Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Cards: Series 1

Whew! I got busy today and created 3 Valentine Day cards like I promised. One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to start using some of the items that I have stock piled in my craft room. Like most crafters we see a "deal" or something "new" and just have to have it, then we stash them away to use at a later date which never seems to happen LOL. So I have decided to try to "curb" my spending until I actually use some of the neat stuff I have bought. All three of these cards are made using 2 sets of Spellbinder dies that I just had to have. I am also trying to get out of my "box" and try new ways of making cards as well. I don't have many Valentine character stamps so the stamped image may look familiar but at least the cards are different. These cards have more layering and use embossing folders which I don't often do.

I think of the three cards this is my favourite. I used multiple layering of Spellbinder coordinating Labels 28 and Decorative Labels 28 dies. I also used an embossing folder as well. On the Brocade embossed card stock I took Tim Holtz distress ink in Victorian Velvet and rubbed it over the raised image for a bit of a coloured look. I also used the distress ink on the Memory Box elegant scroll work die cuts as well. I tried to coordinate the colours in the Magnolia image with my Copic markers but it doesn't show up as well in the pictures. Of course some stickles and glossy accents make everything feel finished.

you can see the layering better here from the side view

On this adorable card I layered red and pink card stock for my card base. I used the Decorative Labels 28 and embossed the image on white card stock followed by more layering of Decorative and regular Labels 28 Spellbinder dies. The corner motifs are cut from the Spellbinder Moroccan Accents set with a bling of red hearts in each corner. I stamped the Magnolia image, coloured her with Copics and paper pieced her dress with Valentine themed paper. Once again I love to add stickles and glossy accents at the end which always makes me feel like the card is finished.

This stamp from Whimsy is new for me this year. I think she's cute and can be used for other occasions throughout the year. Using the Dienamics heart border die I embossed a strip on the top and bottom of the card stock base.Once again I used the Spellbinders Decorative Labels 28 and the Labels 28 to create a frame and added Valentine themed paper to the inside of the frame. Pink pearls, stickles, a bow and glossy accents finished off the Copic coloured and fussy cut image.

All three cards are finished on the inside as well, once again using the 2 sets of Spellbinder Labels 28 and a Valentine sentiment stamp. I am hoping to get a few more Valentine cards done within the next few days. It is still freezing here -21 degrees Celsius. Brrrrrrr. Hope everyone is warm where you are. Take care,
Chat at you later!