I have to admit, I don’t usually send out a lot of Valentine’s Day cards. Christmas cards have just been cleared away and I don’t have any little kids. But this year, I probably will send some out because if we learned anything last year it’s to take the opportunity to connect every chance you get. The Sending Hearts January Paper Pumpkin creates two full-sized card designs. And they are delightful just as they are. But if you like to mix it up, I have two alternatives for you.
A Simple Shaker
Shaker cards are so much fun, but it can be a bit intimidating to create one using the traditional foam adhesive and window sheet method. Luckily, a demonstrator at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event rocked the shaker card world with this simple solution. It uses a clear envelope to contain the card part and the shaker ephemera.
For this card, I didn’t add the black detail to the left side of the preprinted envelope instead, I used a piece of black card stock cut 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. I stamped the preprinted card and added the kit embellishments. Then I slid it into a clear envelope with some retired sequin mix. About two good pinches. Seal the envelope and trim the excess flap. Adhere the assembly to the black card stock and then to the card base.
On top of the clear envelope I added a fussy cut snail from the kit and the stamped tag. The sentiment is from the Posted for You stamp set. One thing I would do differently is to put the stamped sentiment inside the clear envelope on Dimensionals to make sure I had more space to let the sequins shake.
The second card I have for you is a little more advanced only because of the custom made envelope sleeve. I used Poppy Parade card stock and the retired Envelope Punch Board. If you don’t have one, there are still companies that make them. Anyhow, I made my envelope a pouch by cutting off one of the narrow flaps. Then I stamped the pouch in Poppy Parade ink using the xoxo stamp from the kit.
Next, I created the belly band to go around the pouch using Petal Pink card stock. Cut a strip 1-1/2″ wide by 10-1/2″ long. Stamp that strip with the flower stamp from the kit in Petal Pink. I added a couple of punched hearts to the preprinted Love embellishment and a stamped “You” sentiment to complete the belly band. For a final touch on the pouch, I added some of the heart embellishments from the kit.
For the tag/card I started by cutting one of the Poppy Parade card bases in half and trimmed the width by 1-8″ so it would fit easily in my pouch. I added the preprinted heart card stamped with the heart stamp in Petal Pink. I added a few more flower image in Poppy Parade ink and used the black preprinted ruffles on the top and bottom of the card. The sentiment is on Dimensionals. I created the “pull” tab using a hole punch, a short length of Poppy Parade ribbon I had in my stash and a bow using the ribbon from the kit. The tag also got a few of the hearts and flowers from the kit as a final touch. The back of the tag is completely blank so there is plenty of space to write a note to your loved one.
The tag card and it’s pouch fit easily into a large Memories and More envelope.
I hope you find some time to create a card and reach out to a loved one. Happy crafting.