Last Minute Sizzix Valentine Card Stash Buster Challenge

Two days ago, when the Sizzix social media marketing guru asked me if I wanted to make three last minute Valentine’s Day cards using my Mini Photo Embellishing dies, of course I said “yes!” because I always love a good creative challenge.

Here’s the video and I included a mini-tutorial and more inspiration behind these cards below.

Since I had to make these in the evenings after work, I didn’t have time to shop for new embellishments. I gave myself the additional challenge of using only what I had in my stash. Which helps point out that my Mini Photo Embellishing dies are the perfect “Stash Busters”. I used only supplies I had on hand and substituted vintage elements in appropriate colors when needed. If you don’t have vintage supplies handy, you can use washi tape, lace or ribbon.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase Valentine togetherI created my first card using a photo since my Mini Photo Embellishing dies are designed to work with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 photos {similar to Polaroids but smaller}. I wanted to make this card a little masculine so I added the navy blue “flag” from the Paperclippable set but I also wanted to soften the look a bit so I added tiny rosettes also from the same die set. To add a pop of sparkle, I added a metallic-paper copper heart from the Photo Banner set. The photo frame is cut from a chevron pattern paper and the card itself is from my Mini Album die.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase ValentineMy second card was inspired by my love of all things vintage. I gathered vintage items that I had in a rosy pink color before starting this project.

Again I used the navy blue and copper hearts {I fell in love with the way they looked} but this time I used it in the center instead of a photo. The Photo Frame can highlight anything as well as photos. I die cut the word Love out of the bottom of the Frame. Behind the frame, I adhered vintage, new old stock rick rack in the perfect shades of rosy pink. The lightest layer of paper is actually watercolor paper that I inked with Distress Ink in Festive Berry and Worn Lipstick. The pink lace medallion was a thrifted find. The number 14 Bingo marker is actually vintage and the ribbon is vintage seam binding, again in the perfect shade of rosy pink.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase ValentineI allowed myself a lot more freedom of color on my last card. I love this paper by My Mind’s Eye and this was a fun way to use it. Here is a quick mini-tutorial on how this card came together.

valentine_frame_foamI first die cut the Holiday Frame with the word “Love” then adhered a bit of navy blue paper behind the word area at the bottom of the frame. I adhered thin strips of foam tape around the edges of the frame back and attached it to the pink layer of my card.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase ValentineHere you can see the raised frame. I also stamped a distressed pattern on the darker pink card stock.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase InstaxAfter the Frame and two layers were adhered to the card, I attached several leaves from the Photo Banner die set.

Sizzix Lynda Kanase photo embellishing diesI die cut, rolled and glued 21 mini rosettes into the raised center of the frame. This created a bed of roses. As a final embellishment, I die cut a butterfly out of cardstock and copper metallic paper and adhered it to a mini clothes pin.

Sizzix Mini RosetteHere’s a closer look at the bed of roses and clothes pin butterfly embellishment.

I hope you enjoyed the video and the inspiration behind the cards. I also invite you to give yourself your own creative challenges that can be such wonderful opportunities to experiment with different materials and techniques.

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About Lynda Kanase

Sizzix Senior Product Designer, Crafter, Maker, Sewer, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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