Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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13 thoughts on “Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

  1. Jenny Marples

    Catching up – as ever a card is never just a card with you Kathy. Your choice of papers is of course perfect and all those extras like the pocket and chocolate pouch with the charms and flowers just take it to another level! xx

  2. Zoe Hillman

    This is just a total treasure Kathy! I love everything about it, especially that love token and the pocket inside! You always knock these challenges out of the park and this is no exception. The recipient is very lucky indeed. x

  3. Suzy Q

    Oh Kathy …this card has to be my all time favorite card of all! Just luv all the details …colors … the vintage look! That in itself gets me every time! Just wish I had those papers on hand!!! Luv the postcard inside!
    And I have to tell you this … watched your last video the Valentine mini-album with my 5 yr old grandson Levi … and in a bit he came back with his own little mini-album of construction paper …complete with a (bulky) pocket with a folded $1 in it! You have a new protege! See …even a 5 yr old can follow your ideas! Big hugs from us!

  4. tracy745Tracy Evans

    Stunning Valentine’s gift not just a card. The colours and papers are beautiful and that little circular embellishment with the dangling heart is just perfect. Love how you made the inside as beautiful as the outside. Tracy x

  5. sewpaperpaint

    I love this color scheme, the gorgeous gingham bow and this card design in general, which you always create with a wow factor! Thanks so much for your amazing inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  6. Sara Emily Barker

    Yes, I did learn a tip that I can put to use–that little flap element on the inside of your beautiful card! I’m going to give it a try! It is amazing the way you combine your papers, Kathy, and it flows so seamlessly (and by appearances–effortlessly.) together. Lovely Valentine with the most wonderful details! Did you have to mention chocolate??? Trying so hard to stay away! Hugs!

  7. candycolwell

    As always, your cards are sooooo much better than ANYTHING you can buy in a store! This card is fabulous. So much detail and so thought out. Kathy, you are such a beautiful card artist. This truly is more than a card. It’s a little work of art! Anyone who gets this should treasure it!

  8. Tristan Robin Blakeman

    This is one heckuva terrific Valentine! So many charming details – more literally and figuratively! Somebody is going to be a very lucky recipient!

  9. Helen

    Great idea to combine the two Graphic 45 theme papers etc. The color combination gives a truly vintage look. I like that postcard mini flap element for writing a note…and the envelope to hold the chocolate. After all it’s not Valentine’s Day without some chocolate! You’ve got me heading for my Graphic 45 stash to dream up another card before the 14th. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. stampersuzz

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful valentine card! Love that little charm dangling off the front. Lucky lucky recipient of this beautiful card!

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