Give a Little Love

Happy Valentine’s day. I really don’t think there needs to be one day dedicated to showing love, it should be done everyday, yet I will go with it.

I made a card for my husband last night. I was inspired by my latest magazine purchase – “Paper Crafts – Cool Tools for Paper Crafters”. I am so happy I got this one. It has so many tips and gadgets to used for creating great cards. I flagged all the cards I would love to make for the many occasions and birthdays this year.

The card I made was easy to craft.

I had 3.875″ squares of linen textured cardstock which I found similar colors for a gradient or ombre effect for my card. I cut 6- 1″ squares and used a small rounded corner punch to clip one corner off.

I glued them on top of each other, working from the bottom and darkest color up to the lightest color. I glued them on another piece of cardstock for stability. Once they were glued, I drew or traced a heart on top of them and cut them out.

After doing that I picked the cardstock I wanted to make my card out of  and cut it down to the appropriate size in order to have a finished, folded card the size of 4.25″x5.5″.  I also used a larger round corner punch to clip the pointed corners off the card. (I used my Martha Stewart score board to score the fold line and my 1″ squares for accuracy and a smooth fold.)

I put foam tape on the back of the heart and affixed it to the right side of the card.

I took silver glittered chip board letters, which had adhesive on them, and added small slivers of foam tape to the back so they would be close to the same height as the heart and affixed them to the left of the heart.

On the inside of the card I used one of the colors from the heart, a 3.875″ square, and clipped the corner of it with the same punch as the others and then printed a message on a white sheet of cardstock with a border around it (used InDesign) and pasted it to the colored card stock and signed. It.

I love making cards. They are not always the best, yet it is fun to experiement and figure out what techniques work best for you.

Happy Valentines’ Day!

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Okay, New Valentine Card Plan

So I was on Sweetshoppedesigns yesterday, post my elementary attempt to make Valentine’s Day cards for my son’s preschool class and was way out-done and out-voted, obviously, by this one:

So, thank you Photoshop and Sweetshoppedesigns for letting me add my son’s name to the cards and having my other ones go into the recycle bin. Note taken!

(Funny – I am laughing on the outside and cringing at my attempt on the inside. Lesson learned get more creative!)

Quick Valentine’s Day Cards in Photoshop

This afternoon I came home and whipped up some quick Valentine’s Day cards for my son’s preschool class.

I used photoshop and some elements I had purchased/downloaded from one of my favorite digital scrapbooking sites Sweetshoppedesigns.com

I opened a new document and used a letter preset for my page.

I created guides a quarter inch off of each page margin so I would have four equal cards. I needed to make 16 cards.

I opened each element file and dragged it onto my blank sheet and scaled and moved things around. It really is that easy!

I typed one of the text and duplicated it around the page using smart guides so all of it lined up.

In order to maintain the same scale for each element I selected one layer and then held down shift and selected the subsequent layers and adjusted the scale so they were all the same.

Here is the final result: