Key to My Heart Vintage Valentine

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Crafty Secrets Key to My Heart Vintage Valentine

Hello, Friends!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I am in full-on Valentine mode…how about you?  I’m  glad that Valentine’s Day comes so closely after Christmas.  It’s always a little sad to pack away the tree, the lights and ornaments, all the festive decorations.  Then I remember…Valentine’s Day!  And I pull out all my pink papers and hearts and doilies and I’m happy all over again!  Today I have a unique Key to My Heart Vintage Valentine that is made with digital images from Crafty Secrets.  The elements come from a fabulous digital Valentine kit that you can download to your computer.  This Heart to Heart Digital File contains gorgeous vintage images that are perfect for Valentines, anniversary cards, and wedding cards. Here’s a peek at the card I made from this file.

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This 5″ x 7″  cutaway card features the sweet cupid image from the kit, along with the key and sentiment.  I simply copied and pasted all three items into Microsoft Word, sized them to fit my card base and then colored them with Distress Marker.  I embossed the key with Versamark and clear embossing powder, while the heart was treated to a coating of UTEE and then cracked when cool.  I then fussy cut the heart and embossed the edges with gold embossing powder.  It’s a very dramatic look, and if you click on the photo, you’ll be able to see the hairline cracks in the finish.  It really makes the image look old and vintage in all the best ways.

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The papers I used to line my card base came from another digital kit: the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit contains 9 gorgeous Valentine papers.  I love using these digital papers because I can print them to the size of my card, which means that the scale of the pattern is always right.  I can also choose cardstock that enhances the vintage look I’m seeking to create.  In this case, I used a vanilla cardstock that gave the papers a naturally aged appearance.  I love having the ability to do this!

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I created a bower of roses for this heart to nestle in.  These were made with a die from Heartfelt Creations.  I added a cottage rose to the center of the largest bloom and pearls to the centers of the other flowers.

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The sentiment was printed on vanilla cardstock. I traced over the letters with my pink Gelly Roll pen and then free hand cut the shape,  inked it with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, and popped it up on foam dimensionals. This gave it more of a “hand stamped” look.

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Because of the dimension of the roses, I had to make a custom envelope for the card.  I used an embossing folder to make the envelope just a little bit special:

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The inside of the card uses more paper from the Vintage Valentine Digital kit and a computer journaled sentiment:

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Have you started making your Valentines yet? I have several more designs that I’ll be sharing with you this month.  If you have any questions about the digital kits I’ve mentioned or about working with these digital images, please ask in the comment section  I’m always happy to help.  I truly love hearing from you….your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Until next time,



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7 thoughts on “Key to My Heart Vintage Valentine

  1. Darlene Pavlick

    BEAUTIFUL! You are such an inspiration my friend! I am struggling with Valentine’s Day creations so I’m so glad I popped in this morning! This is stunning and so many fabulous ideas are now swimming around in my head! Enjoy your day!
    Hugs from you know where! LOL!

  2. smithgfb

    Kathy this is stunning. As always, so much attention to detail. I love the pinks, the flowers and the little cupid! Also love the crackle look. One more thing, I love your embossing on the envelope.

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