Valentine’s Cards: Fashion Box of Chocolates

In my final Valentine’s Day card post, here are a couple of cards that I created with a “fashion” twist.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine's Day box of chocolates.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

It’s another simple design with a focus on this adorable stamp from Stamping Bella, Uptown Girl Catherine Nibbling Chocolate. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day–and my two fashionable nieces, Jessica and Hayley.

For both, I stamped the image in black Versafine ink on white Bristol paper so I could use a little bit of watercolor but keep it bright. I used a combination of Distress Ink markers and gelatos with my water pen. Then I mounted the images with foam tape for a little dimension.

Hayley loves purple, so I colored her girl’s dress with a purple distress marker, accented with a sparkly gold gelato. I like the untraditional color combination, mounted on a purple card base from Bazzill.

For Jessica, I went with a more conventional color combination of pink and red. It might be hard to see, but the pink gelato on her dress leaves a slight glittery sheen, which is really pretty in real life. I went with a simple white card base, though I think it would look cute with a pink card base, too.

I didn’t bother with a sentiment, since I will write a Valentine’s Day message inside. I wanted to keep the attention on the adorable girl with her yummy box of chocolates. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my dad would bring home heart-shaped chocolate boxes for his three little girls. We were so excited!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day–and your own delicious goodies to eat. Thanks for looking!


Valentine Card: Love Ya Heart Stamps

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card that uses some Martha Stewart heart stamps that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

I based this design on an Online Card Classes lesson from Kristina Werner. I like incorporating both patterned paper and my stamps in different ink colors.

I used a vertical white card base and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper. I adhered a square piece of heart patterned paper from K & Company, Valentine Sweetheart. I used an EK Success punch on the right edge to punch a row of small scalloped hearts.

The focal point is a vertical white strip of card stock stamped in various shades of red, pink and purple inks. The large, intricate hearts are from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set (sorry, it’s an old one and I don’t have the name). The smaller hearts are from a Simon Says Stamp clear set.  The Love Ya sentiment is from the same set.

I rounded the bottom corners of the vertical strip and adhered a small strip of lavender pattern paper from the same paper pad. The final touch was to adhere a small rhinestone heart for a little dimension.

What do you think? It’s definitely a girly card. Maybe I’ll give it to one of my sisters?

Thanks for looking. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Card: Cloud Talk Bubbles

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I made a quick card that can be easily adjusted with different pattern papers to send to different loved ones.


A clean and simple Valentine’s Day card.

I borrowed this idea from a Debby Hughes lesson in a previous Online Card Classes Class, Pattern Play. It’s a clean and simple style that uses a die cut in the middle of the card, surrounded by the same die cut in different colors and the sentiment heat-embossed in white.

Here I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set and coordinating die, Talk Bubbles 2. The pattern paper comes from a Paper Studios 6 x 6 paper pad from Hobby Lobby, Love You. I adhered one square of the heart paper to the back of the white panel with dimensional tape and then used more tape to adhere the entire panel to the white card front.

To finish it off, I scattered some red rhinestones along with a clear heart-shaped rhinestone in the middle heart.

Very simple, but I like it! Please tell me what you think. Thanks for looking!

Clean & Simple Card Making 2 Wrap Up: Valentine’s Swirl

Well, this is the last day of the Clean and Simple Card Making Class. I definitely will miss it, but I will continue to weave in some “simple” card among my paper creations as I move forward. It’s been a challenge, but a good one!

For my last project, I’ve created yet another Valentine’s Day card. I really am not that into Valentine’s Day, but it’s the week so I figure this is my chance to make some pretty cards for friends and family. This is a very simple design based loosely on Kristina’s example.

One more Valentine's Day card!

One more Valentine’s Day card!

Instead of using a polka dot embossed background, I used by Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder on 80# white cardstock from Canvas Corp. I thought it echoed the pattern in the heart nicely. The heart is two pieces cut from my Mini Cricut machine. I used the Damask Decor cartridge and the Layer 1 Heart in the same white cardstock with a background layer using the hot pink cardstock in the 4.5″ x 6.5″ DCWV Silky Smooth Brights paper pad. I adhered it onto a standard card size in white from Hobby Lobby.

That’s it! Very simple, but I like it! Enjoy!

Clean & Simple Card Making 2 Day 6: More Sketches

Well, I just realized that I skipped Day 6 by mistake!

This lesson focused on using sketches to plan your card design. I stuck pretty closely to the first example in using a tone-on-tone look for my Valentine’s Day card.

Tone-on-tone Valentine's Day card.

Tone-on-tone Valentine’s Day card.

I’m fairly happy with this card, but I still struggle with getting a clean, crisp embossed sentiment when using white embossing powder. When you look closely, you can see little flecks of white around the sentiment. It doesn’t look that bad until you use your heat gun, and then it’s just about impossible to remove!

I do like the spare look of the white, grey and red. I used my Impression Obsession brick background stamp along with Recollections white embossing powder to heat-set the background on some taupe-grey card stock. I used a darker grey cardstock and the same embossing powder for the sentiment, which comes from a Hero Arts stamp set. I used my Martha Stewart embossed heart punch on the rose patterned paper, which comes from Hobby Lobby’s Paper Studio line called Love You (I think it’s exclusive for Valentine’s Day). I adhered the heart with 3-D foam circles and then wrapped a red and white Doodle Twine around the bottom.

Hope you like it!

Clean & Simple Card Making Day 10: 1 Stamp, 6 Ways

I think this is a cute Valentine’s Day card.

The front of my card.

The front of my card.

I’m not thrilled with the ink coverage of the little pink hearts; I used a Martha Stewart pigment ink on a Martha Stewart clear heart stamp, and I’m not sure about the coverage of pigment inks yet. I think I might have to buy the Hero Arts shadow inks that Kristina and Jennifer always use in class.

I cut out the circle in the card using my Martha Stewart circle cutter. I haven’t used that tool a lot, and I have to be careful. The edges aren’t perfect, so I had to do a little sanding. The circle cut-outs on the inside were also created using the same tool. The red lattice die cut is an on-the-edge punch for Martha Stewart. I traced the bottom with a pencil and then cut it out with scissors to the match the circle I had already cut on white cardstock.

I added a Valentine’s Day sentiment from Hero Arts on the inside and then stuck on a few red and clear rhinestones for a little bling. The final touch was rounding the bottom corners with the 1/2 inch side of my Corner Chomper.

A Valentine's Day greeting on the inside.

A Valentine’s Day greeting on the inside.

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Clean & Simple Card Making Day 8: More Inking & Stamping

I think I’m pretty happy with this card. I tried to stick pretty closely to the class instructions.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I inked the center panel (water color paper, approximately two and a half inches wide) with three Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Dusty Concord on the bottom, Picked Raspberry in the middle, and Spun Sugar at the top. First I spritzed all three colors on my craft sheet with water, swished the paper around, and then sprinked it with sea salt. Then I dried it with my heat tool.

Next I embossed the Valentine’s Day sentiment in Versamark ink and detailed white embossing powder. I added the Happy die cut (from the Oh Happy Day die cut set at Simon Says Stamp) at an angle, adhered with my Tombow mono glue. I didn’t have a heart die cut in the right size, so I fussy-cut a polkadot heart from a paper pad set and added a little glitz with my jelly roll pen.

I adhered the panel in the center of the card panel with foam adhesive. I dry embossed the bottom part of the card front with a Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder.

Now, my next dilemma is: Who should receive this lovely Valentine’s Day card?