First post of 2017 - Happy New Year everyone!!

Starting 2017 with Valentine's Day cards

I have been very busy the last couple of weeks creating some brand new designs for cards.  I started by shopping for paper from my stash as well as visiting my local craft stores for add ons.  I found some really lovely textured and patterned papers which helped me create a wide variety of cards.

First I'd like to show off some masculine cards created to honor the husband, father, brother or friend in our lives.

The deep red card stock is from American Crafts formed my card base.  The next layer is a brown and white zigzag patterned paper from Studio Calico's Snippets Collection.  On top of that I layered a piece of Core'dinations brown paper, after embossing it with a Darice woodgrain folder and sanding it to add contrast.

Next I layered a wide stripe - about 2" of a lovely red textured card stock, followed by two narrow strips of gold textured card stock on top and bottom.  I laid a narrow strip - about 1/2" of the zigzag patterned paper across the middle and put a die cut heart from gold shimmer card stock on top.

To finish it off I created a double layered label with my Cricut Explore, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and voila!


Next up - for a completely different look from the first photo is what I called the "Hunk of Burning Love" card.  I made one in two different color palettes.

The first is a very bold orange and yellow theme

For the people who would prefer a more traditional Valentine's color palette here is the other one

On both of the above cards I used an embossing folder from Darice for the flame embossed on the paper.  On top of the embossed panel is a clear printable panel where I added the sentiment.  To hide the adhesive from attaching the panel, I creatively used heart die cuts (yellow version) over staples and on the pink version I used thin washi tape on the edges and added two die cut hearts on pop up dots.

Pretty nice right?  I was so excited about finding a way to use an embossing folder that had not seen the top of my crafting table in awhile.  


The last card for my "masculine" series is actually pretty useful for either a man or woman.  

Here is the general stacking order:

  • white Neenah solar white card stock base 80# (which I stamped with a background stamp and inked around the edges with Distress Ink color Barn Door
  • red textured card stock from Recollections
  • gold textured frame cut from My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies (used 2 sizes to get the frame)
  • wide band of red textured card stock - about 3" (same as what I used for the first card on this post)
  • added thin bands of gold textured card stock to top and bottom of red band (same as what I used for the first card on this post)
  • The sentiment was heat embossed on a shimmery gold card stock cut from the same My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies
  • added embellishments from a past find at Tuesday Morning (the >> symbols, star and arrow on the center die cut heart
All in all, I was very pleased and excited to have some cards that weren't all that time consuming to create.  I think it took me 10-15 minutes from start to finish once I had decided on the colors and order to go in for this card so I made a few of them at once.

I hope this post inspires you to create your own fun and unique masculine cards for Valentine's Day everyone.



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