Thanks for joining me for Snail Mail Monday where we are unafraid to try new products, new techniques and get our hands messy!  Today we are making DIY Valentine’s Day Cards.  When I think of red roses, I think of love!

This is the perfect project to use whatever you have on hand – as long as you have a stalk of celery.   I used the following:

  • Liquitex Gesso
  • Strathmore Visual Journal Watercolor Paper 140 pound
  • The end of a stalk of Celery – the part that usually goes in the compost pile.  It works a little better if it is one to two days old.
  • Dylusions Ink Spray (by Ranger) in Lemon Zest and Cut Grass
  • Pyrolle Red Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
  • Carousel Pink Americana Acrylic Paint
  • Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details Glitter Paint by Stampin’ Up
  • Glitz Spray by Lindy’s Stamp Gang
  • A2 Envelopes or whatever size you want your valentines to be.
  • Lots of baby wipes….
  • Bone Folder
  • Distress Ink Pad by Ranger in “Fired Brick”

Remember — it’s the process that counts, not the specific products. The watercolor paper can certainly be a lighter weight. I like the size of this paper because it makes 2 cards that fold and fit nicely into the size A2 envelopes.  These are the steps shown in the video:

  1. Apply Gesso with an old gift card or hotel card.  
  2. Press the end of the Celery down randomly into the Gesso all over the paper.
  3. Let this dry thoroughly.  It takes awhile!
  4. Spray the paper with Lemon Zest and a few areas of Cut Grass Ink Spray.
  5. This dries quickly….
  6. Dip the end of the Celery into the red paint and stamp on top of the Gesso “roses.”  
  7. Follow with pink paint or a contrasting color.
  8. Let this dry thoroughly.
  9. Top the roses “here and there” with Glitter Paint
  10. Cut into cards and fold with Bone Folder
  11. Outline with “Fired Brick” Distress Ink Pad
  12. Write a note, mail it, and make someone smile!

Join me next Monday for another DIY Valentine’s Day Cards.  Thanks for joining me and please share with your friends!

DIY Valentine's Day Cards - Roses

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards