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.