I have created a Valentine for the "king of my heart," my husband of 41 years, for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend. We are childhood sweethearts, although not quite as young as the kids in this picture. Hey, maybe Bonnie Krebs, the incredibly talented owner/creator of Ai can make us some adult stamps. Anyway, back to how I made this card. It was my fourth attempt which I finally decided to use. I'm a little rusty after not playing with my stamps for several weeks. I hope you recreate this card for your sweetheart and tag me in it so I can see. I'm sincerely flattered when my stuff inspires others to try it. First, stamp the bench from the 5055 Sitting Places Set inked only on the outer sides in first the brown 969 Tombow pen, then the blue 565 pen and stamp it off onto scratch paper first so it's not too dark. I used Canson Watercolor Paper. You can use a pencil and a ruler to put the lines back in the center of the bench after you stamp the kids on it. I barely pulled the color out of the lines of the bench so it would look white. Use a stamp positioner to stamp the little boy from the 5054 Little Boys Set inked in the 969. Stamp the crown from the 5390 Mini Accents Set inked in 993. I used 993 and some 947 to color his hair. I used Marvy 101 tropical for his overalls and 565 for the pockets, tab and cuff. I used Marvy 30 rosewood for the skin. Use the stamp positioner to stamp the little girl from the 5053 Little Girls Set also inked in 969. Her hair is 969 and her overalls and both kids cheeks are Marvy bubble gum pink. Use the lamp post die from the 5363 Arbor Set to cut out the post from Canson Watercolor paper and use 565 to put a shadow on one side of it. Stamp the pot from the 4869 Small Container set inked in 969 and colored in 969 and 947. Use the heart flowers from the 5009 Mini Flower Set inked in 856 to create the flowers above the pot. Use the little foliage from that same set inked in 177 to create the foliage of the flowers in the pot. Ink the single stem flower from that same set 5009 in the 856 and 177 and stamp it like the little girl is holding it. Glue the lamp post after you cut off the lantern part, then stamp the grass from the 5007 Foliage Set 3 by it. Pull the color along the bottom. Use 526 to paint the heart cloud around the couple. Use the mini flower bunch from 5009 inked in 856 and 177 to put the flowers at the bottom of the bench on both sides. Paint a shadow under the bench with 565. I stamped the sentiment in Archival pink peony ink but I also took a Gelly Roll glitter pen to the sentiment, the crown, their eyelashes that I penciled in and the flowers. Use the 5063 Double Stitched Rectangle dies to cut it out along with a background piece. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
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