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Valentine's Heart

Hi All,

I’m back! Thank you so much for all of your kind words and well wishes while I was in bed with the flu. I know many of you have recently had the flu – it’s not fun! So far 3 out of the 4 of us have had it – Courtney has so far escaped, and I hope it stays that way! The good news is that on my last day I felt well enough to place about 4 crafty orders, lol. That’s what happens when you have too much time on your hands. 🙂

I used a stencil, some water, and my Oxide inks to make this last-minute Valentine’s card. It was very easy to do, and fast! I used a simple stencil design so that I wouldn’t distract from my focal point, the heart. Here is a close-up:

Valentine's Heart

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Stay well!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Heart panel 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches 8.3 x 10.8 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Heart Duet Dies
Heart Duet Dies
SSS Extra Large Dots Stencil
SSS Extra Large Dots Stencil
Mom and Dad Icons
Mom and Dad Icons
Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide – Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide - Spiced Marmalade
Distress Oxide – Spiced Marmalade
Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber
Distress Oxide – Fossilized Amber
Micron Pens
Micron Pens
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
T-Square Ruler
T-Square Ruler
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 5:19 am


    It was great to see your card tonight come up on the screen and to read you are over the flu. That Tamiflu must have been a big help! I hope Courtney’s immune system continues to keep her well. It’s great that she’s avoided getting sick so far. The way you achieved the card’s background with Oxide ink and the stencil was pretty cool. I must give this a try. You make it look so easy but I wonder how I’ll manage. Please do take it easy so you don’t get a relapse. It’s all been said before but I’ll say it again… we won’t be going anywhere and just want you well. Just remember that!

    • wrote on February 15th, 2018 at 9:32 am


      Thank you, Connie. I actually had to get back on the couch Tuesday for a bit, but I’m feeling better again. This technique is actually quite easy Connie – I know you can do it. 🙂

  2. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 7:14 am


    Glad to hear you are well. I really like this card. Love the colours, stencil technique and the line to the heart. Very cute.

  3. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 1:48 pm


    Oh yes!! shopping for crafty stuff is the BEST MEDICINE!!! I’m so happy you are back on your feet and healthy.
    Love this sweet Valentine, I need to get me some of those Oxide inks, love how smooth they go on the paper.
    Big hugs, Darlene!! and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family.

  4. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 3:07 pm


    Yay for good health!!! 😺 I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Darlene! Hopefully Courtney will be able to keep avoiding getting sick. I really like this card–that background technique with the inks & stencil is amazing! It doesn’t even have to be for Valentine’s Day. This card could be just for general love any time of year. Hope you continue to do well. Like Connie said–take it easy! Happy Valentine’s Day! 😺 ~ Andrea

  5. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Carol Mac

    Happy Valentine’s Day Darlene! I saw someone else do this technique and I did it on water color paper and I think it looks better on Neena so I will try that next time. Glad you are feeling better! 😎

  6. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 7:03 pm


    So creative Darlene…thanks for sharing.
    Just wish the Oxide inks would go on sale. Do you buy a few at a time or a whole lot of them?
    Happy Valentine’s day to you and yours.
    So nice to see you well again.

    • wrote on February 15th, 2018 at 9:36 am


      Hi Dee. When they first came out, I bought 9 or 10. As the next ones release, I just buy a few of my favorites. In my most recent order I got just Salty Ocean. I think it’s good to start with at least one of each basic color, then buy the ones you think you “need” after that. If you can! 🙂

  7. wrote on February 14th, 2018 at 7:43 pm


    Great card…love that background technique…. Glad you you’re feeling better… 😊

  8. wrote on February 15th, 2018 at 12:39 am


    Glad you are feeling better! So far the flu hasn’t hit our house yet. (Knock on wood). Hope Courtney stays healthy. Great card! Will have to try the stencil and oxide technique soon.

  9. wrote on February 15th, 2018 at 5:11 pm


    Absolutely love this. So simple and so beautiful! Happy you’re feeling better!

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