Valentine Take Heart

Valentine Take Heart

Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine.  Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!

Inside of Gate Fold Card

 

Supplies Used:

Fireflies, Lightning Bugs or Pyrotechnic Backyard for the 4th

Fireflies
Fireflies

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been partial to fireflies, or lightning bugs, or flying pyrotechnic displays in my backyard. Whatever  you call them, fireflies make me think of summertime, my grandparents’ backyard and the 4th of July. The display at the top was my inspiration for this card:

Fireflies or Bokeh
Fireflies or Bokeh

In real life, the card front has lots of depth and color, but try as I may, I could not capture that in a photo – guess I need photography lessons. I sponged Pool Party all over my watercolor paper, then added Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo and Mossy Meadow. Then I used a very sophisticated and expensive tool – NOT – I used a brand new pencil and dipped the eraser into Hello Honey to make the fireflies. I added some Pool Party dots for fun. Then I matted the top layer on matching card stock.

Wish you could see the card front in real life, as it is much more colorful, and looks like the fireflies are emerging at dusk. It also has a bokeh effect, which I was also aiming for. I debated about adding a sentiment, and I still might, but thought it took away from the naturalness. What do you think? Do the layers stand on their own, or is it too plain? Let me know by commenting below. Happy 4th!

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