Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes will be inspired by popular songs – the first is “I Think I Love You.” Our Blog Hop today is jam-packed with projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or that showcase love. How sweet is that?! We are excited to share our love-themed creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to Candy Ford at http://stampcandy.net/.

Here’s my card:

I Think I Love …… eclipse cards.

This isn’t the first eclipse card I’ve made and it definitely won’t be the last. There are a few tricks that will help make this rather simple technique even easier.  First, add a layer of thick cardstock to the back of the cropped letters to give them more stabilty.  In this case, I added some thick Whisper White cardstock to each letter and the heart. 

Second, it is much easier to use the foam adhesive strips than dimensionals.  Trust me, I learned the hard way and you just have to take my word for it.  Dimension is key to this technique, and two layers of the foam adhesive tape really lets the letters shine. This also helps to have more of the Fresh Fig base show through for each letter, which is another way to add dimension.  Mini-dimensionals were cut down into quarters and I used two layers of those tiny pieces on the thicker parts of the heart (are there really any thick parts to this heart?).

I Think I Love……… the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.

I am usually not a gold person, or a foil paper person, but this paper is gorgeous!  The colors work so well together and I used the Fresh Fig as the base and this DSP showcases all the fabulous colors from the stack.  I thought the lighter colors would blend in too easily.  The heart  is just the reverse side of these adorable hearts on the front.   I did have a difficult time deciding how to do the heart because I’d already had a huge eclipse fail using a detailed thinlet.   While working with those little, tiny pieces of mini-dimensionals took some time, the result is just what I saw in my head when I started creating the card.

I Think I Love…….ribbon and thread.

The Gold Metallic Thread is so fine I knew it would get lost on the card without a background to ground it.  Enter the Fresh Fig Finely Woven ribbon.  The ribbon is flat on the card and I wound the Gold Thread around the cardstock a few times.  Another tip:  this thread will fray.  I’ve found that it’s helpful to use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add a couple of drops of glue to the thread before I cut it, which will keep it from fraying.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at stampcandy.net

Have a Peachy day!

If you get stuck while hopping, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Louise Sharp at LouiseSharp.com
  6. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy