The other day I followed a link on a friend’s Facebook page and found A Bit East-Coast, a blog by Keisha Campbell. She had posted about having the flu and starting to make valentines. As I’m still struggling with a bad cold and starting to make my valentines, I felt a kinship.
Actually, it was the cards that got me first. Her photography is lovely and I was really inspired by her color scheme (grey, pink, & red with gold & silver accents) and love her designs. I immediately started looking through my paper for grey and pink but decided I didn’t want to use red so found some turquoise and a little brown, with pink and grey as my primary colors. I LOVE how these colors look together and like how the grey keeps the pink from looking too sweet.
I also pulled out my embossing powder because the sentiments embossed in gold looked so stunning on Keisha’s cards. Instead of my usual card stock I found a pad of Strathmore heavy weight water color paper tucked beside my desk and collected some other embellishments and tools. I cut the cards from the water color paper and I’m really pleased with how the heavy, textured, white paper works as a base for many of these cards.
So: first inspiration: Keisha Campbell of A Bit East-Coast.
I thought of Pinterest and decided to look through things I’d pinned. I don’t often make the jump from pinning to actually making the things I’ve pinned. But I loved how the first card turned out and liked getting away from my usual methods, so off to Pinterest I went.
This cute card by Kristina Werner (her blog is K Werner Design Blog) inspired this valentine. I didn’t have the computer at my crafting desk so when I looked back at the picture I see how she raised the top layer with the heart cut-out, so I’ll try that when I make another one of these cards.
On my first go-round I punched my heart through both the top layer and the card front and then realized I only needed to have the heart punched out of the top layer! Doh. Oh, well. I made it work.
This beautiful scalloped card on Pinterest linked me to Flickr and cheironbrandon’s Photostream. The card uses lots of different paper and a circle punch with all the little circles layered like shingles or fish scales. She has lots of other great cards pictured on her Flickr site. I put on the bottom row and trimmed around the edge of the circles but decided on the next card I’ll try putting the circles down off the bottom edge – seems easier than trimming around them.
Another idea from my pins on Pinterest is this dry embossed little heart. I followed the link and read the great tutorial by Arrounna at Bookhou at Home.
I followed her excellent directions but punched the heart with a small punch rather than cutting it with a craft knife. I recycled a piece of a cereal box, punched out the heart than used my bone folder to dry emboss the heart onto the card. Check out her tutorial, her site and her shop.
I love how all the white space with the one little heart balances the busy collage tag. I wrote about the tags here.
Here is my little template for making the dry embossed heart.
Hold the template and your card up to a lamp or window to get the heart aligned where you want it.
Here is the resulting heart close up.
Further inspiration was right at home. Rem and I have a folding screen that I use to display cards we’ve received (or given each other). It had been collecting cards (and quite a thick layer of dust) for some time. Dusting it and winnowing down the collection, I saw one of my favorite valentines came from my friend and fellow crafter, Jean. The screen looks much better now, and we have room for new cards.
Here is the card I made (on the left) inspired by Jean’s valentine. I love all the details her original has: the tiny circle tag with silver border hanging on the thread, the little red safety pin and the scrap of paper it’s pinned to. I used a few staples, some washi tape, and added Dianne Dots as an embellishment. I didn’t have the large heart stamp, so I copied the swooping design freehand. I’m delighted with the results.
One last inspiration for this post, but this didn’t result in a card. Instead it was a little tip that I love and have been using since. I recently crafted with my sister Kathleen and her friend Michelle. Michelle creates beautiful Art Journals (more on that in a future post) and she showed me something that seems to obvious and you all probably are doing it and I’m the last to know. She uses an open magazine to work on. As soon as her work surface gets wet or sticky with paint or glue, she simply turns to a fresh page!
I’m constantly sticking part of my project upside down into some adhesive and this way I just turn the page and I have a clean surface to work on. A friend passes the New Yorker on to me and I like how the slim magazine lies open (of course I read them first). Inspirational!
I hope you have found this inspiring. Thanks for stopping by.