An Alternative Valentine

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As this is my first post (for Hobby Alternatief) in 2019, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

The theme this time is Valentine since it’s coming up sooner than you think! My card is not your typical red, pink, and hearts valentine for someone you love romantically, but an “Alternative Valentine” card for someone that needs some love.


This card was created for someone that went through a divorce recently.  My husband and I want to tell the person that we are here for her, so I created this card. The design of the card is to show budding flowers “breaking out” of the box, and the flower that is falling out is not alone.  Oh yes, I enjoy telling a story in my custom cards!
To make this card, it’s actually very easy.  First I laid out my design as I usually do.

All laid out!

Then, I masked off a rectangular area for the large flower stamp with masking tape. Using my stamping tool, I stamped the large flower onto the card. Next I removed the top tape and stamped the flowers again for the part that will stick out of the box.  In hindsight, I realize I didn’t have to mask the top part of the rectangle in the beginning, so you can also leave off the top masking tape too. Anyway, I also stamped the two flowers below with my stamping tool.

Masking with sensitive painter’s tape

Afterwards, I colored the flowers and leaves with alcohol markers. Using a ruler and a Tombow Monotwin 0.8mm permanent marker, I drew a rectangle around the large flower image.  Now knowing where the box begins and ends, I colored the edges outside of the flower (but inside the box) a very pale lavender color to give shadow and make the flowers more 3D looking and blended it out with a colorless blender.

Tip! When coloring your stamped images, highlights and shadows will make your images look more three dimensional. Don’t stop with just coloring the image itself, but sometimes coloring the background around the image will also add to the image’s dimension.

Colored and made the rectangle!

Finally, I stamped the sentiment “Always here for you” with Distress Oxide Wilted violet, glued on some rhinestones with Glossy Accents and stuck the paper onto a matching lavender pearl linen-structured card stock. As a final touch, I brushed a homemade shimmer brush pen onto the background inside the box to give the card a little more shine.

Tip! To make your own shimmer brush pen, it’s just like making a shimmer spray, except you put the liquid and shimmery mica powder in a water brush pen.

So there you have it, your non-typical Valentine card made with lots of love!


As I mentioned, I love telling stories in my cards. Do you also like to tell stories in your cards too?

If you have any questions about the card, please write it in the comments below.

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