How to Create a Custom Ombre Valentine's Day Card

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Create a custom background for your handmade Valentine's Day cards with this cardmaking tutorial from Blitsy.

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Learn how to create a custom background with paper and ink instead of using pre-made patterned paper!

Supplies You Will Need:

Hero Arts Stamp & Cut: Baby Animals (stamp and die set)
Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts: A Birdie Told Me (heart die)
Cutter Bee Scissors
Spectrum Noir Markers: TN2,TN3, TN1, CR3, CR6
Heat Gun
White Embossing Powder
Foam Squares
White Thread
Versamark Watermark Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Bling/Rhinestones (silver)
Tape Runner
Black Cardstock
White Cardstock
Die Cutting Machine
Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves)
Mini Blending Tool
Best Ever Craft Mat

Stamp the animal you want to use onto some white cardstock. I stamped extras to have on hand later on. It's easiest for me to cut and color a bunch at once to use at a later date.

Color in images. I used Spectrum Noir Markers, but any medium will do. Once they are colored in, place the dies over the image. Align them to the outline and then hold in place using washi or respositionable tape. Die cut.

Take the cardstock that will be the front panel and prepare it. Cut to 3.75 x 5. Using a scrap piece of paper, go approximately 3/4 inch down from the top and place over the panel. Gently add the light pink color. I add the color in a circular motion. I am also very light handed when I do this, so everything blends properly.

Continue down the panel, moving the scrap piece of paper about 3/4 inch down for each color. I have the Best Even Craft Mat underneath to protect my surface (and it's easy clean up!).

Stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and heat emboss using white powder. Trim out and then cut into a banner. I did this by hand using some sharp scissors.

Before adhering anything down, I laid out the pieces to decide where I wanted to die cut the hearts. Once I had them in thee right spot, I held them in place with washi tape and ran them through the die cutting machine.

I cut some thread and placed it down onto the panel after adhering the banner sentiment. I simply held it in place with Scotch tape. The little animal I die cut will cover the tape, holding the string in place.

To finish everything off, I adhered everything to the card base (5.5 x 8.5, scored at 4.25) and added some rhinestones.

Voila! By using a few simple techniques, I've created a custom background and a card that has different layers and a lot of interest!

If you're looking for more inspiration, check out the Ideas section of our website!

Happy Crafting!