I have an enigmatic love for Valentine's Day cards. I mean, I haven't had a huge number of people to make Valentines for since I was in elementary school. Yet, every year, I still find myself wildly attracted to all of the new Valentine's Day paper-crafting products available in the stores. (I'm in love with all of the heart-themed home decorating stuff, too, but that's a whole 'nother blog post.) And, usually I end up buying a few new things and making waaaaay more Valentine cards than one gal could ever need or use.
As far as this year, let me just say that if you haven't been to Michael's lately, you should definitely go! They have a fantastic selection of Valentine products out this year, from new paper pads to 3-D embellishments to sparkly rhinestones in pinks and reds. I went a little bit overboard this year and bought lots of new stuff, so I thought I might as well showcase some of my recent cards here on my blog.
The two cards in the top photo are among my favorites, mostly because I love that green checked paper from K&Co. It's from a pad of papers designed by Kelly Panacci, and I used the same pad for almost all of the cards featured in today's post. The green checked paper is already printed with cute swirls and flowers along the sides and bottom of each sheet, so these cards were a simple matter of cutting the paper in an attractive way and adding a few additional embellishments, such as dimensional flowers with sparkly centers and 3-D greeting labels. Oh, for the card on the left, I used my newest Martha Stewart edge punch. It's called the Loop Double Edge Deep Edge Punch (say THAT five times in a row!), and I had coveted this great punch for literally months before I actually broke down and bought it. And now, boy am I glad that I did! It works great and punches very easily, even through thin cardstock. It's pretty intricate, so I'm guessing that it won't go through super heavy cardstock, but I'm fine with that.
Here are a couple more cards, where I incorporated some of my new purchases with some scraps and older things I had lying around. The bird stamp is from Michael's as well, it's one of their wood-mounted $1 stamps. The bird's body makes the shape of a heart, perfect for Valentine's Day! For this particular image, I stamped with waterprook black ink and used regular old watercolor paints to color it. I used that edge punch again, too, and gave it a different look by adhering a strip of narrow ribbon right down the center. Below is a close-up of the 3-D key sentiment on the card on the right. Oh, and I could get away with the circles of green dotted paper (cut from scraps) because that multi-heart paper actually has some pale green hearts in it, although they are difficult to see in these photos.
Above are a couple more cards that feature mostly my new supplies, although the puffy heart embellishments on the card on the right are actually from my stash. The package has some crazy colors of hearts in it, so up til now, I hadn't used too many of them. But, as it turns out, they go great with some of the papers in my new Kelly Panacci pad.
For whatever reason, I am still loving banners and flags on both cards and scrapbook pages. I suppose they've been done to death, but I'll confess that I'm not tired of them yet. I saw the basic design for the card on the right in the January/February issue of Paper Crafts magazine, and what caught my eye was that the flags were different shapes and sizes. So I played around with the design a bit and came up with these two cards. The sparkly flowers are Jolee's, and they are currently one of my favorite card embellishments. They seem to go with everything! Oh, and the red rick-rack is a leftover bit from a sewing project that I'm currently working on. I hope to show the finished item here on my blog very soon.
So, let me know. Are you as crazy about as Valentine's Day as I am? In parting, I'll tell you one thing that I do that actually helps me use all of the Valentines that I make almost every year. I don't stamp or print any sentiment on the INSIDES of my cards. Instead, I leave the insides blank, so they're more like notecards. I have a couple of people in my life that I send snail mail to on a regular basis, and making my Valentines into notecards allows me to get a lot more use out of them. And since I'm trying to be more frugal these days, along with everyone else, that makes me happy.