One of the first creative things I tried and loved was handmade cards. You can make them as simple or sophisticated as you prefer and they are such a thoughtful gift. So, what do you say if I put a Valentine’s Day design together and I show you how to do it. Yes? Awesome! Let’s do this.
As always, I want to clarify that I am showing you how to make my specific example, but I encourage you to experiment with different colors and shapes. Explore your creative inner self and have fun! 🙂
What do you need?
White & Red Card Stock (My white card stock is always Neenah White Cardstock. It’s the best. For my red card stock, I used Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler)
1 Sheet of Copy Paper
Stamp Block (The Martha Stewart Stamp Mount is the best for when you are just starting out in stamping)
Ink Pads (I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad & Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler & Real Red)
Adhesive (I use Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots and is simply the best)
HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT?
I created this card using only one stamp set that is available with Amazon Prime in case you want to give it a shot and make a card before Valentine’s Day. Hope you like it! – Heart Day Clear Stamp Set
The first step is to create the faux scrapbook paper using all the hearts that come in the Heart Day Clear Stamp Set. To maximize the use of the shapes, I cut the row of small hearts so I can use them individually.
I arranged them in a “random” way and put them on my stamping block and start stamping.
I first only use my real red ink, but then I decided to add a couple hearts in the cherry cobbler color as well. Make sure that you cover an area of around 2″ x 5″ of the Copy Paper. And here’s how it looks!
Then, proceed to follow the same process to make the second arrangement using the scribble hearts. For these, I used my Cherry Cobbler Color ink. I also cut out the heart from the Happy <3 Day to use it with the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad . This is how the two designs ended up looking.
Now, let’s make the front of the card. My card frame is made out of Cherry Cobbler card stock and I cut it so I would have a 1/8″ margin all around. Next, cut your design papers so between the two you have a rectangle that is 3 3/4″ wide and at least 3 1/2″ tall. The two segments don’t have to be exactly the same width. I liked the scribbled hearts one better so I decided to make it bigger. Put adhesive on the back of your segments and attach them to your frame ensuring that the 1/8″ margin is kept around the perimeter.
The next step is to cut a strip of the red card stock to cover the seam between the two papers. I cut mine about 1/2″ wide and I made it long enough so I could tested with my papers and cut it to the same length. Mine ended up being a little bit short, but that’s gonna get covered in a second so, no biggie.
I wanted a white background for my main sentiment so I decided to cut a small rectangle the same width of the design panel (3 3/4″). Then I stamped the sentiment on the right corner using the Memento Tuxedo Ink. After that, I arranged a couple of the hearts exactly where I wanted them on the card stock and picked them up with the stamp block. This a great tip to ensure that multiple stamps are aligned all the time.
I felt that the sentiment rectangle needed a little bit of pop, so I added a strip of red card stock peaking at the top of the white one. Below you can see how it looks on the back side after the adhesive was applied.
Once you are done, you can put adhesive on the back of this segment and align it to the design cover. Remember to leave the same 1/8″ perimeter at the bottom of the frame. Then, add adhesive to the back of the completed frame and put it on top of your white card base. It should look like this.
At this point, you can stop and you have a completed card, but I wanted to add a couple more details.
The extra stuff:
I wanted to add a small detail on the inside of the card so it looks cohesive. I decided to with the “I adore you” stamp and added a couple of hearts for a pop of color. You can choose any other sentiment or just add a couple of hearts.
And you card is done. The beauty of this stamp set is that you can also style your envelope to match your design. I went ahead and prepped my envelop as well. Look how cute it ended up looking.
Now is your turn! Remember that you can change colors and arrange shapes differently so you can make it your own. If you end up trying it, make sure to include pictures in the comments. I would love to see your creations.
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