Good Saturday morning.  I have a fun Valentine card to share with you today.  I guess it doesn’t really have to be a Valentine but could be an “I love you” card for anytime. I have gone a little heart crazy this Valentine season and can’t seem to stop making heart flower gardens.  Today I took it step further and added heart flowers to the tree. I thought while I was making this project I would take a few step by step pictures to show how I create this kind of scene.

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 right

I started by coloring the tree with a green and brown Copic marker. 



I applied several tiny dots of glossy accents at a time to the leaves.


I used my QuickStik to pick up the tiny hearts and applied them to the glossy accents. The tiny hearts kept wanting to pick back up with the QuickStik so I held them in place with my leaf tool while I lifted the sticky tip away. This really is the perfect tool for picking up tiny pieces like the hearts.


When all the hearts were attached I turned the tree face down on my molding pad and delicately formed the hearts with my stylus to add dimension to both the hearts and the branches.


Here’s a close up view to show the lightly rounded hearts and branches. Just that simple step adds so much depth and interest to the hearts and branches.


I attached the fence to the front of my frame with ATG adhesive.


I created a heart garden using the same technique to attached the hearts to the grass stems as with the tree. I attached a small grassy border in front of it to give a clean finish.


I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the flower garden and attached it directly over top of the fence.


I attached mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the blue card base.


I attached very thin strips of mounting tape to the trunk of the tree so it could stand free away from the blue background.


I tucked the tree in behind the fence line.  I added popped up clouds in behind the tree and then attached rolled glue dots to a couple of branches to secure the top of the clouds. 

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 center

I can never resist using a few butterflies to add a few more pops of color and interest to the scene.

KC MEmory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 left

Before I finish I want to do a short review on the Sizzix Accessory, Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies.  I had heard lots of good things about this platform and since I do so much intricate die cutting I decided to give it a try. It definitely lives up to it’s reputation of securing the dies in place and I am thrilled to have it. It is important to note that this platform only works with wafer thin dies like Memory Box, Spellbinders and Impression Obsession and does not replace your regular Multi Purpose platform. You will still need it for embossing folders, Sizzlets, etc. 


I hope you enjoyed seeing the steps to create this simple fun and cheerful scene.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card Size:  5.5” x 4.25”   Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Papertrey White, Memory Box Water