A Box of Chocolate Truffles for My Valentine (February, 2016)

Yesterday, while out for a walk I pondered what else could I do as a Valentine's tag?  I felt like I had maximized as much as I could for Valentine's Day.  But, there was one more tag I needed -- a tag for my Valentine.  Something to go with the box of truffles he was going to get on Sunday.  Saturday and early this morning I worked on my Box of Truffles for my beloved and my tag. A lot of spraying and spritzing went on for this tag.

I am entering this tag into two challenges since both challenges figured into the making of this tag:

I am very lucky to have snagged my smart, amazing, funny, handsome, and supportive husband.  I love him with all of my heart (minus the little pawprints of our boys) and I hope to share many more Valentine's Days with him (over two decades so far....).  He literally means the world to me.  I thank my lucky stars every day to have him by my side.
Enjoy the truffles!  Happy Valentine's Day.

The process for the tag follows the photo as well as the products I used.

A Box of Chocolate Truffles for My Valentine (February, 2016)

I started off with a #8 manila tag.  I used the Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp #241 and stamped the tag using Ranger's Plum Archival Ink.  Next, I sprayed the tag with Dylusions Funky Fuchsia and Crushed Grape Spray Inks.  Once the tag was dry, I sprayed the tag with Perfect Pearls Grape Fizz Spray.  After the Perfect Pearls layer dried, I used the Tim Holtz Flourish (#32) stencil and Finnabair Texture Paste (Copper Crackle) and stenciled on the image.  I let this air dry over night.

While the tag was drying, I worked on my truffle box.  I used the new Tim Holtz Vignette Panels and Boxes (smallest size) and wrapped it in the new Tim Holtz Deco tape (Gold).  I had to use some Wonder Tape to hold down the edges as the tape did not want to stick very well to the wood.

Next, I worked on the flower.  I'm not very good at flowers -- I've tried many times before with little success.  I figured I would give it a try one more time.  I used the new Tim Holtz plain tissue paper and stamped the Ledger Stamp on the tissue paper in the Plum Archival Ink.  I then folded the piece into quarters and used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Tattered Florals die and cut out the flower.  The internal portion of the flower uses a small wooden ball to create the center.  Each one of the flower pieces were sprayed and were combined as every other layer.  One layer was sprayed with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain Tea Dye and the other was Tim Holtz Spray Stain Shaded Lilac.  Each layer was then sprayed with Perfect Pearls Grape Fizz Spray.  When the individual pieces dried, I glued the flower together.  I used a total of 12 layers.  Every other layer is the opposite color of tissue paper.

I cut out the "i love you" using the Lawn Fawn die cut.  I cut out two layers in a purple color paper and then the top layer was cut using red glitter paper.  I glued all three together.  I wanted the purple in case I didn't quite get the lineup right.  It's a very delicate cut.

The messy part was creating the truffles.  I colored Texture paste with Tim Holtz Spray Stains using Walnut Stain and Tea Dye to get the right "chocolate color."  To be honest, I wasn't sure it was going to work.   I used wooden beads as the base for the truffle and rolled the bead in almost dry texture paste.  After I colored it I spread it on my craft mat to allow it to dry.  Once it was the right consistency I created the truffle by rolling the bead and the texture paste in my hand much like you would do with cookie dough.  I dipped each truffle in Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy to give the "sugar on top" look.  I let them sit so they could dry.

I cut a piece of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper and colored with with Wilted Violet Spray Stain.  I then cut it to the size of the bottom of the box.  I glue it to the bottom of the inside of the box and then glued the truffles in place.

For the top of the box I die cut a Cupid from the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Love Struck set.  I embossed the Cupid image with Ranger's Magenta embossing powder.  I cut out two glitter hearts using the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Heart set.  I cut out a red glitter heart using the Tim Holtz small heart punch.  I put the small red glitter heart in a Tim Holtz heart charm.  I pieced it all together and glued it to the top of the vignette panel.  I added a May Arts Curly Ribbon (Fuchsia) bow to the top of the box.  An arrow was added as well.

I then glued the box to the tag, the top of the box to the box, added the I love you die cut to the side, and finished it off with a Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain colored ribbon.

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