Valentine’s Day 2017

5 Feb 2017

 

Today I have a Valentine’s Day card for you. This card is made for my boyfriend and that’s why I tried to make it not too cute or flowery but with hearts, because well, it’s Valentine’s Day after all!

 

For this card I used the Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton Loves Coffee” stamp set because the sentiment fitted the Valentine’s Day theme and my boyfriend loves coffee! I already know exactly what he is going to say about this card and that is that I DON’T drink coffee (so I can’t say that he is the cream in MY coffee), but the combination (kitten and sentiment) was too darn cute and once the idea settled in my head I HAD to make this card! I guess he will get the gesture after all!

 

The cute little kitten on this card is the little brother from the kitten on another card that I made a while back (in that post you can also read how I coloured both kittens): http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2016/12/23/Newton-Unwinds-with-Copic-Markers

 

Fortunately there were no accidents like on the other card.

For the coffee-cup I used Copics R43/R29/R89/W1/W3/C4 and C7. After colouring the image and letting it dry I fussy cut him out with my Fiskars scissors.

 

 

I wanted to have the kitten on some kind of background and I thought a heart would be nice to enhance the Valentine’s Day theme. Since I don’t have any heart-dies I free hand draw a heart in the size that I wanted and cut it out (I used some shiny red linen structured card stock from my stash). To define the edges a bit more I put a little “Aged Mahogany” Distress Ink around the edges with an sponge dauber.

 

Then I started on the background: I wanted to make a soft background that matched the theme that I had going but was not too distracting from the kitten and the heart shape that I already had. I choose some smaller stamps from the same stamp set and I used the Prima Metallic Chalk Edger in “Silver” to stamp the images. I love these chalk inks for soft backgrounds (and they ad a little amount of shine to the card). My idea was to have some lighter and some darker areas, but when I finished stamping I didn’t liked the results as much as I had hoped. This is where the idea came from to put the sentiment over one of the lighter stamped images. Looks almost as if it was intended that way, don’t you think? I finished the design for this card with a few hearts from the same stamp set and coloured them with the same red Copics as I used for the coffee-cup.  

 

 

Now that all the elements are ready it’s time to put everything together: to create a little dimension I put the kitten on the heart with foam tape and the heart on the background also with some foam tape (both are only 1 mm thick but that’s enough to create dimension and if you want to mail the card it’s not to bulky). The tiny hearts are glued on with Ranger Medium Matte. I die-cut a red panel from the same shiny red linen structured card stock and edged with “Aged Mahogany” to make a mat for the white and silver background that I glued together with liquid glue. The red panel I foam-taped to the white linen structured card base and that finishes today’s card!

 

I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:

 

SSS Monday Challenge: “Pets Corner”

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=7941

 

SSS Wednesday Challenge: “The Color of Love”

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-color-love/

 

 

To conclude today’s post I have a picture for you of last years Valentine’s Day card (using stamps from Clearly Besotted "Nutty but Nice" stamp set):

 

 

Wishing you all a romantic Valentine’s Day and lots of love and fun together in the rest of the year!

 

Did you make (a) Valentine’s Day card(s) or are you planning to make one/some?

 

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