Hello crafty friends! Are you all getting excited for Valentines Day? Personally, I don’t usually give out a lot of valentines, but I absolutely love making them. I can’t wait for the day when my Little Bird goes to school and I can make her cards for all her classmates!
There have been so many amazing valentines releases this year, but my absolute favorite is this Lawn Fawn RAWR set. I have a soft spot for dinos and I couldn’t pass this one up! You could use this set for almost any occasion by just switching out the sentiment – like “Rawr means “Happy Birthday”” or “Rawr means “It’s Monday””.
I will prelude this by saying the coloring is not my forte – in fact I’m sometimes scared to use my Spectrum Noir markers. I plan on participating in the Daily Coloring Challenge at http://www.thedailymarker.com/ which should be starting this week, so I can improve my skills. I highly suggest following along on Instagram or this blog!
I made not one card, but two cards with this set…cue the oohs and ahhs. The first is a simpler one that is a little more sophisticated (as sophisticated as these dinos get anyways), and the second is a bit more playful.
For the first one, I cut a grey card base to A2 size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) and a piece of white cardstock just smaller than that width-wise. The white piece I ran through the Sizzix in a We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder. I am in love with these next level embossing folders. They give such great dimension and detail!
Next I stamped the dinos (a bunch of them) onto white cardstock using a stamp positioning tool and alcohol-marker friendly ink, Tsukineko Brilliance n Graphite Black. Now I use a stamp positioning tool with alcohol friendly inks because they tend to not be a dark as I prefer, so I stamp it multiple times to achieve this.
You also may have noticed that one of the dinos is flipped. This is done with mirror stamping… not black magic 🙂 Basically, you need a solid image stamp bigger than your image (I used the back of a larger one I had). Now ink that dino up REALLY good, and stamp it straight up and down onto the solid stamp. Now stamp the solid stamp onto cardstock. Voila – flipped dino! To die cut it, just hold it up to the light and line it up on the reverse side. The only thing is that it won’t be a very solid or dark image, depending on your ink pad. So I used a black pen AFTER, and I can’t stress that enough, coloring with alcohol markers.
I colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers, and also colored a piece of white cardstock with the same red as the Dinosaur to make a matching heart sentiment. I then Die-cut the dinosaurs and their “rawr” with coordinating dies, and the heart from Studio Calico.
Lastly, I adhered the white panel onto the card base, and used foam squares to adhere the dinosaurs, heart, and speech bubbles on the panel. All done!
For the next card, I took a pink A2 card base and added some patterned paper to the front panel. I used the same Studio Calico heart die to cut out a piece of craft foam from the smaller heart, and two larger hearts for the frame. I also cut out a piece of cardstock to match each, and a piece of acetate and some mint paper from the large heart for the window panel and backing.
I glued the smaller heart craft foam and cardstock together and stamped the sentiment on it, then glued it to the card base.
For the shaker window, I layered the cardstock, acetate and then two layers of the craft foam together.
I ran my Anti-static powder tool along the inside edge to eliminate any leftover stickiness from the window, and filled it with an assortment of sequins I picked out. Then I adhered the mint heart to the back to trap it all inside, and then attached it to the card base.
To finish it off, I added the dinosaurs with some foam squares, and glued the Rawr sentiment on the shaker. I added the little heart from the stamp set to give it a little extra cuteness.
That’s all for now for Valentines cards. Do you like these ones? Leave me a comment telling me your Valentines plans!
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Have a great week!