Romantic Valentine’s Day Card
Love Letters by Godiva’s Dream
Valentine’s can mean different things to different people. I already created a cool rock’n’roll card, a sweet quirky one, so how about a vintage romantic one this time? Completely different to my two previous Valentine’s projects and yet just as appropriate for this holiday.
The colour scheme for this card, as usual for me, was suggested by the stamp I picked. Straight away I knew that I wanted to use softer shades to reflect the fashions in Versailles during the reign of Louis XVI.
I chose a paper pad by My Mind’s Eye “Lost and Found: Madison Avenue”, which already had quite a French feel to it. I always associate pink and brown combination with luxury chocolate shops, so I decided to run with it. Chocolate is definitely very appropriate for Valentine’s, right? Yum!
I picked out three matching patterns and came up with the layout I wanted to use. I then cut the papers to size needed, inked the edges with Tim Holtz “Distress Ink” in “Frayed Burlap” for that aged look, and distressed them using a distressing tool (scissors are perfectly suitable for the job too). I matted the patterned papers on textured cream American Crafts cardstock which was also aged and distressed.
I used some ivory lace and dusty pink satin ribbon on the top layer. Not only do they add texture and interest to the card, they also complement the theme perfectly.
Stamping and Colouring
The focal point of this card is the beautiful “Marie Antoinette” (and her avian companion) stamp by the artist Annie Rodrigue for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps.
I stamped the images in Memento “Desert Sand” ink, so I could use the “no line colouring” technique. I find that really detailed stamps are much more enjoyable to colour when you aren’t restricted by harsh black lines.
I coloured Marie and the bird using Promarker, Brushmarker and Copic alcohol based markers in shades complementing the papers and theme of the project. I also added a touch of glitter on the feather quill and the pearls in the hair. I then fussy cut both images leaving a narrow white outline around them and mounted them on 3D foam.
Marie Antoinette is a rather large and detailed stamp, so I didn’t want to put it against a busy background. Instead I settled on a simpler, more understated option.
I cut out an oval using “Anja’s Oval” die set by Marianne Design and, leaving the paper in the die, inked it with Tim Holtz “Distress Ink” in “Spun Sugar” and “Picked Raspberry”. The latter is a very bright, vibrant colour, so I made sure to apply it very lightly and only create a slightly darker pink shade around the edges. I then took the oval out of the die and inked the outer edges in “Frayed Burlap”.
I then sprayed the oval with water to create droplet patterns, and sprinkled some gold acrylic paint to give the background a bit of sheen and opulence.
Showcasing the Image
In order to display the stamp in all the glory it deserves, I chose a “Large Oval Die by Petra” (Marianne Design LR0240). This frame can come across as a little bulky for it does not have intricate filigree curls and swirls. However, I used the die as a stencil and inked the cut out patterns in “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink. The inking made all the difference as it picked up lovely detailing.
I glued the pink background oval I prepared earlier in the middle of the frame I’ve just cut. While the two dies aren’t a part of the same set, “Anja’s Oval” sits very nicely in the centre of the “Large Oval”. Finally, I adhered the fussy cut stamp, and then affixed the whole focal piece to the card using the same dimensional foam for extra depth.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I wanted this card to be soft and romantic, so I decided to add some floral accents. I picked a variety of mulberry flowers in different sizes and shades complementing the project, and created a curved arch following the shape of the frame. I also included some golden stamens, a pearl berry and a very pale pink pearl bead spray to create more interest.
I’m quite fond of the dusty pink ribbon I used when layering, so I couldn’t help but add a double-looped bow on the edge of the card for extra oomph. I chose a luxurious, champagne-coloured flatback to embellish its centre too. I love these resin gems, they add sparkle and texture to the project without being too glittery.
I felt that this Marie Antoinette image could be used for multiple occasions as it includes a letter. For example, it could be used on a “just because” card, or “long time no see” note, so I wanted to include a sentiment which would make this project more specific for Valentine’s.
Firstly, I die cut a banner (Joy Crafts - JC20386), then stamped the wording in Versamark, sprinkled gold embossing powder over the text and heat embossed. I then inked the banner the same way I did with the focal point background - light pink centre (“Spun Sugar” Distress Ink), darker pink edges (“Picked Raspberry” Distress Ink) and finally, the outer edges tinted with “Frayed Burlap”. I sprinkled some water droplets and some gold acrylic paint over the inked area as well. To finish the sentiment banner, I distressed its edges with a distressing tool.
To make this card even more about love and romance, I die cut some hearts using Memory Box “Precious Hearts” dies. I inked them in aforementioned “Spun Sugar”, “Picked Raspberry” and “Frayed Burlap” Distress Inks and glittered the very edges using “Diamond” Stickles. I adhered the hearts to the card using 3D foam.
The card was now fully finished and ready to be given to someone really special.
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