I started sketching some ideas out and couldn't decide on which one to go with. I decided to share both!!
The first one is as simple as it looks:
- I cut the middle 4 pieces of a 6 piece paint swatch ("Red Stallion"), and trimmed off the white bits and the writing.
- After drawing them on (freehand - but you could make a template from printed text if you wanted) I cut out the letters "L", "V" and "E" out of an off-white paint swatch ("Chiffon Silk") and stuck them on with sticky pads for a raised effect. The "O" is of course, a button! I stitched this on with pink embroidery thread.
- Stick the strip onto a blank white card with more sticky pads, and you are done!
This next one is a bit more time consuming but I had a lot of fun with it:
- The tree is an image from Google images. I adjusted the size so it would fit the same style of blank card and printed it off. (Hilariously I appear to have not saved it to show here... but of course there are lots of trees out there in Google world!!).
- I pierced through the image's outline onto the card in order to stitch through the holes. I make a lot of stitched cards and these are my must have tools: Paper Piercer (I have 5 different ones for different sizes of holes and combinations , Needle Threading Tool (usually you need at least three strands of embroidery floss for the stitches to "pop", Snippers (have I made that up?!) or Little Scissors, and something to lean on. I use a piece of Mount-Board (MUCH cheaper than a "proper" piercing mat!)
- Using the pierced holes, I backstitched onto the card using dark brown embroidery thread (securing the ends to the back with tape - no need to tie nots here!!).
- The hearts are punched out of various shades of pink and red paint swatches. They were then glued on with differing amounts of Pinflair for a 3D effect.
But there's more: Mally's card! Obviously I like this the best! He chose the colours himself with no thought to how they would interact, but its all good!! I am not (that much of) a control freak ...
So there you have three different styles. There are so many more possibilities though - hope you are inspired and Happy Valentine's Day for the 14th xxx