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Vintage Valentine's Day

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide

 Finished Card Size:  4.5" x 5.5"

Vintage Couple Free Digi Image  (The Graphics Fairy)

Valentine Frame Free Digi Image  (The Graphics Fairy)
Love Birds Vintage Wedding Free Graphic  (The Graphics Fairy)
I Love You Stamp (Studio G)
White card stock for card base  (Artist's Stash)

Red Cardstock  (Artist's Stash)
Elegant Soiree Decorative Paper (Stampin' Up!)
White Daisy Ink Pad (Close To My Heart)

Paper Cutter (Fiskar)

Heart Shaped Die, 2 sizes  (Spellbinders)
Scalloped Oval Die (Spellbinders)
Adhesive Foam Dots (Oriental Trading)
Adhesive (Tombo)
Sewing Machine
Artificial Flowers and Leaves (Artist's Stash)
Adhesive Half Pearls (Stampin' Up!)
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!)
Hot Glue Gun
Big Shot Embossing Machine (Sizzix)
Picture Editing Program on PC (Microsoft Word)
Ribbon (Artist's Stash)
Versamark (Tsukineko)
Sponge or Sponge Dauber (Stampin' Up!)

Outside of card:

  1. Begin by cutting your card base to measure 4.5" x 11" and scored at 5.5."
  2. Place the smaller heart shape die at an angle on your card front and run through the embossing machine to make the window of your card.
  3. Now place the small heart die within the larger heart die and run through the embossing machine to make your frame for the heart window.
  4. Apply adhesive to frame and secure into place.
  5. Place card on the sewing machine and "freely" sew in the general area around the heart window.  I've done mine sporadically just for fun.
  6. Open your picture editing program and choose the vintage images you wish to display on the front of your card.  I measured approximately the size I wanted and edited them on the program.  Once satisfied with the look and size, print the images out on white cardstock to apply to your card.
  7. Place the scallop die cut around the vintage image of the couple.  Run this through your embossing machine.  
  8. Cut out with the scissors the remaining two images that will also be on your card front.
  9. Apply adhesive dots to the backs of the vintage images and place accordingly to your likes or as seen on this card.
  10. Heat up your glue gun while you prep the artificial flowers that you'll use on your card front.   Decide where you wish to place the flowers while the heat gun is heating.
  11. Once the heat gun is ready, apply a small amount of glue to the bases of the flowers and tips of the leaves and adhere them into your desired locations.
  12. Taking your ribbon, tie it around the base of the vintage angel frame.  Cut ends of ribbon to your liking and apply a small amount of hot glue to secure ends in place.
  13. The finishing touch to the outside of card is now to apply the adhesive half pearls in random locations around the sewn heart.


Inside of Card:

  1. Cut a piece of your red cardstock to the size of 4.25" x 5.25."
  2. Place this into the Elegant Bouquet Embossing folder and run through the embossing machine.
  3. Apply adhesive to the backside of cardstock and adhere to the inside of the card so that it will show the embossing pattern through the heart window.
  4. Use caution with this next part as you will be working directly with hot glue.
  5. Choose a stamp (I Love You) used here in mine, that is small enough, but bold enough to show through your heart window clearly.
  6. Take a piece of  red cardstock that fits the size of the stamp image and place it on a cutting board or safe surface that will not melt.
  7. With your glue gun, squirt out enough glue that will encompass the stamp to press the image into it.
  8. While the glue is still steaming, cover your stamp entirely with Versamark before you press it into the hot glue.
  9. Once finished with the Versamark, gently, but firmly, press the stamp into the hot glue and allow a minute or so to set and dry.
  10. Gently pull the paper away from the stamp once you see that the hot glue has set well.
  11. Take your sponge or dauber and gently dab over the glue image with white ink and watch the sentiment "pop" out even more.
  12. Tear the edges of the paper around the image and apply an ample amount of glue to the backside of this image.  
  13. Place this glue stamped image where you will be able to read it through the front of the window.  As seen in the picture below.


Accessories To The Card:
I loved the card, but I wanted to give my husband a little gift to go along with it.  I was given a small gift box at Christmas and decided to revamp it for Valentine's Day.

I covered it in red crepe paper and then following the same instructions as the card, created decorations for the outside of the gift box.

Instead of giving a gift card to my husband, I printed off coupons on Microsoft Word and put my name on them.  I'll fill them out later with creative ideas for his Valentine present.  One example of his coupons will be, "This coupon is good for one afternoon of just driving through car lots and looking at cars with you!"

I figure it's only once a year....surely I can survive one afternoon of car browsing.

Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and are looking forward to creating some special and unique gifts for those that you love as well!

Hugs and Happy Stamping!
Lisa xx

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2 Responses »

  1. Thank you, Pat 🙂

  2. Lisa, Love the Vintage look. Wonderful Valentines card for someone really special. Just stunning.