Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine’s Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Video + Blog Hop

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts Valentine’s Day products (more about these new goodies, blog hop and giveaway below).

Even though Valentine’s Day is just once a year I think it’s important to make (and give) little love notes to each other throughout the year. I have several favorites in this new release and one of them is the Cherub stamp set with the sweetest little angels. I used this set to make both cards I’m sharing today.

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARDS & BACKGROUNDS DETAILS

I had a very simple card design in mind for these and to somehow spice my cards up I added selective dry embossing to my white stamped background panel and I made sure to avoid the area with the stamping. I didn’t use my die cutting machine or any embossing folder to add this dry embossing, but went with a good old manual embossing. I used my scoring board and a bone folder and added manual embossed lines to my background.

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

The idea was to avoid adding dry embossing to the area where you have a stamped image. And this is the beauty of this technique, because really you can dry emboss with anything as long as you have a die cutting machine, you can dry emboss with dies, embossing folders, die cuts, stencils, even little pieces of paper. But the technique I used doesn’t require the use of a die cutting machine and lets you do selective dry embossing.

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

I started working on my cards by stamping clouds from the Cherubs stamp set in the Soft Sky ink forming a little cloud cluster. Next, with the help of my bone folder and scoring board I added score lines to my panel avoiding the area where I had my stamping. I added horizontal lines to one of my cards (spaced at 1/2″ intervals) and diagonal lines (also spaced at 1/2″ intervals) forming diamonds. There’s not a whole lot of designs you can create using this linear scoring method, but there are a few.

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

I also stamped and die-cut the little angels for my card (I used Pool to Navy Ombre ink pad) and ink blended a blue panel for my card using same color of ink to match my stamping.

Hero Arts | Masculine Valentine's Day Card Ideas + Selective Dry Embossing. Project by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #HeroArts #CherubsStampSet #stamping #Dryembossing

I trimmed by dry embossed panel to 3 3/4 x 5″, foam mounted onto the card, foam mounted the cherubs on top and added a “Forever Yours” sentiment heat embossed in white over black paper. Finally, I embellished my card using Frost sequins from Hero Arts.

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GIVEAWAY!

Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by Thursday, December 21st at 11:59pm PT and Hero will announce the winners the following week.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Hero Arts Cherubs Clear Stamps
Hero Arts Cherubs Clear Stamps
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Hero Arts Cherubs Frame Cuts Die Set
Hero Arts Cherubs Frame Cuts Die Set
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Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Pool To Navy Ink
Hero Arts Ombre Pool To Navy Ink
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Scor-Pal Mini Scor-Buddy Scoring Board
Scor-Pal Mini Scor-Buddy Scoring Board
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Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Mixed Media Pick Up Tool
Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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Scrapbook Adhesives Black Foam Tape
Scrapbook Adhesives Black Foam Tape
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo 2 Pack 888n
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen
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121 Comments

    1. Great card and idea’s. I love the colours you used.
      Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. What a great idea to use a different color than the ones we are used to. Very nice card!

    1. Great range of blues on this project. Thanks for sharing the technique video.

    1. I just love your cards Yana! Great technique on how to make the backgrounds. I never seem to have enough masculine cards! Keep em’ coming!

    1. I adore the size of the stamps. Wonderful for creating backgrounds and a single focal point. Thank you Yana…I adore your style.

    1. Blue is my favorite color, so even though this does work well as a masculine card, I would happily accept this card! The monochrome is so beautiful, and the blues all work so nicely together, down to the sequins. And I love the “homemade” embossing; so simple, but it makes the card feel so much more finished. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creativity!

    1. Love all your cards and ideas! Blue cherubs! Who knew how pretty they would look? You sure did! Just lovely!

    1. It is different to see a valentine theme card in blue, but it is a very pretty blue which makes the card pretty also.

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