Who knows when inspiration will strike, but recently it was a vase of flowers that inspired the color choices for my Valentine’s this year.
I picked out a brilliant bunch of magenta anemones at the Farmer’s Market and put them into a cobalt blue glass vase.
I’m afraid my skill with a camera is not up to the challenge of capturing this combination and making it look as rich and wonderful as what I’m seeing. Even as the flowers started to fade, they deepened to a darker shade that was lovely. I bought the same kind and color of flowers two weeks in a row.
Anyway, I started going through my paper and did a little shopping so I could put these two colors together.
I added brown paper tags and hearts, vintage buttons and some sweet little heart embellishments. Not shown are some off-white and cream-colored sheet music, textbook pages and other vintage ephemera from my stash that I used.
Although these cards are more focused on paper, I still use rubber stamping and I pulled out my Valentine stamps.
I knew I couldn’t really capture the color of the cobalt blue glass, but I added richness to the card designs with sparkly blue glitter tape and shiny gold paper and ink.
My friend Carson recently showed a technique for a “Braided Paper” background on her wonderful Pine & Plum blog, and I used that for a batch of Valentine’s.
Cut strips of paper in equal widths.
Put adhesive on a piece of paper (this will be covered by the paper strips – I used thinner copy paper rather than card stock). I like the Tombow Mono Adhesive tape roller.
Lay the first two strips to create a V on the paper. The ends of the strips can go off the edge and when they’re all glued down, just turn the paper over and trim off the extra.
Cover the paper. I did a long strip and cut it to size for several small cards.
Once all the base paper is covered and you trim the strips, you’ll have a beautiful piece of paper that looks similar to a braid.
Here are finished cards using this technique.
These small cards will go into little glassine envelopes I found at Paper Source and I’ll be sharing them with friends at work and in my choir. Heart stickers and washi tape decorate the outside.
I am making more cards, some this same small size (I used place cards) and some more standard size and all will be using similar collage designs and the same colors and embellishments.
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