I love hearts! Because of that, I save all my heart stamps and dies. Do I still used the old ones? Yes, absolutely. I needed to create a masculine Valentine’s card for a Couples, Candlelight, and Cards night. This is the card that I came up with for the girls to create for their spouses. You can see several different stamps sets and dies used. And, if you have been around Stampin’ Up! for awhile, you will probably recognize many of the retired sets. You can see one of my other masculine Valentine’s cards here.
The jumping off point in designing this card was the “sentiment” that looks like a math equation. I used the Playful Alphabet dies for the letters and even the plus sign. Because the alphabet dies are fairly small I mounted the cardstock to Adhesive Sheets to make gluing much simpler.
Keeping with the school theme, I decided to make the Basic Gray cardstock look like a chalkboard. I researched the chalkboard technique and ended up using the white craft ink with a sponge. This technique definitely takes some practice! I repeated the chalkboard technique on the inside of the card as well.
On the inside of the card, I used Smoky Slate cardstock instead of Basic Gray. I didn’t have any buffalo check DSP. So, I used the retired Buffalo Check background stamp on both Real Red and Smoky Slate. On the inside of the card, you can achieve the buffalo check look with a photopolymer stamp from the Lots of Hearts stamp set (retired). In addition, I used the matching dies for this same set for the inside of the card.
The two sentiments on the inside of the card came from last year’s stamp set, Country Floral Lane. I thought the sentiments worked well for this card. They were stamped in Momento Black ink.
Not surprisingly, I enjoyed pulling out all my heart stamps and dies to create this masculine Valentine’s card. It was like walking down memory lane. I’m glad that I still have all of them and I don’t plan on letting any of them go anytime soon. Hopefully, you have similar sets so you can recreate this card.
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