Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Red and Black Valentine's cards

Here are a couple of simple, yet elegant Valentine's cards.

The Love heart stamp is from the Love Always set by Stampin Up. I stamped it with Red Riding Hook ink, cut it out and layered it onto black cardstock which I also trimmed. I added some glossy accents to the dots on 3 of the swirls just for some bling.

The red background is embossed with my Hearts Cuttlebug folder, I lightly sanded the paper to give a little more contrast to the hearts. The flowers are from a Bucket of Blooms I purchased from SimonSaysStamps. They are made by Prima and I can not believe the variety and the amount of flowers you get in the cute paint can. I purchased the white ones and just airbrushed the smaller flower red to match the paper. The branches are a Martha Stewart punch. Pretty easy.

This next card also relies heavily on embossing. I started with Cryogen white paper which I embossed with my Textile Texture Cuttlebug folder. I think it has such an elegant look to it and the shimmer from the Cryogen paper really plays that up.

Next I used my With Love embossing folder, also from Cuttlebug, to create the band across the card. On retrospect, I think it would look better if this were lowered. But I changed my mind several times and have a small tear in the background I needed to cover up (oops!)

The heart is from Magenta Rubber Stamps, a very baroque image. All the paper matches on this card, I hate how scanners pick up reds.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have found some inspiration.


Elaine A said...

What lovely cards Sandy. So very elegant. Thank you so much for sharing.

Elaine Allen

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful card Sandy, LOVE the pretty embossing and gorgeous colors. Hope you have a healthy and happy 2009!! LOTS of hugs, Jennifer :)

Sandy Knecht said...

Very nice cards Sandy. Your flowers look great and I like the addition of the little branch.

Anonymous said...

These turned out really beautiful Sandy! Awesome! Amy P.

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