Hello happy crafties and a big, welcome hello to February! Gosh January was long and cold, wasn’t it?! Lots to look forward to in the coming months though – Daffodils, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day and lots more Thirsty Brush releases on the horizon. Oh! I’ve said too much ;)
Talking of Valentine’s Day, it is a lovely time of year to show the ones you love, exactly what they mean to you and make them an extra special card. I am someone who, not only sends my husband a card, but I send them to the kids and pets too! Well, I think it’s a great way to share how proud I am of them and tell them how much joy and love they bring to my world. Or I’m just a weirdo – one or the other!
With that in mind, if you have supplies for valentines style cards (heart stamps, pink and red card etc), why not make lots of Valentines cards while you have them out and give them to your friends and family on Valentine’s day too.
This card was inspired by my fabulous design team member Liane. She made a fabulous clean and simple card in this style with some of the ‘Amaze me’ botanical stamps and I just loved it (check out her facebook pageif you missed it). This layout works perfectly for any occasion, so I decided to try it with varying shades of pink. It’s strange as a few years ago, I really wasn’t into pink. It conjured too many memories of 80s dusky pink bathroom suites or 90s barbie pink club wear. However, in the last year or so, pink has had a major overhaul, from blush to deep cerise and everything in between, pink has well and truly grown up. It’s entered our homes, wardrobes and crafts by combining shades and adding touches of metallics to bring it bang up to date.
What you need:
· White fine embossing powder
· Embossing ink pad
· A4 Light Pink card stock
· White cardstock
· Dark pink card stock
· Score board
· Versafine ink pad in ‘Smokey Gray’
· Watercolour paints, inks or watercolour pens for painting
· Die cutting machine
· Heat tool
· Foam pads
· Wet glue
· Sequins (optional)
How to get the look
1. Make an A5 card blank by scoring and folding the light pink A4 card in half.
2. Stamp the roses and foliage from the stamp set multiple times in the embossing ink. Add the embossing powder and heat set. Tip: The ink is very slow drying, so you can stamp the same image multiple times and then add the powder to all of your stamped roses at the end. This allows you to just heat set once, reducing warp in your card and makes the process much quicker.
3. Loosely paint each rose, using varying shades of pink.
4. When dry, die cut all the roses and foliage.
5. Cut a 1.5” strip of white card and stamp a sentiment in the centre.
6. Cut a strip of darker pink card. Make it slightly deeper than the white card so you can use it as a matt and layer.
7. Glue the sentiment strip onto the dark pink card and mount onto your card blank using foam pads, placing it about 2/3rds of the way up the card. Tip: Just apply the foam pads through the middle of the sentiment strip. This will allow you to tuck in your roses.
8. Arrange your roses and foliage above and below the sentiment strip. Vary the heights and angles to please the eye.
9. When you are happy with your placement, adhere the die cuts to the card.
10. Finish with a smattering of clear or pink sequins for extra sparkle!
I must also thanks Tracie who contacted me from the Thirsty Brush ‘Brushettes’ facebook fan group. She asked me for some male Valentine card inspo. This is always difficult if you have a super minimalist or macho partner who would wrinkle their nose at pink hearts and flowers. I have attached a pic of a bold but simple card I have created using embossed Thirsty Brush sentiments on red and black. If I’m honest I’m still not 100% happy with it, so I’ll be back to drawing board on masculine cards. Thought I would still share so you have a starting point and can have a play. More too follow!
Thanks for reading and looking forward to seeing your Valentine makes.
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