together

This lovely girl all bundled up for warmth is a digital stamp from The East Wind. I  printed the image on lightweight watercolour cardstock (80lb) and then sprayed it with hairspray to 'fix' the printer ink so I could use water-based medium on it.

To colour images, I use Distress Ink and water brushes. For this project, I used a set of waterbrushes I recently got, Pental Aquash.

I like the feel of the Pental brushes. The bristles are very smooth and almost plastic-y which, when I felt them, I didn't think I would like. But, as I used them, they have a great feel. They were a bit wetter than I like at first, with a good flow from the reservoir to the brush after they were filled the first time. But, after I dried the brush with a paper towel (and wiped it ocassionally), I could easily control the amount of wet. I really like the shape of the brushes and the way they pick up and hold pigment but also clean easily. I mostly used the medium and small brushes for this image. The colours I used are in the supply list above.

I used a Spellbinders oval die to cut the image.

For the background, I used a metal stencil, also from Spellbinders, long long retired, and blending tool with Tumbled Glass and Broken China. 

I added the stenciled background and image directly to the card base without dimension. I also stamped on a sentiment from the On Cup at a Time set from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps using the Misti.

To add some interest inside the card, I stenciled on some of the snow flakes with Tumbled Glass.


The East Wind: Love and Romance
AAA Cards: Winter Chill
Tuesday Throwdown: Love Notes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: The Colour of Love
Addicted to Stamps and More: Mark Your Mark
Crafty Cardmakers: Love, Love, Love
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes


  1. Adorable image and love your background. Perfect for valentine. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  2. super colouring and background-she looks lovely and cozy. Thanks for joining AAA

  3. Beautiful card! The background is perfect for this card. Love it! Thanks for joining the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps challenge!
    Marilyn DT

  4. Great card - thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart and we hope you'll join us for our next challenge too.

    Helen x

  5. wow I never used Hairspray
    is it help?
    and lovely coloring with Distress Ink woow
    I love that gold stencil yeah I have that old things too and now it is in a box and never touched by me more
    so happy you joining with us at ATSM
    and so so happy if you like to visiting my DT card for ATSM you can see another new Technique with ironing embossinhg powder there
    see you maybe soon

  6. Absolutely beautiful - love this design and your choice of colours. Great take on this week's theme.
    Thanks so much for playing along this week at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  7. Beautiful card! Love the stencilled background.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

  8. Very cute card. Lovely design. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  9. So sweet....what an amazing background! Thank you so much for playing along with us ATSM!

  10. Beautiful watercoloring and I love the stenciled background. Thanks so much for joining us at The East Wind. xxD

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely card with us at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) And thank you also for sharing the process of creating this card, too!
    Happy crafting, Maike


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