Friday, March 14, 2014


Love You Manly Valentine

Today I want to share with you one of the Valentine's cards that my guests made at the February Make and Take. I usually try to have both a girly valentine and a manly valentine. The girly ones are easy to come up with, but a manly valentine??? Those are quite a bit harder to design. 

When you're creating things for Valentine's Day you just want to reach for those pinks and reds. Especially with all the fun things you see on Pinterest around that time. So it's much harder to stay away from those girly colors and not come up with something that isn't five different shades of pink with lace and pearls and bling and over the top girly. 

So this is what I came up with and I'm pretty darn pleased with it! Although I think it took me an hour to design just this card! I kept hemming and hawing about how to place that stripey DSP and what stamp to use to fill up all that gray space on the right and where to add what greeting all while trying to keep the red to a reasonable amount.

  • Smoky Slate card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4". 
  • Coastal Cabana card stock 1-3/4" x 5-1/2"
  • Fresh Prints DSP 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"
  • Stamps: Best of Love, Off the Grid
  • Ink: Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Chevron Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Red Glimmer Paper, Label Card Thinlits, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen

First off fold the Smoky Slate card stock on the score line and stamp the Off the Grid image onto the card front twice in Basic Gray ink. Next up glue the strip of Fresh Prints DSP onto the strip of Coastal Cabana card stock. Use the Chevron Border Punch just on one end to punch those three lovely chevrons at the bottom of the strip. It takes a little more oomph to punch through the DSP and the card stock, but it's totally doable. Then stick this layer onto the left side of the card front with a few Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Next up stamp the greeting from Best of Love onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock in your Coastal Cabana ink then punch out the greeting with the Large Oval Punch. Stick the greeting onto the card front with a couple more Stampin' Dimensionals.

To get the glimmery red arrow use the arrow die from the Label Card Thinlits pack with a scrap of Red Glimmer Paper in the Big Shot. Glue this onto the DSP with a little 2-Way Glue Pen. To finish it off take some linen thread and run it through a nice big Basic Black button from the Neutrals button pack and tie the twine into a bow (easier said than done). Then stick the button onto the card front with another Stampin' Dimensional. This card really has a lot of dimension with all those dimensionals!

Now open up the card and stamp the Off the Grid image again in Basic Gray ink. Then take the chevrons that you punched out earlier and glue them inside the card with some more 2-Way Glue Pen. No wasting chevrons on this card! 

That's it! A cute and fun, yet still manly, Valentine's card! Or anniversary... or anytime you want to say "I love you".