Ombre Heart Card and Other Hand Stamped Cards

Valentine's Day is just over two weeks away and I have been needing to get into my old stamping supplies to get busy on some cards. We are going to have our 3rd grade Women of Grace girls make some Valentines this week to deliver to a local nursing home. It is my duty to create something duplicable by elementary-aged girls. So, I pulled out every stamp set I have with hearts and eventually came up with this Ombre Heart Card and other Hand Stamped Cards
In the Ombre Heart card, I used a technique called stamping off. Basically, it just means you remove a layer of the ink on a stamp to lighten the resulting image. You typically do this by stamping the image on a scratch piece of paper first, but I simply started stamping darkest to lightest from the right side of the strip of paper. I used 3 different shades of pink, with the middle two being the same shade (one being stamped off).
I also made this large heart card with one of my very first stamp sets I ever purchased as a Stampin' Up demonstrator over 11 years ago. I've long since stopped demonstrating, but I do like to dust off the stamps from time to time. I added a little line of glue to the heart with a glue pen and sprinkled on some glitter to give it a little more pizazz.
Finally, here is a red and vanilla card I designed. To create an interesting background, I randomly stamped the double heart image with red ink onto the red card stock.
I also stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting on some canvas ribbon. I attached it to the red background with some vintage brass brads I had in my stash. The large heart stamped on vanilla was "popped" out with some dimensional stickers on the back.
I was so excited to do something crafty today...something that didn't involve taking pictures of food ;-) Each card was simple to make. I haven't decided yet which, if any, of these cards is going to be the one that the Women of Grace girls make. I still have a few more stamp sets to play around with. So far, I think I'm liking the Ombre card the best. Are you like me and have tons of supplies to make cards, but don't do it on a regular basis? I really need to get back into this hobby, if for no other reason than to use up the ink and paper I bought all those years ago. Maybe it would free up some space in my craft closet ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you were inspired to make some Valentine's cards of your own this year.

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15 comments:

  1. Good morning Nici, your cards are so pretty. I'm always amazed by the creativity of people who stamp and make cards! I like each of them, but probably the ombre one the best. I'm sure the girls will have fun making any of them, and how nice of you to volunteer your time in that way. Have a great day!

    Debbie

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    1. Very beautiful cards.


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  2. The cards are so cute! The girls will enjoy making them...happy stamping!

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  3. Love all the cards, but especially the dark red and white one.

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  4. I understand what you mean about needing to do something besides food. I have focused on food lately and still have several posts to do. It seems that preparing food, taking photos and all that goes with blogging interfere with my crafting so I am eager to create. Your cards are very pretty, especially the glittery heart. I think young girls would enjoy making the cards. They will have a very creative teacher!

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  5. Nici, What beautiful cards you make. I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party-5/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  6. Ooooh, such cute cards! I actually have the stamp set you used in the ombre one...hmmmm! I would love for you to share these at Shine on Fridays if you haven't already: http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/01/shine-on-fridays-65.html

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  7. Awesome! I absolutely love it! Sharing on FB right now. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  8. Super cute idea!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  9. Thank you so much for visiting Homa Style and linking all your Valentine creative ideas.
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Remember to visit again on the last Wednesday of February for the Inspire Me link party.

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  10. Thank you for linking up your awesome project! We've already got our next Showcase up, so come stop by and link up another project!

    Have a great week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/09/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-19/

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  11. This is stunning card idea's...!!! it's appreciating....choosing prints for my cards it's helping me a lot..!!!

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  12. Love the Valentine's day cards. So pretty. My fave is how you stamped the different color hearts. thanks for sharing on whimsical Wednesday. Hope you will link up again!

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