Free Valentine Make and Take
Valentine's Day is next week and I have created both funny and elegant Valentine Make and Takes just for you! Join me Thursday through Saturday, February 8-10, 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, February 14, 10am to 4pm. You may choose to make any one of the Valentine's Day cards shown below plus a customized envelope! And it's free! These cards are perfect for your honey, your friends or your co-workers. I hope to see you soon!
My funny Valentines are created with Taylored Expressions Foodie Friends stamps and matching dies. I stamped the image, colored it with Copic markers then cut it out with the matching die. Each stamp has a funny greeting for the insde of the card.
Pizza and Fries (inside) 3" x 3" bracket notecard
For each of the cards above I diecut the bracket notecard, stamped a background (TE Brushed Hearts or Luv-a-Doodle) then stamped, colored and cut out the focal image.
For my elegant Valentine, I stamped the large heart from the Memory Box Wirework Heart set in Versafine Black ink on white shimmer cardstock then embossed it in clear. I die cut the center of the heart with one of the hearts from the Memory Box Have a Heart die set. Next I colored the die using the Clarity Stencil Brushes and dye inks. Love these brushes!!! See more samples using the Clarity Brushes below.
I matted the colored heart on one of the hearts from the Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Hearts set. To finish the card I stamped one of the sentiments included in the Wirework Heart set on cardstock cut with the one of the Taylored Expressions Double Ended Flags. This greeting was also embossed in clear. Simple yet elegant.
More Samples with Wirework Heart Set from Memory Box
Here's a photo of the Wireworks Heart stamp set. It includes several hearts, flowers and sentiments. For a video tutorial on coloring and shrinking the heart, you can see Dave Brethauer, owner of Memory Box, here.
For this sample I stamped the large heart in black permanent ink on sanded shrink plastic then colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. Then I cut it out (with scissors, not a die) and shrank the heart. I mounted it on a mat cut with one of the Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Hearts. The border is cut with Poppystamps die Petit Four Border and the "loved" sentiment is die cut with Taylored Expressions Loved Script die.
These next two cards are done exactly the same way. The first card with Copics on white cardstock and the second card with colored pencils on shrink plastic. The Happy Valentines sentiment is from Poppystamps and the dot border die is from Paper Smooches.
More Samples with Clarity Brushes and Mandala Die from Taylored Expressions
Mandalas are very trendy and this full card size Mandala die is beautiful and versatile. The die cuts the Mandala and the frame. For this first card I die cut the Mandala from turquoise cardstock and left most of the pieces in the die cut. I think it makes a dramatic focal image. I embellished the image with clear Nuvo enamel drops and a sentiment (TE Spring Florals). Design inspired by Regina Mangum.
Next I cut the Mandala from white cardstock and colored it with dye inks and an ink blending tool. The Hello (TE Script Hello) is cut twice and glued together for extra dimension, and the "friend" word is from TE's Friendly Phrases. It is cut with TE's Double Ended Flags die. Design inspired by Melody Rupple.
Now to show you how I colored with the Clarity Stencil brushes. For this card I die cut both the Mandala and a background from white shimmer cardstock. Then I used the brushes to apply the ink in a rainbow effect, overlapping the colors. The brushes give the background a soft and shimmery look that is really beautiful. (Design inspired by Jen Schults) The sentiment is from TE's In & out Get Well stamp set.
For my last card, I cut the Mandala from black cardstock and the background from white cardstock. I applied the colors (dye inks) with the Clarity Brushes. The Thanks script die (TE) is cut twice from gold mirror cardstock. (Design inspired by Jean Manis) Come to the free make and take this week and learn more about these wonderful Clarity Stencil brushes! They are a fun and easy way to apply color. See you soon!
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