These valentines are made from layers of patterned paper topped with either Victorian scrap images or playing cards. The pack of children's playing cards came from the thrift store. I liked the little hen cards for this project. Victorian scrap can be found at flea markets and antique stores but I also love the Graphic Fairy's free download site. She posts new images daily and you can search her site by subject like cupids or valentines. Download, print and cut out and you're ready to go. If you have a graphics program such as Photoshop Elements you can combine, recolor and size the images too.
Supplies for this project:
Cardstock in pink or red, cut to size for your cards
Patterned paper in a variety of colors
Punches for decorative edges
Strong double sided tape or sewing machine
Stamps with love sentiments (K and Company at Michaels)
Black ink for stamping
Ticket diecuts (Tim Holtz for Sizzix) or cut out freehand
Playing cards or scanned Victorian scrap (or downloaded images)
Extras: gold glitter glue, pink rhinestones, Japanese tape
Cut and fold your cardstock into a size that will fit in your envelopes. Mine are 5.5" tall by 4.25" wide. Cut squares, rectangles and strips of patterned paper to layer over each other. Punch decorative edges on one or two pieces.
Print out Victorian scrap if using and cut to fit card. Cut tiny hearts freehand from patterned paper. Cut out tickets and stamp sentiment on them. I stamped "Love" on my tickets and colored the "O" with colored pencils. On some I also used a ticket-shaped stamp to define the edges.
Play with your layers, combining various papers until you get a color group you like. One idea is to play with one small, one medium and one large patterned paper in coordinating tones. Polka dots and stripes are my favorite mix-ins because they go with everything.
Top your pile with either a playing card or piece of Victorian scrap. Add a sentiment ticket or a row of paper hearts. Once you have a pleasing arrangement adhere the layers to each other with strong double-sided tape or by sewing the pile to the card. Embellish with glitter glue, Japanese tape or rhinestones if you want to wow them with details. On Valentine's Day, too much is just enough :)
On this card there are a lot of small details that add excitement. To the left of the scrap of the two girls I added a numbered dry cleaning tag (the kind that's stapled to starched shirts) because it is curious looking and the right color. There are dots of gold glitter on the plant, a pink rhinestone on the paper heart, two types of red stitching and a scalloped border on the floral paper layered under the polka dot green paper. A strip of Japanese printed tape would be a pretty substitute for the stitching and it comes in loads of colors.
Match the mood of the image/colors of your card to its recipient. Romantic cards are perfect for Victorian scrap and delicate toned papers. Cards to friends or children can be more playful, using brighter colors and children's playing cards or cute vintage images. The hens on these cards reminded me of farm kitchens, aprons and laundry lines which influenced my choice of patterns.