Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Cards

I don't think I've ever deliberately set out to make a Valentine's Day card. Even when I made these, that wasn't the original intention - I was just playing around. It wasn't until I was done that I realised *g*.

The idea for the main piece originally came from something that Nicki Tidbold made (I don't think she has those particular cards on her blog, but have a look anyway - she has gorgeous stuff!). She hadmade a beautiful piece of work using reverse masking and made me realise I hadn't done anything like that for ages.

This is the result. I chose to use very neutral colours with the addition of Real Red for a bit of impact, and the hearts seemed to be the right choice in combination with the bird and the script. And that's how they became Valentine's Day cards *g*.

I tried to write a tutorial for masking but it turns out that the Stampin' Up! website has a much better version for you to check out if you're not familiar with this technique. Check it out! And to create a "reverse mask" such as the one I used to stamp the text in the cards above, just cut or tear a hole in scrap paper and stamp through it. Simple!

Images © 1990-2010 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Stamp/s: Always, En Francais, Simply Said
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, Going Gray

Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red,
Whisper White
Other: Eyelet Border Punch, Cutter Kit, Stamp A Ma Jig

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful cards. I checked out the msking tutorial on the SU site, thanks for the link. I'll have to give it a whirl on the weekend. Cheers Donna Zammit

Felicity said...

OMG!!! Chris these are absolutely gorgeous, am totally WOWED!!! Will have to give this a try :)

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