Valentine's Day Cards: Thinking Outside of the Box!

by Maria Willis February 10, 2021 5 Comments

Hi everybody! It's Maria here and today I've a got a fun, out-of-the-box Valentine's Day card to share with you. I think it can be really fun to look at the stamp sets I have and figure out how to create a unique card instead of a more traditional one.

For today's card I started out with the new Water Ripples Bold Prints background stamp. I put the stamp in my MISTI along with a piece of watercolor paper. I applied ink randomly to the stamp using Splash Reactive ink. I gave it a light spritz with my water bottle and then stamped it onto my paper. The light spritz of water activated the Reactive ink and when I stamped it I ended up with a loose watercolor look (that didn't completely cover the background since I had applied the color randomly). Next, I applied Blue Hawaii Reactive ink randomly, spritzed and then stamped again. Because this ink application is wet the two ink colors blended seamlessly together. I repeated this again with Grape Slush Reactive ink for a tri-color blend. After my background dried I adhered it onto a black A2 card base.

Next, I colored some of the fish and a plant from the Pet Goldfish stamp set. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. The Hexagon Infinity Dies worked perfectly to create a focal point for my scene. I used two of the hexagons together to cut a frame in black. Then I used the larger of the two to cut a vellum hexagon. I layered the frame on top of the vellum. Before I started adhering anything to my card base I made sure to stamp the sentiment. I used Intens-ified Black ink and my MISTI to get a bold impression.

I arranged the fish and plant on the hexagon and glued them into place. I added foam tape behind my images and this worked well to hide the adhesive so that I didn't have any showing through the vellum. The final touch was to add some clear enamel dots. I wanted the dots to have a little color so I used a blue Copic marker to color them in before sticking them to my card.

I love the soft watercolor look on this background and I think it paired well with the fish and "hooked on you," sentiment. The result is a fun, and out-of-the-box card you could give to your sweetheart for Valentine's Day or any occasion. I hope this card will inspire you to dig around in your stash and have fun coming up with alternative uses for your stamps.

Have a great day and happy crafting!

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CG838 Water Ripples Bold Prints -...
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CM344 Pet Goldfish - Hero Arts
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink - Hero Arts
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WM101 Water Mist Bottle - Hero Arts
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5 Responses

Maria Christakos
Maria Christakos

February 16, 2021

Beautiful background! Love the card!

Dorothy Ayotte
Dorothy Ayotte

February 13, 2021

I absolutely love this card! It is stunning and inspirational, and I hope to make something like it soon!

Henriëtte M.
Henriëtte M.

February 12, 2021

Awesome card Maria, I love the non-traditional Valentine card. Great idea!
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration, stay safe and have a wonderful Valentine weekend.

Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee
Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee

February 11, 2021

Wonderful unique artsy look to the fish bowl Valentine card.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Judy Inukai
Judy Inukai

February 10, 2021

The water background is amazing and those fish are so cute just swimming along. Thanks for the inspiration.