Today I want to share some Valentines featuring doilies and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45. I’ve mentioned on previous posts that I like to use doilies with my cards, especially Valentines. When I saw the beautiful Sweet Sentiments papers, I knew that the two were made for each other. The paper is so pretty, and the colors are so delicate and distinctive. There are just so many possibilities!
I used the 8×8 Sweet Sentiments paper pad for my cards (it is also available in 12×12). As usual, Graphic 45 provides many unique/beautiful elements that can be used to enhance cards. The cards that you see below feature only parts of two sheets in the paper pad — “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”. Some of the patterned paper that I used on the cards is from the Sweet Sentiments collection, and the rest is from other Valentine paper collections.
All of my cards are A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″). I began by selecting two sheets of the Sweet Sentiments that I thought would make the best Valentines. Those two sheets are “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”. “Be My Valentine” is a page with journaling cards, sayings, etc. so it is very easy to cut apart, and almost everything on the page can be used in some way on a card. The “Sweet Sentiments” sheet is more of an overall design, so it is necessary to fussy-cut the images you want for your Valentines. I cut carefully, trying to preserve borders, etc. as those elements can still be used for a card or something in the future.
Once all of my elements were cut, I picked my six favorites to use on the cards. I looked for coordinating patterned papers to go with each element (several came from Sweet Sentiments, the rest are from other Valentine paper pads). The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. I selected a background layer for each from a coordinating solid color. The background layer is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″. I embossed each of the background layers with an all-over embossing folder, a flourish-pattern by Sizzix. I also selected an appropriate doily for each Valentine. Because I wanted the focus to remain on the Sweet Sentiments elements, I tried to select doilies that were more simple and would complement the images.
There are so many different kinds of doilies available. There are large and small, frilly and simple, round, oval, square and heart-shaped, etc. — and that only takes into account the pre-made doilies that you can purchase. When you look to the world of papercrafting, there are many more ways to incorporate doilies into a project. Most of the die companies sell dies that they call “doilies” — and almost every one offers round or heart-shaped doilies. The beauty of dies is that you can select any color or patterned paper to use for a doily, so there is much more selection than there would be with pre-made doilies that are generally available only in a few colors (primarily white and ivory). There are also embossing folders that emboss a doily pattern onto paper. Doily stencils and doily rubber stamps can also be used in a number of ways to add the look of a doily to a project. There are just so many fun choices. Please see the short video for some of my favorites (pictures and detailed information are included at the end of this blog post).
Now that the paper and doily selection is complete, it is time to assemble the cards. I worked on each card separately, matching ribbon and embellishments as appropriate to the finished project. I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to assemble the layers and to attach the embellishments. Where appropriate, I added a dimensional adhesive (low or normal) to “pop” the Sweet Sentiments cut-out (or a part of it). It is really such an easy project . . . and the end result is beautiful Valentines.
Note that if your style is more of the multi-layer cut-out cards, etc. the Sweet Sentiments paper will work for you too. The collection contains three sheets of each paper, so there is more than enough to allow for layering, etc.
Another great part of the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection is that when you finish your Valentines, you don’t have to put the paper away for use next year. The collection also includes beautiful elements for Easter cards. How fun!
Graphic 45 “Sweet Sentiments” paper pad – I used the 8×8 pad
Cardstock – coordinating solids and a few patterns
Embellishments – assorted rhinestones, glitter and ribbons, etc.
Embossing folder – I used an all-over flourish pattern by Sizzix from the “Floral Flourishes and Vines” set
Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Spellbinders “Lace Hearts” die
Adhesives – Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and dimensional adhesive (low and normal)
For those interested in the doilies on the video, following are photographs and product names, etc. —
These heart-shaped doilies are from the “Lace Hearts” dies by Spellbinders. (I used the plain versions on the Graphic 45 cards.) They are approximately 3,5″ high, 3.75″ wide.
These doilies are from the Spellbinders “Delicate Doilies” set. They are approximately 4″, 2″ and 1.75″.
These are the mini doilies from My Favorite Things (Die-namics Mini-Doily Circles). They are approximately 1.75″.
These are the Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) doilies. The heart is called simply “Heart Doily” and is approximately 3.5″ high and 4″ wide. The circle is called “Antique Doily” and is approximately 3.75″.
These are the X-Cut or Docrafts doilies. The circle is called “Vintage Notes – Doily” and is approximately 4.5″. The heart is called “Vintage Notes – Filigree Heart” and is approximately 4.5″ (tall and wide).
This is the Magnolia doily. It is called “Tilda Doily“, and it is approximately 5.5″.
The full embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz). It is A2 sized, and is from the “Doily” set. The border or edging is a Sizzix embossing folder, and probably best fits an A6 card. It is called “Scallop Heart Doily (3-pc. set)”.
The two stamp sets in the video are: “Doilies” by Martha Stewart Crafts and CSS-107 by Little Yellow Bicycle.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!