Hello, Friends! I just love Valentine's Day! What could be better than a day set aside to shower the people you love with love....and chocolate, of course! Nothing says "I love you" better than a hand made card or gift, so I thought I'd share a couple of ideas to inspire you as you get ready for Valentine's Day. I love to make tags, so I have a super frilly and feminine tag to share with you. While I had all my papers and flowers out, I went ahead and made a strong, vintage masculine card as well. Both items are made with Graphic 45's fabulous Off to the Races collection.
A Very Masculine Valentine
Masculine Valentines can be a real challenge to create, especially if you want to include flowers or ribbon! This very masculine Valentine uses both, yet manages to keep from being too frilly or fussy. The secret here is the color palette. These deep browns lend a very masculine feel to the composition. Adding flowers is also easier than you might think. Choose flowers with lots of texture and neutral colors, like these Canvas Mini Rosettes. I flanked them with Cream Petite Darjeeling blooms to keep things from looking too drab.
Using metallic embellishments like the frame and brads gives this card a rustic, vintage feel. Both were silver, but I tapped them with alcohol inks to give them the aged bronze appearance you see here. For trim on a masculine card, burlap string always works!
I finished the inside of the card with a pocket on the left. It's just the right size for this tasty chocolate treat. The belly band on the right adds a decorative touch while simultaneously providing a spot for you to write a special note for your Valentine.
A Frilly and Feminine Valentine Tag
Valentine's Day is one of the few times when you can combine pink with red and get away with it, so I love using this unexpected color combo on my Valentines. The base is a G45 Staples Long Ivory Tag. Using a combination of Petaloo Penny Lane blossoms with fussy cut flowers from Off to the Races works so well! I used a small Ivory ATC tag to create a pocket for my chocolate treat.
A trio of Darjeeling Cream butterflies adds such a nice feeling of movement to the tag. Your eye just follows them from the bottom all the way to the top of the tag. They are the perfect finishing touch!
So whether you are making Valentine goodies for your favorite fella or your special lady, Petaloo flowers work wonders. I hope I've shared some ideas that you will be able to incorporate into your own Valentine creations!
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