One of the best things about Winter is Valentine's Day. It's a bright spot of warmth and happiness in a season that can be a bit overwhelming with weather challenges. While the consensus seems to be that this holiday is a commercial bonanza, I like to think it's a chance to take the time to put a spotlight on the relationships that matter most. And letting those we care about know how much they mean to us.
The last year or so has been a time of significant transition for my husband and me. In all the turmoil and upheaval, it's sometimes easy to forget that we couldn't do what we need to do unless we have each other. So this is my Valentine's Day card for my husband.
This card begins with a card base of Petal Pink cardstock. A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and then stamped with the floral bouquet from the Wonderful Romance stamp set using Versamark ink. (Note that the image was stamped near the upper center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.) The stamped image was covered with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool. The Very Vanilla cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then adhered at the center of the card front.
A strip of floral vellum from the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper pack was adhered across the Very Vanilla cardstock below the embossed image with the bottom edge of the vellum 1/4" above the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock. To keep the adhesive from showing through the vellum, place the adhesive at the center back of the vellum. A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the "Together is a wonderful place to be" sentiment at the center of the cardstock using Pear Pizzazz ink. The tiny flower image was stamped around the edge of the cardstock using Petal Pink ink. The strip was adhered at the center of the vellum strip (which hides the adhesive adhering the vellum to the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock).
A piece of Old Olive Linen Thread was tied into a bow and adhered to the grouped stems of the embossed image using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The "You are the best thing I never knew I needed" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink.
A strip of the floral vellum was adhered across the bottom edge of the liner placing the adhesive behind the top edge of the vellum. A strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered across the top edge of the floral vellum (which hides the adhesive adhering the vellum to the liner).
The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with the leaf image using Pear Pizzazz ink. [Tip: Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.] The tiny flower image was stamped among the leaves using Petal Pink ink.
I was speaking with one of my children this morning about married relationships. I reminded him that no matter where a marriage is in its rollercoaster of ups and downs, one thing remains constant: every day you make a decision to love. Whether it's easy or hard to make the decision, it still has to be made. Every. Single. Day. I think about the road my husband and I have traveled through our marriage and I know that if we had not continually made that decision we never would have made it. There are so many challenges and distractions in our every day world we can sometimes become so overwhelmed with the immediate concerns that we forget to remember that our anchor in all the chaos is our committed relationship. For me, it's the absolute calm in the storm. I am so very blessed!
Card Measurements --
Pear Pizzazz: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Petal Pink: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla: 3/4" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4"; Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper: 1" x 3-3/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Gold Foil Sheets: 3/8" x 4"; Old Olive Linen Thread: 8"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Wonderful Romance; Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Versamark; Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper; Embellishments: Old Olive Linen Thread; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope