Valentines Cards

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

Valentines cards are so pretty and are probably one of the most personal cards we send.

"Love is a symbol of eternity.
It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning
and all fear of an end".
~Author Unknown

Why not take this special occasion to tell someone you love them?

Perhaps you already have some lovely and loving card ideas? If so, I hope you will let me see them by providing a picture using the form at the bottom of this page. I love to see your work!

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Die Cut Valentines Card

This year I chose the Bloomin' Love stamp set and the Bloomin' Heart die set with some mom traditional colours to make my card. I sponged colour onto Whisper White cardstock first with So Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky inks before using my die to cut the heart out with my Big Shot machine. I used the Precision Cutting Plate though as this is an intricate die. My die brush made getting the paper chads out quickly and easily.

I finished the card off with  the Petite Petals Punch and the Decorative Labels Punch and my choice of sentiment stamps. Candy Dots and some White Seam Binding finished the look.

I liked it!

There are some other lovely products available that suit a Valentine's theme too. You may have seen them. They are called the Sending Love Suite. Isn't that lovely? Here are some of them:

All current Stampin' Up! items are available through my SusanSalutations online store, if you live in Australia. Otherwise you can find a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in one of nine other countries!

Making a Valentines Card with the Faux Metal Technique

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I chose the faux metal technique to make some cards for Valentine's Day one year. It is quick and rather spectacular to make them. And like so many cardmaking techniques, once you know how to make faux metal, it's really easy to do. I like to call it the Super Embossing technique.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Valentines Card unless I used a heart on it, and using the faux metal technique really gives the heart symbol a lot of depth and interest. All you need is a stamp, a heat tool, some embossing powder and a few other bits and pieces.

Something to keep in mind is that the deeper your stamp is cut, the more detail your image will happen to have at the end. The shallower the cut, the more molten or melted the image seems to look.

You Will Need:

  • Cardstock, embellishments, Stampin' Write markers and other desired decorative elements
  • Embossing Powder of choice
  • Clear Versamark inkpad
  • A rubber stamp of choice
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors, adhesive
  • A wooden stick or pencil to hold your image steady while you heat it

Here's What to Do:

  • First take some cardstock and coat an area a little larger than your stamped image will be in Versamark

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  • Add embossing powder to the Versamarked area, shake off excess powder, then heat the remainder with your heat tool
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day

  • Before the embossing powder is set or dry, quickly add another layer of powder to the cardstock and heat it. (When the embossing powder is not yet set, it acts as an adhesive for the next layer of embossing powder)
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day

  • Before layer 2 is set, add some more embossing powder and heat that layer, making sure your stamp is handy as you will need to be able to get it quickly for the next step
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day
  • Before layer three is set, quickly press your stamp into the hot embossing powder. Here I am using one of my very first Stampin' Up! stamps. They don't make them like this anymore! But ALL of them work with this technique ☺
  • Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day

  • Leave the stamp to cool in the powder for awhile
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day

  • When it is cool, carefully peel the stamp off the embossing powder. There will be no residue left on the stamp or damage to the rubber and you should have a raised image in the embossing powder
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  • TROUBLESHOOTING: If you do not get a deep enough image after adding three layers of embossing powder and pressing the stamp into it, just reheat the embossed image. It will flatten out into a molten pool of embossing powder and you can add another layer of powder. Then try pressing the stamp into it again

    Now you can use your completed image to finish making your card.

    Here are some more examples of faux metal images I made for different cards. Once I got started with this technique, it was hard to stop playing:

    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day
    Valentines Cards, faux metal, free card, Valentine's day

    If you try this technique, I hope you will write and let me know. I'd love to see your cards or paper crafting projects using the faux metal technique.

    Have a wonderful time making your Valentines Cards. Here is one more I made using stamping, heat embossing and die cutting techniques:

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