Love bird

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.


Here’s how to make it:

Stamp a “talk bubble” heart image (such as from the Portfolio collection by Pink Paislee) in red ink (mine’s by Martha Stewart Crafts) onto a piece of white cardstock.


Cut out the talk bubble and its heart. Cut a 2 1/2-inch-square piece of light-blue textured cardstock (I used one from the Charlemagne collection by SEI). Stamp a small bird image (mine’s from Impress Rubber Stamps) in black ink (I used Versafine in onyx black) onto the lower-left area of the cardstock.


Adhere the talk bubble above and to the right of the bird. Using black pen (I used Sakura Pigma Micron 01, .25 mm), draw an uneven border close to the cardstock’s edges and color in the bird where the ink did not fill it in (if necessary).


Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of black textured cardstock. Cut a 4 1/4-inch-square piece of red, blue, black and grey floral-patterned cardstock (such as “Enjoyment” from the Celebrate collection by Authentique) and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front. Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the light-blue cardstock, centered, to the patterned paper.


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