Valentine’s Day Cards!

Hello!

February has arrived and I would like to share a few cards I have created for Valentine’s Day.

The first card is a pop-up card, which are fun cards to design!

Valentine’s Day card created by HorseMark Cards, pink and red hearts, fun border, handmade cards

Most Valentine’s Day cards are usually made in shades of reds and pinks. Since there are no rules in creating handmade cards, I have designed a couple of cards ‘outside the box’ in terms of the colors I used.

These cards can be given to men or women who like natural and muted colors.

Floral framed Valentines Day card created by HorseMark Cards, floral printed papers, cards for sale

This final card is one of my favorites. I wanted a simple design and decided to use white and gold as my color scheme. Once I created this card, I realized it can also be used as a wedding or anniversary card!

February 14 is a special day for many people, not just couples. Valentine’s Day cards are not only for kids to exchange in a classroom, but older folks like them too! Remember to give a card to friends and family to brighten their day!

I would love to create a card, or two, for you! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. Enjoy your day!

~~Vickie~~

Cards with Flowers, Lace, and Ribbons!

Cards with Flowers! Cards with Lace! Cards with Ribbons!

These are all wonderful features to have on a handmade card, but when you combine them all on one card you can create so many beautiful cards! I would like to share one card I created that features all of these decorative ideas.

Let’s begin with the flowers. There are so many beautiful patterned papers with images that are perfect to use as backgrounds for projects, but you can also ‘fussy’ cut images from these papers to accent these designs. Some patterned papers are not card stock weight and need to be ‘reinforced’ when you cut images from them. The extra weight on the image can then be ‘popped’ on the card to add dimension. You can see how I use labels to add weight to these papers in one of my previous posts. This flower image was perfect to accent with the lace flowers on the paper.

ways to use ribbons, ways to use lace, repurposing labels, flowers on cards
Combining different techniques to create handmade cards

Lace is so nice to use as it adds a soft and delicate feature to handmade cards. My favorite lace has sections so I can ‘weave’ ribbon through to give it a different look. This wonderful technique was presented to me a few years ago by my friend, Sharon. Tiny rick rack can also be woven through lace, as I did on this custom card I created.

card for expectant mom, card with baby stroller,
Tiny rick rack was weaved through lace on this custom card I created.

There are so many types of ribbons available and so many ways to use them. On this particular card, I used ribbon in two different ways; weaved through the lace and to made the flower stem and leaves! Ribbons can be used to make pretty stems and leaves for flowers. Tiny rick rack can also be used for flower stems and leaves! A tiny glue dot held the ribbon leaves together on the stem, then I adhered the stem to the card.

This is the final result of combining these different materials to create one card!

handmade card using Lace, ribbon and a few tiny sparkles
Lace, ribbon and a few tiny sparkles were used to create this card.

You can think of endless ways to use these techniques on your projects! I would love to see and hear your ideas and what you have created!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie

handmade cards using lace, flowers