This card came about because I was being so indecisive about which card design I wanted to use; I had three different ideas in mind. So, I decided to pull out some of my bits and pieces of items left over from previous card-making sessions. We're not talking about just scraps of paper, but you'll see. I ended up with a totally different design from what I had expected.
In one of my envelopes of previously made, but unused, ephemera I found a large die cut label perfect for a background. I also found several punched hearts, including a sweet sparkly one. Another package search revealed a leafy branch and a cuter than cute die cut owl. With those few pieces, all I needed were a sentiment and a card base. Well, I found the card base in a stack of cut card stock, and I decided to create my own sentiment.
Okay, okay, enough blather. Here's my card:
I first inked the background label to give the edges more definition so it wouldn't just fade into the kraft card base. It seemed an ideal backing for an owl on a tree branch. I mounted the background using foam tape.
I next took the leafy branch, which had originally been cut from white paper and colored with markers, and gave the leaves some dimension using a stylus and mouse pad. I attached the branch with Scotch Quick-Drying Tacky Glue.
I then used the foam tape to affix the owl perched on his larger branch so it would look like the smaller branch was growing out of the larger one.
Next, I started working on my sentiment.
I decided what my owl would say, typed it into a word-processing document and printed it with brown ink onto Stampin' Up 'Very Vanilla' cardstock. It had taken me awhile to decide on the shape, but I thought it would be cute as a ribbon flying in a breeze. I tried it out first by writing it on scrap paper and hand cutting to determine whether I would like it and what the sizing should be. After applying a bit of ink on the edges, I used the foam tape to apply the sentiment piece.
All I had left to do was apply the sparkly heart to the owl's chest. Once the inside of the card is finished, it will, of course, say, "Your Valentine, That's Who."
I just adore this sweet little card. I think my hubby will like it, too. It was such fun putting this card together! I hope you had fun reading about it.
Thanks so much for visiting. 'Til next time.....