Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hi all. I'm  Susan and this is  my first plunge into the world of blogs. I have been a Crafty person ever since I can remember, a gift I inherited from my mom who is a wonderfully talented crafter and seamstress. .
I decided to start now because of a challenge on the Hear 2 Heart blogs.  The challenge was to make a Tuxedo-Black and White valentine without any of the usual colors we associate with Valentines.
So I thought a bit for awhile, how could you do it without looking cheesy or morbid? Abut twenty minutes later, while looking at a picture of one of my favorite animals orca whales, it hit me...orcas are perfect for this one. So I grabbed a piece of blank paper and my pencil and started ī to sketch. After a while I had this going.
When the sketching wad finished I had this.

So that was it, I  was hooked on this. The first thing I had to do was make cutting patterns for the whales and their markings because I  don't have my Cricut yet  (I ordered it on Friday )  so everything had to be hand cut. But by the time I had that done and all the pieces cut and laid in place it was looking pretty good.
 I used clear roll-on adhesive tape to put the pieces on. That was the easy part.
in pencil very, very lightly so it will be easy to erase after your letters are dry for this card I chose, "With enough love to fill an ocean." Then I carefully traced over them with a black gell pen.

The reason I use gel pens because they give a nice even, deep color. But, they do take a little time to dry.
 Then I decided to say, "Let's swim through ĺife together.".

 Once all the lettering was dry I used a white eraser to erase the lines and any other pencil marks by dabbing the eraser on the marks. When that was done all I had to do was sign my work. I stamped my homemade fish symbol stamp (it's like part of my signature) on the back, signed and dated it.
I couldn't enter the challenge because I didn't have any Close To My Heart supplies to use, but I did have a blast making this card. I hope you enjoy seeing how it was made.

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