Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Cards

Conversation Hearts Inspired Cards

Valentine's Day is almost here and I've finally made some cards! I've been thinking sweet.....simple.....conversation hearts. Then the ideas started flowing. My momentarily clean craft table is now a wonderfully jumbled mess of pastel hearts, Valentine stamps, and we can't forget pink and red ink and paper :)
"A creative mind is seldom tidy." A fitting mantra for those messy moments, right? 

Bentley Bear Card

I got my first copy of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine and just had to try out one of the free stamps I got. Isn't he adorable?

For the background I used the conversation hearts stamps from Repeat Impressions. I bought the unmounted set at the stamp show last summer. You can see the set and some other cards that I made in this post.

I used distress markers with a paintbrush and water, in place of watercolors, to color the image. I inked all the edges in black. A little pink ribbon and a heart punch tied on, and this one's ready for sending :)

Conversation Heart Card

I used a small heart punch and hand wrote the words on the hearts in colored pencil. I covered three more with foil paper. I really like the crinkly look of those. I formed the hearts into a heart shape and hand cut the green and yellow hearts to frame them.

For the background I again used the conversation hearts from Repeat Impressions and inked up all the edges with a purple ink.

The card looked a little washed out after my distressing, so I added some detail with a cosmic Jelly Roll pen. Just a little sparkle did the trick! The first photo above shows the sparkly ink on the card up close.

VintageTruck Card

I have a hard time with masculine cards. I just want to add glitter and ribbons to everything! I restrained myself....sort of.

I colored the truck, from Rubber Cottage Stamps, with alcohol markers, and then went heart stamping CRAZY. I used an assortment of small heart stamps, initially coming from the bed of the truck, and it turned into a background :) I used a kraft paper card, offsetting the main image with a red border, black grosgrain ribbon, and a few more red hearts with some of the same stamps from the background.  The sentiment is on a heart punch that's popped up a little with foam tape.

It's kind of masculine, right? It's got a truck and there's no glitter. Believe me, no sparkle was hard!

I'm a sucker for the old standbys, chocolate and flowers, and my guys always deliver :) What's your favorite Valentine treat? Any big plans for Valentine's Day?  Are you treating yourself, someone else, or both?

 Have a Happy Valentine's Day, however you spend it!!

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  1. LOL - I love your comments on your card being masculine or not. I take it you love glittery goodness? I think it's perfect. I like all the hearts that are coming from the truck. I'm sure the recipient will love your thoughtfulness. I'm thrilled you joined us for the Red, Pink and White challenge at The House that Stamps Built. I sure hope you'll show us more of your creativity.

    1. Thanks :) Yes, I'm all about glittery goodness. If I can't figure out what's off on my cards, it usually just needs some glitter LOL!

  2. What a cute idea! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thank you :) I'm still figuring out the twitter parties, but I'll try.