Last year I made Valentines for my girls to share with classmates and friends and so of course I have to do it again this year. And, of course, I need to use my new Simple Valentine stamp set and patterned paper! When I am doing a project like this where I am making a larger number (I made 2 dozen of this project) I need to keep things simple and find shortcuts that will make the project go quickly, but I also want to make it memorable with a special detail of some kind. Pull out your punches, paper, and stamps and let's get started...
(And, yes, it's Christmas and I am sharing a Valentine project with all of you today...!Christmas is all about love too, so it's all good.)
So many of the Valentines that my girls brought home last year were folded and so I wanted to do a version of that for this project. My Raspberry Fizz card bases are 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" and then scored at 2 1/2".
Fold the card at the score line and you will have about 1/2" that extends beyond the front of the card. To make a notch to tuck the front cover of your card into, use a slit punch. Punch it into the back cardstock so that the notch will overlap the front cardstock piece. (click any of the pictures to see them larger.) The bottom edge of my slit punch is about 1/4" from the edge of the cardstock.
What a better shortcut than to use hearts punched from the Simple Valentine patterned paper? So quick and easy.
I punched a scallop edge border from another sheet of the Simple Valentine patterned paper to go on the edge of the card.
I stamped a few outline hearts from the new Tiny Treats set in Fresh Snow ink on the card base and then adhered one of the punched hearts. I stamped the "be mine" sentiment from Simple Valentine right onto the punched heart.
For the inside I stamped the dotted outline heart in fresh snow ink and the "be my valentine" sentiment from Tiny Treats over the top in True Black ink. I left plenty of room on the inside for signing names in the Valentines.
One last detail is a red rhinestone on the notch for a little sparkle. I love this pile of finished Valentines. I will make one more version so that each of my girls has a different Valentine to bring to school and I am sure that I will share it here at some point! For now these will go into my Valentine box of cards, tags, etc. so I am set to go when February gets here!
Be Mine Valentines
stamps: Simple Valentine, Tiny Treats (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Fresh Snow, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink)
other: red rhinestones (Kaisercraft), large heart punch (EK Success), slit punch, scallop edge border punch (Stampin' Up!)