Valentine Cards

There is still time to get a few Valentine cards made before the big day!  I've created several examples using our new rubber stamps.  All three come together quickly and are completed with minimal supplies.

First up is an elegant pocket created using the "Whimsical Heart" stamp on lightly textured watercolor paper. The finished size is 3" square, just large enough to hold a small gift.  This pocket would make a charming wedding favor with the happy couple's names stamped inside. 

The pre-cut the paper will be here at the store when we open this week for our normal Friday/Saturday hours.

The second example incorporates a bit of watercolor but you could substitute the method of your choice to add color to the hearts.  This card features the "Stitched Heart Trio" and "You make my Heart Sing-script" stamps.   These are stamped on smooth watercolor paper then embossed with black before coloring.  The stamped layer is mounted on colored cardstock.  The finished size is 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and folds at the top. Coordinating baker's twine adds the finishing touch.  

The third sample strays from colors traditionally used for Valentine's Day greetings but not everyone loves pink and red.  The colors also allow this card to be suitable for general spring, to brighten someone's day or all occasion well wishes.  It begins with the "Bumble Bee Trail w/Heart" stamped on bright yellow-green cardstock.  The image is then embossed with black embossing powder. If you want to add the dimensional wings as shown you'll need a second embossed image on vellum; trim and mount with double-stick craft tape. Two layers of grass are created by snipping cardstock along one side and then crumpling the strips.  The base card (yellow green) is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  The blue-green return on the front is a piece of 6-1/4" x 5-1/2" cardstock that is scored to create a 2" fold.  Mount the larger portion of the blue-green cardstock on the inside of the yellow-green card front and fold the 2" portion to the front so the completed card is a zig-zag.  Finish with a band of black cardstock on the front to hide the lower edge of the grass and a few passes of complementary tri-colored twine.

The stamps and related items can be purchased online at or in-store at Artisan Life & Style™ located in Hagerstown, MD.  Please see the Artisan Life & Style™ website for location and hours.

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