Getting ready for Valentine's Day 2021
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!
"You don't step in love, you fall in. Head over heels." - Movie Quote "Valentine's Day"
Love is in the air and we're marching towards Valentine's Day with HUGE steps!
Since we still can't - or don't want to - go out due to COVID, we need to come up with some romantic ideas to celebrate at home and send out cards - instead of delivering them in person.
Cards with lots of hearts are definitely in the future ...
And that's why I chose the Spellbinders "Large Die of the Month" Kit today!
This is another monthly subscription that's so much fun - do you guys remember the cute "merry stitching" cards in the "Happy Holidays" post?
Yes, that's them!
So in the January 2021 Kit, I've received the "Slimline Kaleidoscope Hearts" Dies - it's a set of ten dies. And they leave so much room for creativity - I love it!
AND believe it or not, I have never made a slimline card. So I have been looking forward to this.
What I usually do, when I'm about to receive a Subscription Kit, is watch the release videos. Just to get a general idea about what's going to be on my desk and how to use it.
From that point on, the hardest thing is NOT to go on Social Media and watch others already play with the material.
It's almost impossible! But what I personally found works for me is, I try to avoid blog-hops ... you know, when a new release comes out and all the designers show what they've already done with the material, while I'm at home waiting ... Yeah.
Left picture: The copper colored material is in the Kit (not the silver letters).
When I saw the set for the first time, I had a vision of white and gold in my head. And with all the colorful cards that I made for the last post, I tried to keep it very simple this time.
For the card base I chose the white, extra heavy (110lb) Neenah card stock. I cut the page to 7 x 8.5 inches and scored a line at 3.5 inches - to get a card with the size 3.5 x 8.5 inches.
I used all the dies in the kit to cut them out at least once from white card stock first - just to see how I can stack the hearts, flowers and leaves and how everything would look like, before I decided which parts I wanted in gold.
What I personally felt was missing in the Kit, was a sentiment - so I decided to use the Pinkfresh Studio "Lea's Ornate Lowercase" alphabet dies in white and gold, just to mix them up in the end (golden letters with white edges). I cut the word VALENTINES and spaced them out so they would fit on the card, but I let some of the letters hang over the edge a little.
As a tip: I used some tape on the front to keep the letters in place (you can see that in one of the pictures above) - this way it was a lot easier to glue them to the card in the end.
I also decided to use a smaller and simpler "Happy" to go with it and found the ALTENEW "Essential Sentiment Strip Die Set" would give me exactly that. It's kind of a negative die, that punches out the letters and leaves you with the strip. Which is why I used it the other way around. I used the letters in gold (from the "Happy Birthday" strip) and spaced them out on a white stacked label.
To get a little extra dimension, I used foam underneath the "Happy", which makes it look like it hovers over the heart.
I loved how well the dies worked in combination with the card stock and the colors I chose.
I've already got some more ideas on how to combine the hearts or the background layer with other products to turn them into Anniversary or Wedding cards soon!
As for Valentine's 2021: I'm very happy with my first slimline card and really hope someone special will like it, too :-)
Thank you for reading and I really hope you guys have a romantic Valentine's Day weekend!
Make sure to like and comment and let me know if you have any questions :-)