Blue Without You Valentine

By  Ann Clack 

size: 4"x9-1/4"


  • Cardstock: light denim blue; light plum; white; glossy white
  • Adhesive-backed gems, four each: small clear; large clear; small pink, one
  • Ribbon: purple grosgrain; sheer blue/white dot; sheer plum; sheer lavender/plum dot
  • Silver cord


  • Stamps: Three Dancing Hearts; Love
  • Ink pads: Denim Adirondack; Black StāzOn
  • Dye ink sprays: Denim and Wild Plum ColorWash; Sapphire Ultra Color Wash Jewels
  • Stipple brush
  • Colored pencils (not watercolor)
  • Odorless mineral spirits
  • Blending stumps
  • Craft punches: Ticket Corner Punch; Round Tab; 1" Circle
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cling/Scrunch Background
  • 1. Spray glossy white cardstock with assorted dye ink sprays; watercolor sprays, re-inker sprays, or walnut ink daubers may also be used as desired for different effects.
  • 2. Spritz inks a few times with water.
  • 3. Cover wet ink with large piece of plastic wrap and scrunch with fingers to create ridges; let dry completely. Peel off wrap to reveal background pattern.
  • Colored Pencil Blending
  • 1. Stamp white cardstock with black hearts image; stamp again, overlapping first image.
  • 2. Outline inside of each image using several coordinating colored pencils.
  • 3. Touch blending stump tip to mineral spirits; do not allow tip to become too wet. With light pressure, push blending stump back and forth over pencil line and pull color toward image center.
  • 4. To clean blending stump between color changes, sand with emery board or sanding block.
  • Card
  • 1. Cut blue cardstock to 8"x9-1/4"; score and fold in half. In addition, cut 2-3/16"x4-7/8" blue piece.
  • 2. Cut background cardstock to 3-1/2"x8-3/4". Use circle punch to punch quarter-circle from each corner. Mat inked piece on plum cardstock; see Techniques.
  • 3. Wrap lengthwise center of layered papers with purple grosgrain ribbon and silver cord as shown; knot at left end. Cut and tie shorter ribbon lengths around purple ribbon as desired. Adhere papers to card.
  • 4. Punch tab from white cardstock. Stipple tab Denim; see Techniques. Ink edges and stamp "love" black. Adhere tab to side of blue cardstock rectangle cut in Step 1; adhere rectangle to card.
  • 5. Trim stamped image to 2"x4-3/4". Use ticket punch to clip corners. Adhere stamped block to blue rectangle over tab. Adhere gems to card corners, heart panel corners, and to one heart as shown.
  • 6. Add computer-generated, stamped, or rub-on sentiment to inside of card: "I'm blue without you, Valentine!"