In an effort to use the smallest of some scraps, I trimmed each piece to the same 1/2" width and then adhered them to a piece of cardstock. I placed the heart die so that the papers would be on a diagonal after the shape was cut.
I chose to pull out the purples in these patterned papers by using a dark purple (wine) cardstock base. Coordinating papers from the same pad help pull the elements of the card design together. The heart was to the right of the ribbon, however, the bow overpowered it, so I moved it up and balanced the layout with a bit of bling.
When I die cut the heart out of the Basic Grey patterned paper a satin candy box came to mind. I thought it needed to be decorated with rhinestones. This plaid border punch has been in my collection for some time and I was pleased to find a way to use it in this card design.
Papers: off white cardstock (stash), patterned (BG Eva)
Accessories: paper roses (I Love Roses), Spellbinder Classic Hearts, ribbon (Fabricland), rhinestones (Zva), border punch (EK)
Though I often use embossing folders, I don't usually think to use the border ones. To get the pattern vertical, I had to place the folder first on one side of the cardstock and then on the other, putting the paper through the BigShot twice. This is another great way to use up small scraps of coordinating patterned papers.
The simplicity of this card provided a perfect base for the detailed ticket. Stamped images from various companies can be used on the Tim Holtz ticket die. The solid stamp was created using fun foam and a Spellbinder Classic Heart die.
Stamp: heart (made from fun foam), ticket (Stamper's Anonymous)
Papers: off white cardstock (stash), patterned (Basic Grey Perhaps)
Ink: PSX Wood Rose
Accessories: Tim Holtz ticket die, ribbon (stash), Spellbinder Classic Heart die
This is just one of many ways a Bingo card can be used in a card design. The "14" was perfect for a Valentine so I highlighted it by sweeping a firm ink pad across the raised number, after covering the remainder of the die cut to make sure that ink didn't end up elsewhere.
Patterned papers of ledgers are also in many product lines at this time. The lines provide a comfortable guide for layout placement of the card's different components. The "Happy" and the "Valentine's Day" stamps were from two separate sets. Use combinations of different stamps to get different results.
Stamps: sentiments (CTMH), border (Sandy Lion)
Papers: kraft cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (MME Lost & Found Market Street)
Here's another nontraditional Valentine's Day card icon. Cupcakes are still a popular icon and I enjoy incorporating them into my card designs whenever I can. Who doesn't like cupcakes?! The circle and scalloped circles dies were adhered to the cardstock with repositionable tape at the same time, cutting the frame in one pass through the BigShot.
I had to have this border punch when it came out for purchase. The EK Success Binding Edge punch gives anything character. I crumpled the cardstock to make it look as though the paper was actually torn from a book.
Paper: off white cardstock (Cor'dinations), red cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (MME Lost & Found Market Street)
Print or text patterned paper is wonderful for card making because of its small pattern size. Aged patterned paper works well on a kraft card base. Other elements in the card can be distressed to match using Distress Inks.
Papers: kraft cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (MME Lost & Found Blush)
Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories: button (Nadine K.), ribbon (Fabricland), Spellbinder Classic Hearts & Standard Circles Large
Love, love, love stamps with coordinating dies! A number of companies are now producing compatible products, including Heartfelt, Verve, Papertrey Ink and Just Rite. This one is from My Favorite Things. I heat embossed the typewriter with black embossing powder to give it a realistic shine. Don't limit yourself to hearts and cupids to make Valentine cards.
Stamp: My Favorite Things
Papers: patterned (MME Lost & Found Madison Avenue), white cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Ink: Colorbox Black
Accessories: black embossing powder (stash), ribbons (stash), heart punch (Marvy), dies (My Favorite Things)
Managed to get crackin' and will be posting some Valentine cards for you. In making this card, I discovered that Distress Ink in Festive Berries is the same colour as Mel's Diner Glimmer Mist. I first inked the embossed paper, but thought a Valentine needed a little sparkle, so I sprayed it with the Glimmer Mist. This coordinated with the glittery heart sticker that fit perfectly into the paper pattern. I cut the bottom of the embossed paper off so the solid cardstock would better support the checked ribbon.
Papers: red cardstock (Bazzill), white cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Best Wishes to you and yours. Unfortunately, the holiday season did not afford me any crafting time. Consequently, I don't have anything new to share, but hope to get some new cards posted within a week or so.