Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vintage Valentine's Day Cards

Hi everyone, and although a bit early, Happy Valentine's Day!  I want to share a couple of vintage Valentine's Day cards with you today.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has a wonderful selection of romantic style chipboard that is just perfect for all of your card making projects, or try them in your scrapbooking too.

My first card has a lot of brown in it.  I was hoping to keep it somewhat feminine but also be appropriate for that special man in my (your) life.

I cut tan card stock to 10" x 7", folded in half to make my 5"x7" card base.  Then I cut layers of print paper from the Rossibelle paper collection, sizes shown in the photo below.

I distressed the edges of the layers with a distressing tool, then edged with brown distress ink.

The floral strip was punched with the bracket punch.

The paper pieces were all layered to the card base, as shown below.  Pieces of thin fun foam were added beneath a couple layers just to add dimension and interest.  

All chipboard pieces were first painted with white gesso.  This seals the chipboard and prepares the surface for your inks.  It will also keep the chipboard from sucking up large amounts of your ink or paint.  Use whatever inks or paints you have that match colors in your chosen paper.  The solid heart was covered with a piece of the pink print paper and the edges were sanded with an emery board.

The remaining chipboard pieces were colored with Prima ink pads, as follows:

Filigree heart frame - inked with Old Rose ink
Solid heart - covered with pink print paper, stamped with Prima 961961 and Tin Can ink, edged with Shabby Tote ink
Be Mine - inked with Vintage Pink and Turquoise Stone inks, edged with Black Coal inks
XOXO - inked with Garden Green, Olive Vine and White inks
Border lattice heart - inked with Tin Can ink

On the back of the filigree heart, I added small strips of chipboard to one side so that it would be level when I place the solid heart beneath it.  Refer to photo of finished card.

Glue the Be Mine piece to the solid heart, as shown.

Adhere the filigree heart frame, tilting it slightly over the solid heart, as shown.

Adhere the pieces to the card front, as shown.   I was not sure where I was going to place the small lattice heart until I noticed that Mine from the Be Mine piece was "floating".

 This is where it came in handy.  I slipped it under the word so it would support it.  However, I also determined that the Tin Can color was not right, so I gessoed it again and colored it the same as I did on the XOXO piece.

Here it is with a pretty bow attached.

The second card is super easy and quick.  

I cut a piece of pink 12"x12" card stock in half at 6", so when folded in half, it would make a 6"x6" square card.  The print paper was from Making Memories that I had in my stash, but any similar paper you have on hand would work.  

I adhered some really pretty white lace along the folded edge of the card.

Each piece of chipboard was first gessoed, as usual, and then colored with the Prima ink pads.

Border hearts - inked with Sweet Pea and Blossom Tree
A Little Romance - inked with Blossom Tree
Lips - inked with Hydrangea and Blossom Tree
Delicata Golden Glitz was used on all chipboard pieces to bring out the gold in the paper.

To bring out the gold in the paper, I decided to hit the chipboard lightly with a Gold Delicate ink pad.

Adhere chipboard pieces, as shown below.  A few flowers and die cut leaves were added below the word art.  I also added the pink ink to color the two white flowers.  

Supplies used:
Printed scrapbook papers (Prima Rossibelle, Making Memories)
Fiskars bracket edge punch
Fern leaf die (Cheery Lynn)
Prima ink pads (Sweet Pea, Hydrangea, Blossom Tree, Old Rose, Vintage Pink, Tin Can, Turquoise Stone, Black Coal, White, Garden Green, Olive Green)
Prima 961961 Peeled Paint clear stamp 
Delicate Golden Glitz ink pad
Floral Embellishments (Recollections)
Lace strip
Blue organza ribbon
White gesso
Distress edger tool
Brown distress ink

I hope you have been inspired to use some beautiful chipboard pieces in your next card making project.  It not only adds dimension to your background, but not so much that it cannot be mailed.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty day!