Yes, you did read that correctly! Valentine card. There are only five-plus a bit weeks before Valentine’s day. Generally speaking, here in the UK we send just one Valentine card to our other half where as in the US I understand you send cards to lots of people. Apart from these two countries, I don’t know how other countries treat Valentines day. If you’re not in the UK or the US maybe you can leave a comment below to let me know what happens in your country?
Anyway, my point is starting Valentine cards five weeks out if you make a number of cards isn’t too early! The Designer Series Paper (DSP) I’ve used is called True Love DSP and all the designs are in black and white. On one side there’s a flowery design and on the other side a more generic design like the black spot design and the white diamond design I’ve used on my card.
The stamp set is Forever & Always which has matching dies called Always. I used the dies for the LOVE and made one with a Basic Black Cardstock (CS) base and a Real Red CS top layer and then I made one with the colours reversed. It wasn’t until I could see what the different colourways looked like that I could decide which one would look best. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to use ALWAYS or LOVE so I made two samples of each. Once the two colours were adhered together it was really obvious that the one with the red base looked much better.
This made my decision for the YOU FOREVER easy – black embossing on Real Read CS. There are dies in the set which fit the words beautifully. The FOREVER stamp actually says FOREVER & but I didn’t want the ampersand so I cut it off. I feel easier saying Always & Forever rather than the other way round.
I fussy-cut the flowers from one of the sheets of DSP and adhered it DSP layer which measures 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, and then onto a Whisper White CS layer which measures 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″, and then onto a Real Red CS layer that measures 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. I adhered the LOVE in position with Dimensionals that fitted around the triple centre layer – not on the layers – and I also used Dimensionals for FOREVER.
To decorate inside the card I adhered a top layer of Whisper White CS, then a middle layer of Real Red CS and finally onto the Basic Black CS card base. I looked at my sheet of DSP looking for a flower that finished on one of the four corners. I found one but I had to adhere it to the bottom left-hand side of the Whisper White layer that’s inside my card rather than the right-hand side because it looked upside down!
To finish off the front of my card, I painted the Basic Black LOVE and the fussy cut flower using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I forgot to paint the flower inside the card before I took the photographs but I have done it since. My final touch was to add three Cherry Cobbler Rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestones in a vertical line in the bottom left-hand corner and the top right-hand corner of the flower image layer.
That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”