Saturday, January 5, 2013

Valentines or anytime

Now that the holidays are past, it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day. In the last batch of cards I recently sent to Operation Write Home, I included a couple of designs that I might use for some of my valentines this year. Neither card mentions Valentine's Day on the front -- so they are designs that could be used year round -- but it would be really easy to add that greeting, either stamped or handwritten, on the inside of the cards.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!®):
Stamps: Turtle & Co.
Card stock: Confetti White, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; markers: Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, Scallop Edge border punch, Pear Pizzazz stitched poly ribbon, corner rounder, Dimensionals

I really like how this clean and simple layout turned out. The scallops under the ribbon are a strip of Poppy Parade card stock punched with the Scallop Edge border punch. The scallops on the side of the focal image are three 1/2" circles glued right next to each other on the back of the Confetti White layer. You could embellish this card a little more by adding googly eyes to the frog and glitter to the heart.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Safari Animals (DeNami Design), Wild About You
Card stock: Confetti White, textured Real Red
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; markers: Going Gray, More Mustard, Soft Suede
Accessories: Full Heart punch, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Dimensionals

With the red hearts, this card does have more of a Valentine's Day look about it than the first card. You could make it a little more "any time" by layering a different shape behind the animals and/or omitting the embossed heart border. But I do like the wild animal theme for kids' valentines because it works for girls and boys. You could easily make a class set of valentines by changing the size of the card to 3" x 3" and using just one heart and animal with the greeting.

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