Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3 Valentine Cards

Here's an elegant Valentine's card that I made using only two ink colors and three card stock colors, Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy, and Very Vanilla. (You could use Early Espresso instead of Not Quite Navy for a completely different look). I started with a 12 X 12 sheet of Not Quite Navy and cut a rectangle that was 4.25 by 12. Score that in half (6 inches) and fold to get a card that is 4.25 by 6 inches and opens at the bottom. Cut a 4.25 by 5.5 rectangle of Very Vanilla. Use Rich Razzleberry and a large background stamp to create the background. I used a retired stamp with the definition of love on it. I think the En Francais background stamp would give you a similar look.
Next, cut a rectangle that is 4.35 by 2 inches out of Rich Razzleberry. I used the Scallop Edge Trim punch to create the decorative edge. The Pinking Hearts Border Punch would look really cute with this card or the Scallop Trim Border Punch would work beautifully as well. Glue it on leaving a half inch or so of Navy at the bottom. Next use the large heart from the "A Happy Heart" stamp set and Rich Razzleberry ink onto Very Vanilla card stock. Trim around the heart leaving a small border. I "edged" the heart with Not Quite Navy ink to make it stand out a little bit. Using the 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Circle Punch, cut a circle out of Not Quite Navy card stock. To make the paisley circle, I used a paisley background stamp with Not Quite Navy ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and punch it out with the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch. I also used some Not Quite Navy Stampin' Pastels chalk with a sponge dauber to soften the brightness. Other stamps you could use that would look pretty on the circle are: Delicate Doilies, Parlor Prints, or Fine Flourish. Glue the stamped circle onto the scalloped circle. Adhere the scalloped circle and the heart as shown. I used the Small Heart Punch with Rich Razzleberry card stock to make the little heart. Tie 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in Not Quite Navy around the card where the Rich Razzleberry meets the Very Vanilla background with a square knot. Trim the ends at an angle to prevent fraying. Lastly, stamp the words "Love you" or "I love you." Mine came from a hostess set that is no longer available. The "Be My Valentine" stamp from the Delightful Dozen stamp set would be a good alternate. If you go with the French words on the background you could use the word "Amour" from the Clearly for You stamp set would be the perfect compliment. Lastly, use Dazzling Details glitter glue to add some sparkle to the small heart and set it aside to dry.
Here's a good valentine's card for kids or tweens. It uses the Best Bots Forever stamp set. Create a card that opens at the right and measures 4.25 by 5 using Whisper White card stock. Next stamp the robots using Basic Black ink in whatever combination of parts that you want onto a 2 by 2 inch square of Whisper White. I used one boy robot and one girl. Be sure to space them out a little so there's enough room to put the heart between their hands. Adhere that to a 2.5 by 2.5 inch Basic Black square. Next, glue the square onto pink cardstock that is at least 3/4 of an inch larger on all 4 sides. Carefully
tear the edge of all 4 sides to get a beautiful torn look as shown. I used a cheaper card stock that had a white core, which gave it the two-toned white and pink look that you see. You could use solid core paper in pink shades such as Melon Mambo, Rose Red or Regal Rose. You could also use red shades such as Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobler, or Real Red. Whatever color you choose, stamp the small heart image onto the same color paper using Basic Black ink. Cut it out very close to the lines and glue it spot between their hands. You could also use Stampin' Dimensionals or pop dots to make it stand out and give it some dimension. Stamp the BBF, Best Bots Forever stamp with Basic Black ink onto a small Whisper White rectangle and trim it out leaving a small border. Adhere it to the card at the bottom right, overlapping the pink slightly as shown. Put a silver paper clip on the top left, and tie a small black ribbon in a bow. Lastly, use Dazzling Details to add sparkle glitter to the heart and set it aside to let it dry.
This card uses a lot of punches...6 in all and stamps from the You & Moi and I (Heart) Hearts stamp sets. I started with Bashful Blue card stock and cut a 8.5 by 5.5 inch rectangle and folded it in half to get a 4.25 by 5.5 card. Using Elegant Eggplant ink, stamp the woodgrain heart and the small heart with the dotted square around it onto Very Vanilla card stock. Use the Extra Large Oval punch. Hold it upside down so you can see where you are punching and cut the woodgrain heart out as shown. Part of the left side of the heart will be cropped off. Cut the small square heart out leaving a small border around it. Use the 1 - 3/8 inch Circle punch on Elegant Eggplant card stock and glue the small square to the
punched circle. Stamp the heart U onto Very Vanilla using Bashful Blue ink. You could also use Baja Breeze or Pool Party colored ink if you prefer. Cut it out with the 1 inch Circle punch, centering the image within the circle. Use the Scallop Square punch with Rose Red paper, and glue the heart U circle onto it. Cut a heart out of the Rose Red paper using the Small Heart punch. Use the same blue ink color that you chose previously to make a small love heart on Very Vanilla and cut it out, leaving small border as shown. Use Rose Red ink with the polka dot heart on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out leaving a small border. Use Baja Breeze or Pool Party card stock with the 1-3/4 inch Scalloped Circle punch. Adhere the polka dot heart to the scalloped circle slightly off center as shown. Use Rose Red ink to stamp the "I still love you" sentiment onto Very Vanilla card stock. Cut it out leaving an 1/8" border on all four sides. Glue that onto Elegant Eggplant and cut it out leaving 1/8" border around that, and again onto Perfect Plum doing the same. Arrange all of the elements onto the card and adhere from top to bottom as shown. Stamp the flower with the words "love love love" on the bottom right. Add a small silver clip to the top left of the card and tie 1/2 inch Chantilly Crochet Trim in a knot around the clip. Lastly, use Dazzling Details to add sparkle glitter to the heart next to the U and also to the middle of the flower. Set it aside to let it dry.

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