Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! I hope this day brings you love and happiness. Today is a special day for me as I get to enjoy afternoon tea with some lovely ladies and share my love for card making with them. Over the past two years I have donated handmade cards to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, in nearby Charlotte, Michigan to be raffled off during their yearly gala. After my second year I was approached to teach a card making class at Alive, the hospital’s Well-Being facility. Today’s post focuses on the card design I created to be shared and made in class, a card for the participants to take home and various examples of techniques used in paper crafting.
This simple card is an example of what the ladies and I will be making during our time together today. The card features the Simon Says clear stamp set “Love” with the matching “Love” wafer die. For this image glitter paper was used for the “love” script. For today, I used Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the “love” script before cutting with the die. This stamp set has wonderful sentiments included and each of the ladies will get to customize their card with their choice of sayings. I also used the Memory Box Heart String Poppy Stamps Craft Die for an additional embellishment and for additional texture, heart shape sequins were added.
Throughout my time preparing for this class, I felt that it was important to show options and simplicity. I kept remembering those early trips to the local craft stores and just how overwhelmed I was. I also spent some time organizing my studio space and realized just how much stuff I have accumulated during a short period of time. Being creative or finding a hobby doesn’t always have to mean spending large sums of money. Of course it is fun to go on a complete spending bender, but I wanted to share that there are many options available and yet sometimes you only need a few items for a great handmade craft. As I mentioned in previous posts, I am starting to use dies more and more in my designs. The above card is a combination of Lawn Fawn’s How You Bean Conversation Heart stamp and die cut partnered with Jillibean Soup Jar Die Set. I colored the hearts with Copic Sketch Markers and added some bakers twine for dimension.
Here is another example of a quick and simple card. I absolutely fell in love with this little guy. The sentiment “I’ve Taken A Viking To You” reminded me of the Valentines we use to exchange in school. This stamp and complimentary die are from Avery Elle. For this card I created my own background using Strathmore Bristol cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Stencil in Falling Hearts. Using multiple colors of Distress Ink by Ranger, I layered the inks to create an ombre effect. To finish, I added additional die cut hearts and colored my Viking with Copic Sketch Markers.
One other example that I knew I needed for class was for a shaker card. When I saw my first shaker card I immediately wanted to make one. I have to admit, my first few attempts at shaker cards were a process. Some have been great, some not so much. While shopping for items for Valentine crafts I found that My Favorite Things have some wonderful products for making shaker cards a breeze. This card was really a very simple card to make. I used the My Favorite Things Heart Shaker Window and Frame Die Namics with the Heart Shaker pouches. This card took me less than thirty minutes to make. I will definitely be looking into more of these tools from My Favorite Things. Gone are the days of McGyvering my shaker cards.
The final cards I wanted to share are for the ladies at today’s tea. Besides the card that we are making in class today, I also included supplies for an easy to make card to take home. The supplies included for this card are all pre-made items that can be purchased at your local craft store, I purchased most of these at Michaels and they are part of their Recollections line. (The sparkle hearts I had in my supplies from past projects but I know that I picked those up at one of the large chain craft stores) The only tools needed at home will be adhesives and scissors.
Step 1: You will want to arrange your cardstock in the following layers, card, colored cardstock and printed cardstock. The white cardstock is for the inside of your card and was left blank so that you may include your own sentiment. I have cut each especially to fit one over top of the other. All of the cards will have a vertical placement with the exception of the kraft card with the bicycle die cut, your card placement will be horizontal. First use adhesive to attach your colored cardstock to your card and then follow with your printed cardstock. Please note, that in the following photos the printed cardstock that I used may appear slightly different. I was using a 12 x 12 pad of paper versus a 6 x 6 pad that I used for your supplies.
Step 2: Next you will apply your die cut and additional embellishments. The die cut itself is actually a sticker but for added dimension I have supplied foam tape. I have pictures of each of the cards in which I had a special way of using the foam tape. If you have the “Happy Valentine’s Day” embellishment you will only need to use your foam tape to attach your die cut. Follow below to find your card and how the die cut was applied.
“Hello Love” on the back place foam tape on the four corners. Save a piece of the foam tape to attach your sparkle heart to the front and clip on mini clothes pin. You can choose to add a small amount of liquid adhesive to the back of your clothes pin and adhere to the printed cardstock.
“Heart Lock” Use the supplied bakers twine to thread your hearts onto the twine. Place three pieces of foam tape to the back of the die cut. The two foam pieces on the top of your heart will be where you also attach the bakers twine.
“Love You Bicycle” Apply the die cut with supplied foam tape. For the card in the picture I used Ranger Enamel Accents for my dots. You have been given adhesive enamel accents that you can simply place where you desire. (These are pictured to the left of the Ranger Enamel Accents) I wanted to show this as an option so that you can see how ready made accents can make for a quick handmade card.
“Be Mine Valentine” Apply foam tape to the die cut and attach to front of card. The foam hearts are actually stickers so all that is needed is for the pre-cut ribbon to be shaped and attached to the back of the heart. Once the ribbon and heart have been joined attach the heart to the front of the card.
“Happy Valentine’s Day” Apply foam tape to the back of your die cut and attach to front of card. Your gemstones included in your project have a sticky back so there is no need for any additional adhesive, just peel and stick wherever you like.
Step 3: The final and easiest step is to attach the blank white cardstock to the inside of your card with adhesive. All that is needed now is your personal messages. I hope that you all have enjoyed these special Valentine projects and don’t forget to breathe create relax. mj
- Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix
- Simon Says Stamp Love Wafer Die
- Memory Box Heart String Poppy Stamps Craft Die
- Jillibean Soup Jar Die Set
- Lawn Fawn How You Bean Conversation Heart Add-On Lawn Cuts
- Avery Elle Viking Die
- My Favorite Things Heart Shaker Window and Frame DieNamics
- My Favorite Things Heart Shaker Pouches
- Simon Says Clear Stamps Love Hey Love stamp set
- Lawn Fawn How You Bean Conversation Heart Add-On Clear Stamps
- Avery Elle Viking Clear Stamp
- Simon Says Stamp Stencil Falling Hearts
- Ranger Archival Ink
- Ranger Enamel Accents
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
- Copic Sketch Markers
- Tsukineko Stazon Ink in Jet Black
- Strathmore Bristol Paper 300 Series
- Neenah Classic Crest 110# Cover Solar White Cardstock
- Darice 6mm Heart Shaped Metallic Confetti