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Shabby Chic Style Valentine's Day Cards

Hello everyone, and happy Monday.  Barbara here with a couple of Valentine's Day cards for you. Did you know that Altered Pages has a huge selection of collage images that are perfect for Valentine's Day?  And each sheet contains so many different images that will help you create the perfect cards.

Let's get started with Card 1.

Card 1

Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut brown print paper  to 4-1/2" x 6" and emboss with an embossing folder.  Distress edges, and hit high spots with Jasmine, then Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media ink pads.  Dry ink with a heat tool.

Adhere to card front.

Delaminate a piece of Mica.   It is very easy to do, just slip the blade of a craft knife (or your fingernail) between layers and start peeling.    I was fortunate to find this piece in my package that resembled a funky heart shape, so I used it.  However, mica cuts easily with scissors, so just cut any heart shape you want. 

Emboss the piece of delaminated Mica with an embossing folder.  I used one with cracks on it.  Look how the embossing has brought out this silvery reflection.  It really is amazing stuff.

Adhere it to the floral print paper with a thin coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Trim excess paper. 

Ink edges with Leather Mixed Media ink pad. 

Layer pieces as shown in the photo of the finished card above.  Punch a strip of red card stock with decorative punch and adhered along left side of card.  Add a bingo card beneath the mica heart.  (Check out the bingo cards selection here.)  I also fussy cut the little angel from one of the heart images and adhered to the top of the mica piece.  

I colored a 12" piece of Dyeable Seam Binding with a Faber-Castell red Gelato and water and let it dry before making a bow and adding it to the bottom portion of the card.  One last element was needed, the Proud Arrow was glued over the mica heart.

Card 2
Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut a piece of dark pink and pink stripe paper and glue together, cut to measure 4-1/2" x 6" before distressing the edges.  Adhere to card front.

Cut a square of light pink paper, distress edges and adhere to card front.  Cut a smaller square of Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft), distress right edge and adhere to card front, offsetting a bit, as shown.

Cut a Serviette Paper in half and using a Scor Pal, score every quarter inch, as shown.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  

Pinch bottom of serviette and staple ends together to form a fan shape.  Adhere to card front, as shown.

Fussy cut Heart with Cherub image and adhere over accordion folded serviette.

Make a bow with a length of Dyeable Seam Binding and add to bottom of card.  Stamp sentiment onto a scrap of ivory card with Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media Inkx and dry with heat tool. Punch corners with decorative punch and adhere to card next to the ribbon.

Lastly, cut apart five flowers from the Floral Trim and glue them above the fan shape, as shown.

Altered Pages Supplies:     
To Thy Own Self Be True collage sheet
Red Cardstock
More Glitz 6x6 Paper Pads (Hello December)
6x6 Glitz Paper Pads  (Pretty in Pink)
Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft)
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Jasmine, Schoolhouse Red, Leather)
Faber-Castell Gelatos (red)
Serviette Papers
Dyeable Seam Binding
Proud Arrows
Mica chips Natural
3D Crystal Lacquer
Scor Pal
Floral Trim
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Glue Stick
Adhesive Dimensionals
Double Side Tape Mini

Other supplies used:
Decorative punch
Ivory card stock
Rubber Stamp (sentiment)
Embossing folders

I love the look of shabby chic, can you tell?  There is something about those worn edges on the paper layers that really excites me.  I think it is the texture, and I am all about texture and dimension.

I hope my project today has inspired you a bit and perhaps given you some ideas to try yourself.  Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages blog regularly for daily inspiration for the fantabulous design team.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and very creative week!



  1. Such romantic and nostalgic Valentines - they're both very special - but I love the second one best. I really like the way you've distressed the edges - when I try to distress that much, I tear the heck out of the paper. LOL. Beautiful valentines - lucky recipients!

  2. Gorgeous Valentine's Day cards Barbara!

  3. You always come up with something I have never seen, love the fan fold! The papers are so beautifully aged. GREAT job.

  4. Love the fan fold and the "heart" shaped mica piece. Lovely work.


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