One of the fun things about Stampin’ Up! Events is the demonstrations that they do on stage.  Some ideas I like to try and others I don’t.  One of the stamp sets they showed at Leadership was the Valentine Defined stamp set.  This was one of the first sets I bought from the Occasions Mini catalog.  To me it was different from the other sets we have had before.  And I really liked this little card they showed on stage.  When one of my card clubs asked for me to do a masculine valentine I thought this one fit perfectly.  I made a few minor changes but basically kept the card the way they showed it to us.

The base of the card is Early Espresso.  The chain of hearts is repeatedly stamped on the base in Early Espresso ink from the bottom to about half way up the card front.  Then I tied a piece of Real Red Grosgrain ribbon around with a knot on the side.  I usually don’t put adhesive on my ribbon so that once I tie the knot I can adjust where it is on the card.  For this one the knot needs to be all the way to the left.  If you feel the need to secure the ribbon just tuck a mini glue dot underneath in a few places once you have it in position.

Don’t you love the little heart tree?  I inked it with a Pear Pizzazz ink pad and then used an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker to color just the tree trunk before stamping it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Below the tree I stamped “happy valentine’s day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Real Red.

The Decorative Label punch creates the decorative edge behind the stamped white piece.  I did make two versions of this card – this one shows the Red Glitter paper as the edge.  I also used just plain Real Red card stock on one version.  Behind that is a piece of Pear Pizzazz striped Designer Series paper.  On top of the tree I added the two little punched hearts.  One in Real Red card stock (that’s the guy heart) and one in Red Glitter paper (that’s the girl heart).  The whole thing is attached to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

When I use a dark colored card stock for my card base I add a coordinating neutral on the inside so you have a place to write.  For this one I stamped the heart flowers in the corner – ink it first with the Pear Pizzazz ink pad and then use a Real Red Stampin’ Write marker to add red to the hearts before stamping.  Stamp Love You image in Real Red.

This is one of my favorite Valentine cards this year.

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