It seems that no sooner is Christmas a twinkle of our memory, then we are turning out thoughts to Love. Maybe it’s the excitement of winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, but we all seem to love the prospect of receiving a beautiful Valentine’s card. It would be interesting to see how many people have kept Valentines cards from when they were young, wouldn’t it!
So my thoughts have been with the air of Love and romance, and usually I get so excited as I really am an incurable romantic, and my head starts racing with all the things I can create with all the ribbons, flowers and pretty colour combinations, but this year, I have been giving thought to the more modern amongst us. I really am taken with stamping, particularly splodge and splats so I have been trying to incorporate ideas into the more conventional cards for Valentines.
My favourite is still the beautiful pink Spellbinders Victorian Valentine and I was over the moon with the flower. Here’s how I made it:-
- Dies – Spellbinders Regal Frame, Die D-lites Bloom 4, Memory Box Gentle Leaf
- Inks – Distress Inks – Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss & Shabby Shutters, Stazon Jet Black
- Stamps – Justrite Hugs & Kisses Sentiments
- Card-stock – Papermill Cream Hammered Card, Pale Pink Card, Gold Mirra Card
- Paper – Making Cards Magazine
- Accessories – White Ribbon, Cherub
- Make a Cream Hammered base card 16.5 cm x 13 cm.
- Cut a Pale Pink card 16 cm x 12.5 cm. Cut 4 no corners from the Regal Frame dies and glue to pink card with Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue. Using Festive Berries distress ink, age down the edges of the card and corner pieces.
- Cut 1 no Regal Frame largest die with gold mirra card.
- Using the second largest Regal Frame die, cut patterned piece and glue to the gold mirra card. Stamp a sentiment in the bottom left corner in ink of your choice.
- For the flowers ~
- Cut 8 no largest die D-lites Bloom 4.
- Colour with Festive Berries, from the inside out, to get the shading.
- Using a stylus, curl the leaves and try to make them curl in different directions by working on one side more than the other.
- Using 4 petals to a flower, tease the flower in to shape by folding 2 of the petals in half an making a bowl shape at the bottom, glue this to the 3rd petal centre, shaping as you go. Finally glue the 4th petal at the base alternating the leaves.
- Cut 2 no Memory box Gentle Leaf and using distress ink colour with Shabby Shutters in the centre work outward, then Forest Moss in the middle of the leaves, then on the tips and stalk use the edge of the sponge and dab with Gather Twigs.
- Next using white ribbon, fold round the edge of the largest Regal Frame, be careful as it is very thin, and glue to the back on both sides.
- Using clear glue, layer the pink edge card on the card front. Then using foam pads, adhere the gold mirra regal frame to the pink card. Hot glue the flowers and leaves to the top right hand side on the regal frame, then hot glue the ribbon. I used a cherub in the ribbon centre to finish.
- Inside the card I repeated the pink card and corners and another gold mirra Regal Frame with sentiment stamped in the centre.
This card is one of my favourites, and I hope you like it.