Saturday, January 30, 2016

DIY Quick and Easy Valentines Cards - So Simple

Create some quick and easy Valentines day cards

I used Simple Stories "You & Me " Collection to whip up the sweetest and easiest cards. Simple Stories helps make it easy with their journal cards.  The key to these cards lies in layering papers.  

Here are the simple instructions

The Simple Stories "You & Me" collection was meant to be layered and to mix up the fun patterns. In addition, this collection has a wonderful fun array of journal cards ands ATC's for pocket pages, cards, fast scrapbook pages and journaling.  
I cut the heart images from this 4x6 journal card.  Set the hearts aside.  These are going to be embellished and given some dimension with foam tape.
I grabbed a glue pen and some glitter to give these hearts a touch of glitz and glam.  The glue pen is easy to use and perfect for making thin lines. 

Drizzle the glitter over the wet glue pen lines and you're all set!  BAM, instant bedazzling.  I like to use a bead funnel as a glitter funnel - makes clean up a  snap. 

Embellishment time! Simple Stories has awesome stickers included in each collection.  I aded a sticker from the Simple Stories, "You & Me" collection, a small flower and a hemp twine bow.
I wanted the hearts to have some dimension so I backed them with  foam tape to make them pop.  
Fun, right?  And Easy too. 

This card is equally easy and primarily consists of a few layers. In addition to white cardstock, I selected a journal card from Simple Stories, "You & Me" collection, and some patterned paper from the collection to use as a mat.

I added some texture using  an embossing folder - this is the Tim Holtz Music folder. 

I tied some hemp string around the card. Then I added foam tape to the back for a raised layer.

Simple and yet lovely. 

In this card,. I used some kraft and red cardstock as matting for the card topped with a 3" x 4" ATC from Simple Stories, "You & Me" collection.
 The ATC has a fun image of a key tied with twine. I wanted to make that "come to life" so I wrapped the ATC in hemp twine and tied the key sticker from the collection to the card.

I wanted to make the heart pop a bit so I pulled out the Inkessentials Glossy Accents. This is easy to use. Just apply evenly to the surface of the heart and let air dry. As the Glossy Accents are drying, you can add sequins, micro beads, glitter and other embellishments as you like. The Glossy Accents act like glue and will hold all those embellishments perfectly. 

 Once the Glossy Accents were completely dry, I highlighted the white polkadots on the heart with a white Sharpie paint pen.

 Here is the completed card with close ups:

Product List

Kraft Cardstock
Red Cardstock
Stickles Christmas Red
Stickles  Diamond
Glitter Set
Anti Static Pad
Sizzix Alterations Texture Fades - Postcards & Music Sheet
Hemp Cord
Craft Knife
Quickie Glue Pen
Foam Tape
Micro beads - Gold
Petaloo Flowers - Forgetmenots 0 Antique Red
Inkessentials Glossy Accents
Simple Stories - You & Me 12x12 Simple Set
Simple Stories - You & Me 6x12 Stickers 
Petaloo Forgetmenots - Antique Red
Prefolded cards/envelopes
White cardstock - for card 
Bead Funnel - 4.75" x3" 


  1. These are all super duper & in equal parts brilliant as well! I love how you've brought EVERY card 'to life' & especially the last one.... that heart really looks WAY better and so much more 3D than to start. Thanks a heap for sharing:):)

  2. Beautiful cards Jennifer!!!! Love them all but partial to the second with the embossed music folder used :)