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Valentine's Day Good Fortune

Happy Valentine’s Day crafty friends, Ashley D. here!  We’re currently snowed-in under 3 feet of snow, school's are closed, and we're surviving western Washington’s Snowpocolypse 2019 the best we can.  So to say our Valentine’s Day is a bit different this year is an understatement, but were making the most of it.  It’s our special holiday - my hubby and mine’s first date 17 years ago, at a Chinese restaurant in really small town.  And from that day on, every year, whether together or apart, we’ve enjoyed Chinese food on Valentine’s Day.  It’s our little tradition.  So when Lawn Fawn introduced fortune cookies for their annual birthday stamp last year, I knew I just had to have it!  Obviously, I’m a sucker for Chinese food themed stamps and these Year Eight cookies don't disappoint!  They also coordinate perfectly with the sadly, now retired, Lawn Fawn Good Fortune set.  

Back in 2013 when Lawn Fawn introduced Good Fortune, I spotted the most darling card by the super talented Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love.  And ever since I’ve wanted to make my own variation, so here we go!  To begin this card I stamped several images from the Lawn Fawn Year Eight, Good Fortune, and Let’s Roll sets in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them with Copic markers – cookies (E41, E31, E33); soy sauce (W5, W7, E49, BG000, R02, R05); and take-out box (N1, N5, R02, R05).  I also stamped a second take-out box for the flaps, and three of the pizza toppings from Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart set to act as Chow Mein ingredients.  I also colored them with Copic markers – carrots (YR15, YR04); celery (YG13, YG17); mushrooms (E41, E43).  

I die cut the cookies, fortune paper, and the soy sauce bottle with the coordinating dies (Year Eight Lawn CutsLet's Roll Lawn Cuts, and Good Fortune Lawn Cuts) and fussy-cut the take-out boxes, chopsticks, and toppings.  To make the box appear open, I followed Damask Love’s awesome idea and cut the second box top apart and glued them on each side of the first box.  This is super easy and all the instructions can be found here on Damask Love's post from March 2013.  For a more finished look, I ran a Copic N5 maker along the white exposed edge of the cut box flaps.  

To create the Chow Mein, like Amber, I also used yellow baker’s twine, and glued it all down with Lawn Fawn’s new Glue Tube.  It dispenses just the right amount and dries completely clear.  To make the single strands stick, I ran a bit of glue along the piece of twine with my fingers and stuck it down.  I also wrapped a few strands on the chopsticks too.  Once dry, I topped the Chow Mein with the various veggies, also with the Lawn Fawn Glue Tube.  For a finishing touch, I highlighted the colored images with a Gelly Roll 08 gel pen.  

To set the scene, I distress ink-blended a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and splattered a bit of white Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint (#10).  I then die cut it with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables (3.75”x5”) and layered it onto a piece of Paper Source Persimmon cardstock, leaving a 1/16” border, and then onto a white A2 cardbase.  Finally, I glued the fortune paper to one half of the open cookie and added all the stamped images with foam adhesive for added dimension (except the soy sauce, and crumbs).  

I stamped a cheeky sentiment in Distress Oxide Barn Door ink from the very old, now discontinued, Paper Pretties Flirty Fortunes set, and die cut it with Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners, snipping off the edges to make it rectangular.  If you like this sentiment, it would be easy enough to create your own with an alphabet stamp.  For a final bit of sparkle, I added red and white iridescent rhinestones from the Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Jewels Mix.  And as a last minute addition, I added a little pop of steam in grey ink from Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte set, cut with the coordinating die.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  We'll be staying in this year!


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