Sunday, February 4, 2018

It's Valentines time!

Hello all! Not going to lie about it, I totally missed Christmas cards this year. It's always on my plan to get it done, and yet it rarely happens anymore. So, then I tell myself I'll send Valentine's cards... No telling yet if that will be accomplished or not, but I have gotten some made!

I started with this super cute stamp set from Raisin Boat called Playing Cupid. I love how many options it provides for different card ideas.

A while ago, I'm not going to admit how long ago, I started a one-sheet wonder. If you're not familiar with that concept, it's one sheet of patterned paper (and some times coordinating cardstock) cut up to make a certain amount of cards really quickly. So, all these blue and purple cards I had leftover from one of those workshops. (That pretty much means I just never finished them).

I started out using reinker, rubbing alcohol and pearl paint in a spritzing pen to make the backgrounds. Then I added my pre-cut paper according to the workshop. I finished them off with the cute heart and HVD sentiment from Playing Cupid. Then I added silver sequins and some glitter glue drops.
For the second card, I used a couple of different stamps from Playing Cupid, then colored them in with alcohol markers. I added the miles apart sentiment and then I also added some shimmer to my pop-up heart.

For the third card, I wanted to try something different - something beyond digging through all my sequins to find just the hearts. I've always held back on making cards or layouts like these - ones with lots of embellishments on them - because I feel like it's "wasting" my embellishments. But, recently I've started taking a closer look around my craft room and decided I could never use all these supplies... so, I gave it a whirl.


I started by foiling the medium sketch heart and the tiny sketch heart stamps from Victorine Originals. I used foam dots on the medium heart for my card. Then, I went back to work with the cute little heart stamp from the Raisin Boat Playing Cupid stamp set. To the top of those, I added sequins in coordinating colors that matched my foiled hearts. Then I used the miles apart sentiment.

For the next card, I foiled the Victorine Originals sketch heart stamp and popped it up in the middle of my card. I added some coordinating sequins and then used the love makes the world go 'round sentiment from the Raisin Boat Playing Cupid stamp.
I switched color schemes for my last two cards, and went more with the colors from the current mood board. For the background of this card, I again used the re-inker, rubbing alcohol and pearl paint for my card base. Then, I took the hearts I cut out of the black and white paper and laid them on the card and sprayed over them with ink spray. After it dried, I added some black and white fibers to the left side, and some of the sprayed hearts to the right side with foam adhesive.
I went back to the Raisin Boat Playing Cupid stamp for the HVD sentiment and popped it over the fibers. I really like how this card turned out!

I love to sew, but I just don't do it much on cards and pages because it takes so much time - I really love how it looks, though! One of these days, I'll set up my sewing machine for paper. For this last card, I adhered paper hearts in coordinating paper to the left edge and then hand-sewed with embroidery thread on top of them.

For the sentiment, I used the word love from the Raisin Boat Playing Cupid set and colored it in with the silver and pink Kirarina Wink glitter markers. I matted it on red paper and added it to the card.


Have you been working on your Valentine's cards already? If so, join in on the challenge for our current mood board. Don't forget, you can follow the theme, color or pictures for your inspiration. See the blog post for all the information!

Thanks for checking out my projects! Happy crafting!
   ~Jamie




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