Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you’ve been able to share the day with those you love and who love you.

Today I’m sharing a card I actually made yesterday so I could pop it in the mail to my parents.  (They live close enough to me that usually if I get to the post office by 4:30 in the afternoon, they get my mail the next day.)  I’d been thinking of using this stamp image on their Valentine anyway, but yesterday morning when I saw the newly released Freshly Made Sketches layout, it gave me the push to go with that idea.  The color scheme comes from this week’s challenge at ABC Challenges.  I’d been hesitating about participating in the ABC Challenge because I’d struggled with these colors in last week’s Dynamic Duos challenge.  But the colors came together almost naturally for the Medallion image this time.

I stretched the sketch out into a rectangle.  The heart element didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted.  I wanted it to have some embossed texture, but I worried that embossing would distort the heart shape.  So I embossed my red scrap of cardstock and then cut it with the die.  However, when I ran the cardstock through my Big Kick with the die, the pressure flattened the embossing!  Ooops.  So it ended up being a lot more subtle than I really wanted it to be – however, I think I like it better subtle than if it were more distinct!  It was hard to capture it in the photo but if you look closely you should be able to see it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Medallion (Stampin’ Up); So Much Love (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red (SU)
Other: heart die (Sizzix); Victoria embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

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