Filled With Love - Alternate Project - Masculine Valentine

The January Paper Pumpkin kit is so fun! But not so manly. Its pink, its sparkly, its got cutesy clips and a bow... Not your average guy's valentine, but I'm sure they appreciate that whatever they get, it comes with a lot of love!

How about another alternate idea? A masculine Valentine using the January Paper Pumpkin kit, Filled with Love. In *Manly* colors like brown and red! With Staples, and no bows. Ribbon, but no bows!

A Real Red cardstock base, with Early Espresso layer. The brown layer is embossed using the Banners Framelits (yes, if you turn them on the NON-cutting side, they will emboss. Or deboss? must look that up...) Covered in a fine brayering of Encore gold ink, then sponge distressed, the dark brown shows through where the Paper Pumpkin January 2015 Filled with Love heart outline stamp reverse-kissed the inked up cardstock.

Following me there? I em/debossed the banners - nested them all together on the magnetic platform, flat side down on the paper. Then I brayered gold ink over the cardstock. That gold doesn't dry fast (at ALL) so I sponged it and kind of rubbed the edges of the card off more than the banner section.
Then, I did --Not-- ink up the heart stamp, I just 'stamped' it onto the gold, where it lifted off the ink revealing the dark Early Espresso.

This card today, its allll backwards!!

I used one of the bag toppers from the Filled with Love kit, topped with some Early Espresso Seam Binding, a Real Red Cotton Ribbon snippet, and some of that 1/8 Gold ribbon I adore. The gold foil embossed heart from the kit is stamped in Early Espresso (Dark, right?! The gold masks it pretty opaquely!). I do have a (barely visible) banner from the kit stamped in gold (when will I ever learn) with one of the kit sentiments "You have my heart". And last, but not least, I used a dozen staples to hold that sucker in place!! LOL
Manly Staples. :-D

Can't wait to get the February Kit!!! I hope its as versatile and awesome as January! If you are a subscriber, the refill kit is available - hurry and order it, and you can add more sweet treats and cards to your Valentine's Day celebrations!

Happy Crafting!

Even if you miss February's Paper Pumpkin sign up deadline of the 10th, you can still sign up and enjoy next months kit! Paper Pumpkin also makes a nice gift - for yourself, or for birthdays, holidays, or just because you see someone could use the easy craft break. Everything you need is in the box. Gift wrapped even! A nice surprise for your crafty and Not So crafty peeps. Find out more details HERE
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