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Anyways here are the details on what I did.
1. The background started with a piece of a manila file folder simply because I liked the vanilla color of it. I had already planned to use the transparency overlay on the page but now I needed to create the background that I wanted to show through the image. I then pulled out all my old dictionaries and poetry books and started looking for definitions for words about "love". (I also used, devotion, adore, affection, cherish, and desire.) Once I got a bunch of stuff cut out of the books I started collaging them in an interesting design. I even took some old book pages that had blank spaces on them and I pulled out my own pen and ink and hand wrote some of the words I chose to include in the collage.
2. After all the words and lines were glued down I stenciled some designs over some areas in pastel colors with rubber stamp pigment ink and a finger dauber. I also added a piece of vellum that was torn in a rough outline to match the couple and ran it through my Xyron and attached it to the back of the image. (This did 2 things..... 1st it made the image stand out a little more but still let the words show through and it also protected the printed side of the image.)
3. The shorter page background was simply a piece of scrapbook paper with postcards printed all over it.
I took a digital copy of a postcard I had scanned from a friends private collection and removed all the handwriting that was already on it in Photoshop. I then created my own little note on it and printed it out.
4. The pen and ink I fussy cut from some more scrapbook paper from Graphic 45 and attached it along with the postcard to the page. (The rose is from an old Better Homes & Gardening book I found at a garage sale.) I then took some Distress Stain in Pumice with a little Black Soot mixed in and brushed it around the objects to create shadows. The stamps along the edge are real vintage postage stamps that I snagged from my hubbies collection. (They are all poor quality duplicates and really not worth much.)