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Quick and Easy DIY Valentine’s with Rub-On Transfers

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This Valentine’s seems to be all about the year of DIY for many couples and friends that I know. Many are just gathering up some household supplies and making their treats and cards for family, classrooms and friends. I decided to show you just how simple a card making can be with just a few supplies and a little direction.A few months ago I received a beautiful set of valentine themed rub-on transfers. For those that are interested, you can find them on amazon (as of today, they are sold out).

A few months ago I received a beautiful set of valentine themed rub-on transfers. For those that are interested, you can find them on amazon (as of today, they are sold out) or other craft supply stores that carry the Crate Paper brand. Although I chose these because I had them on hand, there are a plethora of other options out there and will work just as great.

Here’s a quick video I put together to show you just how easy it can be.

Sparkle, Shine and Watercolors

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Hi All,

Welcome to another day of easy card ideas. For today’s card I wanted to try my hands at watercoloring a background. I’m pretty new to the watercoloring world and recently received the Koi watercolor set as a Christmas gift. I thought it would be the perfect time to break it out and try some of those soft valentine type colors.

To create this card I used some Carson watercolor paper and saturated the entire front with some water. I then grabbed some paint colors and use quite a bit of water to get them activated and moving on the paper. I must admit it wasn’t looking all to great when wet, but as I hit it with my heat gun (to speed up the drying process) I really liked the softness it had.

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Once I finished the background I stamped the circle and sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp set I received in my December kit. Love those kits! Lastly, I added a bit of shimmer using my wink of stella glitter pen & some sequins.

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Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for a new video post tomorrow featuring this technique and some quick valentine’s day cards ideas.

Sending Lots of Love – Heating Embossing

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Hi All,

For the next week I am participating in an awesome card class hosted by Online Card Classes. The class focuses on fun ways to create clean & simple cards for card makers.

I loved several of the techniques demonstrated today, and decided to give one a try. It was a technique in off-stamping. Meaning to stamp an image once in one color ink, and then stamp again slightly off to the side of the previously stamped image. I loved this technique because it makes images pop in almost a 3D way and gives lots of dimension.

Here’s my card demonstrating one of today’s techniques:

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I love the way this turned out! I used stamps and supplies from a Simon Says card kit I received a few months ago. I off stamped the envelope-stripe border around the edges and the sentiment and then gold embossed.

I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the participants tomorrow ~ but I’m sure I’ll be inspired to keep creating.

Classroom Set Valentines – Punny Valentines

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Hi all,

I’m working on some classroom valentines. Here are some ‘punny’ ones I made featuring some cute dimensional critters, washi tape and a couple of my favorite cardstocks!

The sentiments read:

Will you bee mine? – to use with all bee images

You make my heart flutter! – great to use for any critter with wings

I pick you, Valentine! – to use on any flowers

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Thanks for stopping by and see you again real soon!