Love is in the Air Blog Hop

Love is in the Air Blog Hop featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up!

Love is in the Air Blog Hop

I am super excited to be joining in with Brian King and the Inking Royalty for the Love is in the Air Blog Hop!

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Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on “Love is in the Air”.  This is the best time of year to start planning your Valentine’s Day projects.  There are amazing, new products in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog – and NOW is the best time to get them.  We are excited to share our projects with you and hope they inspire you!

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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Jar of Love Card and Gift

I made a coordinating card and gift for my project today featuring the Jar of Love stamp set and delicious, delicious chocolates. It is, in fact, a miracle that I didn’t eat them all before they were decorated!

I find that making a tag is a lot like making a miniature card. If you can make a card, making a tag to go with it is easy; it’s just a little smaller. Then wrap the gift with some coordinating paper (and maybe put it in a cellophane bag) and you’ve got yourself a present, too!

Card and gift featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Fish in a Jar Directions

  1. Stamp the jar stamp from the Jar of Love stamp set onto a piece of watercolor paper with VersaMark ink. Use the large jar for the card and the medium jar for the tag.
  2. Sprinkle white embossing powder onto the paper, tap off any excess, then heat with a heating tool until the powder melts.
  3. Stamp the fish from the Jar of Love stamp set with Flirty Flamingo ink in the center of the jar.
  4. Color some Melon Mambo spots on the fish with a Stampin’ Write Marker.
  5. Use a paintbrush with fine point and just a tiny bit of water on it to dampen each part of the fish’s body. The tiny bit of moisture will be just enough to blend the edges of the two colors together.
  6. When that is dry (you can use you heat gun if you get impatient like I do) color the water around the fish with a Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker.
  7. Use your paintbrush or Aquapainter with a medium amount of water to blend the Soft Sky areas together. This doesn’t strictly have to be dry before starting the next step. A little mixing is okay here.
  8. Color outside the jar and inside the empty parts of the jar with a Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker. Add water with a paintbrush or Aquapainter to blend the marker. This makes a watercolor wash look.
  9. Optional: Cut out your jar with the Everyday Jars Framelit Dies (this makes a great tag).
  10. To make hearts, draw alternating stripes of Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo on watercolor paper and add water to blend them. When dry, punch out hearts using the heart border die from the Everyday Jars Framelit Dies.

Tip: You don’t have to be perfect with watercolor! Watercolor looks awesome when it is more free and loose. In fact, I’m normally a pretty meticulous person, so I had to put in extra effort to make my edges uneven when I was painting these jars.

Card Directions

  1. Create a Soft Sky card base.
  2. Cut a panel of Marina Mist 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Next, cut a piece of 3-1/2″ by 4-7/8″ (8.9 x 12.5 cm) striped Flirty Flamingo paper from 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper.
  4. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 3″ by 4-7/8″ (7.6 x 12.5 cm).
  5. Decorate your piece of watercolor paper using the Fish in a Jar directions above.
  6. Arrange the hearts so they look like they float out of the jar. Use your favorite liquid glue to attach these.
  7. Adhere the Marina Mist panel onto the card base.
  8. Dry fit the striped and watercolor panels together at slight angles to each other. Adhere the striped panel down.
  9. Pop the watercolor panel up on dimensionals for a little added depth.

Valentine card by Natalie Lapakko with Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up!

Gift Directions

  1. Cut strips of striped Flirty Flamingo 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper at 1-3/4″ (4.4 cm) wide. Wrap it around three Ghirardelli chocolates and tape it on the back to hold the strips in place.
  2. Wrap two chocolates in Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, as in step one.
  3. Slide the chocolates into a gusseted cellophane bag in an alternating pattern.
  4. Tie the top with a piece of Baker’s Twine. I colored Basic Black Baker’s twine (which is partly white) with my Flirty Flamingo ink pad so it coordinated with my project. Let it dry before tying it on to avoid getting ink smudges on the tag!
  5. Create a fish in a jar tag using the directions above. Punch a hole in the corner.
  6. Cut a piece of 1-3/4″ by 2-1/2″ (4.4 x 6.3 cm) Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper.
  7. Cut a piece of 2″ by 2-3/4″ (5 x 6.9 cm) Marina Mist cardstock.
  8. Use the Project Life corner punch to round the top corners of both tag layers.
  9. Cut the bottoms like a banner. To make a perfect banner every time, cut a slit straight up the middle, then cut up from each corner to the top of the slit.
  10. Punch a hole in the two tags and use the Baker’s Twine to attach the tags and the fish in a jar to the gift.
  11. Glue on a heart punched from Everyday Jars Framelit Dies.

Valentine gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up!

A Sweet Color Combination

This combination of light pinks and light blues is really sweet. I like having a mix of pink with other non-pink colors for a trendy take on a Valentine color scheme.

Color inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, and Marina Mist

Valentine card and gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jar of Love stamps by Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.

Materials

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Soft Sky (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Flirty Flamingo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Jar of Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers

Punches and Dies: Hole punch, Everyday Jars Framelit Dies, Project Life Corner Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Paintbrush or Aquapainter, white embossing powder, dimensionals, gusseted cellophane bag, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other Cards You Might Enjoy

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have an inspired day and happy stamping!

Happy stamping from Natalie Lapakko

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  4. Natalie Lapakko at Stamp Witch Blog <— You are here!
  5. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  12. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

36 thoughts on “Love is in the Air Blog Hop”

    1. Thanks, Jan, you’re so sweet! I wouldn’t even have a blog if it wasn’t for your words of encouragement and your suggestion that we always take photos of our cards! Thanks for being an awesome upline and mentor!

  1. This is such a fun card! Thank you so much for your detailed post. I know how much time that takes (mostly because I don’t normally put in that time) and I appreciate it! I just got this set after coveting it for a while but haven’t used it yet. Also, yay for hopping with the Royals!

    1. This is a super fun stamp set. I’ve made like three cards with it and I haven’t even touched the flower stamps yet! Or the fireflies! It really has tons of possibilities, especially for Valentine’s Day.

  2. very cute project. I love the way you watercolored the jar. This will make a fun valentine for one of my grandkids.

  3. Such amazing projects, Natalie! I adore the little fish and how you’ve paired the card with the tag and the candy wraps. Such beautiful colors – and I love your watercolor technique. I’m so glad you agreed to hop with our team for this month’s blog hop. Thanks!

  4. This is so cute! I love it. I think the Jar of Love set is so much fun. I love the detail and the little tag too.

  5. Brilliant watercoloring! I love the bold use of colors. Great combo of a card and tag which is a good class idea too. Thank you for joining Brian’s hop today…you made it even more amazing!

  6. I loved your card. I looked at the other cards, and I have to admit I like yours best. I love the feeling of the floating hearts bubbling up. I liked the colors too. I felt love from the card, versus just reading the words. Thanks.

  7. Great great project, Natalie. What a great combination of projects. I agree with Pam, this would be a great class. Thanks for hopping with us today.

  8. Terrific card and tag combo Natalie! I love to coordinate my cards with my gift packaging and this a great example. Fun and fresh.

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