I love making Valentines for my kids to give away at school but when I put so much effort into them, I like to make sure they are functional so they will stick around for awhile instead of head to the trash. When I saw the new Paper Smooches bookmark die, I thought it would be the perfect canvas for making Valentines!
I love creating a scene and I thought some little critters on a grassy hill would be perfect for a bunch of kindergarteners.
First I die cut my bookmark from the prettiest shade of light blue cardstock. I used Memory Box water. It's gorgeous for the sky!
To create my grass, I used a subtle patterned paper and die cut it first with Mama Elephant's landscape trio die.
To match it to my bookmark, I then die cut it again, just like this!
Then, I die cut the cloud/shrubs from the Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Into the Woods dies. By cutting them from white cardstock, they make the cutest little clouds!
I stamped the deer on white and eggshell cardstock.
I did the same thing with the fox, but onto a rust color cardstock.
With each critter, I used the coordinating die cut and cut out the white layer. Then, I fussy cut the deer and fox out from colored cardstock and adhered it to the white die cut layer. I love how the white border around each of the critters!
I stamped the speech bubble sentiment in Hero Arts Punch and used the coordinating die cut to cut it out. I also cut out some little hearts from a light pink cardstock.
With everything cut out, I started from the bottom of my bookmark and worked my way to the top adhering everything.
To give it a bit of sparkle, I added glitter to the heart with my Wink of Stella glitter marker.
With my bookmarks done, I threaded some yellow twine through the bookmark.
I could have left the ends unfinished but I thought it would be cute to create some two tone hearts at the end of each string. To do this, I simply took two colors of cardstock and adhered double sided tape to one of the colors, leaving the backing on one side so I could still die cut the cardstock into a heart shape.
Be sure to die cut the shape where you have the double sided tape underneath!
With my hearts cut out, I placed the heart sticky side up and took off the protective layer. Then, I stick the one end the string to the heart and then placed the other heart on top. Easy as that!
All set and ready to go! Simply write a note on the back and you're done!
Or stamp it!
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