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Monday, February 27, 2012

A Little Valentine Inspiration

I thought I would share with you how I was inspired to make my Valentine cards this year. I am sorry I don't have a photo of the cards I made except for the one I made for my husband. Can you believe I forgot to take photos of the cards before I sealed the envelopes? I thought to myself I need to take photos before I mail them but didn't think of it again until they were sealed and ready to mail.
But... I can show you the card that inspired me just click on this link:
Although I used it as a Valentine's card I think it would make a cute thank you card. I pretty much stuck to the design but the paper colors were different. My card size was smaller so I had to make some adjustments for that too.
Now I can not only show you the inspiration I used to make the Valentine for my husband but I also have photos of the card.

When I saw this card in the March/April issue of Papercrafts magazine I feel in love with the sentiment and thought I would make the card pretty much like the one in the magazine.

A few days ago I was shopping at Micheals and ran across some 8x8 paper packs in there $ section that I fell in love with ( of course it doesn't take much for me to fall in love with paper). There were also matching tags, jounal boxes and ribbon. I couldn't resist and thought it would make a nice Valentine card.

So now I had the sentiment and paper. For some reason  I decided I was going to use these cute little bird stamps from Hero Arts that I have had for a couple of years and have never used. Of course using the bird stamps changed the design of the card but I still could use the sentiment.

I chose the plaid paper for the background and the tag. I knew I was going to use a heart to layer the birds on and I found one I had in my scrapbox of leftovers from a previous year along with the zigzag border which fit the tag perfectly. I felt the heart was too white so I inked it with Antique Linen distress ink. For the birds I stamped them on kraft paper and cut them out and adhered them to the heart with foam dots.

I love how the birds looked on the kraft paper.


For the word "captured" I just stamped the letters in black ink on the kraft paper and cut them out and adhered them at the top of the tag. I also tied on a pink ribbon that came with the tags.

I found a white heart doily that I remembered I had stashed away and I also inked it with the Antique Linen distress ink so it blended in better with the papers I was using.
My mother had sent me a huge container of foam hearts in Dec. so I pulled one out that matched the papers and decided I would use it for the U in the sentiment. I also inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink.

For the last part of the sentiment I used one of the journal boxes that came with the tags and used letter stickers to spell out "My" and then I found a glittered red heart in my stash of leftovers that fit perfectly.

Once I had all the pieces made I laid them out on the card till I was pleased with how it looked then I adhered it all down to the card front and stamped the sentiment on the inside and a stamped a border on the envelope. I thought it turned out really cute.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valnetine's Day!

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