Simple Handmade Valentines

Hello there. Today’s project shares how to create simple handmade valentines….

I started with a few sheets of THIS watercolor cardstock. I applied several different colors of distress ink on to a piece of acetate (I used a piece of recycled packaging). I spritzed with water and smooshed the ink on to the cardstock. To get intense color on the first application, I used the acetate like a squeegee and pulled the color across the cardstock. I went back and forth until all the ink was used up. Once dry, I die-cut each one using THIS die. 
For the first valentine…
I used Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, and Seedless Preserves. (You may recognize this color combo from Instagram HERE.)I sprayed it with THIS sprayer to add some texture. 
For the second valentine…
I went with a rainbow color combo. Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Shaded Lilac. 
While experimenting, I found something fun! I used THIS gift card holder die and partially die-cut one end of it to create the hole for the sucker to go through. After die-cutting, I snipped the cuts a little more to avoid the cardstock bending from the weight of the sucker. Here’s a closer look…
You can die-cut the entire die if you had a larger sucker and then there would be a holder at the top and bottom but I had smaller suckers on hand. I also added the same distress ink color to the cardstock on the back so it would blend in seamlessly. 
To finish off the valentines, I stamped the sentiment and hearts from THIS stamp set in black. I also wanted to create a spot to write the recipient’s name so I die-cut a few hearts using THIS die from THIS patterned paper and stamped the “to” and “love” from THIS stamp set…
These would make great valentines for kids to pass out at school. You could also get them involved in creating the inky backgrounds! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

1 Comment

  1. Donna
    January 23, 2017

    I love the great color combos on the smooshed backgrounds. Cute ideas for Valentine's Day!


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