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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