Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Swing Card

Valentines Day is such a good time to openly share your love with those around you. I also believe that it's a reminder to us to bless others with acts of kindness and love. In this lovely on-line card-making community we have so much inspiration to do this with lovely cards. I've given a valentine to an adult before who said she hadn't gotten one since she was a child.   I usually like to write a lengthy personal message inside, but sometimes just a simple expression is all that you need to make a difference in someone's life, so a swing card is one of those. This one is meaningful but not gushy.

Reversible papers are so perfect for swing cards if they have the right combination of patterns. Here was a quick swing card using Cricut Artiste, (p.52), Artbooking (p.80), and paper from La Vie en Rose paper pack, my absolute favorite for valentines (see my others here) and scrapbooking wedding photos! You can get my cutting file here if you use the Cricut Explore and these cartridges.

The tricky part of stamping the inside of a swing card is to get it under the top layer so it doesn't show when it's closed. I embossed the inside with the hearts folder, leaving a space in the center for a sentiment by using a circle diffuser.  Then I placed the stamps on the area to be stamped, closed the top to be sure the heart covered the sentiment. I layed the clear block on top of the acrylic stamps, lining up the edges of the square block with the edge of the white mat so I could line I up again after inking.
This sentiment came from the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet, and the gold embossed hearts were from a long-retired set (CTMH So Lucky) that I chose because they fit the hearts on the mat perfectly. The final touches are the black and gold ribbon and the gold epoxy heart (Treasured Puffies flat for mailing!) on front.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed with loving relationships and bless others with your overflowing love!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #149 - anything goes with twist of Valentine
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Valentine Hearts
Cards in Envy - from the heart
Dream Valley Challenge #124 - Valentine's Day
Fantabulous Cricut #269 - Valentine's Day
Heart 2 Heart - Favorite paper pack
Love to Scrap #71 -have a heart


Cynthia said...

Beautiful and such a sweet sentiment!

Angela White said...

Very lovely card, this is a great paper pack. Thanks for sharing with us at Heart2Heart!

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful card! And how sweet to give a Valentine and find out they never got one as a child. I'm sure they'll always treasure your card. Love the design of this card! Love the papers too! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Camille Short said...

This card is gorgeous! You have so much talent. Thank you for sharing.

Caroline said...

Wow, this is such beautiful paper and both sides of the paper are so awesome. This is certainly perfect paper for your swing card. I love the embossing and the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

Donna Nuce said...

Such a beautiful swing card and I love the paper you used. Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy!

Laurie Levorson said...

Beautiful card and beautiful paper! You chose the perfect paper for your design. Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2!!

Ann Chuang said...

So beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
Ann DT

Melissa Robinson said...

Beautiful swing card! Thank you for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!

moknowsall said...

what a beautiful swing card. love the flowers paper. They are so easy to make but I have never made one. You inspire me to do so. thanks for joining our BBTB2 heart challenge this past week.


Lauren said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful card with some fabulous details! I really love this and especially the heart embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H.

Angie A said...

Wow great card!! Thanks for joining us at Get Creative Challenges! Angie-Owner/DT

Brandi said...

So very pretty, what a great card!, I love it! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H)!

Brandi R
DT member H2H