Valentines Day card featuring True Love DSP in red, black, and white

True Love Valentines Card Tutorial

This Valentines Day, send your true love this vibrant Valentines card to let them know how much you love them.  This Valentines card features the True Love designer series paper from the Stampin Up 2021 Jan-Jun mini catalog.  The Love die cut sentiment is from the Forever and Always bundle, also in the mini catalog.

I’ve seen a lot of cards, featuring the True Love papers, that have the flowers colored in.  While that’s pretty, I think setting off the black and white flowers with a colored background is a much more vibrant look.  I love the monotone effect of this card design.

Assembling the True Love Valentines Card

Once I decided on the look that I was going for, I set out to find the color palette.  Since it’s a Valentines Day card, this limited my focus to the red & pink families.  If you were creating this card as a Thank You or Birthday card, you’d have quite a few more design options.  The hardest challenge was matching Stampin’ Blends to the available ribbon colors.

On this card, I needed to use Poppy Parade Stampin Blends since I realized, too late, that I didn’t have Real Red.  When I compared the Poppy Parade to the Real Red ribbon, it was close enough.  Other options that would provide a similar Pow! effect include Magenta Madness, or any other vibrant pink Stampin Blend and color your own ribbon.  The silver- and gold-edged ribbons take the Stampin’ Blend inks very nicely and can be custom-colored to match any card.

The True Love papers each have a floral image on the front, and a patterned image on the back, all in black and white.  That makes them easy to mix and match.  For this card, though, the two sides that I wanted were on the same sheet of paper.  It was very easy then to simply cut the paper in half and there were no random scraps produced, probably the bane of every paper crafter!

Since I love to economize on my paper and cardstock, I cut the label out of the Basic Black paper that I set behind the designer series paper pieces.  You’d never know that there’s a missing

Except for the time it took to color in the background (which is far less than if you used multiple colors on the flowers), this card was very quick to assemble  In the video, in the show notes below the video, I do include time stamps in case you want to skip the coloring.  The coloring is sped up 6x if you’re curious as to how long it actually took.

Watch the True Love Valentines Card Assembly Tutorial

I am revamping the Crafty Friends Club Vault and am working on the instruction sheet for this card and Friday’s card. The instruction sheets will now be housed in the revamped Crafty Friends Club Vault instead of directing you to my Stampin Up site.  There were too many broken links using that site and I’d much rather spend my time making cards than fixing broken links.  

To make it simpler here on my site,  when I get the new Vault set up you won’t need to log in anymore, just enter the password and find the free downloadable files.  I’m even adding a bunch of new tutorials to the site as a future enhancement.  Leave a note in the comments below and you’ll be the first to be notified when I get this done.

These cards use the fun products from the Spring Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalog and free 2021 Sale-a-Bration products. I made a lot of other cards using these products. You can find those projects in one spot by following the link in the button below.

I would love to be your Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  If you enjoyed today’s card, please consider making a purchase from my online store.  Product links for the supplies used can be found below. Your purchases help defray the cost of bringing you these projects and are greatly appreciated.  You’re also supporting a small business and helping me to continue to create new projects.  

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