Two Happy Valentine's Day Watercolor Cards Using Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

It’s Holly here today and I’ve got TWO fun valentines that are perfect for that special someone. For the first one, I’m using the Kiss Kiss stamp set and the banner from the Folded Gift Tag Die Set.


I started by creating a watercolor background with some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. I set that panel aside to dry and stamped several of the hearts from the Kiss Kiss set using some pigment inks from Mama Elephant. I heat set the inks with my heat gun on low and then I added the sentiments in the hearts with some Sweet Gelato Ink from WPlus9. You get a better result with a dye ink over a pigment ink. You can see on two of my hearts the sentiment isn’t as crisp, these are the ones I used the pigment ink to stamp with. I cut each of the hearts out and adhered them down the front of the panel using alternating with foam adhesive to give some dimension.


I die cut the banner from some White and stamped the sentiment from the Be Mine stamp set using the same Sweet Gelato Ink. I adhered the banner with some foam tape and added a few mixed pink sequins from Neat and Tangled. So cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day!


I started the next one by heat-embossing the lips and heart images using some white embossing powder onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I added some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and a few splatters of Black Soot Distress paint. I set that piece aside to dry naturally and then I die cut the heart from the Folded Sweetheart Die set. Then I stamped the XOXO in black ink and added some of the lips in the Candied Apple ink as well. If you haven’t tried stamping with your Distress Oxide inks give it a try, you get a great image every time. I adhered the heart to the background panel with some foam tape. 


I die cut the banner from the Folded Tag Die set  and heat embossed the "Happy Valentine’s Day" sentiment. Then I adhered the banner over the heart with some additional foam tape. I wanted to have a little pop of sparkle so I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I wasn’t sure about this card at first but I really like that pop of black! 

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Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!


DIY Cookie Bag + Folded Heart Tag by Holly // Homemade with Love Day #4

Hi everyone.. it’s Holly here today! I hope you are enjoying our Handmade with Love series so far. Today is day #4 and I created a tag to go along with some cookies I packaged up for a friend.

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I started by packaging the cookies (chocolate chip, YUM!!) into a cello bag and then I added the bag to a fun box from my stash with a velcro closure. Then I added some gold striped ribbon around the top. I liked the way the gold looked with the off white stripes so I went with some vanilla cardstock for my tag.

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I die cut the heart folded tag from the Folded Sweetheart Die Set from some vanilla card stock. I die cut the "thank you" from the Script Greetings Die Set from some gold glitter cardstock and some vanilla. Then I adhered the die cut over part of the heart so the flap was still able to open. On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Script Greetings stamp set in black ink. Then I stamped the lips from the Be Mine set in red ink.

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I adhered the tag to the large ribbon with some gold baker’s twine. There is some removable adhesive on the back of the "you" part of the script die cut to keep it closed but allow the recipient to open the note.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to join us tomorrow for day #5!


DIY Seed Packet Favors by Nicole // Homemade with Love Day #1

Good morning, friends!

I hope the sun is shining and the birds are merrily chirping wherever you are. We finally have some mild weather here in MA which means I have my flip flops out and ready to go. I'm so happy that spring is finally here today especially because this week my DT and I are hosting a Homemade with Love blog series! Each day a different member will be sharing a DIY project perfect for celebrating the spring season. I'm up first with these cute DIY seed packet favors that take no time at all but are oh so cute.

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I wanted to create something that was quick and simple with minimal supplies. I decided it might be fun to pick up some seed packets and decorate them for an unexpected gift idea. I chose a few of my favorite packets based on the pretty floral images they had printed on the front. I used the colors of the package as my palette for the rest of my design.

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Along the top of the packet I folded over a small doily and wrapped some thick jute around it a few times. I added a little banner tag that I stamped with a sentiment from my Bunny Hugs set. It works perfectly for this project doesn't it?! I also added a few paper tassels from my Folded Sweetheart Die Set. I don't use them enough!

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I'm super excited to see what the rest of the team has up their crafty sleeves. I already had a sneak peek of what's coming tomorrow and I have a feeling you're going to love it...stay tuned!

Happy spring!


P.S. I held this same series last year. See all the posts here!