Over at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks our challenge is Romance. With it being February and Valentine’s Day soon, I hope that you are in the mood for Romance too, it would be great to see you there!

My Design Teamies have created some amazing pieces to inspire you so please pop over to our blog and take a look. Today my page is a vintage gothic style, designed with romantic hearts and a wire garland of red roses (grin!).

I started by covering the page with scraps of teabag, brown tissue paper and also white tissue paper which I had stamped whilst designing previous pages using either black or red ink; I often find stamping some images on tissue paper helps me position them on my pages easier and decide on the design before I stamp them directly onto the page. Then I stamped some lovely lace filigree hearts by Penny Black using black Archival Ink and I added some pieces of red and also black washi tape both of which had a rose design on them, and also some pieces of black decorative lace border tape. Next I covered the page with Pébéo white gesso and once dry I applied some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, as well as Dark Sepia and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush markers around the edges of the page using my finger to blend out the colour. I scribbled some Iced Rosé, Iced Currant and Iced Chai Faber-Castell Gelatos over the edges of the page too and then smudged the colour using my finger again which I wet with a baby wipe. Then I added some more white gesso to tone down the colours to give a worn and distressed look and stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and also Black Archival Ink. The word “Romance” is die cut from some pretty textured paper from a Halloween paper pad by Tim Holtz using a Docrafts alphabet Die set and my Big Shot machine. I edged the wording with a Black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker so it stood out more from the background and then cut two strips off either side of the die cut paper and arranged them all on the left-hand side of the page using a glue stick.

I also cut out a heart shape from the Tim Holtz paper and I added some more lace filigree hearts using the Penny Black stamp and back Archival Ink and stuck the paper heart in place using a glue stick. The left-hand side of the paper columns and heart are edged using a black Derwent Inktense pencil and then I arranged some rose garland wire over the top using Ranger Glossy Accents to stick it in place. To finish, I threaded some of the wire through a metal key and added it to my page.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing this romantic Valentine’s dessert from Lytham Hall; it is so pretty with the white teacup which is filled with a chocolate cupcake and topped with pink icing and the dark chocolate wording! It almost looks too good to eat – Happy T day!


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:

As I included hearts as part of my design, I’m happy to join the Your Hearts Desire challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my romance inspired Vintage and Mixed Media Style page.

Over at The Artistic Stamper, their challenge is Heart It! so I’m pleased to join this challenge too with the stamped and paper hearts on my page.

As my page is black, white and red I’m also joining the Black & White Plus One challenge over at Country View Challenges.

I’m also joining in the Add Some Red challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the red roses that I added to my page.

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my romantic art journal page too.

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
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Iced Rosé, Iced Currant, Iced Chai)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Black 2200)
  • Penny Black Stamp Set (Clearly In Love 30-009)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Leftover pieces of stamped teabags and tissue paper
  • Tim Holtz paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • The Range (Rose Garland, Key Embellishments)
  • Michael’s (Washi  Tape x 2)
  • Poundland (Decorative Border Tape 77513)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Pritt Stick

34 thoughts on “Romance

  1. Wonderful page which brings back nice memories for me. My great auntie Fanny had a black and white flocked wallpaper in her living room, with little roses in between, this reminds me of it. Your romantic cup-cake looks great, I hope you managed to eat it even though it was so pretty. Happy T Day, Valerie

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  2. Gorgeous card Jo 🙂 I have been here ages admiring this and reading about how you made it, the heart design is stunning, it really looks as though it is velvet flocked! (my lounge curtains are a very similar design ;-)) totally love this!

    The stamping on tissue paper to help with positioning is a great tip! 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Lols x x x

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  3. What a beautifully muted effect you’ve achieved, Jo. This is gorgeous and your usual attention to detail is wonderful. Love the tape and the contrast it brings. That’s a nice heart stamp and I’m not really into hearts, lol.
    Cath x

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  4. A gorgeous page Jo. I love the black lace hearts and the way you wired the beautiful roses. You created a perfect background as well.
    The teacup dessert looks delicious and romantic, did you get to taste one for yourself?
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Beautiful. I like the Goth look and the break from the traditional white lace, red, and pink. The cupcake is awesome. I love the crimped teacup as it looks just like cupcake papers. Happy T Day

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  6. Beautiful page, Jo. Red, white and black is such a classy combination. I love how you attached the key with wire.

    That cupcake – wowsers! It sure beats my pretty plate of crème brûlée (grin).

    Flan (crème caramel) is very popular in Mexico. Crème brûlée is unusual. So it was a special treat.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  7. I was by earlier, but my computer had a meltdown. Actually, it was my keyboard. I rebooted twice and it still didn’t work. I hit every F key to see if that would help, then rebooted again and am finally able to see this gorgeous entry. Before, all I got was 20%.

    I love the way you entwined the heart with wire and a key. Lovely use of the tea bags and stamping, too. Great attention to detail, Jo. Romance is truly in the air.

    I adore this cupcake tea cup. That is such a great way to share T this Tuesday. I love the look and I would probably not be able to eat it until it got too old (grin)! Thanks for this photo.

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  8. I’m a little late getting around to blogs, but that inspiration sweet is amazing and it sure inspired you in a fantastic way. I love your page Jo. You did the gothic style the best way, not skulls but the stunning black and red. I really like it. I hope it was a great T day and you got to enjoy one of those yummy looking desserts too. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Stamping has never worked out well for me, and I have given it up as a lost cause lol, but yours is lovely. I like this page design and the colors you chose 🙂 That’s an interesting cup the cupcake is in. I’ve never seen one scalloped like that. Happy late T Day


  10. WWoowww, this is a GORGEOUS Art page Jo !! I´m in love with this big and wonderful heart !! Really amazing page, the background is wonderful, the stamped little hearts, the laces, the design !! Congratulations ! it´s fantastique !
    I wish you a very nice afternoon,
    big hugs, Caty

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  11. This is outstanding, so dramatic in the black and red. That’s a good tip about the tissue paper stamping. The names of the Gelatos are mouth-watering, they must be fun to use too. The little red hearts give a wonderful jump of colour and everything goes together so well (because you made it do that!). I really like this.

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  12. A fabulous romantic page Jo, The black gothic heart and rose garland really pop against your lovely distressed background. Love the look of the Valentine cupcake, and as you say, looks too good to eat, but then again……….I think I certainly would.
    Have a great week. Avril xx

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  13. Hi Jo x Its lovely to have you hop on again over at A Vintage Journey Your Hearts Desire challenge x This is a stunning make and I love the background as well as that focal heart x Gorgeous details x
    Best Wishes
    Annie CG x

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  14. Such opulence Jo, those red roses really add to it’s romance and look divine against those dark hearts. Reminds me of a Victorian parlour. So glad to see this shared over on the Paperbabe challenge. I adore it. Hugs Tracey xx

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