With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to get inspired and start planning your handmade cards and treats for friends, family, or your child’s classmates or teachers. Tiffany has some simple tips to help plan and create several clean and simple valentines in one cardmaking session. We hope this inspires you!
Hey friends, Tiffany here, and today I am making some clean and simple valentines featuring the brand new, adorable EBE Jammin’ stamp set. Because I wanted to keep them simple, there is minimal coloring and very little paper waste – double win! When I mass produce cards (which is rare for me), I like to create cards with a similar layout or color palette, but slightly different designs. This helps keep me interested in the project 🙂 Let’s dive into the tips and how I created these candy, colored treat holders.
Tip 1: Choose a color palette. Picking a color palette before starting your cards will help you from spending time mulling over color later on. It also helps to keep your cards looking unified. If you have trouble creating a color palette, try googling images, use Pinterest, or use your color wheel. Catherine Pooler’s color wheel is a staple in my craft room. For my palette, I chose Concord & 9th’s Poppy, Sorbet, Buttercup, and Ballet Slipper, and Catherine Pooler’s Orange Peel. It’s a fun, bright palette that is perfect for sweet treats.
Tip 2: Do your die cutting, stamping, and coloring all at once. I used half a sheet (5.5 x 8.5 inches) of cardstock in the same colors as my ink. From each color, I die cut the EBE Library Card die. Then, I used the leftover cardstock to my advantage. I cut thin strips to use as embellishment on my treat holders, and I stamped and white heat embossed all of the images I would use with the EBE Jammin’ stamp set.
I added a little shading for dimension to each focal image with copic markers. I used the following markers: 0, RV10, RV11, RV13, YR14, YR16, Y13, R29. If you want to speed this project up, you could skip the coloring, but the slight shading gives a bit more dimension.
See how I’ve used the same half sheet of cardstock as much as possible? You could even stamp and trim sentiment strips from the other areas too!
Tip 3: Decide on your layout, design, and embellishments. For these holders, I decided to feature one sentiment and focal image popped up with foam tape. Behind the focal image, I used images from Jammin’ to stamp tone-on-tone. For a little extra detail, I added the strips of cardstock I trimmed earlier and a die cut heart from glitter paper. The heart die is from EBE Big Love.
Tip 4: Assemble Valentines by mixing and matching various elements and colors. Jammin’ comes with a variety of creative, punny sentiments so it was easy to mix these up. For faster stamping, I recommend using an acrylic block to decorate the front and inside of the Valentine. Mix up the colors, change the placement of the focal images or sentiments, and don’t be afraid to stamp a different image on the front than on the inside of the holder for another twist. On the back, I used the Tag It – Christmas stamp set to stamp ‘to’ and ‘from’, an essential bit for any valentine.
I highly recommend stamping everything prior to adhering the library card together. I used scor tape as there is no drying time required. Make sure to reinforce fold lines and scor tape with a teflon bone folder.
The last step is to add your sweet treat and delight in bringing a little joy to someone’s day! I hope you enjoyed my project today and are inspired to use the library pocket as a valentine. Please visit Instagram to see a reel of how I created these. If you create something inspired by this post, I’d love you to share it with me @ink.therapy.designs and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!