Hello everyone! Welcome to day #2 of the January release week for Newton’s Nook Designs! Today we are showcasing the adorable Darling Duos stamp set and the coordinating Darling Hearts die set.

I have two posts up today; if you are looking for the post for the Pretty Pink Posh 2nd Birthday Blog Hop, please visit this link.

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So for today’s reveal, I have created a set of Valentines that are easy to mass produce for sending to all your loved ones using both the Darling Duos stamps and the Darling Hearts dies.

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To create the backgrounds for my cards, I used Tim Holtz distress inks and ink smooshed the color onto my watercolor paper. Once I had ink smooshed my colors onto the background, I flicked on a bit of Heidi Swapp gold color shine to add some additional sparkle.

For those of you new to the “ink smooshing” technique, you’ll find it’s a very easy way to create beautiful watercolored backgrounds on your projects. I have a You Tube playlist on my channel (visit this link) or you can watch the entire playlist below:

My watercolor panels (a total of four) were die cut from a stitched rectangle die and I matted each of them on top of gold glitter cardstock.

I chose to use the birds from Darling Duos, but you could use any of the images included in this stamp set to replicate this design. I simply stamped them onto cardstock, colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut around the images with fine tip scissors and a craft knife.

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I then layered my birds (with foam tape) onto a vellum heart, which is die cut using the Darling Hearts set. The vellum heart helps soften the background around the birds and lets them pop off the background nicely.

Finally, to finish the cards off, I added a simple sentiment using the love die cut from the Darling Hearts set and cut four of them from glitter cardstock (one for each card in the set).

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These are very easy cards to make multiples of and I made all four of them in under an hour… perfect for making a few Valentines or even just a cute card set to give as a gift to someone!

 

MORE INSPIRATION, GIVEAWAYS & KEEP HOPPING

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s cards! If you’d like more inspiration using the Newton’s Nook January release, make sure you check out the card I posted yesterday for the reveal of our Hoppy Days stamp set; click on the picture to be taken to the post.

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Would you like to win the Darling Duos stamp set? This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

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Here’s how to win:

Comment on the Newton’s Nook blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, January 14th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 15th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs
Lydia Evans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Jess Gerstner
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Nina-Marie Trapani — you are here! :)
Kimberly Rendino
Yukari Yoshioka

 

PRODUCTS

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Copic Sketch MARKER BV02 PRUNE
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Copic Sketch Marker BV04 BLUEBERRY Blue berry
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Copic Sketch Marker BV0000 PALE THISTLE Purple Lavender
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Copic Sketch Marker BV31 PALE LAVENDER
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Copic Sketch Marker b60 PALE GRAY BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker RV000 PALE PURPLE Light Muted
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Copic Sketch Marker RV10 PALE PINK Pastel Light
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 WATER LILY Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker R85 ROSE RED Medium Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker R81 ROSE PINK Pastel
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Copic Sketch Marker Y000 PALE LEMON Light Yellow Pastel Subtle Cream
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Copic Sketch Marker Y21 BUTTERCUP YELLOW Light Pastel
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 YELLOW GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker YG0000 LILY WHITE
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Copic Sketch Marker E51 MILKY WHITE Cream
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Copic Sketch Marker E35 CHAMOIS Light Brown
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DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 GLITZY GLITTER Paper Stack Matstack MS-019-00052
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR 9×12 SHEETS 373091
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WORN LIPSTICK Ranger TIM21513
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC Ranger Spring TIM34957
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Ranger Perfect Pearls PERFECT PEARL Individual Pigment Powder PPP17714
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Heidi Swapp GOLD LAME Color Shine 00791
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711 9 x 12
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD Full Size me-900
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