Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chipboard Valentine Card & Frame

Happy Valentines Day, everyone! I wanted to show you the Valentine I made for my husband. It's a card that opens into a frame so he can keep it on his desk at work. I knew I wanted to use this sentiment from the retired SU! set Sage Advice. That set is still one of my favorites -- the quotes and the font are wonderful! The photo I used is one that was taken several years ago at my brother-in-law's house. My hair was shorter, and we were younger, but it's one of my favorite photos of Chris and me! :)

For this project I got out my much-neglected chipboard and had lots of fun with it! I used 4" chipboard coasters and SU! On Board chipboard. The coasters are held together with 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain tied through SU! Jumbo Eyelets. I used a Crop-a-dile to set the eyelets. The paper is Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar (I *love* that paper), and the cardstock around the photo is SU! Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip.

I adhered the paper to the chipboard and sanded the edges with a sanding block. I used Everyday Flexible Phrases on the chipboard "v", and I embellished with somedotted May Arts ribbon and half-pearls from the SU! Pretties Kit. To add some subtle color to the black & white photo, I simply colored over our sweaters with Prismacolor Pencils. I also added a little light pink to my cheeks, but it doesn't show up that well in the photo. I had seen Dawn Lusk do coloring on this photo in the Cornish Heritage Farms gallery, and I thought it was such a cool detail! She used Copics on hers, but I thought I'd try it with the pencils. Thanks for the idea, Dawn!

I am so happy with how this turned out!! I hope he'll love it as much! :) We don't have anything big planned for tonight -- we're going to get some carry-out and watch LOST downstairs after the kids are in bed. We try to have a "basement date" at least once a week -- sometimes it's the only time we have a chance to catch up with each other! With four children and a crazy schedule, we have to do the best we can! ;) I hope you have a great night -- thanks for stopping by!


Keri Lee Sereika said...

Soo sooo Sweet Christine!!!

My Paper World said...

A BEAUTIFUL project!

Carolyn King said...

Wow...AWESOME idea and beautiful job on this---I love it and i am sure he will too.

Have fun on your basement! We have one planned too!!!! (it is the easiest way with kids!)

Mercy said...

what a sweet project.....he is crazy if he doesn't love and appreciate this!

keep up the awesome work!

shel9999 said...

Awwww...this is so sweet, Christina! I'm sure your husband loves it!! What a cute couple! :)