With the end of January fast approaching, its almost time to start thinking about Valentines day! Here in the UK we only send one Valentines card (along with a gift, maybe) to our most loved one. I remember as a kid sending anonymous Valentines cards to my latest crush via a school post box that was rolled out for occasions such as Valentines and Christmas. Saying that I have made several Valentines cards so far this year, a girl has to have options!
This card was inspired by a gorgeous Valentines Project from one of this years Artisan Design Team, Steffi Helmschrott, from Germany. I loved her use of watercolour to create a soft background for her card, and took layout inspiration too
Steffi used the gorgeous First Sight stamp set for her card, but I have yet to get my hands on that, so I grabbed for my ever faithful Everything Eleanor instead. I love the swirl stamp in this set, its lovely for wedding stationary and wedding congratulations cards.
You all know how much I love watercolouring, and adore our Watercolour Paper, but for this card I wanted something a little softer and so opted for Shimmery White card stock instead. I heat embossed that swirl in Clear Embossing powder, before adding washes of Blackberry Bliss ink with a large flat paintbrush. This card took a while as each layer dried, but the effect was totally worth it.
The ‘Love Ya’ comes from a Hostess Exclusive set, Floral Wings, from this years Annual catalogue (which is still have left, if you want one let me know!). Stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink and repeatedly heat embossed in Clear embossing powder (I think there are 3 layers of embossing here!) and the card is finished with a Sweetheart (punched) in Blackberry Bliss and some loops of Whisper White bakers twine
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