Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Valentine’s Day already?

Can you believe it? Here we are once again, crafting for Valentine's Day! I fell in love with a set of Eclectica³ stamps by Darcy and couldn't wait to use them. (You'll see them appear again shortly [g].) So here is a simple card for those of you that don't have a lot of time...

I started by making my own A5 red card base from some red Centura pearl card and cut mats from black (border) and plain red (main layer):

I stamped with clear embossing ink and covered with black embossing powder:

Then I took the top off of my embossing dabber and painted the fluid into the hearts before covering with clear embossing powder:

Once heated it gives a lovely contrast to the matte card:

Next came some Cranberry Color wash to lift it a little - spray and wait for the card to dry before wiping the excess away carefully from the glossy embossed hearts:

It gives a glimmer as well as a texture:

Simply mount on the black card...

 ...then reach for Tim's Simple sayings:

The banner die from this VERY USEFUL Sizzix Framelits banner set is invaluable:

All that remain is to add the sentiment and stick the base to the card:

And here we go:

Have fun making yours,


  1. A fabulous design and the deep red with the black is gorgeous.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

  2. Fabulous card Chris - what a great idea for the embossing! Jennie x

  3. Thank you for sharing all the steps on this fabulous and hot Valentine's Day card! Love those hearts! I have a VersaMark pen for adding EI, but I do like the idea of painting it on and will try that! Hugs!

  4. Am using Darcy's stamp set on my Valentines day cards too! They are bautiful aren't they!

    Loving your card, gorgeous and lush:-) xxx