A Masculine Valentine

Greetings from North Carolina on this raw, wintry day. The skies are grey and gloomy and a thin coat of ice covers everything outside my studio window. Even the birds are laying low! It’s a perfect day to hunker down in the studio and see what my Mojo has in store for me today. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, it seemed like a good idea to get going on my husband’s card.

I am a vintage/shabby chic girl at heart. I love everything that goes into creating a typical Valentine: lace, ribbon, hearts, doilies, buttons and all shades of red, pink and white. But not for Dale. My husband loves clean, simple lines, uncluttered designs and is not a big fan of the romantic card. In short, I struggle with his card every year. But this year, I think I may have struck just the right note, thanks to The Timeless Type stack from DCWV. I found this wonderful 8×8 stack at Michael’s some time before the holiday. I absolutely fell in love with the text inspired pages which are filled with vintage images and wonderful shades of creams, browns, greens and rusts. Some pages are embossed, some are glazed, and some are both glazed and embossed. The 8×8 size makes it perfect for card making.

In no time at all, I came up with this design:
Masculine Valentine

Dontcha just love those vintage typewriter keys? They are both glazed and embossed, adding wonderful texture and shine to the project. I started with a 5″x7″ kraft card base. Cutting the typewriter key paper to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches gave me a lovely little 1/8 inch kraft border to offset the design. Then I stitched all the way around the perimeter of the typewriter key paper, adding even more texture. Next, I cut a heart out of a lovely, dark text page from the same stack. I just free-handed it, glued it onto some scrap chip board, covered it with Glossy Accents by Ranger and set it aside to dry overnight. Then, I tore a piece of the penmanship paper, inked the edges and glued it down, wrapping it around the edges of the card. I then tore another small strip of cream text paper, inked those edges, and layered it over the penmanship paper.

The sentiment stamp is from My Favorite Things. Called, Just My Type, it was the perfect title for the card. (You can find it here: http://www.mftstamps.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=Die+Namics+Just+My+Type&product_id=1719) I die cut the typewriter and stamped it onto the cream text paper with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I then covered it with clear embossing powder and set it. Where is it on the card? You’ll see! I inked up the “You’re Just My Type” sentiment and stamped it the same way, trimming it to 1 3/4 x 1 inch. Then, I mounted it onto dark text paper. I also used a black Zig marker to draw little lines around the sentiment. The cute little clip is from Stampin’ Up. Choosing a wood button from my stash, I threaded it with cream and gold crochet thread and mounted it on the heart. I used Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to mount the sentiment, the heart and the button. (I love these Dimensionals because of their marvelous strength. They will hold any embellishment right where you want it to stay!)

The outside was done, but I love to finish the inside of my cards as well. Remember that typewriter I mentioned earlier? Masculine Valentine Interior The perfect finishing touch! The inner sentiment is hand written on a section of one of the wonderful ephemera images found in this paper stack.

If I hadn’t had to wait for the Glossy Accents to dry, I would have completed this card in under 20 minutes. That’s from concept to completion, folks! It’s a rare day in January when this gal puts a card together that quickly. I think my husband will like it: simple, clean design, fun vintage images and a straightforward sentiment. No mush, no frills, and most importantly, no pink!

Thanks for reading my little blog. You have no idea how thrilled I get when you leave me a comment. I hope you have a great weekend. See you soon with an altered project that I’ve been working on for several days.



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12 thoughts on “A Masculine Valentine

  1. Broni

    It looks like it may just be perfect for your husband’s Valentine! I’m always thrilled when cards come together like that so quickly. Yes, I do love the typewriter keys paper and also the fact that you used the glossy accents on the typewriter. Bet it’s great IRL!!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      It really is more fun IRL. I hope he will like it. He’s a manly man….so I had to try to make a manly card!

  2. Mindy

    I love the stitching and the “just my type” idea! Most of all I love that you make him a handmade valentine <3 they're the best. You two make a darling match. Happy early Valentines Day!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Mindy….you should come over and make a Valentine for your honey! I’ll watch the girls for you and turn you loose in the Closet of Shame.

  3. Tanya

    I get inspired by your ability to follow through on ideas. Even though I don’t craft with paper ‘yet’ it helps me follow through with other design projects I have going on. I am a real fan of your art!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Tanya. You are an incredibly artistic individual yourself. I so appreciate your kind words!

  4. Sue

    Love it & Dale will too! Can you design a baseball themed valentine for me to give to Paul (yes, I’m commissioning a card!) Let me know.

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