So I made some cards for Valentine’s Day.
Yes, I know that was last month. I did actually make them then, I swear, I’m just only getting around to writing a blog post about them now!
Also, I know that it is St. Patrick’s Day today and I am Irish so it’s probably expected of me to make some Paddy’s Day crafts but I have no idea what I would even make for it that isn’t something just tackily adorned with shamrocks!
So, yes, I made some Valentine’s and love themed cards to put up in my Etsy shop.
Making Valentine’s themed cards is hard for me. To start with, I don’t have many supplies – just a few heart dies, a heart punch and a cheap die that say’s ‘with love’ that I bought right before making these cards because I realised I really needed something that said love as I didn’t have anything suitable (although I later realised I did have a stamp that says love which I just completely forgot about).
I also didn’t have any suitable pink or red card to use so I had to pick that up.
Really, I’m just always unprepared for the occasion!
So, with my limit supplies (basically, hearts) and only a few sheets of card, I set about making some cards!
I used my layering heart dies by taping them together so I could get thinner outlines rather than solid hearts and cut them out in red, black and pink, switching out every second heart so I could have black and red or black and pink. That’s explained terribly but it’s actually a really simple thing to do so (see the pictures for proof!). I also have a die set of scalloped hearts so I used the largest one of that so the outside layer would have a scalloped edge, just to make it more interesting. I die cut the love sentiment and with a pen, drew a line from the bottom of the heart to the top of the ‘l’ in love so it would look a little bit like a balloon.
The card came out alright but if I were to remake it in the future, I think I’d use a square base and leave out the love sentiment.
For the third card I made, I kept things simple and heart themed again with some more simple die-cut inlaying:
I quite like this card but I think it has more to do with the fact that I just really like the white paper with the black and grey speckles. It’s actually came from a pack of Christmas themed paper!
Because the outside is so simple, I did decide to go a bit over the top with the inside. There’s not too much space to write but I think it looks nice!
So, sticking with hearts…I have more heart cards! (I need to work on Valentine’s cards that don’t involve hearts because I got a bit tired of them make these!).
Having seen the hearts coming out of an envelope idea multiple times on Pinterest before, I just went with that, using my heart punch to punch out a whole bunch of different coloured hearts which I then used on the last card of the day to make heart balloons.
So yup – those are my attempts at Valentine’s cards!
I definitely need to invest in some interesting stamp sets or something that I can use for valentines and general love cards.