Hi everyone, today I’m posting up a couple of Bloom Beautiful Valentine’s cards (and a tag). It’s always nice to move quickly on from Christmas crafting to something with pretty pastel colours again and Craft Consortium’s Bloom Beautiful paper pad, designed by Shell Rummel, is perfect for that. I’ve found this paper pad very versatile for all kinds of cards but it works well for Valentine’s as the colours are very soft and dreamy and it makes a nice change from all the garish red cards you see in the shops! Nothing wrong with a bit of red but often people are looking for something a bit different and more special for Valentine’s Day. I’m going to be putting lots of handmade Valentine’s cards out for sale at work soon to raise money for our four supported charities for the year, which includes the Thames Valley Air Ambulance – a really important, life-saving service that relies on donations to keep going.
For this card I’ve chosen a kraft card blank for a bit of a rustic feel and added two of the patterned papers on top, one with torn edges for a bit more texture. I cut two birds out from the toppers that come at the front of the pack and stood them on top of the sentiment. The calligraphy was done by my husband James (I am awful at calligraphy) and you can see more of his lovely work on his instagram page.
For this card I made my own card blank, which I don’t normally do (out of laziness), using some dusky plum cardstock I bought last year which coordinates perfectly with the Bloom Beautiful papers. I covered the inside of the card with patterned paper as well as the outside to give it a bit more strength. I liked the outcome – it felt like a very sturdy and substantial card – so I might try making my own card blanks more often, though I seem to always mess up the measurements and fold it a bit oddly!
Finally I decided to make a tag as well as people often give Valentine’s gifts and might want to add a pretty finishing touch! I cut the rose tag out from the Bloom Beautiful toppers at the front of the pack and adhered it to a large kraft tag, adding some hand drawn stitched detail. I then threaded on the calligraphy sentiment with blue twine and added some pearls, as well as a gorgeous ivory resin flower from Craft Consortium’s Always and Forever collection.
If you’d like to see more cards that I’ve made with this range of papers, have a look at my other blog posts:
Bloom Beautiful birthday card
Bloom Beautiful just for you card
Bloom Beautiful new home card
Modern wedding and anniversary card