February fourteenth is fast approaching, and Mama Elephant’s January card challenge has a Valentine’s Day/love theme — so why not kill two birds with one stone and get my valentines made before the last minute?
I wanted to make these quickly, so I kept my supplies minimal and the designs simple. This is my favorite of the valentines I’ve made so far; I adore the clean, graphic look and the red, black, and white color scheme.
For a hint of dimension (that the photo entirely fails to represent), I popped each die-cut circle up on two smaller cardstock circles. The card is flat enough to go through the mail safely, but it has more visual interest than if I had merely glued the die-cuts to the card base on their own.
Since I’m sending this card to a stamping friend who likes kitties, I sneaked a little crafty cat inside and another cat onto the envelope.
For the past several years, I’ve been using a wood-mounted rubber Hero Arts “created by” stamp on the backs of my cards, but when I placed a My Favorite Things order around Christmas, they enclosed a mini set of sentiments for envelopes and the backs of cards. I was hyped to find the gift in my package (it still excites me every time I pull it out of my stash), and I love how well this stamp coordinates with the card design.
For my next two valentines, I went tiny. Mini cards are my go-to for speedy designs, since I can use cute little stamps without having to figure out what to do with overwhelming white space. (Sneaky bonus: mini cards don’t have a lot of space on the inside, so there’s no pressure to fill them up with a long message — just a quick note and I’m good to go.) To add some interest to the background and keep the cards from looking too simple, I used watercolor patterned paper and built my color scheme around that.
I love the versatile designs of Mama Elephant’s Little Agenda series and how there’s almost always a stamp that will coordinate for the back of the envelope.
Again, a new stamp for the back of the card! I’ll fill it in with my name and the date when I prep the cards to mail.
Stamps: Mama Elephant “Little Panda Agenda,” “Little Cat Agenda,” “Little Bunny Agenda”; The Ton “Country Rose Cluster” (“sending”); The Stamp Market “Double Take” (“hugs”); Lawn Fawn “Winter Alpaca” (outline mini heart), order freebie (“I Like You”); My Favorite Things “Hand Stamped” freebie (“handmade by”; “from my ♥ to yours”)
Dies: Hero Arts “Nesting Circles” (1 ¼” for top, ¾” for dimensional layers); Mama Elephant “Little Panda Agenda” (coordinating)
Ink: My Favorite Things Black Licorice dye, Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Memento Love Letter + My Favorite Things Chili Powder (layered)
Copics: R27, R000, C00, N1, E43; Stampin’ Up Blendabilities Melon Mambo medium
Paper: Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select White; My Favorite Things Watercolor Wash 6x6 Paper Pack (light pink)
Miscellanea: Scotch Permanent Double-Sided Tape
Red card: 4.25” x 5.5”
Pink cards: 3” x 4.25”