The Crafty Queen

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As a bit of an old ro­man­tic, I re­ally en­joy cel­e­brat­ing St Valen­tine’s Day and see­ing peo­ple treat­ing their cher­ished ones to a meal out and spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether. Some­times I send a funny card as they do say that laugh­ter is good for the soul! Hav­ing said that I find a homemade card is al­ways a lot more sen­ti­men­tal than a shop­bought com­edy card, and the time you spend choos­ing your de­sign and craft­ing the card gives it a spe­cial touch.

When­ever I think of a Valen­tine make, I imag­ine del­i­cate die-cut bor­ders and shapes, but­ter­flies and flow­ers. Adding a rib­bon or a pearl is al­ways a must – it’s all about cre­at­ing a show­stop­ping de­sign for your loved one that they’ll cher­ish for years to come. As I’m a big fan of any­thing flo­ral, I de­cided to use the Tat­tered Lace Flour­ish­ing Trel­lis Oval die set for my hus­band’s Valen­tine’s Day card (see page 77 for all the steps and ma­te­ri­als).

It is a beau­ti­ful set, and it looks as ef­fec­tive in soft pas­tels as it does in post­box red or burnt orange. How­ever, as I was mak­ing the card for my hus­band, I thought black, white and sil­ver would give a com­pletely dif­fer­ent style and a more ar­chi­tec­tural and classy fin­ish. I added a touch of sil­ver gild­ing wax for a dash of lux­ury and who could re­sist a huge bow with a sparkler in the cen­tre? Maybe I should take out the but­ter­fly for my hus­band, but then again it does look great!

your Adding ink to cre­ate shad­ows on die-cut shapes adds ex­tra drama

You’ll recog­nise Stephanie from her shows on Cre­ate and Craft TV!

Choose soft pinks and whites for a del­i­cate fin­ish

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