Valentine’s

To celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow I created this art journal page and I used my winter window display as inspiration too as it looks so pretty with the red hearts and white snowflakes (double grin!).

Over at Try it on Tuesday, our current theme is Love is in the Air (think Hearts, Valentine’s Day, Love etc) and there is still another week to join in the fun, so it would be great to see you there!

I started by covering the page in a thin layer of Pébéo white gesso in preparation for the Faber-Castell Gelatos that I added next. Once dry, I graduated the Gelato colours using Iced Currant around the edges of the page then Iced Rosé then Metallic Icing in the centre using a sponge to blend them. Next I stamped some bars of music and a scroll border from Penny Black and also an “I Love You!” stamp by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink. I stamped my favourite circle and heart design from Sugarloaf Inc. using a VersaMark watermark stamp pad and covered it with white Stampendous embossing powder making sure any excess powder was removed using a paintbrush. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the stamped images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder melted to a glossy finish and became smooth and dimensional. Then I used some silver metallic rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel to add the “Forever & Ever” and “Love” wording and also some hugs and kisses. For my snowflakes I used a trio snowflake die from Tonic Studios and some recycled white card. They are stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and I finished them using some pretty glitter and silver snowflakes and also some sparkly jewel stickers. For the small hearts, I used a paper punch from Tonic Studios and some recycled red card and stuck them in place using the matte gel medium again. The cupid heart and postcard are from a card making kit by Docrafts and are stuck in place using double-sided tape. I also added an “I Love You” sticker to the postcard which is by Graphic 45. The chalkboard heart is a tag and I tied a red piece of leather into a bow and added our initials which are foam sticker letters. I coloured the letters using red Stickles in the centre and then edged them with silver Stickles using a very steady hand (grin!). I added three red hearts, to the focal images, which are punched from the same red card using another paper punch from Tonic Studios and also some more sparkly jewel embellishments to the background which finished the page.

I love our Valentine’s window display this year; it looks extra special with the lovely winter decorations that I made and the beautiful “G” and “J” initial decorations that were bought for us for Christmas.

The red hearts and white of the decorations and snowflakes look lovely together and the snowflakes seem even more relevant as we have snow forecast for this week too (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m also sharing his and hers hot chocolates – normal  hot chocolate for hubby and white hot chocolate for me (grin!) – Happy T day!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs like Try it on Tuesday as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Moo Mania and More and their Valentine’s challenge.

As I included red on my page, I’m also joining the Roses are Red (use the colour Red) challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m pleased to be able to join Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their It Must Be Love challenge with my Valentine’s inspired art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the Photo Inspiration challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Iced Currant, Iced Rosé, Metallic Icing)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Script Metallic Pen (Silver)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood-mounted stamp (26645)
  • Penny Black Stamp Set (Clearly in Love 30-009)
  • Hampton Art Studio G clear stamps (VS4911)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 17920)
  • Red and white card (recycled Christmas cards)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Kisses and Hugs Silver #ROY790SV)
  • Docrafts Papermania 6×6” Decoupage Card Kit (Victorian Valentine PMA169102)
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Place in Time 4500617)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Hearts Sider 830E, Classic Heart Sider 858E)
  • The Works (Chalkboard Heart Tags, Christmas Embellishments, Jewel Stickers)
  • Trimcraft Alphabet & Number Stickers (Glitter – Gold SCSTK013)
  • Ranger Stickles (Christmas Red, Silver)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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63 thoughts on “Valentine’s

  1. Wonderful journal page, love those vintage cupids in the heart. Your window decoration looks gorgeous, too, enjoy! Have a great day tomorrow with your dear hubby! I would have chosen the dark chocolate, too! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. What a beautiful uplifting post Jo – and really gorgeous journal page and decorations.
    It’s a bitterly cold wind here today – haven’t seen weather forecast but not surprised to hear snow due.
    Keep warm and snug, have a great day and wonderful day with your hubby tomorrow.
    Gill xx

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  3. gorgeous Valentine page filled with love, and an extra special day for you too. Love your themed window display-so cheerful and pretty. That little pitcher with the cakes is so charming! Thanks for sharing your chocolate treats too. Happy T day!

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  4. Sorry it posted before I was ready! I love all the mediums you used. Thanks for the detail. Maybe I will attemp something like that. Thanks for the invite to the Try it on Tuesday, (when you visited me). I will check it out! Happy T Day, and Happy Valentines Day. I do plan on doing a Valentine Day post.

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    • No worries! I’m so pleased you like my page and that you have joined in the fun at Trying on Tuesday, your teacup gifts are amazing 😁. I’ll be sure to check out you post tomorrow too 😀. Happy T Day and Valentine’s Day too! J 😊

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  5. the contrast of the snowflakes to the heartwarming rest makes this page very Special! of course this will always be a very Special day for both of you with all those memories ♥. celebrate it well and for now have a happy t-day:)

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  6. good morning, your page is so pretty, and I really love love your window display.
    Mmmm hot chocolate they both look dellicious-I am wanting a cup now- thank you for the invite to try it on tuesday for my hearts I was thinking the event was not for fibers
    we are warming up here now after the ice storm-hoping you do not get too much snow.
    Happy T Day

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  7. To celebrate Valentine’s Day you created a lovely art journal page! Your hubby must be happy tomorrow!
    Your window decoration is gorgeous! These his and hers hot chocolates are wonderful – and even hearts and stars ON the cups – must have smelled very well!
    Happy T Day!
    Rike xx

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  8. Your page is a feast for the eyes and so is your wonderful decoration Jo! Oh and how pretty these hot chocolates look ♥♥♥
    I wouldn’t mind the dark chocolate one.
    White chocolate is something I don’t like – don’t know why.
    You made me happy with linking this beautiful post to our Moo Mania & More collection dear Jo!
    Thank you so much!
    Happy T-Day my friend and have a wonderful rest of the week!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! The white chocolate was quite sweet and the dark chocolate bitter so we actually combined the two in the end and I have to say it was delicious …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely weekend, we were working at the annual beer festival so I’m hoping to catch up with everyone soon 😁. Happy T Day and have a wonderful week too! J 😊

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  9. Gorgeous work as always! I love the magic of embossing powder…that stamp is really cool too! overall a marvelous page, and your window display is stunning too. I love red and white! happy Tea/hot chocolate day! 😉

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  10. Such a wonderful romantic page Jo, the background looks wonderful, but it was that little angels heart that stole the show for me! How romantic hubby proposed on Valentine’s day :o)
    O hand I love your window display and of course thanks for adding this page to MMM! xxx

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  11. It is a gorgeous romantic page Jo and I can fully understand how this is a very special time of the year for you and your husband. Love is shining from the page.
    Your window display is beautiful.
    I think either of those drinks will be delicious, I’m sure you both enjoyed them.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Another lovely page, Jo. I’ve picked up many tips from you. I should tell you that I love the Liquitex heavy body acrylic parchment color paint you often use on backgrounds. I love the color! I was quite surprised at how different the heavy body is from my usual acrylic paints.
    Your Valentine tree and decor are wonderful!!! I usually put up a small tree for Valentine’s, but I didn’t get to it this year. So I’m enjoying your vicariously 😉
    Happy T-day and Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  13. I apologize. I would have been by sooner, but I ate something at dinner last night did did not set well and I got very ill. I’m still fighting whatever it was.

    I really was impressed with your journal page. I especially admired those background stamps. What a wonderful way to express your love for your husband, too.

    Your Valentine tree and window decorations are so special, and I love how you manage to put them out each year and add to the decorations in the process.

    I really enjoyed sharing both your white and regular hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday. I also liked the nonpareils, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art, your window decor, and your hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday.

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  14. I love that you always decorate for holidays with your window displays. I suppose I am lazy as I don’t want to put things up for such a short time. 😉 Your page is romantic. The vintage valentine’s image and the personalized heart are my favorite. So pretty, Jo.

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  15. I do love your Valentine’s page and how you personalized with you and your hubby’s initials. That makes it special. Your window display looks beautiful, and I love your heart and star mugs. They look like they belong together-like a mug couple. 🙂 Hope it was a great T day and Happy Valentine’s Day to you. Hugs-Erika

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  16. Your card and window display are so pretty, even if there is snow. Our snow is all gone and I”m happy about that. It’s still pretty chilly so the hot chocolate would be most welcome. Especially since I’m craving chocolate. Happy T day!

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  17. So FABULOUS!! Love your beautiful page and display!! You really set the mood for Valentine’s Day!! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “It Must Be Love” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

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  18. Oh your page is gorgeous. I love that vintage heart.
    What a lovely idea to do a window display for Valentine’s day. Very tastefully done.
    I think I’ll join you for hot chocolate!
    Happy Valentine’s Day
    and a belated happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  19. A beautiful page Jo and so romantic with the red hearts and little cupids and of course yours and hubby’s initials. The window display looks fabulous and the snowflakes are very apt – we’ve had ice, snow, sleet and very cold!
    Have a great day, Avril xx

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