My Valentines

This year I started working on my Valentine’s Day cards much earlier than I usually do, which is good because they were complicated.  Even though they took some time they turned out super cute.  First is the envelope banner Valentine.

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Speaking of super cute, my new little cousin Luna Hazel is posing with her Valentine that I made for her.  I used the tiny envelope stamp that was in the Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts September 2013 kit  and stamped it on several 6×6 pattern papers. I used VersaMark to stamp the image because I wanted to heat emboss each envelope to add some shine and to make them not so flat.  I made a total of 25 tiny envelopes for other Valentines.  Then I cut them all out by hand…yes by hand!  I then cut two very short slits on each side of the envelope flap to make a hole wide enough to slide the scrapper’s floss through.  Scrapper’s Floss is made out of tightly twisted paper.  I like it because it is tighter and stays together better than baker’s twine or embroidery floss.  Once I put all the envelope on the scrapper’s floss, I attached the tiny banners to the Bazzill Bling Basics paper.  I embossed the card stock with a heart pattern embossing folder.  I used Zots at both ends to attach the envelope banner to the card.  Then I made mini bows out of Scrapper’s Floss and attached them with a small Zot.  I did not attach each envelope with a Zot; the Scrapper’s Floss is stiff so the envelopes did not more when on the floss.  I stamped “Thoughts of You Warm My Heart” in Going Grey on the pink banner and added a small heart in Melon Mambo.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Envelope stamp (Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts – Sept. 2013 Kit), Filled with Love (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: black, VersaMark, Going Grey & Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Others: Scrapper’s Floss (Karen Foster) and Zots.  

Next is my Valentine’s Day card for my parents.  

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First I embossed the background paper with a sprinkled hearts embossing folder.  I stamped LOVE with VersaMark and used a red glitter embossing powder to set it.  I punched out the inside of the “o” with a circle punch.  Inside the “o” I put a larger pink circle behind it.  To finish it off I added a white heart embellishment from a Studio Calico card kit.  I set it aside and worked on the heart stamped paper.  I used heart stamps from both Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter sets by Stampin’ Up.  The white stamped paper needed a pop so I added two stripes of pink card stock. 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Other: Scallop border punch (Stampin’ Up), heart embellishment (Studio Calico), and red embossing glitter.

Lastly is the card I made and sent to my close friends, this one also had a lot of steps to it and took me a while to complete.  Here we go…

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To make this card I started out with the jar and hearts part.  I stamped the jar in VersaMark, then covered it in black embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.  Next I found lots of white skinny scraps of paper (wide enough to punch a small heart out).  I looked through all of my spray mists to find colors that went well with each other.  I put all the white scraps in a box and sprayed them with the mists.  While they dried, I searched for pattern papers that went with the colors of spray inks.  The background paper  has an ombre pattern to it.  Since these Valentine’s were going to be mailed, I didn’t want to have to add extra postage due to their weight, so I cut the inside out of the background paper.  Then I used the white pattern paper on top of the cut out background piece.  Next I used the piece that was cut out of the background paper, I cut so it would fit on top of the white pattern paper.  Before attaching it to the white pattern paper, I used the outline heart stamp from the Hearts A Flutter set and stamped it in Pretty in Pink.  The outlined heart image added more detail to the card.  

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Now that I had all of the pattern papers cut to size and assembled on the cards, it was time to move on to the jars.  I carefully cut out each jar leaving a smell white edge.  Then I used an exacto-knife to cut two slits on the top of the jar.  If you look at the jar in the picture above there is a heart that has been slipped under the jar’s lip.  I wanted the hearts to look like they were coming out of the jar, therefore I had to cut the jar’s lip so I could slip a heart under it.  I had to wait for the scraps to dry overnight, so that I could punch the heart out without the paper ripping and jamming the punch.  The next day when the paper was dry, I used a small heart punch and punched out lots and lots of small sparkly hearts.  Before I attached the hearts to the jar, I layered them on the jar arranging them neatly in a small pile.  I moved the hearts around to make them look like they were sitting filling up the jar.  Once each heart had a place I adhered them with small double sided tape square.  I continued laying the hearts up and out of the jar on the card.  To finish the card, I tired a bow around the card, and added the “All You Need is Love” banner.  

Supplies Used: 

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter & All Wrapped Up (Stampin’ Up), “All You Need is Love” stamp (Amy Tangerine)

Inks: Calypso Coral and Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up), VersaMark

Other: Pattern Papers (SEI), ribbon, heart punch, glimmer mists: Alaskan Salmon, Vintage Pink, Cherry Limeade, and Mel’s Diner (Tattered Angels), Color Shines: Gold and Peach (Heidi Swapp) 

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  

~Kali