Are you running out of time to create a valentine? Pining away for a quick design? Trying to find a card that’s divine?
I’ll stop rhyming. I promise.
Never fear, this blog is … available to assist you.
This valentine is quick and cute … what more could a crafter ask for? The alternative valentine color scheme offers some contrast, too. The red “talk bubble” heart really pops against the light-blue background. I’ve been gravitating toward blue-and-red combinations since Christmas. I like taking a different, unexpected approach to holiday cards.
Stickers, like washi tape, speed up crafty productivity. Just stick and move on … or not entirely, as with this card. I wanted to give my card more dimension (I feel as though I’ve been putting foam adhesive on everything I’ve made lately), but in order to apply dimensional adhesive to a sticker and not have the sticker … well, stick … to the card, I first placed the sticker onto cardstock and cut it out. The sticker has all kinds of swirls and corners to cut around. This may test another person’s patience, but I find it relaxing … as long as my cutting hand doesn’t cramp up.
To additional dimension, I applied pearl-like embellishments to my centerpiece sticker. A little “bling” always is a good thing.
While I have numerous sentiment stamps, sometimes I don’t have the phrase I’d like, or the stamp’s font isn’t the right look for my card.
That’s when I turn to my computer. The right font can be a powerful design element, and with so many fonts available online for free personal use, you can easily find a font that fits the theme or character of your project.
To tie the look of this Valentine’s Day card together, I used fuchsia throughout and repeated the polka dots on the washi tape by stamping the pattern onto the chipboard ampersand.
I’ve used neon colors for a summer-themed card, Christmas cards and a birthday card, so Valentine’s Day neon seems like a natural progression. This trend is not going anywhere. Neon is fun, retro (so many craft products are retro-themed lately) and screams, “Hey! Look at this awesome, happy project!”
I relied on brads instead of adhesive to attach the transparency to the card. Not having to wait for glue to dry is a bonus. To prevent the recipient from being blinded by love, I tempered my neon pink with layers of patterned transparency, vellum and cardstock in gray, black and white.
Doubt is the crafter’s enemy. I had this card’s concept in my mind for a couple of days, hashing out the color scheme, elements and design. Doubt crept in before I put ink to paper. I wondered if a background of pink hexagons would look better in yellow, if pool blue and light aqua would complement the background and if I should use blue at all.
I could wimp out and not trust my instincts or go with my gut. I felt that my gut would lead me down the right crafty path, so I dove in and made the background pink and used blue. The result is better than I imagined. One Valentine’s Day card down. Now, if I only had written down that other card idea …
In January, I began to think about Valentine’s Day and possible card ideas. I knew I’d use my Slice Elite, a portable die-cut machine by Making Memories. I’ve had it since June, and while the company has had to replace a Halloween-themed design card and the machine altogether (I’ve had great service experiences each time), this little machine is my crafting sidekick. I have the wedding-themed and “Je t’Adore” design cards and was eager to use them.
As I thought about what I could create, a light bulb turned on somewhere in the recesses of my mind. I could design my own patterned paper! I have a graphic design minor, so why not use it for card making? Why hadn’t I thought of this before?
After a little time spent in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and a little money spent on cardstock, vellum and transparencies, I had a set of 6-by-6-inch patterned papers. When I created them, I didn’t have particular card designs in mind, but I’m happy with the results (see my gallery).
I used the two Slice design cards mentioned and also thought of a use for the lobster on the “Bon Appetit” design card. Below is my card and a tutorial on how to make it. This design can be used for more than Valentine’s Day, such as an anniversary.
My husband loves the card, and I had fun making it!