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".
Why not take this special occasion to tell someone you love them?
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!
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:
Here's What to Do:
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:
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:
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.
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