8 February 2017

Be My Valentine? for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Zoe Hillman's turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and the chosen theme, appropriately for the beginning of February, is 'Be My Valentine?' Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic style.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For my Valentine's Day card I took the opportunity to play with some brand new Wendy Vecchi designs and gave a decidedly more masculine look to it. You'll be seeing much more of this fella in the coming weeks but for now he has been christened 'Mr Valentine', and though he may have a tough exterior, inside he's just like marshmallow; all soft and gooey.

Guessing you'd want to know how this came together I've whipped up a tutorial for you;

Start with a square of card covered in a mix of orange and brown Distress Paints (colours listed at the end). Repeat stamp over with the Les Roses background using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Use Matte Distress Collage Medium to apply torn and wrinkled pieces of Tissue Wrap over the top as unevenly as possible before trimming away any excess from the edges of the card.

Using a mixture of blending and direct to paper methods apply Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Archival Inks over the whole background to give it more of an aged appearance.

Apply white gesso to your craft mat and dab the background in to pick up random patches. I finished mine by splattering Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paints over the top.

Stamp Mr Valentine a couple of times in Jet Black Archival Ink to get a main image and extras of his head, his hat and his hand. Colour his face and hand with Tea Rose Archival Ink and his hat with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I used a little Candied Apple Distress Crayon to colour his tie. Fussy cut and layer together with dimensional tape or glue.

I cut two hearts by tracing them from the Not Enough Hearts stencil before colouring them with Red Geranium Archival Ink. After sticking them together I stamped them unevenly with the new Herringbone background in Potting Soil Archival Ink.

I worked out where Mr Valentine would be positioned on the card and drew round him before adding a little dilute Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to add shading. I then applied Black Embossing Paste through the new Rectangle Grate stencil (which reminds me of film tape) and allowed it to air dry.

To finish Mr Valentine and those hearts were layered over the background before being matted onto black card and a white card blank. The sentiments from the new Quotations set were scuffed at the edges to reveal their white core before being stuck in place.

And here are a couple of close ups of the card so you can see more of the dimension and detail;

His eyes follow you around don't they! So that's it for my DT project (and additional tutorial) for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Be My Valentine?' Please make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have created for their Valentines and remember to link up your own projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I have some shows coming up at the weekend (details on my sidebar) so it's back to the craft room to prep for those.
For now take care of yourselves and go have fun! Jenny xxx


  1. He's such a strong image Jenny, who wouldn't believe they were loved with his eyes that follow and that pointy finger. Superb composition, a fantastic message we all need to know daily.. Hugs from Tracey xx

  2. Loved seeing how this came together Jenny, fabulous background and amazing image that fits perfectly with the hearts xxx

  3. A M A Z I N G !!! Thanks for the blow by blow, made me appreciate the composition even more !!!

  4. What an awesome way to use the tough guy! Brilliant take on the valentine's challenge! Can't wait to see what story you cook up for him in the future.

  5. Fabulous, inspiring and a terrific step by step . Love the background and the red hearts against the black textured tiles - a dramatic touch and an ideal backdrop for 'The Boss' aka Mr Valentine .
    hugs x

  6. Fabulous. I love how you did the background with the torn tissue wrap. Also love how you made him pop with the layers. His eyes do follow you and reminds me of a portrait I saw a couple years ago in an antebellum mansion in Mississippi - it was eerie but very cleverly painted.

  7. Hehehhe - well Jenny - if that man can love from the heart.... the recipient would definitely feel secure and protected - heehehehhe!!! I love this because it's unique and different!! Made me smile big!!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Xj.

  8. This is fabulous and loving the layers and textures. Great image to use too.
    Linda xxx

  9. I love this beautiful background, and the contrast between the dramatic guy and the message.

  10. What a brilliant Valentine card! Love the way you made the background (you have given me an idea for using up some of the papers I 'discovered' while having my BIG tidy!) Chrisx

  11. He does look like a pretty tough character! I love the black stencilling behind him and those two beautiful red hearts stand out beautifully against the wonderful background you created. I love Mr Valentine! Anne xx

  12. I adore this to bits...love the MAN!!! You made this Valentine extra special!

  13. What a fabulous Valentine Jenny x love the background and the terrific guy x very cool!!
    Tfs and hugs
    Annie x

  14. I think this card is hysterical. I love it.

  15. This has such a great comic book art feel to it, Jenny! I love the colors you chose to work with. I would never think of using them on a Valentine, but they are perfection. The background is gorgeous with all the texture and dimension. And I don't think I would mess with Mr. Valentine! Thanks for the great tutorial! xo

  16. Utterly love this Jenny. I love the 3 dimensional-ness and the entire card is just too cool for school! <3


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