Monday, January 18, 2016

Inspire Me Monday - A Special Treat for a Valentine

Hello Friends, How are you today? It’s Kathy from The Daily Marker and I am back for another installment of Inspire Me Monday.


 I am crossing my fingers that you will enjoy todays post. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my goal is to make it meaningful with a sweet treat for my loved ones. Chocolate covered pretzels are easy to make so I thought I would show you how I like to make them with a video today. 



You can also see the video here in HD. If you like the video a thumbs up is always appreciated :)


I wrapped the plastic baggie (gallons size) around the pretzels and taped the sides down to make tidy little bundles like you see here. 


Pre-cut card stock was scored and a window was die cut. 


I am not the measuring type so I took a quick snap of this in case you might ask and hope it helps. Usually I just sorta wing things. 


These pretty olives from the Olive & Oak Expanded stamp set will be turned into Valentine heart berries to decorate my packaging. 


Before I began I wanted to do a quick test to check my colors and to see if turning the olives into hearts would work. 


A fine tip Sharpie marker is Copic-friendly and doesn’t bleed. I drew a heart right on top of the olive and used a white gel pen to cover up the shading on the olive just above the heart.  


You can see how it the tip of the “olive” is white now and it makes it easier to see the heart. 
I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring since the packaging will probably go straight in the trash.  Add a line of brown on the leaves. 


Then... add some yellow on top of that brown line and adding more yellow to the other parts of the leaves.


Add some green...any green for that matter. 


Now it’s time to color mash with an "0". Go over the entire leaf with the zero and it will blend all of the colors. 


If you really want the image to pop and have more time trace over the image again with that sharpie marker. Add a white highlight line with a gel pen. Add a coat of glossy accents on the heart shaped berries when you finish them all. 


Since these are for my family I wanted to add some blue around the image to make it pop more. First I traced around the image with BG02 and traced around BG02 with B00. To fade out the line from B00 I traced one more time with a very light color or you could use the "0" but, I used BG0000. 
(read this to a non crafty friend and they will wonder what the heck you are taking about lol)

At first I was going to leave the circle open in the center but decided to add it. I like the way the sprinkles from the pretzels resembles a shaker card. Thanks for letting me share something that I enjoy doing with you today and have a great week.
Hugs, Kathy

18 comments:

  1. Oh, Kathy, what a fun idea, and I love the chocolate-covered pretzels with the sprinkles! Looks like you enjoyed the tasting - my mom always did they and made us giggle when she has to test it to see whether it was good enough for us - haha! I love how you've used this Power Poppy stamp and love the adorable wrapping that you made into a sort of shaker card. Sweet friend! Thanks for sharing today! Hugs!

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  2. Oh, Kathy, what a fun idea, and I love the chocolate-covered pretzels with the sprinkles! Looks like you enjoyed the tasting - my mom always did they and made us giggle when she has to test it to see whether it was good enough for us - haha! I love how you've used this Power Poppy stamp and love the adorable wrapping that you made into a sort of shaker card. Sweet friend! Thanks for sharing today! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl and I have to add so good of your mom lol. :)

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  3. These look SO yummy! I have never heard of pretzel 'rods'???? I must look to find these. Love how you made/packaged them. The "wraps" are SO CUTE! (Pinned it!)

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    1. Thanks Teresa and I hope you found some pretzel rods in your local store. :)

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  4. I love the oak and olive image and am inspired by the way you used them as a different image altogether.

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    1. Thanks Dottie and I am with you. I LOVE that stamp set too. :)

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  5. Really pretty bag wraps, so clever to change these cute buds to hearts!

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    1. Thanks Mellissa I do wish I made them stand out a little bit more. Maybe if I stamp it in a lighter color next time. :)

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  6. Great idea for Valentines day or any special holiday. Thanks alot for the video.

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    1. Thanks Denise and I am so glad you took the time to watch. :)

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  7. If I give something handmade to my family, they keep the packaging and sometimes ask if I want it back for a card. Got any ideas on how to reuse it? I love how you remade the Starbucks cup into a card last year!

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    1. Thanks so much!! That's awesome your family knows what does into the packaging. Do you mean how to reuse what I created? I would cut the sides off and make a shaker card out of the front panel. Hope this helps :)

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  8. This is awesome!! Your coloring is fantastic!! And I too love the sprinkles making it look like a shaker card!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thanks so much Berina especially since everyone on this blog is uber talented. Glad you liked the sprinkle shaker effect :)

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  9. You r so creative what a fantastic idea. The pretzel look delicious and of course the packaging is superb

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  10. I'm new to your blog and I'm loving what I see. This pretzel project is something I may try since you made it look so easy (I may try it with sticks for my granddaughters). And the packaging ... love it.

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