Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m hoping you are doing something special for those you love. Gratitude is such a beautiful thing and we just don’t do it quite enough; at least I’m not sure I do. Being appreciative and saying so are not the same thing. Let those folks around you know you are thankful for them. ❤️ OK – enough lecture…. sorry, got off on a tangent. Before we get to the card of the day I want to share how this one came about. My craft room is on the second story of our home, away from the center of activity. That can be a good thing sometimes and well, isolating as well. My hubby said he missed being with me ~ I grabbed craft supplies and headed downstairs to make a card. Of course I had to make several more trips to get ‘just one or two more items’, but we were in the same room and hubby said more than once – “I like having you here.” Now who doesn’t respond positively to a statement like that! I made a total mess of the table and he would come over and admire now and then. I was loving the card… and it finally came to me, this was going to be his Valentine card. I finished it but didn’t show him the final result ~ and put away my supplies. He said something like – “I didn’t get to see the finished card. ” Of course I simply said “Oh I took it upstairs already, I’ll show you later.” Later didn’t happen – intentionally – and he forgot – and I gave the card to him this morning. I hope you like it.

Hydrangea Love – #1

I started by creating the hydrangeas using the Hydrangea Haven bundle – which includes the Hydrangea Dies: Highland Heather ink for the purple one and Garden Green for the other. For each of them I stamped the background ‘splotch’ first, stamping off at least once. You can see the purple hydrangea on the larger part of the card is darker than the one in front. I then stamped the flower design over that using the same inks and not stamping off, so it would show. This is a delicate stamp and does not give harsh lines. Then I die cut each one, and punched the petals forward suing my stylus. This gave each flower head dimension. This is clearly a fun fold and so for the front panel, I stamped the leaves on Basic White card stock (3 7/8 x 2 1/4), first with the outline stamp, followed by the fill-in stamp. I used Shaded Spruce ink for the outline stamp and Garden Green ink stamped off for the filler stamp. For the stem and leavers on the right flower, I used Shaded Spruce for the outline and Soft Sea Foam for the filler stamp. I set this panel aside while I worked on the larger panel on the card front.

My card base is Shaded Spruce card stock, 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2. I layered on that a panel of Soft Sea Foam card stock 4 x 10 1/4, scored at 5 1/4 and 7 3/4. On the larger panel is Berry Delightful DSP 3 7/8 x 5 1/8. I then added the Basic White stamped panel with liquid glue, then the two hydrangeas with dimensionals. On the green hydrangea, I added three Basic Pearls. Do be careful when adding the hydrangea heads, where you place the dimensionals. 🙂

Hydrangea Love – #2

Using a scrap piece of the Berry Delightful DSP, I die cut just the stem & leaves, then the delicate overlay as well. I removed the extra paper from the leaves except on the smallest leaf – I left hose pieces intact. I adhered the two together with liquid glue then to the card front with dimensionals cut down to fit. The purple flower head had been prepared just as the one above and at the same time. I added it with liquid glue and lots of Basic Pearls. It also stamped an additional small layer of flower head added with dimensionals and that covered the top of the stem. 🙂 I stamped the sentiment from Hydrangea Haven on a scrap of Basic White card stock with Garden Green ink and die cut it with this stitched die from the Hydrangea Dies. It was adhered with dimensionals as well and this portion of the card was complete. (Just FYI – the Berry Delightful DSP is part of a set – bundled with the Berry Beautiful stamp set, available as a free item with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-bration.)

Hydrangea Love – #3

For the inside… upper panel: adhere Beary Delightful DSP 4 x 5 1/4 with liquid glue.

For the lower panel… on a piece of Basic White card stock (4 x 5 1/4) use the Blending Brushes to add Highland Heather ink to the center of the card, making it darker in the center and lighter as moving out. On another piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the hydrangea head with the background stamp and Shaded Spruce ink, lightly stamped off. Then stamp the flower design in full strength Shaded Spruce ink. Stamp the leaf background stamp in stamped off Garden Green ink and the detail stamp in Shaded Spruce. On another piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the background of the small double leaves in Soft Sea Foam ink, then the detail in Garden Green ink. The hydrangea is a single die, so die cut the entire hydrangea and the double leaves at the same time. Adhere each with liquid glue.

Stamp the tag with the sentiment and die cut. Tie a length of Linen Thread through and make a bow. add to the card front with dimensionals on the back of the tag. Adhere the Basic White panel to the cards inside with liquid glue and finis!

For the envelope I simply used another of the same Beary Beautiful DSP to the flap with liquid glue and trimmed to fit.

Hydrangea Love – #4

Hubby loves the card… and did remember my working on it and not seeing the finished product 😊 I hope you like this as much as I do. You could make this card without the inside panel, by simple making the Shaded Spruce piece 4 1/4 x 51/2 – a flat piece and add the Soft Sea Foam. Once I got started though, I k new I wanted this card special…

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May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy sending them a handmade card filled with love.