Well, you may find it ridiculous that I am still posting Valentines. I am posting Valentines because I am still making Valentines. Yes, they are overdue, but is it ever too late to tell someone how much you love them?
This particular Valentine is for my dear 10 yr old son, Will. He is fascinated with Japanese culture. He borrows my Kanji set whenever he wants to stamp something. He also likes red and black. The stamp I used is from the Kanji set and it means "love". I used the Cuttlebug folder to look like old stitching, as if it were a part of an old tapestry. I used some chalks (Stampin' Pastels) and the distressing tool to add to the aged look. The brown (Close to Cocoa) strip is stamped with the Rough Texture Jumbo wheel. I did my best to imitate an Oriental coin. It is the faux metal technique. Ink an area of cardstock with VersaMark, then emboss with gold embossing powder. While the powder is still warm coat with more embossing powder and re-heat emboss. Repeat one more time. While the melted powder is still warm press a stamp inked with VersaMark (Circle of Friendship-hugs and kisses stamp) into it. Wait a moment and remove. It the impression is not satisfactory, reheat and then either restamp or add more embossing powder, reheat, then restamp. I then punch the center out with a .25" square punch and then punched out the "coin" with a 1.25" circle punch. The "coin" is wrapped with red hemp twine and adhered to the back with glue dots.
I really am pleased with the way it turned out! I think my little guy will, too.