Valentine’s Day is coming up so I thought it was time to get busy and start creating. I love making gel press prints and thought this year it would be fun to make a batch of collage style valentines. Each one is embellished with die cut hearts.
My process was the same for each card:
- I flipped through my gel press prints and pulled out some fun, busy, messy designs.
- I added paint splatters and stamping to some of the gel prints.
- I also used some book pages and added stamping and ink blending with stencils.
- I tore pieces off the prints and played around with layouts. For each, I left the top left corner for my sentiment.
- I used UHU glue stics to adhere the torn pieces to cardstock. This glue works great! It dries quickly and fully adheres so there was no need for liquid glue.
- Using my silicone shaper brush, I applied a thin layer of gesso to the top left corner of the card and along the seams of the torn prints. I also added a watercolor wash to these areas.
- I die cut hearts in a variety of sizes from brightly colored gel prints and then distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a finger dauber. I glued these down to my panel.
- I added +s, dashes and doodles with Inktense pencils, Gel Pens, Posca Acrylic Pens and distressed the edge of the card panel with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a finger dauber.
- I added a quick stamped sentiment, framed with black cardstock and added to an A2 card base.
The card above has more neutrals which I thought would be perfect for my husband.
I like the two stencils I used on the gel press prints for the card above.
These collage style valentines were SO fun to make! And, since they have a messy casual look, mistakes actually add to the appeal.
I’ve linked to some of the products I used below:
Thanks so much for stopping by!